Tag Archives: Employment

Legalized Marijuana and the Workplace

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. Call me a lawyer nerd, but I find the impact of the ever expanding state legalization of marijuana on the workplace interesting. Several issues are involved with this subject and I find them all fascinating. If … Continue reading

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Is it time for you to recruit a recruiter?

by Laura Pokrzywa More than one third of employers who responded to a recent CareerBuilder survey report plans to increase their full-time staff in 2015. According to David Payne, Staff Economist at Kiplinger, better job prospects in 2015 will bring … Continue reading

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COBRA: A Poisonous Bite for Employers Who Fail to Comply

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. Most of you employers are familiar with the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, often referred to as COBRA. COBRA is a federal law that generally requires employers with 20 or more employees to offer a continuation … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLANS . . .

You asked: “How do we know if we need an Affirmative Action Plan?” Your question is very timely! As you may know, a critical deadline is fast approaching for companies with federal contracts. More on that later. First, you need … Continue reading

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Q&A from our HR Webinar: “Human Resources: Just the essentials PLEASE!”

Thank you to all who attended our first HR webinar last week! We hope you found the information about your most basic HR protections helpful. It was great to hear your feedback. We are already looking forward to the next … Continue reading

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Don’t Slap the Complainers! It may only end up hurting you!

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. All employers have at least a handful of employees who are chronic complainers. It seems like they are never happy. Their raise this year wasn’t sufficient, the Christmas party was lame, it’s too hot or too … Continue reading

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Costs of Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors Continue to Rise as the IRS Cracks Down

by Renee Mielnicki, Esq. An area of growing concern for employers is the misclassification of an employee as an independent contractor.  According to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates, millions of workers are currently misclassified as independent contractors.  Misclassification allows employers … Continue reading

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Getting Veterans Back to Work

by Laura Pokrzywa The unemployment rate for post-9/11 military veterans continues to outpace the general unemployment rate by several percentage points, according to a Veteran’s Day article on CNNMoney.com. In October of this year, unemployment among recent veterans hit 10%, … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about MILITARY LEAVE…

You asked: “Are we allowed to request military orders from an employee who is taking military leave for National Guard Duty?” Laura answers: An employer can certainly request military orders from an employee taking military leave. However, you cannot REQUIRE … Continue reading

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It’s “What’s Up? Wednesday”. Time to talk about MILITARY LEAVE . . .

You asked:  “Are we allowed to request military orders from an employee who is taking military leave for National Guard Duty?” Laura answers: An employer can certainly request military orders from an employee taking military leave. However, you cannot REQUIRE … Continue reading

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