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In this section you will find resources specific to policies and practices to assist you in reducing the extent and the severity of work-related injuries and illnesses including whether or not they are regulated by government standards.
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Do I really have to hire an Ex-Convict? A guide to hiring Felons.

BuzzRooneyEmployers are facing greater scrutiny than ever in their screening and selection processes. Criminal background checks are one of the biggest areas coming under fire.

It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults in the United States will be arrested before age 23 for something other than minor traffic violations. If that’s true, employers who take a “no hire” hard-line to applicants with any criminal history are going to struggle to find talent for their organization.

 

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A Supervisor's Guide to Social Media, Part One

johndonovanOver the past couple of years, we have seen hundreds of articles extolling the virtues and benefits of "social media" for every kind of business. We're told that Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and other electronic resources will help our businesses reach more potential customers, improve the public's impression of the business, bond existing customers to the company, and improve overall customer satisfaction.

Unfortunately, little has been written to alert managers to the legal issues they may face in dealing with their employees' social media posts, particularly when the post involves provocative or insulting material related to the job, the managers or their employer.

Read more: A Supervisor's Guide to Social Media, Part One

Working with PEOs: Do you know the risks?

JillSTOPPARDPEO’s (Professional Employer Organizations) comprise a nearly $10 billion industry in the United States. These companies provide valuable services to clients who want to leverage a 3rdparty employer to handle the statutory employer responsibilities as a co-employer of their workers.

 

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Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Other Disasters: Small Businesses Should Take Steps to Be Prepared Now - Tips

karengordonSometimes disasters strike without warning, such as earthquakes, including the one millions of Americans felt today on the East Coast.  Other times, we have a few days to prepare, like we have right now with Hurricane Irene approaching the Carolinas.  In the case of any natural or man-made disaster, small business owners should have a disaster preparedness plan in place and ready to go.

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Can an employer insist on regular attendance without violating the ADA? Maybe.

robinsheaWoody Allen once said, "80 percent of success is showing up." So true, so true!

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit* came out recently with a great decision on when "showing up" -- also known as "attendance" -- is an essential function of the job, and when an employer can terminate an employee for poor attendance even if the absences are caused by a "disability" within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Growth in women's share of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations declined to 27% in 2011from a high of 34% in 1990. While women make up nearly half of the workforce, they were 26% of the STEM workforce in 2011.

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