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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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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 […]