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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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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”…

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Medical Marijuana and the Workplace: Is Your Policy Up-to-Date?

June 8, 2015

The legalization of marijuana for medical or recreational use is a legal trend that is sweeping the country. Do you know how these marijuana laws impact you and your employees? Almost 50% of states have some law legalizing medical usage, and as of early 2015, four states have legalized it for recreational use (Colorado, Oregon,…

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Employees Milking the Clock

March 21, 2015

Sometimes it’s a challenge of getting everyone to clock in and out properly. Below are a few notes on issues common to time clocks, paychecks, and working overtime, including: Charging penalties when employees clock in incorrectly Failing to pay employees on time because of their mistakes Using a biometric clock to prevent employees from clocking…

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Employee Evaluations

March 20, 2015

We often get asked by our members about employee evaluations. Do you have to do them? Should you? If you do, what is the best way? Let’s start with an answer that our clients like to hear. You can also download a free performance evaluation at the bottom of this article. Employers Do Not Need…


How to Transition Employees in a Practice Purchase

March 19, 2015

You can also learn about practice purchase strategies for transitioning employees by listening to our podcast on the subject. There are lots of other great podcasts available over at Live From HR Base Camp, be sure to check them out. In a recent online discussion with a group of doctors, I found myself embroiled in…

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Document, Document, Document!

March 19, 2015

Or “Why is Documenting so Important?” As HR professionals, we hear a lot of excuses when it comes to why a personnel file is empty or has only vague or outdated notes about an employee’s performance problems. I’m too busy to do paperwork. I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. It only makes him mad,…

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Key Provisions of Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements

March 19, 2015

Non-compete and Non-solicitation Agreements are now largely standard in corporate America, but have not yet fully migrated to the smaller employer or professional work environment. These provisions can be incorporated into an Employment Agreement or can be drafted as a stand-alone agreement and provide excellent protection against a departing employee raiding your business’s assets. Essentially,…

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Retention Planning: 10 Tips to Keeping Good Employees

March 19, 2015

Once you have achieved the team of your dreams, how do you go about keeping good employees loyal and committed to your mission and success? Below are some measures you can take immediately to create the right team environment. We recommend making these 10 tips part of your ongoing management strategy: 1. Clarify Expectations and…