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SMALL BUSINESS HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Why Small Businesses Need Employee Handbooks

Having your company’s policies and procedures outlined in a handbook, updated regularly and legally reviewed, will notably help a small business run smoothly when it comes to managing vacation requests, attendance, discipline, and much more. Having these written rules and guidelines can lower a small business’ risk of liability and protect against expensive lawsuits. All businesses must obey local, state, and federal laws, which are complicated and change regularly. Instead of struggling to keep up with the shifting regulations and the complexities of employee lawsuits, having a human resource professional create a set of uniform procedures can save small businesses time and money in the long run. What good is an employee handbook? Small businesses, which are defined as companies with 50 employees or less, generally don’t have the manpower to have their own in-house human resource department. That being said, all small businesses should have an employee handbook at the very least. Many small businesses can not afford to [...]

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Employer HR Tips – April 2019

Your Service Animals in the Workplace Animals now have a place in the workplace. Check out this month's employer HR tips for more information on how to handle employees who need service animals! Service animals are NOT pets Household pets can be restricted by employers in the workplace. Service animals cannot. For an animal to qualify as a service animal, they must fall into both of the following categories. First, the handler of the animal must have a disability helped by the aid of a trained animal. Second, the animal must be able to provide for its handler’s specific disability through specific training. Not all animals can be service animals Service animals can only be dogs or miniature horses according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These animals help with tasks difficult or impossible for their owner. For example, they can alert a deaf handler to sound, ensure the blind cross the street safely, or turn on lights for [...]

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Job Hunting Tips – April 2019

Utilizing Volunteer Work to Achieve Career Goals Ever wondered how to make your volunteer work count as job experience, or even better, lead to a job? The answer is in April's job hunting tips! Use job criteria when picking volunteer work Just as you would when looking for a paying job, do your research! Making a list of the specific tasks and goals you hope to accomplish is helpful when searching for organizations that will give you a leg up in exactly what you hope to do in the future. Once you have landed the volunteer gig, make sure to have it listed on your resume so employers know you’ve been honing your skillset and actively working towards career goals, rather than having the appearance you haven’t been doing anything while applying for the next job. Many employers will consider volunteering as serious job experience. Stay in touch Networking is one of the most helpful ways to get a job. [...]

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Employer HR Tips – March 2019

Keeping Employee Files Protected Security of employee data has gained attention when it comes to data on company computer networks and intranets. A recent court case, Dittman vs UPMC, has held a company responsible for employee data that was stolen from its computer network. In addition to reviewing your electronic data security policies, do not forget to review the hard copy file security of your employee data as well. Here are a few reminders on securing your physical employee data files: Files must be kept in a locked file cabinet at all times: These file cabinets should be locked whenever not in use and always when the office is empty. This preventative measure ensures no one can access employee and client data if they do not have the clearance to do so. Only essential personnel such as HR manager should have access: Only employees allowed to access those files are allowed to have access to the key that unlocks them. [...]

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Job Hunting Tips of the Day – March 2019

Digital Application Mistakes You May Be Making! Check out March's job hunting tips for when an easy digital application process becomes too easy!   DON’T randomly apply to jobs and then forget about them: Applying to jobs on sites such as Indeed or Glassdoor can sometimes be TOO easy! So easy in fact that a single press of a button can submit your resume to multiple jobs at once. Applying to jobs in this way makes it easy to forget about them and be caught off guard if an employer calls you to conduct a phone interview. Sounding surprised or not prepared is extremely unprofessional and may cost you the job.    DO include a cover letter: In the digital age, it’s easy to send out your resume lots of places, but including a cover letter is one of the best ways to stand out to employers. This shows that you took the extra initiative to [...]

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Employer HR Tips – February 2019

Breaks, Leave, Holidays & More: Pay Requirements for Virginia Check out this month's Employer HR Tips for advice on how to pay your employees. Meals and Breaks: Employers are not required to pay nonexempt employees if they take a lunch break longer than 20 minutes. For a 30 minute lunch break, employees must be fully relieved of duties and will not be completing work during that time. Breaks, however, that are 20 minutes or less must be paid. Sick Leave: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) only applies to companies with 50 or more employees. For companies with 49 or less, sick leave benefits are not required. If sick leave benefits are provided, coherent and consistent terms should be outlined in your employee handbook. Holiday Leave: According to Employment Law Handbook, there are 11 holidays recognized by Virginia: New Years Day, Lee-Jackson Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, George Washington Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, [...]

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Job Hunting Tips of the Day – February 2019

When does the interview process actually begin? When application is submitted: Sending your resume in for a job doesn’t stop there, nor is it the only information you should be sending. To stand out as a polished and professional job candidate, you should attach a cover letter written specifically for that company detailing why you want the job and how you are the best candidate for it. DO NOT make the mistake of using a pre-formatted fill in the blanks template to save time. Employers will know!  Through the phone interview: Don’t submit an application and forget about it. It is far too easy in the digital age to submit your resume for a job. Keep track of the jobs you apply for. You should expect a phone interview after submitting your application and resume for a job. Don’t let a future employer catch you off guard and perhaps write you off because you did not seem prepared for an [...]

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Job Hunting Tips of the Day – January 2019

Job Hunting Tips for the New Year! With the arrival of a new year, now is the perfect time to make a career change. Check out January’s job hunting tips to make the most of your search! Make a List: Start by organizing your skillsets and goals to narrow down parameters to start searching. Specify companies you’re interested in working for. That way you can tailor your resume and application to fit what they’re looking for. A list of what you want in your next job is a helpful tool to come back to when the job hunt becomes overwhelming. Network: Networking is one of the most valuable ways to find a job. Reach out to colleagues and professional contacts to maintain a good relationship. A phone call, email, or cup of coffee is a great way to keep you on their mind. You never know when you’ll need a recommendation or a lead on a potential position. Educate Yourself: [...]

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Employer HR Tips – January 2019

Paying Non-Exempt Employees When it comes to paying your employees, you must consider the categories they fall under. In this month's Employer HR Tips, we will look at non-exempt employees and consider all the factors that go into the creation of their salaries. Local vs State vs Federal Minimum Wage It is required by law that non-exempt employees get paid at least the federal minimum wage. Some states have their own minimum wage, and if it exceeds that of the federal minimum, employers must use that as a baseline for paying non-exempt employees. In the same way, if certain cities have their own local ordinance of a higher minimum wage than the state’s or federal’s, employers must abide by the city’s highest rate out of the three.  Overtime When non-exempt employees work more than 40 hours in a week, they are entitled to overtime pay for all additional hours. Generally, the standard overtime pay is time and a half of [...]

Employer HR Tips – December 2018

An employee’s salary is an important component of job satisfaction. There are a number of factors in determining a competitive salary. Check out this month’s employer tips for the next time you’re determining employee salaries.  Classification When determining your employees’ salaries, first consider whether they are exempt or non-exempt. Exempt employees are paid a salary rather than an hourly wage, and are not afforded certain protections or regulations created by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In addition, the FLSA has determined that exempt employees earn a minimum weekly income of no less than $455. Non-exempt employees are required to be paid at least minimum wage, given time and a half for overtime, and often receive paid breaks.  Type The most recognizable differentiation is whether employees are full-time, part-time, intern or student, and independent contractors. Full-time employees usually work about 40 hours a week with benefits such as insurance and PTO, while part-time employees are not afforded the same benefits [...]

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