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Compliance

How to Protect Your Business From Employee Lawsuits

Complying with complex employment laws and policies is confusing and time consuming.  Failure to do so can lead to lawsuits and other costly risks. Every company should conduct an annual compliance review of their handbook, general policies, procedures and documents.  Any questions that come up can be resolved and policies updated accordingly.  At Aspire, a […]

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Managing Employees

Simple and Effective Onboarding Program

Hiring great employees is a major priority for most companies. The time, expense and effort that goes into the process makes it critical that you have a high success ratio when they walk in the door on the first day. But hopes are often dashed. Up to a third of new employees will quit within […]

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HR Policies

13 Action Steps to Promote Diversity

Many companies are reviewing and revamping their efforts to promote a more diverse and inclusive work environment.  Here are some action steps you can take now: 1 – Understand the issues. 2 – Communicate to the entire organization how you are going to address it – focusing on your company’s culture and values and how important […]

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COVID-19 HR Policies

COVID-19 Return to Work Issues and How to Handle Them

With “return to work” happening for many, issues will arise, and we should be prepared to address them when bringing employees back to the office. Many employees are concerned for their health and safety.  Therefore, it would be a good practice to start gradually, by introducing small number of employees to the office.  Consider staggered […]

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COVID-19

6 Tips for a Safe Return to the Office

At some point, you will be opening the office doors and bringing employees back to work. Here are some ideas that will address health and safety concerns: • Hold virtual meetings, even when employees are in the office• Modify office spaces to reduce personal contact – move desks apart, install barriers• Check employee temperatures at the start […]

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HR Policies

Tips on Writing a Streamlined Employee Handbook

Every business with employees should have an employee handbook. But what policies should you include? There are literally dozens to consider (I’ve used up to 95!). I favor a streamlined approach – only include what is necessary, in language all employees understand. Here is what I consider the essential policies for any handbook: How We […]

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COVID-19

Paycheck Protection Plan Modified to Help Employers

A new law signed on June 5, 2020, modifies the  “PPP” program to make it easier for employers to use the loan and also have it forgiven (i.e. not have to repay it). You now have 24 weeks to spend your funds, up from eight weeks . You need to spend 60% of the loan […]

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COVID-19

CARES Act Programs to Help Payroll Expense

Under the CARES Act, two new temporary programs have been established to help cover the cost of payroll, rent, utilities and mortgages. Paycheck Protection Program https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program Companies with <500 employees can apply (if a food business, 500 per location).  If spent on the following the loan would be forgiven: employees mortgage rent utilities The PPP […]

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COVID-19

COVID-19 Paid Leave Poster Now Available

The Department of Labor has just released its Employee Rights poster.  Please communicate this to employees, and post the notice where you would other employee notices.   CLICK TO DOWNLOAD The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical […]

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COVID-19

12 COVID-19 Actions to Take Now

Many of my clients have asked me about the appropriate actions to take regarding their employees. Best Working Options Flexible worksites (if applicable) Flexible work hours (i.e. staggered shifts) to increase the physical distance among employees Work from home Identify essential business functions, essential jobs or roles required to maintain operations.  Make a plan for how […]