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Work From Home

“Work From Home” Programs & Policies

Our organization is considering a “work-from-home” program, what specific guidelines or restrictions are recommended? If you decide to offer a telecommuting program, it is recommended that you create a policy and follow it consistently. In addition, any employee who telecommutes should sign an agreement stating that they have read and understood the policy and acknowledge […]


Pungency in the Breakroom

What should you do if you have complaints in the office about nasty smelling leftovers? Can you tell employees not to heat up stinky foods in the office breakroom microwave? While there are no legal guidelines you have to follow, it is recommended to be very sensitive when addressing this issue. You definitely do not […]

Affordable Care Act

2016 Affordable Care Act Changes

What are the Affordable Care Act changes scheduled to take place in 2016? Under the Affordable Care Act, there are several changes for large employers (100+ full time equivalent employees) and mid-sized employers (50-99 full time equivalent employees). Here are the major ones to be aware of in 2016: Employer Mandate Reporting Begins (Section 6056 […]

Seasonal Employees

Seasonal Employees and the ACA

How many weeks can an employee work and still be classified as a seasonal employee under the Affordable Care Act? The law has changed a bit on this issue of seasonal employees. If an employee works for your organization for less than six months, they may be classified as ‘seasonal’ and the employer mandate penalties […]

hair length

Workplace Policies on Hair Length

Are you able to include a dress code policy in your employee handbook that specifies requirements for facial hair/hair length? While it is legal to have an across the board policy that facial hair is not permitted or must be well-trimmed, some disabilities prevent people from being able to shave regularly. There are also some […]

Employee Disabilites

Employee Disabilities

Due to a medical condition, an employee requests to move their desk from facing a wall to somewhere they would be able to see a farther distance when looking up.  In a case such as this, is it appropriate for the company to ask for medical documentation before considering the request? If this employee has […]

hire for your culture

Three Ways to Hire for Your Culture

Have you ever hired that remarkably experienced, impressively skilled employee who just doesn’t seem to fit in with your company culture? You thought the new hire shared your values and would adjust well to your workplace, but for some reason the employee blends in not better than a tiger inside of a house.   What […]

tardy timesheets

Tardy Timesheet Submissions and the Law

If an employee does not submit his timesheet on time, can the company lawfully delay processing his paycheck until the next pay period?   It is the employer’s obligation to pay employees on the set payday, regardless of whether a timecard has been submitted. There is no exception to the law that allows any employer […]

new hires

How to Attract New Hires

  Is your company struggling to find new hires? You’re not alone! A lot of companies are having trouble filling openings, especially for jobs with skills in high demand. The trick here is to stand out. Start really talking up your benefits, company culture, and perks.   It is important to not be shy in […]


Military: Potential New Hires and Situations

How should you proceed with a potential new employee that is in the military?   First of all, military status is a protected class and cannot be a factor in the selection of applicants or other terms and conditions of employment.   The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA) protects the rights of applicants […]