The 5 W’s of Recordkeeping Requirements

Who is required to keep employee records? What type of records are employers required to keep? When do you need to get records and when do you shred record? Where should these records be kept? Why keep records at all? The Wage & Hour Division of the Department of Labor has a lengthy, yet very informative Fact Sheet on this …

#metoo. Why every workplace needs sexual harassment training.

Why is sexual harassment training in the workplace important? It might seem like a simple answer, but in all reality – there are many reasons why training your employees is important. It’s especially imperative that managers/supervisors get extensive sexual harassment training. They can also be named in harassment based charges, if they knew about harassment occurring. Sexual harassment training provides …

HR…Party of None

As soon as that first employee is hired, a business/company/start-up invades the Human Resources world immediately. You have stumbled upon unchartered territory with HR, whether you like it or not. You’re a business owner, not an HR professional, right? Every aspect of now having an employee involves some aspect of HR – payroll, handbook, hiring paperwork, new hire reporting, worker’s …

Job Descriptions – Pain or Helpmate?

There are no requirements for employers to have job descriptions for prospective candidates or current employees. In the work environment of 2018 – it seems like a good deal of employees wear different hats. And in that case, job descriptions dusted off from the 2004 archives might be a moot point. Aside from being ever changing, job descriptions can be …

Workplace Raids and the Immigration Fight

As most Human Resources professionals have already heard, the fight against illegal immigration has been taken to the workplace. The raids on multiple 7-11 stores last week is just the first sign of future potential round ups that could occur anywhere in the country. 98 locations were targeted from California to New York, and 21 people were arrested in conjunction with the …

New Year, New Minimum Wages for some…

The Federal Minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act did not increase for 2018 (yet…) but for some cities, states, and counties, it did. The FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that are more favorable to employees, therefore those state and local laws trump the Federal FLSA minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Below are the changes that …

End of Year HR Checklist

We are down to the wire here folks…just 4 working days left for most HR professionals to complete any end of year assignments, requirements, and documentations. Here are a few things to think about before we close out 2017. Do you need to get any certifications or licenses from staff before the end of the year? Any classes or continuing …

HR Trends for 2018

It’s crazy to think that 2018 is almost here. In the HR world, things are always changing – laws, rules, regulations, staff (am I right?), policies, procedures, benefits, handbooks, payroll, outsourcing, drug testing, trainings…so basically everything in the HR world is in flux at one time or another. There is a possibility everything I listed could change next year; so what …

The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Harassment Training

When was the last time your company provided sexual harassment training to ALL employees? Just the mention of the training might create groans and rolling of eyes from your employees, am I right? It’s awkward. Uncomfortable. Laughable in some cases. But necessary? Absolutely. Especially with the onslaught of harassment claims coming out of the woodwork (Miramax anyone?), it’s now more important …

Before You Hit Send…

Have you ever fired off an email or text and immediately wished you could recall it back? Or sent an email to the wrong person? Ever heard of “Reply All” and regretted replying to all? These issues are very important to address within companies and finding some solutions can be hard. Let’s look at the issues and potential fixes: Emails …

FMLA or ADA? Or Both? Neither?

FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) covers leave for employees with medical conditions or medical conditions of an immediate family member. This federal leave provides the employee with a guarantee of their job when they return. In addition, if they have benefits (health, dental, or PTO), all benefits must be maintained while the leave takes place. ADA provides a change to …

Health Insurance in 2018

Health insurance has taken center stage in recent years as savvy employers recognize this benefit as a necessary component to attracting and retaining top talent. However most companies continue to see 15-25% increases year over year, a trend that will be impossible to sustain if it continues. In conjunction with health benefits, compliance reporting is still mandatory. A recent IRS …