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Employee Refuses to Sign the Handbook

Employee Refuses to Sign the Handbook. How Should You Respond?

  Question: One of our employees refuses to sign the handbook. What should we do with him? Answer: First things first, talk to him about why he doesn’t want to sign the handbook. There may be an easily resolved misunderstanding about what his signature on this document means. If that conversation doesn’t solve the problem, and you […]

Employee Turnover

The Real Costs of Employee Turnover—And How to Measure Them

Employee turnover is expensive—more so than you might think. According to a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, the average cost-per-hire is $4,129. However, turnover costs can vary depending on the length of time it takes to fill the role, the importance of the position to the employer, and the employer’s industry. […]

Overtime Pay

How Should You Calculate Overtime Pay?

Make sure you’re calculating overtime pay on workweek basis, not a pay period basis. Non-exempt employees must be paid time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek, regardless of total hours worked in the pay period. The workweek is the 7-day, 168-hour period during which you track employee time to […]

Sexual Orientation Protected in Employment

Sexual Orientation Protected in Employment, According to Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal

On April 4th, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal Appellate Court to rule that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sex includes sexual orientation. The Court’s ruling creates law only in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Every other Circuit Court of Appeals, except for the Ninth Circuit, has […]

Workaholics Day

Happy Workaholics Day!

Today is Workaholics Day! By definition, a “workaholic” is a person addicted to their work. While dedication is certainly an admirable trait, a healthy work-life balance is also important. For all the workaholics of the world, today is the day to step back and take it easy. If you fall into this category, take an […]

Employment Law Changes

Employment Law Changes

Are you up to date on what you can and can’t ask an applicant?  Not only do you need to know Federal law changes, there are also laws specific to each state.  For example New York recently made it illegal to ask an applicant about their salary history.  Companies that do ask can face fines […]

job descriptions reflect reality

Make sure job descriptions reflect reality

by THE HR SPECIALIST: TEXAS EMPLOYMENT LAW on JANUARY 2, 2017 8:00AM in CENTERPIECE,DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT,HUMAN RESOURCES Usually, courts rely on the job descriptions employers provide when deciding whether an ADA accommodation adequately helped a disabled employee perform the essential functions of a job. However, if an employee can show that the job description doesn’t accurately or completely describe […]

Firing a Complainer

Think Twice Before Firing a Complainer

by THE HR SPECIALIST: PENNSYLVANIA EMPLOYMENT LAW on DECEMBER 12, 2016 2:00PM in DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT,FIRING,HUMAN RESOURCES If you have a worker who has complained about some form of discrimination, think twice before you terminate her … unless you have fully investigated the complaint and reasonably concluded it doesn’t have merit. Recent case: Christina, who is in her fifties, worked […]

improve communication

Resolve to improve communication at work

by COMMUNICATION BRIEFINGS on DECEMBER 8, 2016 9:00AM in CENTERPIECE,OFFICE COMMUNICATION,WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION Vow now to put an end to bad habits and overhaul weak communication. Follow these tips: Accept that you can improve. Everyone has weaknesses, including you, and everyone has room for improvement. Take the time to pinpoint your flaws. Think about recent experiences where conflict arose; mistakes occurred; […]


Are Your Managers Causing Potential Lawsuits?

We stress documentation, following procedures, and fairness often.  The reason is these are some key areas managers fail and can open the door the potential lawsuits.  The article below talks about these and other areas that can lead to lawsuits. http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/12903/the-dirty-dozen-manager-mistakes-that-spark-lawsuits If your managers need additional training, contact CyQuest today!