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► Austin, Texas Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

March 1, 2018

Last month, the Austin City Council passed a new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance—the first of its kind in the south. The Council voted 9-2 to implement the policy in the early hours of February 16, 2018. The ordinance applies to private-sector employers located in Austin, Texas, and requires ...

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► The Adverse Effects of Government Shutdowns on Workers

February 24, 2018

Since 1976 the government has officially shut down 20 times, and if history is any guide, there will be more in the future. While a shutdown does not necessarily mean all government operations come to a halt, there are adverse implications for hundreds of thousands of federal employees who face ...

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► FAQ: Calculating Overtime When the Workweek Changes

February 23, 2018

Frequently Asked Question : Our company is thinking of changing our workweek and wonder how that affects overtime. For example, moving from a weekly payroll that pays Monday – Sunday to a weekly payroll that pays Saturday – Friday. Is this allowed and what is the best way to ...

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► Are Job Descriptions Really Worth the Effort?

February 22, 2018

Writing job descriptions is a systematic method for describing and classifying jobs that employers and HR professionals rely on as an important part of their staffing programs. They can rely on them for a variety of reasons, including recruiting, performance reviews, reasonable accommodations, ...

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► New Strategies to Keep Good Employees

February 20, 2018

The new year marks a time of new beginnings and fresh opportunities. It’s also a time to consider new strategies for keeping your good employees. Employers are continually looking for great talent and, once they find it, are working hard to keep it. This article looks at some strategies for ...

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► Policy for Dealing With Workplace Odors and Fragrances

February 19, 2018

The existence of odors or perfumes in the work-place can make it difficult for allergic or sensitive employees who may experience severe respiratory problems or other serious health issues. With 60 million Americans suffering from either asthma or allergies (or both) and an estimated 50 million ...

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► More Employees Opting for Consumer-Directed Health Plans

February 16, 2018

While the Affordable Care Act still faces uncertainty, employers are looking for ways to reduce their healthcare costs and offer employees healthcare benefits that meet their needs. A new report—released by Benefitfocus, Inc. , a cloud-based benefits management platform and services ...

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► Love Is In The Air: Handling Office Romances

February 14, 2018

February is the month for romance and lovers, chocolate, and sweet remembrances on Valentine’s Day. While new relationships and falling in love is simply wonderful, falling out of love is not so good.  And, when romantic relationships happen in the workplace, employers need to be sure ...

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► Workplace Emergencies Survey Reveals Deficiencies

February 8, 2018

A recent survey that examined employee perceptions of workplace safety found most believe their company falls short in being prepared for emergencies. Rave Mobile Safety (Rave) released findings from a new survey of 530 respondents which revealed that “workplaces miss the mark in critical ...

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► Flu Outbreak Raises Numerous Concerns for Employers

January 25, 2018

The influenza outbreak this year is a serious concern for both employers and employees. While millions of employees are suffering with the disease and are out of work, it also creates many challenges for employers who must find ways to cover for them and prevent others from coming down with the ...

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