Should I have a Bad Weather Policy?

You should have a written Bad Weather Policy.  Sometimes, you may have an emergency shutdown due to severe weather.  It is important that you let your employees know what your policy is when this occurs.  As part of your Employee Handbook, you should have a policy for inclement weather, stating your pay policy (usually it …

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What HR policies should be included in an Employee Handbook?

What HR policies are required for your company, considering its location, industry and size?  Employee policies and laws can get confusing.  Some HR policies are required (depending on your size/state/industry), but most are optional.  Here is a list of some of the more-common policies available: Some policies that are essential for almost all Employee Handbooks …

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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 …

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Do I have to give employees a lunch break?

Employers have many questions concerning meal breaks: Are you required to give an employee a lunch break?  Is it only for those who work 8 hours?  How long should an employee lunch be?  30 minutes?  1 hour?  Should it be paid or not paid?  Did you know that only 20 states require private employers to …

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CA Sexual Harassment Training

California law requires that certain companies provide sexual harassment training for all supervisors.  Basic parameters for this law: * Company size: all companies with 50 or more employees * New supervisors must be trained within 6 months of promotion or hiring * All supervisors must be retrained every two years * Instruction must last a …

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Overtime for Sales Reps

Do outside sales reps get OT?  If you are the drug company Novartis, the answer is YES.  In July, Novartis lost a court case brought by their outside sales reps, claiming they were not really exempt employees.  The federal Second Court of Appeals ruled that Novartis' sales reps did not meet the qualifications to be exempt …

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