Robert Norris

Small Business Is Booming: Building a Bigger Team Will Take It Further

Published by Reni Snider on November 2, 2018 Despite the trade war, rising interest rates, and other economic issues, the small business is looking good. The National Federation of Independent Businesses Small Business Optimism Index reached a record high in September. The rate of job satisfaction is also growing nationwide, indicates a survey from The Conference Board. In …

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October HR eNewsletter

California Pay Requirements & De Minimis The recent California Supreme Court ruling on California wages and whether de minimis applies left some open questions for employers. Let’s clarify things.  Read More… New York’s Sexual Harassment Requirements in Effect To prevent sexual harassment and protect victims, the state of New York recently enacted legislation requiring employers …

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HR eNewsletter

Alert: Updated FMLA Forms Based on requirements for the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Department of Labor sends their FMLA forms to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) every three years for an audit. The OMB is filing 30-day extensions for these FMLA updates and we could see more in the coming months as they continue …

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HR Snapshot – When a Job Candidate Mentions Having a Disability

Question: One of our employees interviewed a candidate today and emailed me afterwards. He was impressed by the candidate, but grew concerned after the candidate mentioned having social anxiety. He wondered whether the anxiety could affect the candidate’s ability to do the job. I reminded the employee that we’re an Equal Opportunity Employer and we …

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HR Snapshot – What Are the Rules for Unpaid Interns?

Question: We’ve been approached by some local college students who are volunteering to be unpaid interns. Can we bring them on without paying them? Answer from Sarah, PHR, SHRM-CP:   According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are certain requirements that must be met when taking on unpaid interns. These requirements are intended to …

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HR Snapshot – Terminating an Employee Before Their Notice Period Ends

Question: If an employee puts in their notice, can we let them go that day instead of keeping them for the full notice period? Answer from Celine, SHRM-CP:   Unless there is a contract or agreement to the contrary, employers are under no obligation to keep an employee on during their resignation notice period or …

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HR Snapshot – How Do We Calculate Whether We’re Covered Under FMLA?

Question: How do we calculate whether we’re covered under FMLA? Answer from Margaret, PHR, SHRM-CP:   To be covered under FMLA, private sector employers need to employ 50 or more employees for at least 20 calendar workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year. The 20 calendar workweeks do not need to be consecutive.  When …

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