MINIMIZE LIABILITY FOR YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES!   MINIMIZE LIABILITY — ARE YOU AT RISK? Minimize Liability — Will you be civilly liable for negligent acts taking place within the scope of employment? Minimize Liability — Will you be confronted with a harassment, discrimination, or retaliation violations? Minimize Liability — As a small business owner you …


Dress Code – Summer No No’s

It’s approaching summertime, and many companies allow workers to dress more casually without a dress code.  This means it is time to re-visit your dress code policies. The hot weather forces employees to wear inappropriate attire in the workplace.  Most employees simply don’t know what is or is not appropriate.  Let me shed some light on …

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Employer’s Take Heed – MA Minimum Wage Law Will Take Effect January 1, 2015

Employer’s take heed – the impending minimum wage law in MA will take effect on January 1, 2015. What does that mean for your business?  Over a three year period, the phase-in to the minimum wage law will require you to increase wages first from $8.00 to $9.00 which requires bumping up wages for workers …

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Is it Really Harassment?

Harassment: Can you recognize it? It is often difficult to recognize a hostile work environment or harassment in the workplace.  Do you know if the offensive conduct has “crossed the line?”  The individual facts of each case determine if this inappropriate behavior is unlawful harassment.  One factor to consider is the “reasonable sensibilities” of the …

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Is the Employee Handbook like Spring Cleaning?

Employee Handbook

Open the windows and let the fresh air in! Spring is here to stay! Open your employee handbook and see what is missing. “One size does not fit all” when it comes to an employee handbook. Changes to federal and state employment laws make updating the employee handbook even more critical. I hate cleaning windows, …

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Should You Combine Employment Records?

Employment records

  Should you combine employment records? As a business owner or HR professional caring for employee files always presents questions.  I will provide some guidance on caring for said employment records.  The confidential nature of information contained in the employees file continues to exist after an employee is terminated. When an employee is terminated the employer-employee …

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Navigating Your Staffing Needs

Navigating Your Staffing Needs   As a small business owner, you typically determine staffing requirements by forecasting work or from feedback received from your management team regarding specific needs. To be effective, managers must have high quality information and a clear understanding of the direction the business is heading. Job Analysis Staffing needs analysis should …

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What Impact Will Obama Make on Your Business?

President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address on January 28, 2014.  He outlined several priorities that are very familiar to HR Professionals.  Among the topics were: immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, tax reform, pay equity and extending unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed.   Obama made it clear that he is willing …

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Are Your Salaried Employees Entitled to Overtime Pay?

Many employers assume that their salaried employees are not entitled to overtime pay.  Misclassifying non-exempt employees as exempt is an all to common mistake. Did you know that paying an employee a salary doesn’t necessarily mean the employee is exempt from the minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and …

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