HR and the 2016 Presidential Election

CHANGES AND THEIR IMPACT The 2016 election for President included the majority election of Republican representatives in the House and the Senate.  Democrats were able to retain the power to filibuster with their 60 votes in the Senate.  The 2018 elections for Senate seats may change that.  How does that impact the check and balances […]

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The New I-9 goes into effect January 22, 2017

The Form has just been released and here are some preliminary sites that you can refer to for the form and information.  Points of Interest: 1) use of Adobe to fill out the form with drop down boxes 2) Still need to print form after completion in order to sign the form and check the […]

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ALERT to all companies. Time to look at how and what you are communicating concerning your business.

Identify Your Trade Secrets to Prevail in IP Theft Litigation By Roy Maurer  8/4/2015 Permissions        An appellate court recently struck down a company’s trade secrets misappropriation claims because the company failed to protect its intellectual property (IP) as confidential or proprietary. The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled in Head Over Heels Gymnastics Inc. v. [...]

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First glimpse at how Wage and Hour is going to release guidelines

As of July 15, 2015 you are required to reevaluate your Independent Contractors.  SHRM has done an excellent job of defining the regulation changes using clear, everyday language.  This article states that the goal is for less independent contract work and more employee status with possible overtime rights. The guidelines emphasize Qualitative rather then Quantitative [...]

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April 14, 2015 The Way Employees Vote for Union Representation Changes

On April 14. 2015 ALL businesses may find themselves in a defensive situation with their employees on one side and management on the other.  The NLRB has been pushing for a “quicker” unionization in the workplace procedure and has the backing of the President. Presently if employees wish to form a Union then there is [...]

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INTRODUCTION

ASK KATE Hello- I will be asking for questions and sharing information concerning the workplace.  I expect that this site will attract 1) Small businesses that can not afford a full-time HR Department 2) Middle Managers who sometimes find themselves without a sounding board and 3) employees who have HR questions.  All three of these [...]

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