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Hiring

How Employers Should Discuss Salary During a Job Interview

The Scene:  Final interview for a position.  After several interviews, the hiring manager thinks that the candidate is right for the job.  Only one question . . . how much salary to offer? Traditionally, at this point the hiring manager would ask the candidate, “what is your current salary?” Often that would used as a gauge of how […]

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HR Policies

Managing Employee Risk

Managing employees also means managing risk.  Unhappy employees may start legal actions; so may former employees.  Issues can include discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, or complaints for back pay or overtime.  Many business owners and managers do not have basic policies and procedures in place to protect their business in such cases.  Implementing some simple personnel policies will greatly […]

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Tips on Breaks and Meal Periods

Give me a break!   Employee breaks and meal period requirements are confusing to employers and employees alike.  I will attempt to make it clearer, or at least less confusing. The Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal law better known for regulating minimum wage and overtime, divides breaks into two categories, rest breaks and meal periods. Rest breaks The FLSA […]

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Compliance

Connecticut Paid Leave Program – What to Know and Do Now

The State of Connecticut is instituting a new Paid Leave program (CTPL), allowing employees who work in CT to take paid leaves for certain events, starting January 1, 2022.  Up to 12 weeks of benefits may be paid in connection with approved reasons for the leave, with an additional 2 weeks for certain medical conditions […]

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HR Policies

How to Handle Late or Absent Employees

Since the invention of the time clock, employers have obsessed over their employees’ time and attendance.  Why are employees late to work or absent? Personal duties outside of work, primarily childcare. Transportation issues such as heavy traffic or mass transportation delays. Physical issues, such as illness or injury. Rules resisters. Written policies are meant for others. Internal clock issues, often […]

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Managing Employees

5 Tips to Reduce Turnover

Turnover is costly and disruptive.  Here are five tips to reduce your turnover and find and keep your good employees. Know what you want.  Before you hire someone, decide what you are looking for and the the best way to attract good candidates.  Write a job description, post an attractive ad answering the question, “why should a […]

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Hiring

7 Tips for Reference Check Success

Are Reference Checks a Waste of Time? Employers commonly ask candidates for references before offering them a job.   Frustration with common problems leaves some thinking, “what a waste of my time!” Here are some solutions that will increase the usefulness of reference checking. Problem: The candidate is unlikely to put their worst enemies on the list. […]

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Hiring

3 Steps to Hiring the Right Person

Jim Collins’ best selling management book, Good to Great, teaches us that a primary goal of employee selection is to sit the right people in the right seat on the (company) bus. In other words, hire the right people and put them in the right position.  While a typical recruiting effort takes great pains to measure the […]

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HR Policies

Facial Tattoos, Mini-Skirts and Your Company Dress Code

The two managers saw Sam walk past them and did a double double-take.  “Look at that new tattoo on the side of his face.  Can he do that here?” Can he? Even something as extreme as a facial tattoo may be allowable in the work place.  There is no federal law regarding employee dress code.  Employers may set any […]

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Hiring

Hiring: Beyond the Interview

Hiring decisions are so important, and so costly if wrong, that an interview is not enough information on which to make a choice.  Get more information about your candidate by testing, reference checks, background checks and online data gathering. Testing You can test your candidate’s PC skills, such as the ability to create an Excel spreadsheet.  Psychological […]