Not Again! There’s a New, New Form I-9

Just as employers are finally getting comfortable with the most recent version of the Form I-9 that rolled out late last year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced yet another revised Form I-9. This latest version bears a revision date of “07/17/17 N”, and – like it’s prior iteration – expires on 8/31/2019. Both the online version and the printable version can be found on the USCIS website. Continue reading

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Compassion vs. “The Bottom Line”

As an employer, it can be difficult to strike a balance between being compassionate when it comes to providing employees with time off and maintaining a profitable business. At least it can seem that way. There are ample regulations and laws in place to help businesses know when to grant employees fair access to leave, both paid and unpaid, but there are some situations where things get a bit fuzzy. Continue reading

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Community Rent: How Volunteerism Betters the Employee Experience

One of my first jobs actually required participation in a community service group. Since then, I’m always amazed to hear about other companies who’ve instated similar practices—and what that’s done to further employee engagement. You see, volunteerism has a fairly large impact on employee engagement, and that’s true for a number of reasons. Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Company Picnic?

Remember the company picnics of yesteryear? The large outings where employees and their families would come together, and for a few hours, you’d feel that you were all part of the same family? That kind of culture, the one that celebrates togetherness and teamwork, that is what separates the average company from a great one. Continue reading

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Are You Ready for Vacation? What’s the Difference between Vacation and PTO?

When it comes to time off—especially paid time off (PTO)—employees generally want a good idea of their company’s policy on the matter. Do you offer any type of pay for time away from work? How many days? How can it be used? The list of questions goes on, and while they can be answered simply enough, there’s one question in particular that comes up more often than the others: Continue reading

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Flowers, Hay Fever, and Intermittent Absences: What’s a Manager to Do?

Spring is a time of renewal, and coincidentally, intermittent absences in the workplace. Plenty of people suffer from allergies, which can be a valid excuse for having to call in sick (especially if the Hay Fever gets out of hand or you’re a chronic sufferer). It’s a part of life and nothing that should surprise the average manager. Continue reading

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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Employee Regulations and Employment Laws

If you have even one employee on your payroll, you are subject to more federal, state, and local employment laws than you probably realize. Quick: if you have an employee, can you answer any of the following questions?

  • Do you know if you’re in compliance with the law?
  • If one of the many local, state, or federal agencies comes knocking on your door, do you know how to protect yourself?
  • Is your paperwork in order?
  • Do you even have paperwork?

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5 Ways to Do April Fools’ Day at the Office

Most people enjoy laughter, especially when it happens at the office. Humor can lighten the mood and make the workday seem manageable when it might otherwise be dragging. April Fools’ Day presents a prime opportunity to inject laughter back into the office, but it can be easy to cross the line and have a prank turn into harassment. Continue reading

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Holidays at the Office: Remember That Not Everyone Celebrates…

When you think about work holidays, you might imagine Christmas parties or free vacation days; but the reality is, not everyone actively celebrates the holidays. While anyone can get behind taking a paid day off, they might not be as happy if holiday decorations and celebrations are happening at the office. It’s important to remember that not everyone celebrates Easter, Christmas, Halloween, etcetera—forgetting this could cause some employees to feel offended and uncomfortable. Continue reading

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