Author Archives: Brian Perkins

Holiday Parties and the Workplace

by Nancy Owen, PHR When it comes to religious holiday observances and celebrations, it’s safe to say that employees aren’t always able to keep their beliefs completely separate from work. It’s part of who they are. As a manager or … Continue reading

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Winter is coming. Is your organization ready?

by Nancy Owen, PHR It’s almost December! Time to get out the winter wardrobe and crank up the heat. You are most likely preparing to weatherize your automobile and your home, but how about your company? Do you have an … Continue reading

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Are You SURE You Understand “At Will Employment”?

by Nancy Owen, PHR Employment relationships are presumed to be “at-will” in most states throughout the USA. However, the United States is one of just a handful of countries worldwide where employment is primarily at-will. What is at-will employment? According … Continue reading

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Prevent Harassment and Costly Claims with Proactive Measures

by Nancy Owen, PHR, and Laura Pokrzywa Sexual harassment is a hot topic these days. Did you know that over the past year alone, more than 200 powerful people, including popular celebrities and high-level corporate executives, have been accused of … Continue reading

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Don’t Risk It. Get the New FCRA-Compliant Form for Background Checks

by Derek Ross Did you hear about the employer in California that just had a federal judge approve a $1.3 million class action lawsuit settlement against them? The company was accused of violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by … Continue reading

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When Employer Leave Policies Lead to ADA Violations

by Dominick Carnicella In the past two years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received the highest amount of disability discrimination claims in its history. Understanding the basic requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) could have saved many … Continue reading

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Are Annual Performance Reviews Becoming a Thing of the Past?

by Nancy Owen, PHR Somewhere around the middle of 2015, many large companies decided they would stop conducting annual performance reviews. These companies included Adobe, Google, Deloitte, Accenture, GE, and Red Hat; just to name a few. This change in … Continue reading

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Stay Tuned PA… Your Wage and Hour Laws May be Changing.

by Laura Pokrzywa Pennsylvania employers take note . . . We are watching a proposed change to the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA) that would, among other things, significantly increase the minimum salary requirements for the white-collar overtime exemptions in … Continue reading

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Who are Generations X, Y, and Z (and Why Should Employers Care)?

by Nancy Owen, PHR Most dictionaries define a generation as “a group of people born and living around the same time as each other”. Not surprisingly, people of the same generation often have similar characteristics and values. Interestingly enough, one … Continue reading

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How to Hire a Minor

As the summer approaches, a lot of our clients have been asking about child labor laws in their areas and industries. Here are important considerations for any employer with plans to hire a teenager. by Laura Pokrzywa If they aren’t … Continue reading

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