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Does Your Company Utilize Progressive Disciplinary Action?

Conflict in the workplace is not something that owners, managers and supervisors seek out.  However, it happens every day in companies of all sizes. Most management-level employees do not do a great job of documenting negative subordinate behaviors or poor performance, nor do they even do an okay job. Documentation for negative employee behaviors and … more »

Ways to Increase General Wellness and Wellness Program Participation

You may or may not have a wellness program at your company. But chances are if you do, the level of participation isn’t very high. The goal of these programs is to help control health care costs by increasing preventive care and in turn, reducing the occurrences of prevalent medical conditions. Unfortunately adding these programs … more »

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings?

It is that time of year when most of us use the greeting “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” or “Season’s Greetings.” Some ask, which one is politically correct in my work environment?  The answer depends completely upon the cultural or religious diversity in your work environment.  However, with that being said, employers must be cautious about … more »

Do Nonexempt Employees Need to be Paid for Travel Time?

New Focus HR Consultants frequently receive calls from employers asking the question, “Do I need to pay nonexempt employees for travel time?”  The answer is confusing to most as it is “maybe?”  The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) travel-time regulations include a provision that has confused employers, leading them to mistakenly think that they … more »

How to Throw a Better Company Holiday Party

It’s the time of year for holiday party planning. The tough question that arises is how to make your employees enthusiastic about attending your company party? Here are some tips to help throw a better company party. First, it’s always good to ask for your employee’s opinions and suggestions on how they’d like to celebrate … more »

Small Businesses and Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new enforcement guidelines on pregnancy discrimination and related issues for covered employers with 15 or more employees in their workforce.  The guidelines include a new interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) that would require employers to provide “reasonable accommodation,” as defined by the … more »

Summertime Motivation

It’s gorgeous outside, warm, sunny and inviting. Right now your employees are sitting in their cubicles thinking of all the things they’d rather be doing then working. Productivity is certain to be low during times like these. So how can you motivate your employees to stay productive and keep business moving in the right direction? … more »

Job Postings and Recruiting Basics

Sourcing for a new candidate for your organization may often be an exhausting experience. In some situations it may seem as if a certain position within your company is a revolving door. Why is that? Are you sourcing for the wrong type of person to match a job? Rest assured, the perfect applicant can be … more »

Common Form I-9 Mistakes

Studies have shown that organizations often have errors on more than half of their I-9 forms (formally known as Form I-9). This can lead to steep penalties should a workplace compliance audit arise. To help avoid errors on the I-9 forms, nothing is better than a thorough review immediately after the form is filled out. … more »

Is Your Company Using E-Verify?

What is E-Verify? E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Employment and Eligibility Verification, Form I-9, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.   Who uses E-Verify? Employers, large and small, across the U.S. use E-Verify to check the employment … more »




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