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5 Solutions to Managing Remote, Non-exempt Employees

During this current health crisis, many employees’ living rooms have turned into home offices as businesses deemed non-essential by the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order have been forced to close in-office personnel functions. Now that a majority of workers are working from home, employers are faced with many issues that arise when non-exempt […]

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What You Need to Know about the 2020 W-4 Form

On December 5, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the final version of the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate.  Employees have long used the Form W-4 to establish their withholding allowances to adjust their federal income tax withholding in order to match their anticipated full-year income tax liability.  Since the enactment of the Tax […]

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Best Practices for Employers to Store Form I-9

Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification, is a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) form used to verify an employee’s identity and employment authorization to work in the United States.  All employers in the United States are required to ensure each individual hired for employment properly completes a Form I-9.  Employers are also required to […]

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Why the Legalization of Marijuana is a Topic of “High” Concern for Employers?

While marijuana is known for its calming effects, recently it has been having quite the opposite effect on employers.  As more and more states legalize the use of medical and recreational marijuana, employers must now navigate the myriad of state laws affecting the use of marijuana in the workplace and employer’s drug-testing policies and procedures. […]

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Can an Employer Modify an Employee’s Time Sheet?

If your employee forgets to punch in or calls in sick, can you adjust their time sheet to reflect this? Believe it or not, it is perfectly legal for an employer to modify an employee’s time sheet without notifying the employee.  While falsification of an employee’s time sheet is a serious offense, employers are permitted […]

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Expand Your Talent Pool By Ensuring Your Website Careers Page is ADA Compliant

Company websites should be designed to be accessible to all because it drives business, creates and retains customers, nurtures client relationships and increases SEO (search engine optimization).  In our April 2019 e-blast (http://blog.pmphr.com/2019/04/22/ensure-your-companys-website-is-ada-compliant/), PMP talked about the need to ensure that websites are ADA compliant, specifically accessible to the visually impaired. For the same reasons, […]

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Pledge to Celebrate Employee Successes in the Workplace

Many employers have just spent the past couple of months conducting year-end reviews with their employees.  In many cases, employees were notably happier and more productive after being rewarded for their success and accomplishments throughout the year.  It is likely that the year-end review was only one of a handful of times your employees received […]

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2020: New Year, New Laws in New York

As 2019 comes to an end, businesses must plan ahead and adjust their employment policies and practices in accordance with the new labor laws taking effect in 2020.  Below we summarize some of the new laws and key changes to 2020 New York employment laws. Minimum Wage Rates As of December 31, 2019, the minimum […]

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Why Employers Choose Demotion Over Termination

As an alternative to termination, some employers may choose to demote employees as a method to retain employees who fit in well with the company but are under-performing.  While employee demotion certainly poses risks for employers, there are a many reasons for an employer to choose demotion over termination.  For example, a newly promoted employee […]

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Hosting a Holiday Party? What Employers Need To Know To Avoid Liability

With the holidays just around the corner, many employers plan to host a holiday party for their employees.  Holiday parties are a great way to show appreciation for employees, enhance teamwork and allow employees to form a different type of bond aside from what they do on a day-to-day basis in the 9-to-5 world.  Whereas […]

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