Lauren Perales

As an HR Advisor at Zenefits, Lauren provides guidance and best practices to companies of all sizes with any HR and compliance questions. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and chasing her three dogs around.

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Are there any special considerations I need to take into account when terminating a pregnant employee?

It is unlawful to terminate a pregnant employee because of her pregnancy according to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. As long as the termination is not due to her pregnancy, a pregnant employee’s termination should be treated like any other. As you would with any employee, be sure to document according to state law any poor […]

When and how often should I conduct performance reviews?

There are no federal laws dictating periodic performance reviews. Though, some states have industry-specific guidelines for performance reviews, such as teachers in Illinois. If your state’s labor laws don’t dictate performance reviews, it’s advisable to implement a clear company policy to ensure that your review process is applied equally to all of your employees. Set […]

What should a new hire training program include?

Having a good training program is essential for making sure your new hire is prepared for their job, and making the new hire feel comfortable and welcome in your organization. To ensure the best job training and guarantee high employee retention, you can include the following in your program:: An Employee Training Packet On their […]

At what point should a company consider holding a Harassment/Discrimination Training?

When deciding the best time to hold harassment training, first check your state laws to see if there are regulations about when such training is required. If your state doesn’t have specific regulations, it’s best practice to hold training during the orientation process for new hires, then periodically thereafter. Train Early and Often According to […]

Am I allowed to check a candidate’s social media accounts when reviewing their resume?

You can check a candidate’s public social media accounts, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but before you do, there a few factors to consider. Using Social Media as a Disqualifier The biggest issue with using social media before you’ve met a candidate is that you may end up disqualifying them for non-job related qualities. People […]

Do I need to offer healthcare benefits to my interns?

It depends on the size of your company, and specifics of the internship. Below is a guide to determining which benefits, if any, you need to provide your interns: ACA The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide healthcare benefits for covered employees, which are defined as employees working […]

What do I need to review before firing an employee?

When firing an employee, you need to make sure that you have documented any performance issues, checked all state and federal laws to ensure that the termination complies with applicable laws and does not violate any law or regulation, and followed all proper procedures like issuing final wages and other payments, where required. If you […]

If I only pay independent contractors, should I to apply for a state identification number and contribute to my state’s workers’ compensation insurance fund?

Because rules on identification numbers and workers’ compensation vary from state to state, you’ll need to check with your specific local laws to determine your answer. 1099 Defined 1099 refers to a series of IRS documents known as information forms. While there are a number of different 1099s, Form 1099-MISC, pertains to [independent contractors, and […]

Does an employer need to be checking I-9 documents beyond an employee’s first day of employment for any upcoming expiration date listed on the ID’s provided?

US citizens and noncitizen nationals generally don’t need reverification. For other employees, you need to re-verify their documents if they expire. Reverification According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you don’t need to reverify an expired US passport an Alien Registration Receipt Card/Permanent Resident Card or a document from List B that […]

Can I change my PTO policy without notifying my employees first?

While you aren’t required to notify employees in advance when changing your paid time off (PTO) policy, it’s best to do so. Check Your State Laws Though federal law doesn’t require PTO, certain state laws do weigh in on the matter. So, first check with your state to make sure the change complies with any […]