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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Written Warnings and Accommodations

Q: Can we give an employee a written warning for three unrelated concerns at once? A: Yes, you may issue simultaneous warnings to an employee. For example, if an employee is routinely tardy, underperforming, and insubordinate, you could address these issues in a single meeting. That said, it’s usually more effective to address issues as […]

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Employee Morale Shapes Business Success

One success formula for an employer is to place and retain the right employees in the right jobs. Although monetary incentives are one way to help employees cope with economic downturns and challenges, the quality of work/life issues is a vital element that impacts the morale and the successful contributions of your employees. The first […]

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CERCA Meeting Highlights Potential 2016 Filing Problems by Curtis Tatum, Esq. with the APA

The Council for Electronic Revenue Communication Advancement (CERCA) Spring Meeting participants reviewed the 2015 filing season and looked ahead at efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act and new measures to prevent stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF). CERCA held its Spring Meeting on May 15 in Crystal City, Virginia. 2015 Filing Season a Success During […]

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Leave of Absence Terminations

Many times employers are hesitant to take action when an employee has been on an extended leave of absence due to a workers’ compensation claim arising from an injury or illness occurring while in the course of work duties or when the employee is unable to return from a protected leave, such as the federal […]

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Do You Rate Employees Higher Who Advocate for Your Team?

 When completing performance reviews, psychologists and researchers alike agree that managers naturally exhibit bias in the ratings. To be fair and objective, a performance evaluation must be based on the employee’s job-related behavior, not on the employee’s personal traits, work situation or other factors unrelated to employee performance. While subjectivity and partiality will never be […]

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Salary and Benefit Surveys: Can I Ask My Competitors How Much They Pay?

Our clients often inquire as to whether their employee compensation and benefit packages are competitive with respect to current market conditions and industry standards. In fact, it is an HR best practice to evaluate the company’s compensation and benefit programs on an annual basis. So where do you begin to get accurate and timely industry […]

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Summer Workplace Activities

Summer is quickly approaching! It’s that time of year when you start to dust off your grill, coordinate that river or poolside vacation, and crank “Surfin’ USA” on your commute to work. It’s also a fantastic time for employers to brainstorm seasonal activities to strengthen the company culture and keep workers refreshed and engaged. Annual […]

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Unpaid Internships

As summer is just around the corner, a common question we receive is whether it is acceptable to engage unpaid interns. Assuming the organization in question is a for-profit company, this is an area in which to exercise extreme caution. While most interns must be compensated at least minimum wage plus any applicable overtime in […]

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