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Wrongful Termination

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Down to Business | 0 comments

Although many states are fire-at-will states, there may be circumstances that allow legal action to proceed against employers. For example, a firm that appears to adhere to a plan of progressive discipline actions prior to terminating staff members and then terminates an employee while failing to following that plan can be putting themselves in legal danger. In one example of this, the California Appellate Court ruled that the employees claim could proceed even though the company was a fire-at-will company. Proceedings in other states have had similar outcomes so it is worthwhile exploring...

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Separating Truth From Fiction With Employees

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Down to Business | 0 comments

Philip Maltin, who was discussing the ways of spotting liars at the Society for Human Resource Management’s Skill Monitoring Conference & Exposition, began by explaining how we can misread some signs when trying to spot liars in the workplace. According to Maltin, if someone folds her arms, fails to look you in the eye, and keeps massaging the back of their neck depicting nervousness and stress, it’s not mandatory that they are lying. Maltin feels that body movement of a person is just one of many cues that help us to understand whether that individual is a liar. According to him, an...

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Think Carefully Before Imposing English Only Rules in The Workplace

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Down to Business | 0 comments

A clothing store recently restricted three employees from speaking Spanish in the workplace. In turn, they sued stating that it was a violation of their civil liberties as well as discriminatory behavior. The complaint says that the company’s human resources department was detached and dismissive to the worker’s concerns. They ignored phone calls, voicemails. They failed to take any action on behalf of the employees. To make matters worse, the employees in question were told they would lose their jobs if they continued speaking in Spanish. They also faced other disciplinary actions. The...

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So, how much insurance do you need for your new business?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Down to Business | 0 comments

Opening up shop? Wondering what kind of insurance coverage you might need? Chances are you’ll likely need to protect yourself. You have to watch out for things like liability claims, injuries, accidents, damage to equipment, and burglary as well. It’s enough to give a person an ulcer. So how do you know if you have the right business insurance for your needs? And how can you be sure you are getting a great deal on your coverage? We’re certainly here to help you with that! Talking with an independent insurance agent will help you figure out which kinds of commercial coverage are most...

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How to Create an Energized Work Force

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Down to Business | 4 comments

  The notion of a 40-hour workweek is disappearing for many. 50+ hour work-weeks have become common. Many individuals go so far as to sleep with their iPhones turned on so they can respond instantly, 24/7, as needed. The biggest problem with this is that it leads to workers being tired and disengaged. Worse, workers suffer greater tension and make more judgment errors. The core question: are humans capable of working constantly without rest? The answer, of course, is no. As a business, it is important to be mindful of how employees are treated as they are a company’s greatest asset. Happy,...

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Thinking About Remote Workers?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Down to Business | 0 comments

Allowing for remote workers has advantages. It gives you versatility, helps to reduce expenses, and allows you to draw from a larger pool of potential job candidates. There can be drawbacks as well. Top complaints: A sense that there’s less communication. Management’s struggle with knowing whether employees are staying on task. So how can you maximize benefits while limiting the drawbacks? Hybrid Approach Some companies allow employees a certain amount of flexibility to work from home. However they still require that employees be “in office” for a certain number of days per week or month....

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