HR Legal Compliance: Laws That Matter to Business Owners

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Jul 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In our decades of partnering with businesses of all sizes, we’ve learned that business owners really don’t know what they don’t know. What we mean is we find a great deal of clients who have no idea about complying with the state and federal laws that apply to their business – and that’s a major risk. Non-compliance not only hurts your employees and company, the fees associated with not meeting deadlines or following the correct procedures could just put you under. When it comes to HR legal compliance, here are the laws that matter to business owners:

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Topics: Human Resources, Small Business Management, Legal News & Compliance

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

An Employer’s Guide to Calculating Overtime & Travel Time

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on May 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to calculating overtime and travel time, employers need to pay extra attention to overtime requirements because a mistake can cost a lot more than 1 ½ times an employee’s regular pay. Federal overtime requirements are based on each individual workweek, which can be any fixed and recurring 168-hours (seven consecutive 24-hour periods).

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance

Which Paycheck Deductions are Permissible?

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

To deduct or not to deduct? It’s a common question for employers and a complex issue you want to get right. For both exempt and non-exempt employees, permissible paycheck deductions typically include those required by law (taxes) or by court order (garnishments) and those at the request and for the benefit of the employee (benefits premiums, 401(k) deposits). Aside from those situations, you generally may not deduct from an exempt employee’s pay – with a few exceptions:

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll, Legal News & Compliance, Hiring Employees, Hiring

Workers Plan to Protest Trump's Policies in 'May Day' Demonstration

Posted by David Peasall, VP, Benefits and Human Resources on May 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Thousands of service workers across the country are planning to walk off the job today, May 1, 2017. The demonstrators are protesting President Donald Trump's policies, including his stance on immigration. May 1st, also known as "International Workers' Day," is a traditional day for labor activism.

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Topics: Legal News & Compliance

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