I-9 Verification

I-9 forms present a challenge to employers who hire remote employees. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that all documents required for the I-9 must be viewed in their original format. Therefore, a fax or scan is not acceptable. Instead, the original documents must be in-hand when the I-9 is completed and signed […]

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Addressing Workplace Gossip

Office gossip can quickly become harmful to your business and your workers, so it’s best to take a comprehensive approach and respond quickly to complaints. When possible, be proactive. Here are a few recommendations: • Address office gossip in your employee handbook, either by name or by prohibiting any conduct that creates a hostile, offensive, […]

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How to Run an Effective Meeting

Remember that meeting that could have been an email? Or that time that a 15 minute meeting turned into an hour? We have all been there. In today’s post we go over simple but effective tips on how to run a meeting.

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Checking in on the Proposed White Collar Overtime Rule Changes

Content: The proposed changes to the white collar exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are looming large in the minds of many employers. These rules, proposed in June 2015 and expected to be finalized sometime in 2016, would more than double the salary threshold for workers otherwise eligible for a white collar exemption […]

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December 2015 HR Newsletter

  The holiday season is in full force! From Thanksgiving to New Years, there is a lot going on. This month we are highlighting ways you can “go green” in your workplace and diving into upcoming FLSA changes. Featured Article: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Nine Ways to Keep Your Office Green Recycling is not a new concept, […]

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Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Workplace

A challenging subject for many employers involves the intricate balance between establishing solid relationships with clients, customers, and vendors and ensuring that those relationships do not transition to one that is an actual or perceived conflict of interest. __ ___________________________________________ __ By definition, a conflict of interest is a situation or circumstance that creates risk […]

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Presenteeism: Did You Know?

In this month’s “Did You Know?” we cover Presenteeism. Presenteeism—the act of showing up to work while sick—is nothing to sniffle at. In fact, it costs the U.S. economy 160 billion dollars in lost productivity per year. It’s also estimated to have contributed to an additional 5,000,000 cases of influenza during the H1N1 pandemic of 2009. […]

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Are you required to pay overtime on holidays?

In some states state, no. Whether you pay extra for work done on holidays is up to you. There is no federal law that requires an employer to pay extra for work on holidays. However, some states, such as Massachusetts, require work for certain employers on holidays to be voluntary and paid at time and […]

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Interviews: Mastery of the Behavior-Based Interview Format

There are a myriad of advice columns and tips directed toward job seekers as to how mastery of a job interview is possible for a candidate if he or she prepares effectively by researching the company, drafting thoughtful questions for the interviewer and ultimately, winning the job. Addressing this topic from the hiring manager’s perspective, we […]

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November 2015 Question and Answer!

Every month we like to highlight complicated or unique questions. This month we are highlighting Non-Disclosure agreements. Know when you can or can’t use them.. Read below! Question: My employer has asked that we create a Non-Disclosure Agreement for employees to sign regarding discussion of their salaries. Can this be done legally? Answer: No, this […]

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