Category Archives: Human Resources

Are You Prepared to Handle a Sexual Harassment Claim?

by Jim Spencer Recently, famous Hollywood actresses and actors have been speaking out as victims alleging serious sexual harassment claims against notable stars such as Charlie Sheen, Kevin Spacey, and, of course, executive film producer, Harvey Weinstein. These celebrity claims … Continue reading

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If You are Asking the Salary Question — Beware.

by Nancy Owen, PHR “What were you paid at your last job?” This is a question frequently asked by recruiters and hiring managers. The response is supposed to give the employer a clue as to whether or not a candidate … Continue reading

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Tracking Time: The Methods, the Risks and When You Can Change Time Cards

by Nancy Owen, PHR As Ben Franklin once stated, “Time is Money”. Entrepreneur Brian Tracy says, “Your greatest resource is your time.” So how do you keep track of your employee’s time? Keeping track of non-exempt employees’ time is not … Continue reading

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Social Media: A Cautionary Tale Courtesy of ESPN

by Derek Ross The recent news regarding ESPN sports anchor Jemele Hill is a reminder to employers to be cautious when disciplining employees for voicing opinions outside of the workplace. Last week Ms. Hill made controversial tweets about President Trump, … Continue reading

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Employee or Independent? A Word of Warning for All Employers (Especially in North Carolina)

by Nancy Owen, PHR and Laura Pokrzywa Though the issue is one of concern for all organizations, employers in North Carolina should be especially concerned regarding misclassification of an employee as an independent contractor. According to the Internal Revenue Service … Continue reading

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How Off Duty Conduct Can Cost You Your Job

by Renee Mielnicki, Esquire By now we are all familiar with the tragedy that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. As a recap, white nationalists assembled in Charlottesville to protest the city’s plan to remove a statue of Confederate … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Use: Hands-free is not Liability-free for Employers

by Laura Pokrzywa The driver in front of you is all over the road — making hard stops, cutting corners, and even crossing the center line. The problem isn’t drugs, alcohol or fatigue. The problem is distracted driving. The distraction … Continue reading

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Are Job Descriptions Really Necessary for My Business?

by Derek Ross The answer is a resounding, “YES!” No matter how big or how small your business is, written job descriptions are an essential piece to any organization, both in a practical and legal sense. But not just any … Continue reading

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A New Form I-9 . . . Again

by Laura Pokrzywa It’s happened again. The Form I-9 has once again been updated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The new form was just released this week, on July 17. If you are feeling a bit of … Continue reading

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How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation

by Derek Ross In 2016 there were 91,503 total charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) costing employers more than $482,100,000. Yes, that is 482 MILLION dollars!!! Even if your recruiting and hiring process is perfect, all your … Continue reading

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