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The hiring of new employees can be sort of like walking a tightrope. It is important to find the right candidate with the qualifications and integrity to do the job, but in today’s hiring climate it’s impossible to accept clients at face value. To be effective in hiring practices involves delving into the background of applicants to get a better idea of their abilities and employment performance. However, this has to be measured with respect for the privacy of each individual candidate as well as staying compliant with relevant laws. The purpose of the background check is to help evaluate aptitude and skills and needs to be carried out with this the primary goal… Read more

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By Damian Taylor – Coleman, Hazzard & Taylor, P.A.

The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), codified at 29 U.S.C. §§ 151-169, is a federal law that was enacted in 1935. It applies to most private employers, but tends to fall below the radar of most non-unionized employers. Its protections are undoubtedly invoked primarily by employers, employees, and labor unions who are dealing directly with a unionized workforce, or who are attempting to encourage or discourage workplace unionization. However, there are provisions of the NLRA that apply equally to non-unionized employers who seemingly face no threat of unionization…. Read more

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Virtually every employer will be contacted at some point by a potential new employer of an ex-employee, seeking information regarding the ex-employee. How much information should the employer give? Should the employer simply provide confirmation of the dates of employment, or should an honest evaluation of the ex-employee’s performance be given, or should the employer refuse to give any information whatsoever? The answer, as so often happens, is not as simple as it may seem… Read more

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Vacation season is coming. You understand the importance of a relaxing vacation to your employees’ morale and energy. And you probably need a break yourself. But that doesn’t change the fact that vacations can disrupt work for everyone still in the office.

Here’s how to keep your workplace productive and efficient when people are “tripping” out… Read more

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