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Avoid Charges of Illegal Snooping

Q. One of my employees is upset because I looked in his desk drawer. He's claiming I invaded his privacy. What exactly does this mean? What do I need to know about the privacy rights of my employees? A. Employees have the right to be protected from unreasonable intrusions into their private affairs. The questions [...]

Use Job Descriptions to Ward Off ADA Discrimination Claims

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covered employers are obligated to make "reasonable" accommodations to help employees with disabilities perform their jobs. But if such employees can't perform "essential" job functions even with accommodations, employers have more options with respect to disabled employees, including termination. The definitions of "reasonable" and "essential" have always, to [...]

Beyond the Basics: 5 Things to Know About the FMLA

If you are a business who has employed more than 50 employees for at least 20 weeks in the current or previous year, then you need to be familiar with the basic rights of employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA, employees who have been with their employer for 12 [...]

Higher Pay Doesn’t Create High Morale

"Money [as a motivator or reward] is a very expensive substitute for genuine morale-building," said management consultant Paul Peyton, author of "Profit Power." "A high rate of pay won't create high morale," said Peyton. "You can pay employees enough to endure abusive conditions, but you can't pay them enough to buy their enthusiastic involvement in the profits [...]

Help Veterans on Your Staff Thrive

A survey of veterans by Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families found that half of the respondents left their first civilian jobs within a year, and 65% left within two years. A commonly cited reason was culture shock. Employers that make a point of hiring veterans — and those that don't — owe it to [...]

How to Grow Your Business with a PEO

“[PEOs] now provide…services to about 180,000 companies that collectively employ more than 3 million workers and generate $156 billion in annual revenues.” ( Does your business manage all HR and benefits administration responsibilities in-house? It might be time to look into partnering with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). A PEO provides an outsourced solution to [...]

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 employers [...]

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 level [...]

4 HR Risks Your Company May Face This Month

“Action and adaptability create opportunity.” —Garrison Wynn Did you know? The U.S. Dept of Labor is currently asking for public comment on potential changes to the overtime rule to determine which employees are exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? (SHRM) A revised version of form I-9, employment [...]