Human Resources

Consultant’s Corner: Employer Protection Considerations

Q: What do I need to do to protect myself from any wrongful termination claims or unemployment claims against my company? From a general business perspective, the basic ways to protect a business and owner (and management staff) from employee claims and other labor law issues are identification of the applicable federal and state laws, effective recruiting procedures, written company personnel…

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Should You Outsource Recruiting?

Do you handle all your recruitment yourself? Looking for the best talent is an important task, but also a time-consuming and potentially expensive one. Many companies are finding that outsourcing recruitment is a more effective, cost-effective approach than handling it internally, especially in a low-unemployment environment. If you’re looking for ways to improve recruiting, we…

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Policies for Boosting Mobile Security

When your employees bring their own devices into the workplace, it can open up security risks for your business. So what kinds of procedures can you implement to counter those risks while still enjoying the benefits of a BYOD policy? Our latest looks at five steps, including from a mobile management policy to education programs…

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Small Business Mythbusters: The Final Paycheck

Myth: All employers must provide final pay to employees on their last day on the job. Some business owners are required to provide a final paycheck on an employee’s last day with the company. Whether that is true depends on the state in which your employee is working. Under federal law, a final paycheck must…

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Small Biz Mythbusters: Unpaid Internships

Myth: As a small business owner, I don’t have to pay interns who receive credit from their school. Some business owners believe college students seeking summer internships can provide free labor in exchange for school credit. It’s become something of a tradition. After all, these businesses are often helping students gain valuable career experience. That…

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Small Business Mythbusters: Direct Deposit vs. Paper Paychecks

Myth: Paper paychecks are for small businesses; direct deposits are for big companies. Your business may be small, with just a few employees, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mimic big companies when it comes to issuing paychecks. If you’re still distributing paper checks to your employees, you may want to consider the advantages of…

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Small Business Mythbusters: Working Off-the-Clock

Myth: I do not have to pay employees who access work email on their mobile device after they have clocked out for the day. We live in a hyper-connected world where employees are reachable essentially all the time. It isn’t unusual for staffers to write emails over the weekend, check phone messages late at night…

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Consultant’s Corner: Working with Volunteers

Question: I own a small pet store and want to begin working with volunteers and a local non-profit to hold weekly pet adoptions. How should I do this to protect myself and my business? It is unusual for individuals to volunteer their services to for-profit businesses. It is more common for nonprofit organizations to utilize…

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Emphasize Your Health and Safety Programs

August 12-18 is OSHA Safe and Sound Week 2019, an annual reminder of the importance of health and safety programs. Two key areas to focus on are your employees’ well-being and reporting injuries and claims. An organization that values safety will improve employee morale and engagement, and help your team feel supported and valued. Learn…

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Taking a Positive Approach to Employee Discipline

Are your employee discipline policies focused on punishment, or are you more focused on offering positive guidelines? Done right, a more positive approach to employee discipline can improve morale and create a stronger, more impactful company culture. Learn the 5 steps for creating empowering human resources policies, and why the positive approach is so effective,…

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