The Separation between Severance Packages and Agreements

Often discussed hand-in-hand, severance packages and agreements have important differences.  A severance package refers to an employer’s offer of added money and / or benefits to a terminated employee.  A severance (or separation) agreement refers to a written agreement in which the departing employee agrees to certain promises made to the employer.  The following information […]

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OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

Each employer must keep records (and make these records available to the Secretaries of Labor or Health and Human Services) of: ·        Work-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses (injuries/illnesses should only be reported if they required medical treatment, or if they resulted in loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, or a transfer to another […]

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3 Ways to Bring Your Organization’s Values Into Your Day-to-Day Operations

Coming up with your company values may have taken several hours of thought, reflection, and discussion. This effort will have been wasted, though, if you stop there and fail to institute these values. So, how do bring your values into the day-to-day operations of your organization? How do you embody them and not just talk about […]

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General Conduct Guidelines

Orderly and efficient operation of the company requires that employees maintain proper standards of conduct and observe certain procedures. These guidelines are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to be all-inclusive. Nothing herein is intended or shall be construed to change or replace, in any manner, the “at-will” employment relationship between the […]

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Question & Answer: Consensual Relationship Agreement

Q: I’ve heard some companies have employees who are dating sign some sort of agreement. Is it something we should have? A: An agreement regarding the dating relationship is not required. Many employers use them, however, because they can help set expectations and reduce liability. I generally recommend that employees sign a Consensual Relationship Agreement if […]

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Question & Answer: Background Checks

Q: We don’t typically do background checks, but we’re hiring an internal HR person who will have access to sensitive information. We want to do a background check for this position, but since we’ve never done one for anyone else, we’re worried it would look discriminatory. A: You may conduct background checks for some jobs but […]

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APA-Supported Mobile Workforce Bill Gets House Hearing by William Dunn, CPP

The Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2015 (HR 2315) will be considered by the full House of Representatives after its passage by the House Judiciary Committee on June 17 by a vote of 23-4. Weeks earlier, on June 2, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law heard testimony […]

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How to Talk to an Employee Who Has Bad Hygiene

You’re at your desk, removing your jacket as the early afternoon sunshine pours into your office, when several employees knock on your door, requesting a brief meeting. You invite them in. The last to enter slowly shuts the door while peaking back at a corner cubicle. The group informs you that Jerry, a reliable and […]

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July 2015 HR Advisor Newsletter

July starts out with a bang as California’s and Massachusetts’ new paid sick leave laws go into effect. This month we walk you through the basics of sick leave and offer tips on coaching an employee who has poor hygiene. HR Alerts Affordable Care Act Status Quo Maintained The subsidies provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has […]

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The Paid Sick Leave Trend

Earlier this year, President Obama called on Congress to enact a federal law requiring businesses to offer seven days of paid sick leave to workers, but the proposed law is unlikely to pass in the current political climate. Nevertheless, advocacy for paid sick leave has increased at the state level, and some of these efforts […]

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