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Age Discrimination 101: What You Need to Know

Age discrimination is more common than most people probably realize, with reported instances likely dwarfed by incidents no one ever hears about. Acting EEOC chair Victoria Lipnic says, “Like harassment, everyone knows it happens every day to workers in all kinds of jobs, but few speak up. It’s an open secret.” It’s also against the law.[…]

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Labor Law

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies reign supreme in today’s workplaces. Nearly nine out of ten (87%) companies expect employees to use personal devices for work purposes. In fact, at many organizations, using a smart device is a necessity. Nearly two-thirds of organizations use some kind of in-house app related to critical enterprise systems. With BYOD, companies don’t have to[…]

Small Business Compliance: 4 Ways You’re Probably Already Breaking the Law

Employee Misclassification The IRS itself is taking this problem more and more seriously. The idea is that you hire someone whom you manage as an employee but classify as a contractor; that means you don’t offer them benefits nor do you pay certain taxes for them. Employees lose benefits, the IRS loses income, and employers[…]

Employee Privacy FAQ: Key Questions

Can employers monitor employees’ telephone calls? For business calls, the answer is generally yes. Businesses may not monitor personal calls, but you can tell employees not to make personal calls from specified business phones which may be monitored. Notify employees of the company’s policy in employee handbooks or anywhere company policies are explained. Can employers[…]

HR Risk Management Part 1: The HR Risks That Need to Be Managed

Risk is intrinsic to business (and life). Even if you closed your business down today, you wouldn’t totally escape the risks; your former risks would simply morph into new ones. At heart, a risk is anything that can go wrong, and many businesses underestimate their HR-related risks. According to consultancy group EY: “HR risks continue[…]

Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace

Drug abuse can be a costly problem for employers. According to the National Safety Council, absenteeism, workplace injuries, workplace violence, and workers’ compensation claims are all more common among employees who abuse prescription drugs. However, drug testing is also a compliance minefield, subject to a host of laws and regulations. Here are the most pertinent[…]

A Basic Checklist for Ensuring Your Compensation Strategy is Compliant and Effective

Too many organizations are too disorganized when it comes to compensation. They make compensation-related decisions in a haphazard manner that (1) discounts applicable laws and regulations, (2) obscures whether their approach to compensation generates appropriate ROI, and (3) makes compensation and payroll management unnecessarily difficult. This kind of ad hoc approach to compensation often results[…]

Risk Management 101: Identifying What Your Risk Mitigation Plans Should Cover

If your organization doesn’t have a risk mitigation plan in place, you’re not just running a risk – you’re setting yourself up for trouble. If you don’t identify possible risks, problems will simply blindside you. At the start of your analysis, you want to identify three pieces of information: Each risk at every point in[…]

The 2019 State of Health Care Reform for Small Businesses

Health care reform has certainly seen its share of changes over the past few years, culminating in a shocking court ruling in December 2018 that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. That decision has been stayed pending appeals, but it raises important questions about the future of health care, especially as it affects small businesses.[…]