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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How can a small business consultant help?

How can a HR consultant help your small business?  There are many areas where a consultant can be of help : 1. Hiring and Firing 2. Employee Policies 3. Employee Relations Hiring and Firing help:  An HR consultant can help your small business with developing interviewing and hiring forms, training supervisors on hiring and firing …

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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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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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Do I have to pay employees during bad weather shutdowns?

Do you pay employees during an emergency closure?  When bad weather or a natural disaster occurs, a business can be forced to close down for a time.  The closure might be caused by weather conditions like snow, heavy rain, hurricane, tornado, flooding, or sleet.  The closure could also occur due to a natural disaster or other …

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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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Can you fire an employee for Facebook remarks?

Can you discipline or fire an employee who makes bad comments on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site?  Recently, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut, alleging that they fired an employee for the disparaging remarks she made on Facebook while on her own time.  The NLRB alleges …

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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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Hiring Immigrants

Recently, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against an Arizona community college district over discrimination when hiring legal immigrants.  Supposedly, the college district was demanding too many documents, going beyond what is required by federal law.  The DOJ is wanting to penalize the district $1,100 per violation (over $270k total), according to Politico: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41626.html What …

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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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