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Handbook Policy or Procedure Manuals

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Handbook Policy or Procedure Manuals – What’s the difference? Many times when I’m asked to review employee handbooks, I find a mish-mash of policies, procedures, directives, and threats that contains pages and pages and pages of details most of which are out dated...

Updating Your Employee Handbook

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Here are 5-Questions to Ask When Updating Your Employee Handbook! If it’s been awhile since you last updated your employee handbook, you may be in for a surprise at how quickly a handbook policy can become stale. As a matter of fact, those of you who don’t keep up with changing...

Pay Discrimination

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They said it couldn’t happen but listen to this…. When pay discrimination comes back to bite you based on your employee handbook…listen up! A female bank employee quit after 25 years, because a male co-worker earned more than she did. She filed an Equal Pay Act (EPA)...

Time is Running Out…Are You Ready for FLSA?

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Time is Running Out…Are You Ready for FLSA? FLSA changes are almost here and I can’t open my Inbox, read an article, or even run into someone where the topic doesn’t turn to the looming Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Changes deadline and the hope that will be saved at the last...

It’s All About the Documentation

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She said it could never happen at her company. They were all just like family. But listen to this. Mary owned and operated a small bakery where she employed 15 people. Everyone knew each other and the work environment was relaxed and informal. When Mary started her business she...

What’s all the Fuss? It’s only Paper.

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Joan, a 42-year old retail clerk at a local department store had been there for nine years. During the time she was employed she consistently received favorable annual performance reviews noting that she was efficient, on time, and displayed good customer service skills. In...

To Carry or Not to Carry?

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John is a business owner in Texas where he believes everything is bigger and better and a little wild is good but not in his place of operation. John’s company is a semi-skilled service operation and he’s pretty strict about employees following the rules. Recently, John was...

Managing Employee Files

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Many people might pass up this blog post up because the topic is not very snazzy and employee files are not at the top of the “must do food chain” but here are few facts that you should be keep in mind. Recently, Elizabeth was working with a client when the topic of employee...

Are You Ho-Hum About Handbooks?

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We know they are a pain to create and a bigger pain to keep updated. All too often we completely forget about them once they are completed. Trust us when we say that we understand what a pain creating your employee handbook can be…we create them all the time for clients. But...

Is It Gossip Or Something Worse?

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Jane sits at the break room table and tells the group that she just heard Suzie is having a baby. Tom walks into the office and announces that he just saw Mike and Fred walking down the street holding hands. Sally overhears Kim tell John that the guy in the mailroom is dating the...