Ninth Circuit Rules on Tip Pooling

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently released a 2-1 decision that would essentially outlaw tip pooling arrangements in which tips are required to be shared with employees who do not usually receive them. Such employees would generally include dishwashers, cooks, and janitors. The ruling affects employers in Alaska, Arizona, California, […]

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Recognition Programs

One of the most important aspects of successful retention is an effective employee recognition program. When examining what employees are looking for in terms of benefits and pay, organizations often overlook employee recognition programs, which can be a very low-cost benefit that not only builds positive corporate culture, but also contributes to an overall high […]

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Sharpening Your Screening Interviews

The interview process is an important part of running and building a company. Many employers adopt some sort of interview process. Unfortunately, many employers also abbreviate the process by hastily moving from the resume review stage right into the hiring interview stage.  In between those two stages, however, the prudent employer will conduct screening interviews to separate […]

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Workplace Water Cooler Rumors

Many employers using technology understand the dynamic implications of workplace rumors. Rumors can create an environment of mistrust, hostility, low motivation, and low productivity. Managers who are trained to recognize the root causes of rumors and how to prevent them, or at least be able to manage rumors, can more effectively set the stage for […]

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The Safety Program Mistake You Don’t Want to Make

Some employers try to create a safe workplace by rewarding employees when there are no work-related injuries. This is a mistake. While you certainly want to motivate employees to follow your safety procedures, you do not want to incentivize employees to hide injuries and accidents—or to refrain from filing a claim. Encouraging “no injuries” tells […]

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March 2016 HR Newsletter

We are almost a quarter of the way through 2016! This month we examine ways to make safety programs engaging for your employees and options you have when constructing a company dress code. Later this month we will have an article on addressing poor employee hygiene. The pleasant smells of spring are almost here! Featured […]

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Office Ergonomics

Ergonomics:“the science of designing the job to fit the worker, rather than physically forcing the worker’s body to fit the job” – OSHA, “Ergonomics: The Study of Work”   Did you know your employees can suffer injuries simply by sitting at their desk? If their chairs are positioned too high or too low they could […]

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Do I Have To Pay That?

This past December we dove into employer pay obligations for travel time with our blog post “Understanding Employer Pay Obligations for Travel Time.” Today we wanted to elaborate on the topic with a visual guide. You asked us, do I have to pay that? Today, we give you an answer.     Like this content? […]

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Invest with Tuition Reimbursement

Employers can provide tuition reimbursement as a strategic employee benefit incentive to help attract and develop employees to excel and grow with the business. Tuition reimbursement typically helps employees with fees and expenses regarding course registration, materials, training, etc. Many perks exist when employers offer tuition reimbursement: Low turnover rates and stable retention rates enable […]

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Office Romances

Will you be my (office) Valentine? February is known as the month of love, and because of this we wanted to dive into office romances, the good, the bad, and the ugly. In today’s post we will look at some recent statistics, the pros and cons of workplace dating, options you have as an employer, […]

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