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fluseasonThe 2012-2013 flu season has hit early and hard. The severity of the flu outbreak has left many employers pondering if their organizations’ health and attendance policies are helping or hampering their efforts to keep the flu from spreading. Read more

New years are wonderful because they give us the ability to improve, to learn from our experience and then start over and do better. There is plenty of room for improvement in how many organizations serve their customers. And there are substantial benefits for those that do. The good news is you don’t need to spend a lot of money to start making improvements in your customer service. Here are five suggestions to get you started. … Read more

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While the holiday season is certainly a fun and joyous time, employers must remember that various wage and hour pitfalls are lurking and could snare an unwary business this holiday season. Many employers often find themselves during the holiday season with more work to be done and dwindling time to complete it. Some employers will hire temporary, seasonal employees to help manage the work crunch, while others will ask their existing workforce to put in more hours. Regardless of how an employer handles the increased workload, it must be cognizant of the associated wage and hour risks. Keep in mind the following checklist of wage and hour issues to help ensure you do not violate applicable laws:… Read more

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It is the holiday season, a time for office parties and charity events. While gatherings can provide opportunities for professionals to mingle casually with their co-workers and clients and can help boost employee morale, they can also prove to be a liability for businesses that serve alcohol. The United States Department of Labor states that holding an office holiday party with improper use of alcohol can make employers vulnerable to liability under tort, workers’ compensation, or other laws. That is why businesses should take reasonable precautions to prevent any risks and financially protect themselves by making sure they have the proper insurance. … Read more

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With little fanfare, the one-year-old Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has become the chief enforcer of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and has issued revised FCRA forms employers and consumer reporting agencies must start using no later than Jan. 1, 2013. … Read more

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