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Human Resources

EEOC Guidance on Covid-19

Representatives of the EEOC recently conducted a Q&A session answering questions about how the ADA and other statutes are being enforced during the Covid-19 pandemic. The key point, reinforced throughout the session, is that these laws are still in place, but employers also should be following guidance from the CDC and health authorities. For summaries…

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Leave Time for Absent Employees

During this unprecedented time, businesses that remain open will are likely to still face increased employee absences. Whether employees are feeling ill, taking care of a sick family member, or having to stay home due to school closings, employers have to be prepared, while also being aware of the various laws that apply to absent…

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Managing in Cyberspace

Not only has it been a growing trend for businesses to hire employees or independent contractors who take care of their work out of office, but in the current COVID-19 pandemic, many other businesses have been forced to adopt remote work, with their employees. Managing your employees in an office setting requires a fairly common…

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Coronavirus Resource Center for Small Businesses

Wondering how your small business can navigate the ongoing challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic? This continues to be one of the biggest challenges small businesses have ever faced, and the situation is constantly changing. To help you stay on top of it all, we’ve created a special COVID-19 Small Business Resource Center, complete with…

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How to Proactively Manage Remote Employees

With so many people working remotely, it’s important for businesses to know what to do to handle a remote workforce, especially when it’s a sudden change. Be proactive about setting expectations and goals, and find creative ways to engage the team. This change will impact people in different ways, so treat each employee individually and…

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Protecting Your Business During the Coronavirus Crisis

Are you wondering how the COVID-19 epidemic could impact your business operations, and what you can do to protect your business and your employees? Your employees likely have questions, as well, so it’s important to think ahead about how to manage the situation. We have 12 tips to help you navigate this crisis, including keeping…

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Salary History Bans

Do you ask job candidates for their salary history? Be careful: 14 states, plus several major cities and counties, have banned the practice for private employers. So what do these bans mean for your business? If you live in one of these states or cities, this will impact the way you budget for salaries, as…

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Don’t Cross the Line into Nepotism!

Small business owners often hire family members, which can have some real advantages for the business. But it’s important not to cross the line into nepotism. You should treat every employee fairly, regardless of personal relationships, and use written policies to define employment relationships clearly. Learn more about the do’s and don’ts of hiring family…

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Consultant’s Corner: Employee Cell Phone Use Policy

Q: I am looking for a basic policy for the use of personal cell phones by employees on company time. This is a major problem affecting productivity in our business.  A: Increasingly, cell phone usage is becoming a problem in the work place. Usage of cellular devices takes focus away from the day-to-day operations of…

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