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[…]

Dilemma: How Long to Hold a Job Open?

Occasionally, employees want or need to be away from work after they have used up all their accrued vacation, paid sick leave, and paid personal time off. For example, an employee may be out collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits for months, even a year or more. So, you need to let employees know the circumstances under[…]

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[…]

Tips for Long-Distance Teamwork

Many people today must work together and cooperate as a team while separated geographically. With accelerated advances in communications and travel, more and more people are colleagues from a distance. Barbara Pate Glacel, co-author of “Light Bulbs for Leaders: A Guide Book for Team Learning,” developed the following tips for succeeding in long-distance teamwork: Find[…]

Handling Pension Plans for National Guard Members and Reservists

Increasing numbers of National Guard and Reserve personnel have been sent to far-flung places around the globe in recent years. If your staff includes reservists and National Guard members who must interrupt their employment to fulfill their military service, you probably know that the law requires you to reinstate them once they returned from service (with[…]