Top 10 Employer Mistakes- How to Get Sued

In this article, we expand on the items that apply in all states, add in common employer mistakes we frequently see, and show the right things to do to avoid being sued or fined. Mistake #1: Incorrectly classifying employees as exempt or salaried who are not. Some employers classify employees as exempt from the Fair

The Root Causes of Low Employee Morale

The root causes of low employee morale are not what you think, but are surprisingly easy to fix by focusing on a few simple changes in communication style! In the movie Multiplicity with Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell, the character of Doug Kinney (Keaton) clones himself so he can get more work done while having

HIPAA- Compliance Assessment

HIPAA Compliance Assessment HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act) drives the Standards for Privacy of Individual Health Information (“Privacy Rule”). These standards, along with the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) “Security Rule” standards, address the security, use, and disclosure of individual’s health info “PHI” (personal health information) by organizations

SPD ERISA Requirements – Are You Compliant?

ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) governs both welfare benefit and retirement plans. This article focuses on the ERISA Summary Plan Description (SPD) and 5500 reporting requirements for welfare benefit plans. A welfare benefit plan includes any of the following group benefits: health, life, dental, vision, disability insurance plans, flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health reimbursement

HIPAA- Privacy & Security

Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) drives the standards for privacy of individual health information “Privacy Rule” along with the addition of the Health Information Technology for Economic & Clinical Health (HITECH) “Security Rule”. The Privacy & Security Rule standards address the security, use, & disclosure of individuals’ health info personal health information (PHI)

Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know

It is a common, recommended business practice for employers to conduct background checks on potential employees. Employment background checks, also known as consumer reports, can include criminal records, credit report, work history, educational background, and even social media use. However, employers must be diligent in adhering to strict guidelines regarding background checks. Any time you

Leader Sensitivity- What They Can & Can’t Say or Do

I was assisting a manager, Jim, with an interview when he asked the job candidate, who was female, “if she had children or had plans to have them.” In Jim’s mind, he felt it was job-related to ask questions about children because he had experienced challenges with one of his former employees who was late

Creating Legally Compliant Employment Practices

We read about multi-million dollar laws suits almost daily where organizations are sued or fined for wrongful termination, discrimination, not properly handling a claim of harassment or many other law violations. The list of possible offences is large with numerous complex laws, rules and regulations that seem to be constantly changing. Which Laws Apply to Me?