6 Tough HR Questions from Employers

January 4, 2017

Running a business and managing employees means dealing with a constant flow of HR issues – and the inevitable questions that arise. Here are a handful of the most common tough HR questions I get from employers, and some answers that might just help you, too. Can I withhold advanced PTO from an employee’s last…

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Identifying and Avoiding Associative Discrimination Under the ADA

December 13, 2016

Beth was usually a reliable employee, but recently she seemed less focused, even if she was still getting her job done. The news of her husband’s cancer had hit her hard, and it looked like he might need some pretty extensive care. Even though Beth had been Dr. Spencer’s office manager for 10 years, he…

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Joint Employment

October 14, 2016

“She’s Not My Employee…Right?” Why Joint Employment is One Big Problem Recently, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) updated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) with expanded guidance on joint employment. These new rules could have major impacts on your liability and bottom line! While you may not consider someone your employee,…

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Employee Working Interviews: Are They Legal?

September 20, 2016

Your office finally has a GOOD problem: It’s growing, and you need to hire more people. Of course you want to hire the best person possible, and you find yourself worrying about how to find that candidate. You want more than just an impressive resume; you want to see them in action before you go…

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Working from Home: Employee Dream, Employer Nightmare

July 6, 2016

More and more frequently, employees ask for and value the opportunity to work remotely from home—and in many ways, technology is making working from home increasingly convenient. Call forwarding systems can make calls made from personal cell phones look like they are coming from your office. Additionally, computer programs such as LogMeIn allow employees to…

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Offering In-house Employee Treatment Benefits

May 2, 2016

Four Simple Rules for Controlling Risks and Costs Companies often offer their employees discounts on their products, and this much-appreciated benefit tends to lower turnover and increase employee satisfaction. But how do dental and medical offices give their employees an in-house treatment benefit without running afoul of employment and labor laws? Additionally, many doctors are…

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Office Romances

May 2, 2016

Love Gone Wrong: Preventing Office Romance and Workplace Fraternization Issues Lately, you’ve noticed something different about two of your employees. It started with the little smiles they exchanged throughout the day, then moved on to flirtatious teasing. Now, you realize that there’s an office romance brewing right under your nose. It’s obvious that love is…

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Three Strikes, Everybody’s Out

December 11, 2015

Why “Three Strikes” Employee Discipline Policies Don’t Work, and What to Use Instead Just like umpires on the baseball field, employers are constantly making hard calls about employee performance. What level of corrective action is necessary if an employee has a huge swing and a miss? What if they don’t even try to hit the…

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LGBTQ Issues in the Workplace

October 29, 2015

The Supreme Court decision that all states must recognize same-sex marriage brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) issues into the forefront. This development, coupled with the news of the famed Olympian formerly known as Bruce Jenner coming out as transgender, signals changes that may impact you and your business more than you know….

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Cracking the Dress Code

September 21, 2015

What Not to Wear, Workplace Edition Do you forbid your team to wear blue jeans while at work? What about blue fingernails…or blue hair? Or maybe you have policies that discuss tattoos, piercings, jewelry, or headwear. As anyone who has ever managed a team of employees knows, getting everyone to conform to the desired “look”…