Employment Laws

Episode 105: Artificial Intelligence and HR?!
Episode 105: Artificial Intelligence and HR?!

For this episode of What the Hell Just Happened?! Paul Edwards discusses how artificial intelligence (AI) is working its way into the world of business ownership and management with CEDR Senior Solution Center Advisor Halisi Tambuzi. Can AI be unintentionally biased?...

Episode 104: Can I Mandate Vaccines for New Employees?
Episode 104: Can I Mandate Vaccines for New Employees?

For this episode of What the Hell Just Happened?! Paul Edwards discusses the ever-evolving world of COVID vaccine mandates with CEDR Compliance Officer Nora Gustafson, including if you, as an employer, can require your new hires to get vaccinated before starting...

Episode 102: I Owe the State $800k!
Episode 102: I Owe the State $800k!

In this episode of What the Hell Just Happened? Paul Edwards sits down with CEDR Solution Center Manager Grace Godlasky to discuss how a small business found itself facing an $800k wage claim. How did this happen? Using the incorrect pay period hour calculations with...

Preventing Employees From Clocking In Early Can Be Risky
Preventing Employees From Clocking In Early Can Be Risky

We recently ran a blog post about how automatically clocking your employees out for breaks can leave your business vulnerable to potential employment litigation. But there’s another timekeeping conundrum that affects even more private medical and dental practices...

Employee Smoking & Your Rights as an Employer
Employee Smoking & Your Rights as an Employer

There are plenty of reasons that drive employers to limit or ban smoking at the workplace. It can upset customers, patients, and coworkers when employees smell like smoke. It often upsets other employees when smokers seem to get extra breaks to support their habit....

Employee Reclassification: Changing FT or PT Status
Employee Reclassification: Changing FT or PT Status

What do ‘FT’ and ‘PT’ Mean? The abbreviations ‘FT’ and ‘PT’ stand for “full-time” and “part-time,” respectively. They refer to the status of an employee’s position at a business, specifically whether or not they work enough hours weekly to qualify as “full-time”...

Employer Guidance: Pregnant Dental Employees, Nitrous, and X-Rays
Employer Guidance: Pregnant Dental Employees, Nitrous, and X-Rays

Working in a dental office means possible exposure to potential hazards during work for all employees. Most risks are mitigated through properly functioning equipment and by following safety protocols. One of the common issues related to potential exposure events that...

Hiring Unpaid Interns This Summer? Here’s What You Should Know.
Hiring Unpaid Interns This Summer? Here’s What You Should Know.

For many owners and managers, the prospect of bringing on a student intern — especially an unpaid one — for help checking off a few long-delayed tasks seems like too good of an opportunity to miss. But, when bringing an intern or temporary employee in, it’s important...

Employer COVID Vaccine Mandate Laws By State
Employer COVID Vaccine Mandate Laws By State

In the fall of 2021, it seemed like states were coming out with new rules around vaccine mandates practically every other day. That trend has definitely slowed down, but it hasn’t stopped completely.  New rules around vaccine mandates continue to roll out and, in some...

Do I Have to Hire Someone Even Though They’re Left-Handed?
Do I Have to Hire Someone Even Though They’re Left-Handed?

“I have been searching for a dental assistant and finally found someone and offered them the job. I just found out that he’s left-handed. I’m right-handed and each of my operatories are set up for right-handed dentistry. Do I still have to hire him?” We have some...