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Accommodating Pregnant Employees in the Workplace

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May

Accommodating Pregnant Employees in the Workplace

Let’s imagine a situation. Wendy, who’s been on the job for only four months, informs her employer that she’s pregnant. She requests light duty and asks if temporary leave is an option. Instead of accommodating Wendy, the employer terminates her employment, explaining to her that her employment is at-will and that they don’t have the ...

Employee Assistance Programs – The Little Known Benefit

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May

Employee Assistance Programs – The Little Known Benefit

Summer is a great time for looking back on those New Year resolutions and focusing on health and well-being. For some people, it may be a means to diminish the damage caused by the excessive imbibing during the winter season, and, for others, it is a symbol of making a fresh start in a brand new ...

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Workplace Social Media Policy

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Apr

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Workplace Social Media Policy

Chances are most of your employees are on social media, and some of them may be using their private accounts to say things about their employment. Frustrated employees might even be complaining about their working conditions – or about you. While it may seem prudent to ban employees from saying anything negative about your organization ...

Tattoos, Piercings, and Man Buns, Oh My! – Finding the Dress Code That’s Right for Your Organization

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Apr

Tattoos, Piercings, and Man Buns, Oh My! – Finding the Dress Code That’s Right for Your Organization

What kind of dress code should you have? The answer to that question may come down to the kind of company culture you have or want to have. There’s no universally-applicable dress code for successful businesses. And what works fabulously in one office might prove distracting in the next. Some employers avoid restrictive dress codes ...

4 Tips to Consider – Progressive Discipline Or Termination?

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Mar

4 Tips to Consider – Progressive Discipline Or Termination?

Terminating employment always comes with risk, even when it’s done for good cause. You can reduce this risk by using progressive discipline. As its name suggests, progressive discipline involves a progression of disciplinary actions with escalating consequences. When used to give employees with behavioral or performance problems time and opportunity to improve, it demonstrates good ...

An Employers Guide to Drug Testing and Drug-Free Workplaces in the Era of Legal Marijuana

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Mar

An Employers Guide to Drug Testing and Drug-Free Workplaces in the Era of Legal Marijuana

With medical and recreational marijuana use becoming legal in more states nationwide, you may be wondering what kind of drug-testing policy your business should have. The answer to that question depends on several factors: the types of jobs that are done and the degree to which they’re safety-sensitive, legal requirements that may apply to your ...

Train to Retain: Training Your Employees Is Good for Retention

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Feb

Train to Retain: Training Your Employees Is Good for Retention

There’s an old joke about an executive who worries that training their employees will be a bad investment because they might leave, to which the sage CEO says, “What if we don’t train them and they stay?” Contrary to common fears, training employees doesn’t usher them out the door. Yes, training may prepare employees for ...

Can I Bring My Bible to Work?

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Feb

Can I Bring My Bible to Work?

Religious accommodation can be a balancing act in the workplace. We know that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on a job applicant’s or employee’s religion.  However, did you know that federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws also require employers to provide workplace accommodations to employees with sincerely held religious beliefs? ...

4 Things to Know: Hot HR Topics To Watch in 2017

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Jan

4 Things to Know: Hot HR Topics To Watch in 2017

Big changes are in store in 2017. In this post, together we will examine some current hot topics in HR including the new political landscape and what it could mean for employers, some of the state and municipal regulations on the horizon, the trend of automation, and the importance of attracting talent in an economy ...

How Do I Pay Employees During Weather Emergencies?

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Jan

How Do I Pay Employees During Weather Emergencies?

Destruction from snow storms, hurricanes and other weather-related emergencies can down power lines and disrupt normal business operations for days at a time. When this happens and you are forced to close your business, do you need to pay your employees? What if your business is open but some employees do not report to work ...

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