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Complying with the FCRA

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was enacted in the 1970s to help consumers resolve inaccuracies in their credit report. Later, in 1996, it was expanded to include employment background checks, now defined under this law as consumer reports. Under the FCRA, employers using a third party to provide background checks on their employees must follow specific regulations and procedures as well as provide specific documentation to job candidates throughout the process. In this context, background checks can include credit reports, education and employer verification, criminal history reports, driving records, or drug tests, among other investigative reports. If an employer…

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Servant Leadership and Empowering Employee Success

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A term coined in the 1970’s, ‘servant leadership’ describes a person-focused style of leadership. A servant leader will put their employees and their community first. Rather than placing their focus on personal success, they strive to empower team success, putting the needs of their employees before their own.  While this style of leadership can feel extreme, studies show that it can be very successful. Large corporations, like Starbucks and Southwest, encourage their management teams to take a servant leadership approach. Servant leadership is revolutionary in its focus on a serve-first mindset, where management is consistently doing their best to serve…

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ADA Compliance: An Interactive Process

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The American Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law prohibiting the discrimination of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of public life. This includes transportation, school, work, and any other arena that is open to the public. For employers, compliance with the ADA means providing reasonable accommodation to employees living with disabilities. Any organization with fifteen or more employees must comply with any request for accommodations that does not cause undue hardship to the employer. Adequately complying with the ADA begins with education and understanding. Educate yourself of the ADA using resources such as the EEOC or the Department of…

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Toxic Employees and Protecting Your Team

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A good manager can make a team; in the same way, a toxic employee can break a team. We have all experienced toxic behavior in the workplace and understand that it can seep into the morale of the team, detracting from productivity and making the workplace less positive. As an employer, this is concerning. One toxic employee can affect organizational satisfaction, productivity, and ultimately your bottom line. Toxic employees are more than just difficult, they are disruptive. Knowingly or unknowingly, they spread discontent, causing conflict in the office, and making other employees uncomfortable or unhappy. Toxic behaviors can come in…

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Building Community Through Leave Sharing Programs

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A leave-donation program, also known as leave-sharing, allows employees to donate PTO, sick leave, and/or vacation days to a community pool. This pool is then available to employees facing extenuating circumstance. From family emergencies to natural disaster, employees can pull from the pool to take additional time off, after having exhausted their own PTO. While the programs can be time intensive to implement, research shows that they are well worth the effort. Effectively implemented leave-donation programs promote employee well-being, increase morale and camaraderie, and decrease employee turnover. While the benefits are undeniable, bringing a leave-donation program to your organization takes…

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When Suicide Touches the Workplace

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As employers, we strive to provide an empowering, supportive and safe environment for our employees; using programs such as EAPs, shared-leave programs, etc.,  provides the opportunity to offer support and resources when employees face personal crises. No matter what programs we put in place, we cannot save everyone. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. With 129 deaths a day, most American workers will be touched by suicide in their lives. While the idea of discussing such a tragedy is overwhelming, doing so can help those left behind…

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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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