25 Great Ways to Reward Employees While on a Tight Budget

Employees love to be appreciated for the work they do; they want to feel that they are important and that the company cares about their work. Organizations who adequately reward and recognize employees typically operate up to 30% better than those who don’t recognize/reward. There are multiple benefits to rewarding and recognizing employees, which include: … Continue reading 25 Great Ways to Reward Employees While on a Tight Budget

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Supreme Court Rules Employers Can Ban Class Action Lawsuits in Arbitration

The Supreme Court ruled that businesses can ban class action lawsuits in litigation, blocking potential class-action lawsuits. The case challenged provisions in employee contracts called arbitration agreements in which employees agree that if there is a dispute between them and an employer they will resolve it without filing a lawsuit. The court voted 5-4 that … Continue reading Supreme Court Rules Employers Can Ban Class Action Lawsuits in Arbitration

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NLRB: Workplace Policies New Test

NLRB Adopts New Test for Workplace Policies Employers Can Require ‘Basic Standards of Civility’ In a recent case, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) established a new standard for judging whether workplace rules, policies, and employee handbook provisions unlawfully interfere with rights protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under the prior standard, workplace … Continue reading NLRB: Workplace Policies New Test

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Got Interns? Beware, DOL Adopts New Test

Test Relevant to Minimum Wage & Overtime Pay Requirements The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has adopted the “primary beneficiary” test for determining whether interns of for-profit employers count as employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), according to an agency statement. The statement noted that four federal appellate courts have adopted the … Continue reading Got Interns? Beware, DOL Adopts New Test

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Alert! DOL Increases Penalty Rates for Labor Law Violations for 2018

Increases Apply to Civil Monetary Penalties Assessed After January 2, 2018 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a final rule adjusting . forinflation the civil monetary penalties assessed for violations of a number of federal labor laws. The rule increases penalties for employers that do not comply with certain requirements under the federal … Continue reading Alert! DOL Increases Penalty Rates for Labor Law Violations for 2018

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EEOC Releases Guidance on Workplace Harassment Prevention

Agency Offers Recommendations for Employers The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued Promising Practices for Preventing Harassment, a guidance document that features harassment prevention recommendations for employers in four broad categories: Leadership and accountability; Harassment policies; Harassment complaint systems; and Harassment training. Under each of the four categories, the guidance lists numerous actions employers … Continue reading EEOC Releases Guidance on Workplace Harassment Prevention

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Alcohol and Office Holiday Parties: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Liability

Office holiday parties can build morale, offer opportunities for more casual interactions among workers, and reward employees for a productive year– but did you know they can also be a source of liability for your company? If you choose to have alcohol at your holiday party, consider the following tips to help keep you and … Continue reading Alcohol and Office Holiday Parties: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Liability

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Sample Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment is on the rise. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As an employer, you have a responsibility to maintain a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. This is your legal obligation, but it also makes good business sense. If you allow … Continue reading Sample Sexual Harassment Policy

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5 Ways To Deal With Politics in the Workplace

Let’s face it, discussing politics can be tense. At this time, employees may be more apt to discuss politics as well as disagree on various topics related to political issues. Tempers can flare and productivity can suffer. Below are 5 ways to reduce potentially heated political conversations in the workplace. Ensure Managers are trained to avoid political conversations/discussions in the workplace … Continue reading 5 Ways To Deal With Politics in the Workplace

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