Alternatives to Layoffs

April 12th, 2017 11:25 am

Most people know what the word “downsizing” means … loss of jobs. Layoffs. Unemployment. So if downsizing means releasing employees, what does “right-sizing” mean? Some companies politely refer to downsizing as right-sizing, because it helps them size their workforce according to the amount of business they’re currently generating. The staff-to-work ratio is deemed “right” and […]

HR Confidentiality – How and Why

March 8th, 2017 1:10 pm

HR has a responsibility – both to the employer and employees. That’s why concerns about potential discrimination or harassment issues need to be balanced with limiting employer liability and guarding against lawsuits. Employees need to know that information will be discussed only with those who have a need to know and whose input is necessary […]

Why Training Your Employees Is Good for Retention

February 22nd, 2017 9:00 am

There’s an old joke about an executive who worries that training their employees will be a bad investment because they might leave, to which the sage CEO says, “What if we don’t train them and they stay?” Contrary to common fears, training employees doesn’t usher them out the door. Yes, training may prepare employees for […]

New I-9 Form Now Required

January 23rd, 2017 11:42 am

The new Form I-9, released November 14, must now be used. Since its release, employers have been able to use either the new form (with a revision date of 11/14/2016) or the old form (with a revision date of 03/08/2013). As of January 22, however, the old form is no longer allowed. A few important notes […]

HR Tip: Office Inclement Weather Policy – How and Why.

January 10th, 2017 8:12 pm

If your business operates in a location that is at least occasionally subject to severe weather conditions, it’s a good idea to have a clear and detailed policy on the subject. The major topics you’ll want to address include: When shouldn’t employees attempt to come to the office? Will employees be expected to work from […]