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Christine Batten, PHR

Christine Batten, PHR
Christine has over 20 years of HR related experience with a background in labor and employment law. She manages FrankAdvice, the premium HR service provided to business clients of FrankCrum. FrankAdvice offers senior-level HR advice on all aspects of the employer/employee relationship and includes a vast library of employment-related documents including various forms, policies and handbooks. Christine also manages the Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) claims process for both the FrankCrum corporate office and the client companies.

Recent Posts

3 Ways PEO Services Help Employers Ensure Compliance With Wage and Hour Laws

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Oct 22, 2018 9:12:19 AM

Wage and hour laws are intended to protect workers in the private sector and federal, state and local governments against certain unfair pay practices. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), passed in 1938, is a federal law that establishes the following: 

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The Benefits of HR Outsourcing: Help Managing Employee Leaves of Absence

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Oct 18, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The labor and employment legal landscape has changed drastically over the past decade, and employers are encountering more compliance issues than ever. Beyond federal regulations, state and local rules are also changing, and it's more than some employers can manage on their own.

Laws regarding hiring, medical marijuana, wage deductions and paid sick leave are just a few that often stump employers. In fact, mandatory leave laws in general are some of the top reasons employers consider human resources outsourcing services.

Leave laws come into play when an employee asks for medical, family, pregnancy-related, military or various other types of leave. The federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), for example, applies to private employers with 50 or more employees and provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period.

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Topics: Human Resources

2018 Holiday Hiring Guidance for Employers

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Oct 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

‘Tis the season for holiday hiring. As retailers prepare for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, many have already staffed up this season, and others have virtual “now hiring” signs in the windows. Last year, seasonal retail employment increased by more than 668,000 during the final three months of the year, and this year is predicted to be just as strong. While many employers hire seasonal workers, not all may be fully aware of the regulations surrounding such employment.

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Topics: Hiring

PEO vs. HRO Services: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Jun 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When business owners choose what services to outsource, they often opt for human resources because it saves money and time in areas that typically aren’t core to the business.

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Topics: PEO Services

Storm Preparedness Tips for Business Owners and Employees

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on May 31, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Hurricane season is upon us, and Floridians have already encountered the first named storm of the season. NOAA’s National Hurricane Center predicts 10 to 16 named storms, of which five to nine may become hurricanes—including one to four major hurricanes. An average hurricane season sees about six hurricanes, with three becoming major. Business owners have much to consider when it comes to storm preparedness: protecting the company and it’s employees.

Click here to view FEMA’s Hurricane Ready Business Toolkit.

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Topics: Human Resources

3 Things Employers Should Know About Hiring Youth Workers

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on May 17, 2018 2:00:00 PM

The summer is upon us, and in Florida, that means tourists and sunshine (and of course a thunderstorm a day). It’s the time of year when many employers seek to hire seasonal help – and they look to youth workers, especially in retail. Just keep in mind, workers under 18 are subject to stricter federal and state work and safety rules.

Under federal law, you need to keep track of the ages of all workers under 18, and some states require special paperwork such as work permits.

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