Category: Employment

10 Important Tips for Employers

Below are ten tips for employers to follow to make sure they comply with their own policies and stay out of trouble with their employees: When it is time to hire new employees, hire individuals who fit not only the requirements of the position, but also the overall personality of the company. Somebody who “fits” [..]

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What Employers Need to Know about Background Checks

When an employer is hiring, promoting or reassigning an employee, it may be important to consider the background of the applicant or employee. A background check can inform you of their education, work history, financial record, criminal history, and many other matters. Employers are not allowed to ask certain questions regarding medical and genetic information, [..]

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Do you have an Effective Employee Handbook?

If your company has employees, it is imperative that you have an effective handbook. Your employee handbook is one of the main ways you can communicate your company’s ideals and goals to your employees. It also helps establish trust between an employer and employee because well-drafted employee handbook can create a reliable work environment that [..]

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The Importance of Employee Handbooks

If you are a business owner with employees, it is imperative that you have an employee handbook. Many business owners become frustrated with their handbook because they are often difficult to draft, lengthy, and it seems nobody reads them….until an issue arises. As a result, you should view your handbook as the tool that not [..]

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Are Your Vacation Time & Sick Leave Policies Up-to-Date?

Many employment lawsuits are based on wage and hour disputes. Thus, it is essential for employers to confirm that their employee handbook is kept up-to-date, including the policies regarding vacation time and sick leave. Vacation Time In California, the law provides that an employee is not entitled to receive paid vacation time unless the employer [..]

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What to Cover in your Partnership Agreement

When you are starting a new business with another person, it can be exciting, stressful and overwhelming. Many partners are so worried about getting the business started that they fail to establish the working relationship between themselves. You may not think you need a contract with your co-business owner because you trust him or her. [..]

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Publix Settles Class Action Lawsuit over its Background Checks

Publix Super Markets Inc. has recently agreed to pay $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit regarding its background check procedures. The plaintiff, Erin Knights, filed the litigation in the Middle District of Tennessee on behalf of a class that had more than 90,000 potential class members. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires an [..]

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The EEOC’s Viewpoint on Separation Agreements

Most employers like using separation agreements when an employee is terminated. This type of contract provides them finality with terminated employees. A typical separation agreement provides a severance payment in exchange for the employee’s waiver of the right to sue the employer. Having this type of protection has worked well for employers, but it is [..]

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