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10 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in the Workplace

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When your employee shows up to work, you expect them to leave everything at the door, focus on work, and make the most of their time on-the-clock. What you probably don’t often see or discuss is the sacrifices they make by being a working father. Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to recognize and thank the hard-working dads for putting in an honest day’s effort regardless of circumstances, sleep-deprived, bleary-eyed and all.   Here are ten great ways to celebrate the fathers in your workplace:  1. Pass out nice gift frames to the fathers in your office so they can display photos of their children. It’s a great personal gesture that allows them to celebrate fatherhood 365

5 More Common Ways Businesses Unknowingly Break the Law

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We received a lot of interest from readers after publishing our article on common ways businesses unknowingly break the law, which we included in our monthly newsletter. With the advice of those same legal contacts, we are sharing some additional blunders that can get businesses into big trouble today.  Here are five more common ways businesses unknowingly break the law: 1. Mishandling Medical Situations  According to Employment Attorney J Bryan Wood, Founder of The Wood Law Office LLC, employers commonly break the law in ways that don’t really matter. However, there are a few ways that do, like mishandling their employees’ medical situations.  “One important thing employers frequently mishandle is their employees’ medical situations – particularly non-work-related ones

When Can Employers Delete Employee Records?

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It’s a popular question that doesn’t often get addressed — how long is an employer required to keep employee records, and when can you dispose of them? Let’s go over what’s stated in the law, and then read between-the-lines. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that every employer covered under its jurisdiction (which is most employers) must keep payroll records, collective bargaining agreements, and sales and purchase records for a minimum of three years for each nonexempt worker. Records on which computations are based (i.e. time cards and piece work tickets, wage rate tables, work and time schedules, and records of additions to or deductions from wages) should be retained for two years.  “The records

10 Ways to Beat the Mid-Day Slump

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What causes the mid-day slump? According to chronobiologists, our mid-afternoon drowsiness can largely be attributed to the body clock, located in the hypothalamus, which, in interaction with the sleep drive, produces a dip in alertness in the afternoon. Other experts point to body temperature as being another factor in the mid-day slump, which varies through the day and is markedly lower during the afternoon. Circadian rhythms have also been proven to influence when we’re sleepy. Luckily, there are ways to overcome mid-day fatigue, and some of them are downright simple! Consider trying the following strategies:  1. Drink more water. It’s essential to hydrate through the day, as tiredness and loss of concetration are symptoms of dehydration.

New York City Passes Groundbreaking Legislation Banning Employers From Asking About Pay History

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The New York City Council voted Wednesday, April 5 to approve legislation that will ban employers from asking job applicants about their pay history when considering them during the hiring process. The bill will impact approximately 3.8 million workers and will prohibit public and private employers from requesting salary history information and querying public records for pay information, though applicants can volunteer the information if they choose. The bill, championed by Public Advocate Letitia James, was first proposed in August 2016 following the release of a report disclosing compelling statistics on the gender wage gap in New York City. Soon after, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio issued executive orders giving the green light to James’

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