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Hostile Work Environment

What Is a Hostile Work Environment?

Question: Several employees have complained that one of our managers is regularly abrasive and rude, yelling at employees and sometimes insulting them. Could he be creating a hostile work environment? Answer: Possibly, but not necessarily. It sounds like this manager’s abrasive and rude manner has made employees feel uncomfortable and affected morale. It’s worth addressing on those […]

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Can an Employee Submit a New W-4 at Any Time?

Question: Can an employee submit a new W-4 at any time? Answer: Yes, an employee may submit a new W-4 anytime they have changes. Often, they’ll submit a new form when they know they’ll be changing exemptions, adjustments, deductions, or credits on their return. For example, an employee may want to increase their withholding by decreasing the […]

W-2 Employee & 1099 Independent Contractor

Can the Same Person Be Both a W-2 Employee and a 1099 Independent Contractor?

Question: Can the same person be both an employee and an independent contractor? Answer: According to IRS guidelines, it is possible to have a W-2 employee who also performs work as a 1099 independent contractor so long as the individual is performing completely different duties that would qualify them as an independent contractor. Some legitimate examples that […]


Answers To Avoid Using During An Interview

The questions that you give during a job interview will determine whether or not you are going to get the job. Most managers, HR reps, and recruiters will often ask many of the same questions. There are certain answers to these questions that the person doing the hiring doesn’t want to hear. If you want […]

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6 Resume Changes You Should Make Before Applying For A Job

Your resume is the first impression that employers will have of you. Employers use candidate’s resumes to create a short list of people that they would like to bring in for an interview. If your resume isn’t just right or if it is unimpressive, your chances of getting an interview are very slim if you […]

oldest businesses in the United States

The Oldest Businesses in the United States

Does your small business have what it takes to be on a similar map in 100 years?  A strong HR department is important to reaching that goal.  We can help design your benefits package/programs, retirement plans, employee manual, onboarding process, and so much more!  Contact CyQuest today!  


The Importance of Non-Discrimination

What is the importance of non-discrimination? Let’s take a look at this insanely expensive lawsuit on this very subject. Bass pro to pay $10.5 million to settle EEOC hiring discrimination and retaliation suit Outdoor Equipment Chain Discriminated in Hiring and Punished Employees for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged HOUSTON – Springfield, Mo.-based Bass Pro Outdoor World, […]

Politics in the Workplace

When Managers Talk Politics in the Workplace

Question: Some managers have been continually talking about politics in the workplace, not taking into consideration anyone else’s political backgrounds and beliefs. It gets offensive at times, but employees are afraid to say anything. Any advice on how this can be handled? Answer: In general, a private employer can limit political expression in the workplace—provided they don’t […]

Reasons Why Employees Leave Paid Vacation Time On The Table

Reasons Why Employees Leave Paid Vacation Time On The Table

52% of Americans that received paid vacation time in 2016, did not use their allotted time.  Are we headed towards higher numbers for 2017?  The workaholic approach is deeply embedded in our culture, but employees that do not take the time to recharge, often find themselves stressed, overworked, sick and their overall performance suffers.  As […]


Note-Taking: Is there an App for that?

Are you covered up in sticky notes and scrap paper with notes jotted down?  Can’t find the note you need right now because it’s somewhere in the middle of all of that?  Try one of these useful apps for note-taking.  You might just become a much more organized professional. 1. Squid – If you’re a fan […]