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Drug Screening in 2021: Should You?

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Under federal law, marijuana use remains illegal, but states have rapidly legalized both medical and recreational use of the drug in recent years. As of January 2021, the majority of the United States has legalized or decriminalized the use of marijuana at the state level. This fast-paced legalization has made policies surrounding employment drug screenings a bit more challenging to navigate. Employers are left asking if they should do drug screenings if it’s fair and cost-effective, and if so how to proceed without excluding potential candidates who use the substance responsibly. Many local and state governments have begun enacting legislation…

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Can You Require Your Employees to Return to Work?

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In short, yes. Provided your local area is not under a shelter-in-place order, employers can legally require employees to return to in-person work in most situations. That said, the EEOC advises caution to employers hoping to have all employees return sooner rather than later. While federal guidelines may allow employers to require in-person work, particularly if your employees are considered essential workers, the ADA and other protective legislation at the local, state, and federal levels still apply. Before requiring employees to return to work it is important to understand all legislation that applies to ensure your organization remains compliant. Know…

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Should You Reimburse for Office Expenses?

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Last year, businesses across the country were forced to quickly move to remote work, doing their best to stop the spread of COVID-19. Employees who had never worked remotely found themselves in need of a home workspace, equipment, supplies, etc.: the necessities to successfully work from home. With more employees than ever working remotely, employers are asking if they should reimburse employees for remote working expenses. Federal law dictates that employers must reimburse employees for anything that puts them below minimum wage. This federal law provides a low bar for employers; state and local laws often stipulate stricter reimbursement requirements….

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FMLA: Compliance and Education

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The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees access to up to twelve weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave. Employees can use this leave in cases of serious health conditions for themselves, their spouse or children, adoption/foster care placement, the birth of a child, or for any qualifying exigency that could arise out of a child, spouse, or parent’s active-duty military service. While you may generally understand what FMLA is and how employees can use it, the key to successful compliance is in the education you provide to our employees and how the policy is implemented to ensure FMLA is correctly…

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Calculating Overtime Pay

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HR professionals and leaders are expected to have a comprehensive understanding of labor laws. No matter your industry, one key aspect of this is overtime compensation. While the concept of overtime seems straightforward, in reality it can be challenging. Differences in scheduling and compensation can create unanticipated complications, and employee misunderstandings of policy can create risk. If these issues are left unaddressed the consequences can be catastrophic. Overtime laws have been a part of U.S. labor laws since 1938, and in modern years have been given more clarity by legislation like the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which dictates that…

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An Uncomfortable Discussion: Body Odor

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We have all dealt with complicated HR issues and perhaps one of the most uncomfortable is when an employee’s body odor becomes an issue. Deodorant sales in the United States have decreased in recent years, with at least 40% of Americans reporting that they don’t use antiperspirant at all. In a culture where smelling like your shampoo, perfume, etc. is expected, an intense body odor can become a distraction.   As in other areas of HR, the best offense is a good defense. You should create a dress code policy that includes clear expectations for not just what to wear,…

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The Winner of the Election was Marijuana: Should You Screen for It?

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This November brought a historic election, the results of which will shape HR for years to come. One somewhat unexpected result of this year’s election was the widespread legalization of marijuana. While some states legalized CBD, other legalized medical and recreational use of the drug. As we move forward, experts are projecting more and more that the Federal government will eventually decriminalize, and potentially make legal the recreational use of marijuana. Across the country, states approved changes to marijuana laws. Thirty-five states now allow medicinal use, fifteen states and Washington D.C. will now be allowing recreational use. Some say this…

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Video Conference DOs and DON’Ts

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COVID-19 has made video conferencing a part of our everyday lives, and that is not likely to change any time soon. While they may feel more relaxed, video conferences should be treated with the same level of professionalism and attention that one would give to an in-person meeting. Knowing what to do and how to act can be challenging. Here are five things for successfully navigating a video conference. 1. Do prepare ahead of time and rehearse. Don’t test new features during a meeting. Whether you are attending or facilitating a meeting it is important to come prepared. For video…

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Zoom into this Holiday Season

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Each year the holiday season brings potlucks, gift exchanges, and holiday parties among others. This year it has become more important than ever that we feel connected, but COVID-19 has forced us to forgo many of our usual festivities in the name of safety. While things may look different this year, it is still important to provide a space for celebration and cultivating community. With this in mind, many organizations are taking their annual holiday celebrations to a virtual sphere. Virtual parties may not spark joy in your employees right off the bat. “Zoom fatigue” and a feeling of disconnection…

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Non-Compete Agreements: Are They the Best Way to Go?

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Non-compete agreements have become more common for American workers. Once reserved for high-level executive positions, non-compete agreements are now making their way through the workforce, reaching an estimated one in five American workers. While non-compete agreements have seen a large uptick in employees making under $40,000 a year, experts do not always agree on their applicability. Noncompete agreements can be beneficial in preventing your competitors from poaching your best employees, but they can also keep the best employees from even approaching your company. Moving between workplaces to pursue professional development has become a normal part of the modern professional world….

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