Quiz Corner: Holiday Pay

Q:    Are employers required to provide holiday pay to part-time employees? A:    It depends. Employers aren’t obligated to pay any hourly non-exempt employee for holidays they do not work; however some employers voluntarily do so. Often times, companies will offer paid holidays to only full-time employees but some also have paid holidays for regular … Continued

Quiz Corner: Two Week Notice

If an employee gives a two-week notice of resignation, can an employer choose to terminate them immediately?

Compliance Update: NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention

Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy Update NY State has considered the many comments that were submitted in response to their proposed Sexual Harassment Prevention policy and training requirements, and posted their final model policy and training requirements.  They have back-tracked on their original requirement that the training of all current employees be completed by January 1,  2019 … Continued

Quiz Corner: Employee Advances

Is it okay to offer employees loans? By Kristen Kelly, HR Specialist & Onboarding Consultant Q:   An employee shared with his employer that his family is going through a hard financial situation. He indicated it was difficult to make ends meet. Is it OK to offer the employee a loan through an employee advance and … Continued

Quiz Corner: Working Under the Influence

Q: Are employees who come to work under the influence of an illegal substance covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? A: Under the ADA, employees who are currently engaged in illegal drug use are not considered qualified individuals with a disability. However, employees who are prescribed drugs to treat a condition are protected under … Continued

Uniform Maintenance Pay

If an employer requires uniforms for an employee, they must either maintain the uniforms or pay the employee a uniform maintenance pay. (Maintaining required uniforms includes washing, ironing, dry cleaning, alterations, repair or any other maintenance necessary.) This pay is in addition to the employee’s agreed rate of pay.

NYS Mandates Sexual Harassment Training

The New York State budget, which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed on April 13, 2018, contains new sexual harassment prevention requirements applicable to all New York employers. Some of these requirements are to be effective July 11, 2018, 180 days after the bill was signed.

Interview Best Practices

There is a right and a wrong way to get the information you need during the interview process. Test your knowledge by identifying if the following questions would be deemed appropriate to ask while interviewing a potential candidate.

Job Descriptions 101

Good job descriptions are a fundamental part of recruiting and retaining your staff. They are the cornerstone for important processes such as job postings, interviewing and selection, setting expectations, training and performance management.