Employers 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.
PEO’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.
Sometimes 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.
Woody 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.
Who’s considered “disabled” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Ever since the passage of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) a few years ago, the better question has been “Who isn’t?” The new law eased the definition of disability, allowing many more employees to earn accommodations at work. In this new case, a court has ruled that an employee may be protected if she can’t pick up something as light as a gallon of milk …