Archive for June, 2019

Internships: Paid or Unpaid? That is the Question

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Interns play a vital role in many organizations and offer support to staff and reinvigorate organizational creativity through the introduction of new talent and ideas. Often, organizations provide an educational experience, giving interns training and experience in lieu of financial compensation. While this arrangement can be beneficial to both the employer and the intern, it can be challenging to ensure unpaid internships comply with local, state, and federal laws regarding labor and compensation. A recent federal court ruling against Fox Searchlight has brought the debate over compensation for interns back into the limelight. In 2018, Fox Searchlight was found in…

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Summer Dress Code: What Not to Wear

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As the weather warms up, we all start thinking about days spent in cookouts or by the pool. Warmer weather means tank tops and shorts in our free time, and more relaxed dress at work can become tempting. One way to stay ahead of the curve is to adjust your business’ dress code to fit the season. Some businesses go as far as adopting summer hours and “super casual” Fridays. No matter how your business chooses to handle the summer season, planning ahead is essential to keeping your employees comfortable, satisfied, and productive. A successful summer dress code begins with…

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Active Shooter: Prepare, Prevent, Recover

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American’s have struggled to find solutions as the rise in mass shootings continues. According to Homeland Security, 44% of mass shootings occur in a place of business. As conscientious employers, we seek to prepare our organizations for that unfathomable possibility. We hope that violence in the workplace never occurs but have a responsibility to ensure the safety of employees, clients, and anyone visiting our workplace. What can we do to protect our organizations, ourselves, and our employees? The best is through planning for prevention, preparation if an active shooting should occur, and recovery and response. All of these, of course,…

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Measles: How to Protect Against an Epidemic

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The spread of the measles across the U.S. has left many in fear of an epidemic. With cases in more than twenty-three states, the public and employers are left wondering how to best defend themselves, their families, and their community. While the majority of adults in the U.S. are vaccinated against the measles, some are not due to social/religious reasons or underlying health concerns that may leave their immune system compromised. The worst case scenario for an employer is that a sick, unvaccinated employee comes to work unknowingly spreading the infectious disease; making vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals a carrier of…

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