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Many employers need extra help during the summer but, whether you’re hiring teenagers under the age of 18 for seasonal or year-round positions, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure things go smoothly… Read more

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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In today’s difficult business environment, it’s critical for companies to make a firm commitment to risk management. One essential element of an overall risk management program is employee screening. By carefully screening prospective hires, companies can help ensure that they hire reliable, honest employees. Companies with employee drivers should take every reasonable step to make sure that those individuals are safe drivers to reduce risk and protect their businesses. Among those steps is the use of Motor Vehicle Records (MVRs) to check an applicant’s driving history. MVR checks of employees have become a critical Fleet Safety Program component and can protect a company against litigation following an accident…. Read more

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