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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Is your Business ready for an Earthquake?

Are you prepared for an earthquake or other natural disaster?  Your business should plan ahead for a natural disaster, considering the safety of 1)customers, 2) employees, and 3) records. Customer and Employee Safety: Be sure that you are ready in the following areas: 1. Basic protection- smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, Haz-mat spill …

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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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Should I use an Employee Handbook service?

What are the benefits of using an Employee Handbook Service?  When it is time to create an Employee Handbook for your business, non-profit, or church, it is often helpful to use an HR consulting company to do the work for you. 3 options for creating an Employee Handbook: 1. DIY- You can download an Employee Handbook …

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Should you have an Employee Dating policy in your Employee Handbook?

Should an Employee Handbook have a policy about Employee Dating?  The personal lives of your employees are really none of your business, UNLESS their actions affect their work performance.  That is why you can have policies setting rules on Other Employment, Off-Duty Drug Abuse, and other activities outside of work.  When it comes to dating, …

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Should our Church use an Employee Handbook template?

Time for a new Church Employee Handbook?  If so, then should you use an employee handbook template to build your own staff manual?  That really depends on the expertise of your staff and/or volunteer experts.  Most handbook templates offered are aimed at businesses, not non-profits and certainly not churches.  If you have someone you can …

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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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Do I need an At-Will Employment policy?

At-will employment is often misunderstood by both employers and employees.  The idea of "at-will" is that employment can be terminated at any time (with or without reason) by either the employer or the employee.  If not explained correctly, an At-Will policy can make employees feel like they are not valued; that the organization does not want to …

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What is the deadline for issuing Form W-2s to my employees?

Employers need to "furnish" employee W-2 forms by January 31st.  That means that the forms must be properly addressed and mailed before that due date.  You can also hand them out in person by that date.  Failure to furnish the W-2 forms by the deadline can result in fines. Must the Form W-2 report the value of …

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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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