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By: | Mar 19, 2018
If you own a small business, you know that handling employee time-off requests can be a tough task. Though employees need to have time away from work for a variety of reasons, you’re faced with the challenge of striking a perfect balance between approving requests and maintaining productivity in the workplace. Without clear procedures and... read more
By: | Dec 25, 2017
This article was updated on 11/29/2018. In a growing number of cities and states, employers are banned from asking job seekers about their salary history during the job application and hiring process. On January 1, 2019, Connecticut and Hawaii will become the latest states to make salary history questions illegal — joining Vermont, Massachusetts, Oregon,... read more
By: | Dec 22, 2017
This article was updated on 12/28/2018. Across the nation, laws restricting employers from asking job candidates about criminal histories are on the rise. As of September 2017, more than 150 cities and counties and 29 states have adopted laws that limit what you can ask job applicants. Known as “ban-the-box” legislation, the new rules are... read more
By: | Sep 11, 2017
You may be aware that the federal government’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires businesses with 50 or more employees (and in some states as few as 10 under state law) to provide unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. But did you know that many states also have small necessities leave (SNL)... read more
By: | Aug 18, 2017
“Should I photocopy or scan employee documents?” This is a question I receive a lot regarding the Form I-9 process. Small business owners understand the importance of completing this mandatory form, but they’re not sure if they should keep copies of the documents new hires provide. The short answer: You can ... but you don’t... read more
By: | Jul 18, 2017
Although the Form W-4 may be considered “routine” paperwork for new hires, it generates a lot of questions. Employees may hit snags when they’re filling out W-4s, and you may be uncertain of the specific requirements for employers. Chances are, you’re not alone with your questions and concerns. Here are the five most common W-4... read more