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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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Mandatory Subjects of Bargaining: What You Need To Know

by Dominick Carnicella Employers with unionized employees must be aware of what can be unilaterally changed and what’s required to be negotiated prior to changing unionized employees’ terms and conditions of employment. Mandatory Subjects of Bargaining. Employers should know that … Continue reading

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Investigating and Disciplining Employees in the Public Sector

MEET THE AUTHOR: East Coast Risk Management is happy to welcome Ben Orsatti, Associate General Counsel and Senior Consultant, to our HR team. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Duquesne University School of Law and … Continue reading

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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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