Archive for November, 2018

Happy Holidays! Holiday Party DOs and DON’Ts

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Providing employees with a space to let their hair down and get to know each other can build much needed community in the office, encouraging collaboration and a positive work environment year-round.  That said, planning the company party can be anything but relaxed. The key to a successful holiday gathering is to facilitate a relaxed and fun environment while maintaining a professional atmosphere, and also keeping in mind potential liability.  When planning your company’s party, here are a few DOs and DON’Ts to keep in mind. DO plan early! Event planning can fall to the wayside, but it takes time!…

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EEOC Crack Down: How to Avoid a Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

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In the last several years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been aggressively cracking down on pregnancy discrimination, filing lawsuits on behalf of women who have faced discrimination in the workplace. In 2017 alone, they awarded more than $15 million in damages and continue to investigate employers across the country. Charges range from refusal to hire to unwillingness to provide reasonable accommodation and span every sector of the workforce. The companies found guilty of discrimination are faced with being in violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and are…

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An Employee-Centric Company: How to Find and Retain Quality Employees

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This article was written by guest author, Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, retired banker providing free financial counsel.  Companies spend a lot of time and money trying to attract the best and brightest employees—people who can help the business grow and remain competitive in the marketplace. Unfortunately, over time some employers lose sight of the fact that these individuals are human beings, not cogs and wheels. Employees have specific needs which must be met in order for them to feel happy, fulfilled, secure in their roles and, perhaps most importantly, appreciated for the work they do. Meeting those needs…

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Hiring Veterans – Overcoming Stigma Leads to Success

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One of the best moves a company can make when attempting to diversify its workforce is to hire veterans. Veterans are skilled employees, known for their dedication, drive, and loyalty. But despite the positive impact they bring to organizational productivity and standards, stigma often gets in the way of hiring. Employers are sometimes reluctant to take on the challenges that come with hiring and training vets, strongly contributing to the unemployment rate among veterans. When hired for a position that both matches their skill-set and allows for adjustment to civilian life, veterans are often top performers. Among the most disciplined…

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