Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nov 28, 2011  |   By Todd Stanton →

Safe Harbor for Misclassified Contractors? Or Snake in the Grass?

In one of my posts last month, I raised the specter of misclassified independent contractors.  If you’d like a refresher about the risks to companies posed by misclassification, take a look here:  Trust me – it can get ugly. Among the perils created by misclassification are the potential back taxes, interest, and penalties imposed upon an employer who has treated employees as contractors.  Especially     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Featured, Worker Classification   |  

Nov 20, 2011  |   By Todd Stanton →

FLMA for the Holidays

Nothing dampens an employer’s holiday spirit faster or more completely than a lawsuit. I can’t promise that you won’t get sued before the end of the year, but I can offer a quick piece of advice that may take one issue off the table. If you have employees using their Family & Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave during a week in which a holiday falls,     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)   |  

Nov 17, 2011  |   By Todd Stanton →

Part II: Evolving out of the Evaluation

A few weeks ago, I tried to talk you out of clinging to your traditional employee performance evaluation. I suggested you scrap your company’s formal, stress-inducing, time-consuming, and ineffective “1-5” annual review in favor of a ongoing, interactive performance management system.   I proposed that by involving employees in the goal-setting process, offering immediate and rolling feedback (and assistance with improvement), and having managers actively manage     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Featured, Supervisor Training   |  

Nov 12, 2011  |   By Mitesh Patel →

Choosing the Right Business Attorney

Tips for Choosing the Right Business Attorney by Mitesh J. Patel, Principal, MJ Patel Law Group How much time and effort do you put into hiring a new employee? Between writing the job description, reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates and discussing your options internally, it adds up to quite a bit of time, right? So how much time and energy did you put into choosing your     Continue reading

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Nov 3, 2011  |   By Todd Stanton →

Avoid Hiring the Next Person You’ll Fire

Avoid Hiring the Next Person You’ll Fire On a Cub Scout camping trip this weekend, I started talking with another boy’s dad.  He was an emergency room physician at a large public hospital.  During the conversation about all the crazy stuff he sees, he told me that the folks in the ER consider trauma to be a chronic condition. He wasn’t serious, of course, and     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Featured, Hiring and On-boarding   |  

Nov 2, 2011  |   By Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk →

Does My Company Really Need a Logo?

Does My Company Really Need a Logo? by Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk, president, BBR Marketing When most business people are asked, “What is branding?” they are quick to answer, “a logo.” And they are partially correct; a strong logo should be the foundation of your brand. But it’s so much more too. Ultimately, your brand is your promise to your customers and clients and encompasses everything     Continue reading

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Nov 2, 2011  |   By Todd Stanton →

Evolving Out of the Evaluation

This is the first in a two-part post addressing a workplace issue that likely causes employees and supervisors as much consternation as any aspect of their employment:  The Annual Performance Evaluation. A growing number of small and medium-sized employers are jettisoning the traditional annual performance evaluation for more innovative and inspiring ways of measuring and improving performance.  Changing the status quo may take a bit     Continue reading

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