When Should You Provide Employees Education?

When is providing an education fringe benefit advantageous to the employer? I know other employers who give their employees financial help to attend college or higher education courses. Also I think some of my employees would like to take some courses at the community college. What kind of educational assistance should our company be giving[…]

Follow the Law When Using Background Checks for Hiring

More and more employers are using background checks as a regular part of the hiring process, and it’s easy to understand why. When it comes to the need to protect your business, your workforce and your customers, the stakes are high. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) spells out a few good reasons why[…]

Unpaid Workers Can Surprise You

Casual labor┬ácan be┬ádangerous! Hard to believe, but an administrative assistant wrote to an advice columnist. This person was frustrated looking for a new job and complained about “The Working Interview.” It seems the applicant actually had worked two days at one company and three days at another company without getting paid and without getting hired.[…]

Protect Your Company from Immigration Infractions

More than three decades have elapsed since the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) began requiring employers to complete I-9 forms when hiring to verify a new employee’s identity and authorization to work in the United States. Given the recent focus on illegal immigration, there’s a good chance that immigration enforcement efforts at the employer[…]

Personnel Files: Who Keeps Them?

What goes into personnel files? And who is responsible for maintaining employee records and payroll records? Here are four questions on these topics, along with answers:   What kinds of information and records should I keep in my personnel files? Any information and documentation relating to the hiring, evaluation, discipline, pay, advancement and termination of[…]

Four Mistakes Employers Can Make with Workers’ Compensation

Many employers look at Workers’ Compensation as just another unavoidable cost of doing business. It’s usually one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind issues when rates are low. It’s not until employers are hit with rate hikes that they really start to give some thought to it. Employers need to look at Workers’ Compensation as a tool[…]

FMLA: The Law that Never Sleeps

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is often tweaked, adjusted or reinterpreted as cases of alleged abuse continue to pop up and courts are asked to weigh in. With so much change, it’s a good idea to check your policies regularly. Is your company in compliance? Here’s a very streamlined recap of the top[…]