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Heads Up New York! Here are the 2019 Minimum Wage and Overtime Salary Threshold Increases

The New York State Budget provides that the minimum wage rates and overtime salary thresholds will increase under a phased-in schedule based on the employer’s location in the state.  Unlike most other states, New York has one of the most complicated minimum wage rate structures.  Not only does New York set a minimum wage rate, […]

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What Employers Need to Know About Medical Marijuana and The Workplace

As of today, eight states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized or legalized the use of recreational marijuana, and 30 states have adopted measures to legalize medical marijuana use.  Prior to the legalization of marijuana in some states, employers could simply terminate employment for employees or rescind job offers from prospective employees if they […]

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Cocktails & Co-Workers: 10 Helpful Hints to Avoid Disaster at This Year’s Company Holiday Party

With the holidays just around the corner, many employers plan to host a holiday party.  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 these events intend […]

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Exploring Absenteeism in the Workplace: How to Manage Employee PTO Abuse

Do you find that around the holidays and during the summer your employees are missing-in-action on a more frequent basis?  If you answered yes, you are in the majority of employers. Unscheduled absenteeism rates have risen to unprecedented levels since 1999.  Excess employee tardiness, unscheduled absenteeism, and paid time off (PTO) create a costly problem […]

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How To Avoid The Top 10 FLMA Mistakes Employers Make

Navigating the maze of legal requirements applicable to employee leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be a daunting task for employers.  To make matters worse, the law is full of traps that can easily ambush employers that let their guard down.  So to help employers avoid costly missteps, we decided to look […]

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NYS Sexual Harassment Legislation

The effective date of the NYS Sexual Harassment Legislation was October 9, 2018. Please remember, the development and distribution of a written anti-harassment policy (contact PMP for a sample policy), the posting of a notice, and the creation and distribution of a complaint form (contact PMP for a sample complaint form), should be complied with […]

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Why Employer Retaliation Poses Serious Risks In Today’s Workplaces

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, you might be under the impression that sexual harassment claims are the primary area of concern for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency responsible for enforcing federal employee protection laws.  However, of the 84,000-plus charges filed with the EEOC in 2017, almost half of those charges […]

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Fostering A Culture Of Employee Recognition In The Workplace

Employee recognition is a vital factor required for a company to maintain high levels of efficiency and productivity.  More often than not, employee recognition is cited as a critical contributor to workforce happiness, employee loyalty, and long-term satisfaction.  Studies show that nearly 65 percent of employees do not feel they are recognized by their supervisors.  […]

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Stay Ahead Of The Game: 10 Updates To Your Employee Handbook For 2019

Have you recently updated your employee handbook?  If not, it’s certainly something employers must do before 2019 rolls around.  Handbooks require regular review, especially considering the ongoing changes in federal, state and municipal laws.  An outdated employee handbook can leave your business exposed to financial risk if you become the subject of a lawsuit brought […]

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5 Foolproof Solutions to Managing Remote, Non-Exempt Employees

For good reason many employers have concerns with non-exempt employees performing remote work.  Accurately tracking employees’ time worked presents problems when employees work outside of the office.  Typically, telecommuting or working remotely has been reserved for exempt workers since those workers are not entitled to overtime pay and employers need not worry about the number […]

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