Tag Archives: Business

5 Keys to Successful Leadership

by Amy Szymarek While some people jump at the chance to lead a team, a project, an organization … others run away as fast as they can. Why is this? Leading people and projects is more than just a task. … Continue reading

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Employers in the Workplace

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. Most of you may think that employees continue to get more and more legal rights in the workplace these days. In reality, most of the rights that we counsel our clients about have been around for … Continue reading

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Risk Management Lessons from the NFL

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. The NFL is no stranger to scandal, especially when it comes to domestic violence. I’m sure we can all think of multiple incidents involving domestic violence starting with Ben Roethlisberger, a Pittsburgh Steeler, who was accused … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to answer your question about MANAGING Paid Time Off (PTO)…

You asked: “How do you recommend treating a request for a couple of hours off? Do you recommend restricting PTO days to a minimum half day? ” The answer: It is generally considered a best practice to keep PTO increments no … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to answer your question about HOLIDAY PAY requirements…

You asked: [this is the second part of last week’s reader question] “If any overtime is to be honored and it occurred on a holiday, is there any requirement as to “double time”?” The answer: In order to answer that, … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to answer your question about poster requirements . . .

You asked: “I know federal law requires our shop to put up several posters notifying employees about specific laws and employees’ rights. But I have no idea if we have all the posters we should. How can I find out … Continue reading

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Only YOU can prevent ineffective meetings . . .

Have you ever left a business meeting muttering to yourself, “That was a waste of time”? If so, this statistic will come as no shock to you. According to the Department of Labor, American businesses waste millions of dollars every … Continue reading

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The best workplace investigations begin BEFORE a complaint is filed

If you have a health concern, you want to see a doctor you can trust. One who is prepared to listen to you, take your concern seriously, investigate all possible diagnoses, offer effective treatments and communicate clearly through the whole … Continue reading

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Promoting from within should never be overlooked

If you’re making strawberry shortcake and you have a garden full of ripe strawberries in your backyard, it wouldn’t make much sense to run to the grocery store for berries. Likewise, if you need another second-shift supervisor, you’d be foolish … Continue reading

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Criminal background checks may lead to just as much trouble as they uncover

At the beginning of the year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was mixing it up with Pepsi Beverages Co. The issue? Pepsi was arbitrarily screening out all applicants whose background check revealed an arrest, whether or not that arrest … Continue reading

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