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The Secret to Hassle-Free Payroll

It’s human nature to pay more attention when things go wrong than when they’re running smoothly. This is particularly true when it comes to payroll. Come payday, an employee checks her bank account, sees her paycheck has been deposited and that the amount is what she expected. Check. She moves on to pay her bills [...]

Pay Policy for Mandatory Meetings

A source of irritation for employees can be the issue of pay -- or no pay -- for time spent attending meetings and training sessions. Tell employees they have to attend a meeting or training program, and the employees may raise questions like these: Is attendance mandatory, or can we skip it? If we show up, do [...]

How the Work World is Changing with Millennials

Definitions of the Millennial generation vary, but basically these are people who, today, range from 20 to 36 years old. Their distinctive characteristics are attributed to two primary factors: Most were raised by highly attentive Baby Boomer parents, and Instant communication via electronic technology has been ubiquitous. As Millennials left home and went to college, far [...]

Time Clocks Play More than a Policing Role

If your company still uses a manual time tracking system, you are probably losing time and money, as well as opportunities to streamline payroll and labor management. Time Tracking Devices The core of time tracking, whether it's a simple time clock or an elaborate time and attendance system, is the device that recognizes when an employee logs [...]

Accommodating Pregnant Employees: A Refresher Course

Although several federal laws address pregnancy discrimination, employers need to be aware that it's generally state and local rules that govern a company's policies and actions on this important matter. With so much attention paid to the rights of pregnant employees, it's easy for employers to assume that these workers have more protections than they actually [...]

HR&P weighs in on Sexual Harrasment

Recently, HR&P was highlighted by the Houston NBC affiliate, KPRC Channel 2, to discuss the recent surge in sexual harassment claims in the news.  Channel 2 called upon HR&P’s own, William “Buck” Brewster, JD, SPHR, to sit down with reporter, Jake Reiner, to review the impact of these claims and how employers are responding. Watch [...]

Paid Sick Leave is Spreading

“Nearly three-quarters of private sector workers receive paid sick days from their employers. [NPR] In our last post, we covered the intricacies of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This week we’re going to look at paid sick leave, which is now a requirement in 8 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., as well as in [...]

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 [...]