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Safety Reminders for the Eclipse

A SPECIAL BULLETIN from ECRM’s SAFETY TEAM Most of North America will witness today’s solar eclipse in one form or another. The eclipse will begin its sweep across the United States at 10:15 a.m. Pacific time. According to NASA, the … Continue reading

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Wage and Hour: Back to the Basics

by Jim Spencer Earlier this month I wrote a blog regarding when it’s appropriate to pay overtime. In the blog, I had mentioned making sure your employees were properly classified into exempt and non-exempt categories in accordance with Fair Labor … Continue reading

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Don’t Wait to Evaluate: Performance Improvement Plans for Poor Performers

by Jennifer Roman Many of us have been there. We are frustrated, the employee is frustrated or upset, and both of us are losing the motivation to move forward in a productive way. From repetitive directives to repetitive errors, the … Continue reading

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Balancing Talk around the Water Cooler with the NLRA

This is the first of a special two-part series featuring advice from our employment attorney, Renee Mielnicki, to help ALL employers — unionized and non-union — understand their obligations and rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  By Renee … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday.” Time to talk about PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL EXAMS . . .

You asked:  “Can we start requiring pre-employment physical exams to help us avoid hiring someone with a history of serious health issues?” Laura answers: The hiring process presents endless opportunities for unintended discrimination. One of the most hazardous areas is … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about USING EMPLOYEES’ PHOTOS . . .

You asked:  “We are a preschool day care facility. We want to post photos and brief bios of our teachers on our website to allow the parents of our students to become familiar with our staff. But one of our … Continue reading

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Employers Right to Search vs. Employees Right to Privacy

By Laura Pokrzywa One of your managers reports that an expensive tool is missing from the shop floor. It was in place this morning, but shortly after lunch it’s nowhere to be found. Can you search the work areas and … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about VACATION PAY FOR TERMINATED EMPLOYEES . . .

You asked:  Do we have to pay employees for their unused vacation if they quit? Alex answers: In order to answer this, we need to ask you a few questions. First, in which state is your business located? I ask … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about PENALTIES UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT . . .

You asked:  “I’ve been hearing a lot in the news about the Affordable Care Act.  . . . How will ‘pay or play’ effect our company?” Alex answers: As a quick recap, last week we talked about which employers were … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about JOB POSTINGS . . .

You asked: “We are getting ready to fill a few vacant positions. Can you give us some advice for writing the advertisements for these positions? What information should be included? Also, where do you recommend we post the ads?” The … Continue reading

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