Eight Items to Watch for in Your Employee Handbook

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Employers are required to provide employees with notice of their rights as employees. For small businesses, the familiar break room posters may be all that’s needed. Once a business grows beyond a few employees at one workplace, however, an employee handbook may be in order. Since an employee handbook may appear in court, it is … Read more

Lessons Learned about Discrimination Based on Citizenship Status

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There are many types of discrimination employers must avoid when hiring employees. One that is often overlooked is discrimination based on citizenship status. The cases discussed below demonstrate the risks associated with this form of discrimination, whether it is discrimination based on being a U.S. citizen or not being a U.S. citizen but being legally … Read more

Four Solutions to Bridge the Generation Gap in the Workplace

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The millennial generation is entering the workplace and causing the more seasoned employees to roll their eyes and shake their heads. Having four different generations working together is challenging, but being willing to learn the experiences that shaped each one helps bring understanding and solutions. The newest generations are exactly where the older generations were … Read more

Understanding Permissible Deductions for Exempt Employees’ Salaries

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Salary Deductions for Exempt Employees The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempts certain classes of employees from their overtime payments requirements. The most common of these are administrative, executive, and professional employees. To be classified as exempt, employees must usually satisfy two criteria or tests – the salary basis test and duty tests. To meet … Read more

How to Deal with a Difficult Employee

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No workplace is immune from conflict, and one frequent source of conflict is the difficult employee. Any type of stress, including in interpersonal relations, triggers a fight-or-flight response, and one of those two choices are what an owner or manager may make first when faced with unacceptable behavior. While literally running away is rare in … Read more

ICE’s I-9 Audits Will Increase by 400% in Fiscal Year 2018

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*Author Introduction* I’m excited about providing to you timely and impactful articles about the strange world of I-9 forms and immigration compliance for employers. I realize most employers just hate the words, I-9 forms and ICE. Both can cause you lots of headaches and maybe financial penalties. I hope through these regular articles that I … Read more

Marijuana Use Is Becoming Legal. Is Your Company Prepared?

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In early 2018, recreational or adult-use marijuana became legal in Maine, making it one of many states that permit either medical or recreational marijuana use. As the number of states that allow the use of marijuana grows, potential problems for employers grow as well. Below we discuss three of the many issues employers face in … Read more

Supreme Court Case Highlights Arbitration

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis has brought mandatory arbitration agreements back to the headlines. While one law professor claims that the decision closed “the courthouse doors,” another argues that the decision may ultimately benefit workers because “arbitration…provides a cheaper, more informal mechanism for workers to assert their claims.” Another expert … Read more

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