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August 26, 2015

What are the advantages and disadvantages of including a salary range in the job description?

Posting a salary range for a job opening is one of the most underrated dilemmas in human resources. On one hand, you want to filter out candidates whose salary expectations don’t match your own. On the other, you risk shutting out candidates who might object to your proposed salary expectation before they have explored the […]

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August 26, 2015

Is footwear considered part of a uniform that is subject to employer reimbursement?

Sometimes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to workers. PPE includes any gear that minimizes risk of injury to workers while performing their duties. Depending on the work being done, PPE can include: hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, respirators, and protective eye or foot gear. Examples […]

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August 26, 2015

If hourly employees accrue hours for vacation or time off, do I have to allow all employees the same opportunity?

No. You may choose which classes of employees can earn accrued vacation time. You may choose to offer accrued vacation time to hourly employees and exclude contract and probationary employees, for example. Or, you could offer this benefit to full-time hourly workers and exclude part-time hourly workers. Clarifying in the employee contract and handbook which […]

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August 26, 2015

What are the best practices for implementing an employee dress code?

Ideally a dress code should express the attitude you want your company to demonstrate. Start by considering the importance of professional appearance and employee comfort. Avoid dress code discrimination Employers can get into legal trouble over their dress code if it can be interpreted as being discriminatory against a particular gender, religion, age, or ethnicity. […]

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August 26, 2015

What types of things are most important to include in an employee handbook?

Overview Employee handbooks are an important tool for companies to communicate their goals, procedures, policies, and expectations with employees. Ideally, handbooks are a useful point of reference, and help to avoid miscommunications regarding workplace conduct. The key to a well-crafted handbook is including necessary information without making it monotonous or overloaded. To Include Best practices […]

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August 25, 2015

3 Small Businesses Using Culture to Create Unique Employee Benefits

Everyone knows that big companies like Google, Facebook, and Netflix offer some incredible perks of employment, but what about small businesses? Can the so-called “little guys” compete on perks without deep pockets? As it turns out, the answer is ‘yes’. These days, small businesses are offering unique employee benefits that leverage their company culture in […]

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August 25, 2015

When an employee is terminated for violating a company policy, what is the best way to notify the workforce of the termination?

Violating company policy can be the basis for a behavior-related termination. When it comes to notifying the workplace about the termination, much depends on the specific situation. Notifying the workplace immediately is usually a good idea. Besides the staff who will deal directly with the termination (likely the IT department and the benefits administrator), other […]

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August 25, 2015

What kind of written warning process should be in place to document poor job performance?

The written warning process should depend on the severity of the issue at hand, and, if possible, should follow verbal conversations between employee and employer. The Letter Though it can be reviewed by an HR professional, the letter usually comes from the employee’s direct supervisor. The tone of the letter should be formal and copies […]

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August 25, 2015

In which state do out-of-state employees pay income tax?

Answer If an employee lives in one state and works in another, they will be paying “resident” taxes to their home state and “non-resident” taxes to the state in which they work. For example, if the company is located in New York, while the employee lives and works in St. Loius, then the employee will […]

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August 25, 2015

If an employee gets sick after using all of their Paid Time Off (PTO) for the year, am I obligated to grant them additional paid time for sick leave?

Overview of Federal Law There is no federal law requiring employers to provide sick leave, paid, or unpaid. As an employer, you are only required to provide the amount of PTO that you agreed to provide in the employment contract or agreement. If you do grant PTO, and an employee uses all of their PTO, […]

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August 24, 2015

What type of notice must a company give to it employees if the company plans on merging with another company and using the latter’s benefits package?

Short Answer Since it is the company’s right to change insurance policies at any time, the company is under no obligation to provide a notice to employees, absent a union contract. That said, to foster positive employee relations, the company should give as much advance notice to employees as possible. ERISA & IRS Rules for […]

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August 22, 2015

How can I find my state’s and city’s minimum wage?

As a human resources professional, you should have a good grasp of your state’s own minimum wage laws. By understanding minimum wage laws, you can verify whether employers are in compliance. Finding the Minimum Wage for Your State Finding your state’s minimum wage is easy. To do so, visit the United States Department of Labor’s […]

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