Do Employees get time off to vote?

Do you have to give your employees time off for voting?  The answer is “yes” in most states, but there are specific conditions which change depending on your location. Do you have to give employees PAID time off for voting?  Yes, in certain states. These questions are important for an employer to know, especially in some states where …

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Beware the recent changes in employee policies caused by the NLRB

This post is a warning for businesses and non-profits.  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been very active in challenging many employee policies that had been settled law.  This blog, HR Quick Answers, is a service of New Wind Business Solutions,  a company that custom-designs Employee Handbooks for businesses and non-profits throughout the USA.  …

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Are Employee Breaks Required?

Must an Employer give all employees a break?  Do you have to give your employees a rest break every 4 hours?  How long does the break have to be?  Are breaks paid time or unpaid?  As an employer, you need to be aware of what is required of you, or risk a lawsuit for violating Wage …

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What should I pay? Salary vs. Hourly

Employee Classifications: This is a big question for most employers.  Do I pay employees a salary or an hourly wage?  To decide the answer, you first must determine if the person can qualify as Exempt or not: Non-Exempt/ Hourly: Most employees fall into this group.  They are paid at an hourly rate.  Such employees are …

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When do you pay overtime?

When does overtime (OT) start?  40 hours in a week or 8 hours in a day?  Federal law states that an employer usually must pay time-and-a-half (1.5) after 40 hours in a week.  There are a few exceptions to this rule for certain industries (like farm laborers) and certain positions (exempt, salaried employees).  State Laws: …

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What New Hire forms do I need?

When hiring new employees, what forms are needed?  What new hire forms are helpful?  New Hire forms fall into the following categories: 1. Legally-required Forms and Posters 2. HR Forms that help you get the job done Legally-Required Forms and Posters- Be sure to have all of the following items when hiring employees: Form I-9 …

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