New Mexico's workers' comp law addresses workers under the influence
(May 2, 2016)
A new law in New Mexico is designed to clear up confusion on how workers’ compensation benefits can be lowered when a worker is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The law will go into effect on May 18.
Employers can find ways
to turn negative feedback to positive outcomes
(April 29, 2016)
Most employers consider feedback from employees necessary, but those employers might wonder if that feedback has to feel so much like a necessary evil.
What do you do now? The boss is the problem!
(April 27, 2016)
Being a business owner, supervisor, or boss doesn’t make you immune to bad behavior.
When the DOL comes knocking,
will you be prepared?
(April 22, 2016)
Unlike the lottery, you generally don’t want the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to pick your number for a workplace audit or investigation. However, a DOL visit may be unavoidable.
Uber settlement keeps
independent contractor business model
(April 22, 2016)
Drivers for ride-hailing giant Uber will continue to be independent contractors under the terms of a settlement of class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts if the settlement receives court approval.
Preventing independent contractors
from becoming full-fledged employees
(April 20, 2016)
Businesses’ use of independent contractors is a growing trend in the American economy, and many observers believe the trend is here to stay.
New Tennessee law 'bans the box'
for state government jobs
(April 18, 2016)
Tennessee has joined the list of states passing some form of “ban the box” legislation with the passage of Senate Bill 2440. Governor Bill Haslam signed the measure on April 14.
Recognizing your employees: What's appropriate?
(April 15, 2016)
People crave recognition. It is human nature to crave that “thank you,” and it is our jobs as managers to ensure employees receive it. There are specific issues to keep in mind as you navigate various recognition and reward systems.
There is a hole where my HR job was!
(April 13, 2016)
While I can’t say that I didn’t see this layoff coming, I didn’t think it would happen as soon as it did. I was laid off October 31, 2015, from a job in the restaurant industry where I was the V.P. of Human Resources for more than 16 years.
Adding fun to work can pay off, but be alert to snags
(April 8, 2016)
Who doesn’t like a little fun at work? Breaking the monotony with some offsite activities, an office game day, or just a special lunch can provide a restorative break to help hard-working employees get ready to tackle the hard work that’s always waiting.
EEOC sharing employers' position statements with charging parties
(April 6, 2016)
Employers should be aware that the position statements they submit to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are now far more likely to end up in the hands of the employees who filed those charges and their attorneys.
New York, California gearing up for $15 minimum wage
(April 5, 2016)
On April 4, the governors of New York and California signed measures that will culminate in a $15 minimum wage phased in over the next few years.
Employers starting to see resume gaps as not so bad after all
(April 1, 2016)
Employers once considered a gap in employment as justification for tossing a résumé on the rejection heap. Workers deciding to leave promising careers were thought to lack drive. Plus, while they were on a break, the workplace was changing, leaving them out of the loop and behind the times. But a growing number of employers are changing their thinking.
Employers should continue using expired Form I-9
until new version is available
(April 1, 2016)
The current revision of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9 expired March 31. However, USCIS has instructed employers to continue using this version of the form until a new revision is approved.
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