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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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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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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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7 Things You Need to Know About NY Paid Family Leave

Effective January 1, 2018, all companies with employees who work in New York State are covered under the Paid Family Leave (PFL) program.   PFL is designed to provide a substantial new benefit for employees.  At the same time, there are many legal compliance and administrative details to the new program.    Here are the 7 […]

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OT Rules and the Salaried Employee

The Department of Labor regulations regarding millions of salaried employees who are currently “exempt” from the overtime pay rule of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are as follows: Criteria to Be Considered Exempt From Overtime To qualify for exemption from the FLSA’s overtime requirements, an employee must be paid a minimum salary level (in 2020, […]