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Written by Valerie Battles, HR Pro & Consultant By now, you may be thinking “I have less than five employees, do I really need an employee handbook?” The answer is: there is no state or federal law that requires you to have an employee handbook. However, as an employer with at least one employee, you have a legal responsibility to inform your workers of their rights and responsibilities while clarifying your workplace expectations at the same time.  A thorough employee handbook helps to limit your liability and reduce misunderstandings at work that could lead to costly legal conflicts. If…
Okay, we have a curveball for you! One day you’re in the office and you notice Karen hasn’t shown up for work. You give her half an hour and nothing. An hour or two goes by and still nothing, not even an email or text from her. You come to find out that Karen’s been arrested! What would you do? This week’s episode of Asking For A Friend is “What if my employee is arrested?” We got some answers from our friends on Instagram, we’re not saying these are all right, but they sure are funny! You can watch our…
Where do we begin with this one? Let’s try this, let’s use the character from the Game of Operation and begin to identify which body parts are okay to show at work. We hope some parts are very obvious “No No’s”, but then there are some areas that may be more questionable. This brings us to this week’s video, “What body parts can I show at work?” What do you think? We are curious to hear your thoughts on this! Share your crazy comments below, if we laugh you get a virtual high five 🖐 If your business needs some…
Written by Raul T. Pereyra, HR Pro & Consultant Great employers such as you establish standards and expectations for employees in two general categories: work rules and behaviors. Work rules are things like policies, procedures, protocols, etc. Behavioral standards are things like being respectful, using professional language, having a positive attitude so they don’t piss off the boss. So, what do you do when employees don’t meet your standards and expectations? Usually, some form of performance management is used to support employees before problems arise. Your goal for performance management is to manage how well employees are meeting job expectations…
Written by Lee R Goldberg, Esq.www.callawyers.comMarch 8, 2021 All California businesses that “hire” the services of an individual, notwithstanding the industry, have at least one similar business challenge to address. That business challenge is compliance with California’s labor laws. California’s labor laws are myriad, complex, and continually changing. There are even different/additional regulations that may apply to your business based upon the specific city or county in which you operate. The larger the employment base for your business, the more regulated the labor environment becomes, starting with five or more employees. These statutory rules and regulations address and…
Question, how many times have you heard your co-worker or boss complain about the HR department? For some reason, Human Resources is almost always perceived as this scary and mean group of people who want to fire you the first chance they get. This is so not true! Of course, there are some bad apples but there are some in about every profession. Most of us are actually really nice! If you’ve been in Human Resources as long as we have, you’ve heard all sorts of reasons why people hate our department. We’ve heard some interesting ones and put together…
As an employer or even a manager, there may come a time when you have to have “the talk” with one or more of your employees. No not “THAT TALK”… This is more of a “Clear your desk and good luck on your future endeavors” type of conversation. The question you may be having is “can I fire my employees”? The simple answer is yes, you can. You can literally march up to your employee and fire them on the spot if you wanted to (we’re talking at-will employment here). However, we wouldn’t recommend that approach unless you’re testing out…
Written by Laurie Dever, LPC, PHR, SHRM-CP be the change HR, HR Pro & Consultant We all know that most employees don’t stay on forever; some leave too soon, and some maybe not soon enough. The reasons a team member may leave are varied, and regardless of whether well-intentioned or based on ill-feelings the point is that you are down a team member which may put added stress or burden on a team or department. Regardless of the reason for the termination, what do you need to do to keep functioning and not lose productivity or morale? Don’t Panic!The…
Written by Laurie Dever, LPC, PHR, SHRM-CP be the change HR, HR Pro & Consultant We all know that most employees don’t stay on forever; some leave too soon, and some maybe not soon enough. The reasons a team member may leave are varied, and regardless of whether well-intentioned or based on ill-feelings the point is that you are down a team member which may put added stress or burden on a team or department. Regardless of the reason for the termination, what do you need to do to keep functioning and not lose productivity or morale? Don’t Panic!The…
We’ve all had questions that we wanted to ask HR or management but we know that if we did, we would probably get in trouble! So here’s where we come in! We are a group of HR experts that can help you answer these questions that your “friend” may have 😉 Picture this, your co-worker calls off for the day. Then when you check your Instagram or Facebook, you see them posting a picture of them at a party! What should you do? Should you tell on them? Great question, this week’s episode of Asking For a Friend is “Should…