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Ask the HR Expert — February 6, 2018

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Q: Do we as an employer have any specific obligations to provide worksite safety and workplace security for our employees who work in the field? A: Yes, to some extent. Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), employers must provide a safe working environment for all employees. Whether employers are found liable for […]
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Ask the HR Expert — January 23, 2018

HR
Q: I have an employee who just quit her job. Previously, she was written up because I saw on our security cameras that she was using the computers for personal use, which is against our policy. After she quit, I found time logs indicating hours of personal Internet searches and activity on her work computer. […]
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Using Work Computer for Personal Use

Managing Summer Vacations

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Destination vacations, camping excursions, and family reunions are a just few reasons employees take summer vacations. Summer vacations often leave employers scrambling to fill critical staff vacancies, mitigate overtime fluctuations, and keep track of who is out, for how long and when they will return. Vacations have been linked to employee performance, moral, wellness, productivity, […]
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Summer Internships: To Pay or Not to Pay?

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Granted, Shakespeare may not have been contemplating the nobility of paying or not paying a summer intern, but it is a valid question. Summer brings vacation requests, company picnics, and opportunities for young adults to gain real-life work experience through internships. Internships are beneficial for employers and students. Interns can assist with short-term projects, special […]
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The Heat is on – Summertime Dress Code

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Summer sunshine and rising temperatures tend to have people trading their sweaters and boots for tank tops and flip flops. Warmer weather generally means less conservative clothing which reveals more skin, body art, and/or piercings previously hidden by cold weather wear. This can potentially cause issues with employees and also challenge a company’s dress code. […]
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How to Address Workplace Theft

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Not all thieves wear masks. Regardless of the size of a company, how stringent the hiring process is, or how many employees signed a Code of Conduct, employee theft is an expensive reality employers face. Workplace theft can range from taking home a notepad or stapler to falsifying time records or taking cash directly from […]
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What is E-Verify?

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The question of what is E-Verify is becoming more and more common with the recent increase in electronic document management systems, including the new interactive Form I-9  accessed via the internet. Another contributing factor may be related to increased Form I-9 audits by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents throughout the U.S. Employers working […]
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ICE and Form I-9

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ICE isn’t just for beverages or parties, it can also be a visit many employers are not necessarily prepared for. ICE is the acronym for Immigration and Customs Enforcements, a specialized agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS Special Agents are tasked with visiting employers to inspect their Form I-9 records to identify […]
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