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Keys to Avoiding Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in Your Workplace


There are many federal and state laws covering discrimination. In brief, you may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, natural origin, disability, genetic information or any other protected characteristic as established by law. When interviewing

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Is My Employee an Employee, and Other Questions to Keep You Out of Trouble


Any company with employees must comply with many federal and state employment laws.  Many major labor laws do apply to companies with as few as one employee. This includes minimum wage and overtime. Employers of 11 or more employees fall

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Are You Complying With Your State’s Overtime Law?

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According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt employees must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek at a rate not less than time and one-half their regular rates of pay. Some states also have

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Understanding Overtime Law

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This post will help guide you through the basics of the federal overtime provisions, to help you understand the often confusing definitions and avoid some common problems. Welcome to the Fair Labor Standards Act The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

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7 Reasons You Need An Employee Handbook

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Page for page, a good employee handbook is probably one of the most important documents your business will ever have. Here are seven reasons you need an employee handbook: 1. The employee handbook establishes your company’s policies clearly and effectively.

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The Employee Handbook Project: Company Culture and Legal Language

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The intent of the Employee Handbook Project is to create a useful, easy to understand employee handbook that helps your company to grow and balances communicating the culture of your organization with legal protections for your business. I hope that you

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3 Ways to Determine Who is an Independent Contractor, and Who is Not

Hiring an independent contractor – or an employee – can have important consequences for a business.  The importance of this distinction is that the two groups are treated much differently when it comes to employment law, benefits and taxes. The

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Managing Employee Risk

Managing employees also means managing risk. Unhappy employees may start legal actions; so may former employees. Issues can include discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, or complaints for back pay or overtime. Many business owners and managers do not have basic

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Interns: To Pay or Not to Pay

Jim, the owner of a mid-sized marketing firm, couldn’t be happier.  He had brought in two college students as unpaid interns for the summer.  They were looking for industry experience, and he put them right to work doing general office

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