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The Importance of Documenting Verbal Discussions with Employees

Small businesses typically do not have a full time, in-house human resources manager or other advisors on staff to handle employee complaints, nor are they equipped to deal with investigating allegations.  However, regardless of the size of the organization, the standards of proof under the law are no less stringent when an employee files a […]

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How Employers Can Protect Against External and Internal Violence in the Workplace

Although violence in the workplace is never a topic employers want to discuss, employers are responsible for keeping their employees and customers safe.  Regardless of an employer’s size, location or type of industry, workplace violence is a realistic concern.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 2 million American workers are victims […]

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Changes to the Paid Voting Time Law in New York State

In anticipation of the upcoming elections taking place next month, employers must ensure their policies comply with New York’s new voting leave law. On April 1, 2019, New York State passed a new budget including a provision revising the amount of paid voting time employees may take to vote. New York’s previous law on voting […]

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Working On the Phone and Off the Clock: Everything Employers Need to Know

Does responding to a work email while shopping at the grocery store still count as work?  Almost always the answer is “yes.”  And those minutes will add up and cost employers thousands of dollars in legal fees for failing to pay non-exempt employees for that off-the-clock time. Although technology has made it easier than ever […]

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Protect Your Company By Playing It Safe When Hiring Interns

As we enter into the start of summer, college students now begin their summer internship programs. It is time for employers and businesses to review their internship program policies. College students rely on summer internships to gain valuable professional experience and in exchange, companies provide unpaid internships as an opportunity to let students learn from […]

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A Welcomed Victory for the NY Home Care Industry

On March 26, 2019, the New York Court of Appeals issued a highly favorable decision for the New York home care industry.  The Court of Appeals reversed two Appellate Division decisions, Andryeyeva v. New York Health Care, Inc. and Moreno v. Future Care Health Services, Inc., and deferentially relied on the New York Department of […]

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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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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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Comprehensive Technology Policy: A Workplace Must-Have!

Considering how common smartphones have become in our daily lives, it’s likely that most, if not all, of your employees bring a smartphone to work.  As helpful as our handheld devices are (since we use them for everything), they can be distracting, and at times, can lead to bad publicity or security risks for a […]

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Mind the Gap! 5 Tips To Bridge The Generation Gap In The Workplace

Some of the biggest challenges business owners face is managing different personalities in the workplace.  It can be difficult to get any two strangers to effectively work with one another.  It can be even more challenging when one of those individuals is a baby boomer and the other is a millennial.   Since many baby boomers […]

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