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New OSHA Guidance on Tracking COVID-19 at Work

Posted by Amber Malik on Jul 01, 2020

Until recently, employers in only a handful of industries had to provide significant reporting on COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. But as of May 26, new Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines require a much wider range of employers to determine whether employees caught the coronavirus at work or while performing work-related activities. If so, managers must record the illness on OSHA Form 300.

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CDC Gives Guidance for Reopening Businesses

Posted by Amber Malik on May 19, 2020

No, there is no universal lifting of restrictions, but the CDC is looking forward to a time when every business can slowly start reopening. As the CDC explains: "It's important to continue to follow federal, state, tribal, territorial, and local guidance for reopening America." Its extensive guidance includes the need to develop a reopening plan:

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COVID-19: A Reminder of Why Cross-training Your Staff Is Key

Posted by Becky Snedigar on May 11, 2020

Imagine this scenario: A company’s controller is hospitalized, and she’s the only person inside the company who knows how its accounting and payroll software works. She also is the only person with check signing authority, besides the owner, who is in lockdown at his second home out of state. Meanwhile, payroll needs to be processed soon, and unpaid bills are piling up.

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Remote Work: FLSA Wage and Hour Implications

Posted by Amber Malik on Apr 22, 2020

Since 2005, remote work has soared 173%, according to 2018 data from American Community Service. Whether you recently adopted this remote work model because of the pandemic or have been utilizing it for years, you should know your wage-and-hour responsibilities.

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Rules and Guidance for Companies With Employees at Home

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Apr 02, 2020

Even though your employees are working from home, they still need good, open communication channels between you and them. As a manager, keep the flow of information transparent and available for everyone to see.

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E-Verify----The Basics

Posted by Amber Malik on Mar 06, 2020

Alabama is one of several states that does require employers to use a federal program designed to stop them from hiring people in the U.S. illegally.  The Alabama legislature passed in both houses legislation prohibiting employers from knowingly employing unauthorized aliens. The law is known as the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. The law requires all employers to enroll in and utilize E-Verify. 

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New Hires - Is Your Company Compliant?

Posted by Amber Malik on Jan 22, 2020

As a business owner/manager, you have many processes and tasks involved in your day-to-day workload. Scheduling, timekeeping, payroll, etc...How about new hire onboarding?

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Will a Leap Year Result in an Extra Paycheck?

Posted by Amber Malik on Jan 14, 2020

While February typically has 28 days, in leap years—such as February 2020—it contains an extra day. Employers who pay their salaried employees every week or every two weeks will encounter a year in which there is one payday more than usual. These employers should plan ahead to identify and address these "payroll leap years" in advance. It has been our experience that it is best to keep clients informed of pending leap years so that they can keep their employees informed as well. 

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Reverse Mentoring Can Benefit Everyone Involved

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Dec 13, 2019

When you read the word “mentor,” you might envision an older individual patiently and eloquently passing along decades’ worth of knowledge to a wide-eyed young student. Indeed, this is a kind of mentoring relationship that still exists and can prove beneficial to many organizations.

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Should 360-Degree Performance Evaluations be Anonymous?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Nov 14, 2019

It’s no surprise that 360-degree performance evaluations have grown in popularity. We live and work in an age of data — the more, the better, to avoid inaccurate assessments based on biases or small sample sizes.

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