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Despite Popularity of Remote Work, Employer Comfort Levels Still Shaky

Legions of office workers have been skipping the commute for a few years now, working remotely in the comfort of their homes and relying on technology to keep them connected to their colleagues. Especially during the pandemic, employers and employees alike were relieved that work could go on without people gathering in the office. But […]
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Striking the Right Balance: Handling Summer Vacations at Work

With summer upon us, summer vacations are looming. While large companies can handle employee time off relatively easily, smaller firms may struggle. Even large companies with key personnel—or small teams within large organizations—may find it hard to juggle responsibilities to accommodate vacations. While it’s crucial for companies to encourage staff to take time off to […]
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Ask the Expert: How to Implement Fair, Transparent Compensation Practices

Question: Are there any laws regulating whether managers and supervisors are allowed to know the compensation of the employees they supervise? Answer: There’s currently no law that regulates whether managers and supervisors are allowed to know the compensation of the employees they supervise. Employers may therefore implement policies restricting the sharing of this information. However, […]
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Measuring the Success of RTO Policies

It’s no secret that there has been a tug of war between employers and employees in the post-COVID era around return-to-office (RTO) efforts on the part of employers. While many employers would love to bring staff back to the office, a majority of employees prefer fully remote or at least hybrid work arrangements. And while […]
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EntertainHR: Employer’s Guide to Navigating Mental Health in the Workplace

In just a few short weeks, the world will tune in to watch the most talented athletes in the planet beat world records and achieve what no one has done before. After years of training, it will all come down to that one race, that one floor exercise. With cameras in their face and millions […]
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FTC Says Noncompetes Are Over, Mostly, and Now Courts Will Decide

The general rule on noncompete clauses in many states has been unchanged for some time. Unless there’s a public policy reason to declare them void, noncompetes are generally enforceable as long as they are reasonable in time and scope and narrowly tailored to protect the employer’s legitimate business interest without imposing an undue hardship on […]
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5 Actions HR Leaders Can Take to Stop Bullying Behavior at Work

Since the pandemic, most organizations are reporting an increase in bullying – in the office and online. According to a Workplace Bullying Institute survey in 2021, just a year into the pandemic, workplace bullying rose to 30% of employees directly experiencing it and 43% of those working online. This has caught most people by surprise; […]
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Classify Part-Time & Full-Time Employment to Determine Benefits

Many employers offer benefits to their full-time employees that they don’t offer their part-time employees. But when employees work part-time some weeks and full-time other weeks, determining their status for benefits purposes can be tricky. Fortunately, we have some helpful advice. Define Your Terms Determining whether a variable-hour employee qualifies for benefits depends on how […]
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Taking Adverse Employment Actions Based on Background Checks

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was enacted to promote accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies (CRA). Employment background checks are a form of consumer report, so employers that conduct background checks on job applicants or employees must follow the procedures outlined in the FCRA. Failure […]
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Are You Protecting Your Organization in the Age of Generative AI?

Whether to integrate generative artificial intelligence (GAI) into an organization has been top of mind in many corporate boardrooms. In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, GAI technology adoption holds immense promise for driving innovation, enhancing productivity, and gaining a competitive edge. However, along with GAI’s opportunities, it also brings myriad risks and uncertainties. From data […]
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Ask the Expert: Clear, Consistent Paid-Time-Off Policies Are Vital

Question: An employee worked his entire 40 hours by Wednesday and has requested paid time off (PTO) for Thursday and Friday, bringing the week’s total hours worked to 56. Are we required to pay him for the additional requested time, considering he had already worked his 40 hours and our handbook says PTO is to […]
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Companies’ Online Recruiting Should Comply with Other State Laws

During the pandemic, both employers and employees discovered that remote work could benefit them. Allowing remote work has expanded employers’ pool of applicants nationwide. Despite the advantages of a bigger pool of candidates and cost savings, we’re beginning to see cases stemming from employers’ inadvertent violations of other states’ laws when making work available to […]
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