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The Americans with Disabilities Act Definition for Employers

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Navigating employment law can be a challenge for many employers, but compliance with laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is critical to avoiding legal woes. Many employers aren’t sure what these federal laws entail or whether they apply to their business, so we’re going to break down what you need to know, starting with the Americans with Disabilities Act definition.

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Topics: HR policies

Pre Employment Background Check: Best Practices

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Hiring employees is no simple task. There are resumes to sift through, interviews to schedule and stacks of paperwork to manage. Once you’ve nailed down a list of potential candidates, the list of hiring-related tasks just gets longer! One of the main components in the hiring process is the pre employment background check.

Criminal record checks are a part of this process and can be an effective component of hiring. After all, you want to be sure your staff represents your company well.

EEOC: What Employers Need to Know About Pre Employment Background Checks

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Topics: Hiring Employees, HR policies

Don’t Let Workplace Lawsuits Put You out of Business, Part 2

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to defending a workplace lawsuit, strong written policies with signed acknowledgements from your employees will go a long way. Another important element of being prepared is documenting employee problems and corrective actions. Even though it seems like common sense to fire an employee who repeatedly performs badly, you shouldn’t get too comfortable with “at will” employment. The doctrine (in most states) dictates an employer or employee can terminate employment at any time, with or without notice and with or without cause. If you follow this practice, you don’t even need a reason to let someone go, let alone documentation, but it won’t sit well with a judge and jury.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance, HR policies

Don’t Let Workplace Lawsuits Put You out of Business, Part 1

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Jun 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you’ve been in business any amount of time, you likely already know there’s nothing employers can necessarily do avoid lawsuits. In fact, you can do everything right and still get sued, so the goal to preventing workplace lawsuits from putting you out of business, is your ability to defend one, should you need to. Any time employers are required to defend themselves against allegations of wrongful conduct it costs money. However, the strength of your company’s HR practices can be the difference between a few thousand-dollars and a million.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance, HR policies

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