Avoiding Religious Discrimination

The federal EEOC reported an increase of 13%  for religious discrimination claims in 2007.  Of the 2880 claims, 59.3% were found to have “no reasonable cause”.   On the claims with any merit, the EEOC collected $6.4 million, not counting litigation awards.  With society’s ever-growing religious diversity, it is important for organizations to understand how to …

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What is an EEO-1 Form?

Diversity Report Required: Do you know the ethnic makeup of your employees?  By law, you might be required to track this information.  September 30th is the deadline for filing the EEO-1 form for companies with 100 or more employees.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) uses this information to track diversity stats for your business. Steps …

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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?  The answer depends on your state.   Some states do require breaks for non-exempt employees, though most do NOT have any …

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What safety products does my business need?

Safety Products come in 5 categories: 1. Safety Signs and Tags 2. Storage and Handling (including HazMat spill kits) 3. Safety Posters 4. Safety Training 5. Parking and Directional Signage 1. Do you need safety signs or asset tags?  For safety reasons or OSHA compliance, many businesses need safety signs, equipment labels, and asset tags.  Consider …

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How much should I pay for an Employee Handbook?

What does it cost to get an Employee Handbook?  Many wonder how much they should pay for an employee handbook.  That price really depends on which of the following three paths you choose to follow: 1. Do-it-Yourself Path: Many consider buying an employee handbook template online, which can cost from $50 to $350 or more.  …

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What do I need for OSHA safety compliance?

OSHA safety compliance is essential for any business, non-profit, or ministry.  Regulations vary widely, depending on your industry, location, and size, but there are some essentials that all should consider: 1. Safety signs, labels, and tags 2. Safety supplies 3. Safety posters 4. Safety reporting and manuals 1. Safety signage:  Every organization needs basics like …

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How do you handle employee drug abuse?

Do you have a "Charlie Sheen" working for you?  Recently, famous actor Charlie Sheen made headlines for his alleged drug abuse, odd behavior, and legal problems.  His very public rants against his employer included verbal attacks, lawsuit threats, and bizarre accusations.  The result?  Shows were cancelled, dozens of people were laid off, and bad publicity …

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What is an OSHA Form 300 and why do I have to post it?

Required posting of injury report.  All employers with 10 or more employees must post an OSHA Form 300a in a prominent area at their facilities.  This form reports all of your workplace injuries for last year.  Certain low-hazard industries have partial exemption from some of the OSHA reporting requirements.  (Determined by your SIC code, but mainly includes retail, …

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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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How do I get safety signs for my business?

Do you need safety signs or asset tags?  For safety reasons or OSHA compliance, many businesses need safety signs, equipment labels, and asset tags.  Consider Seton, an excellent online source for your warehouse signs, warning labels and more: Do you need help with material handling or storage?  Consider C&H Distributers for everything from pallet jacks to …

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