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Why is My HR Business Partner Always Nagging Me about This? You may have a friend who has a photographic memory. If you ask them when something happened, they can tell you the exact day, time, and what they were wearing that very moment. If you are like most of us however, our memory doesn’t … Continued

OSHA Increasing In-Person Inspections

Your Safety Plan OSHA has announced they are increasing the number of in-person inspections in all types of workplaces due to COVID-19, and they have made it known that they expect businesses to have an exposure/infectious disease control plan. You can begin to develop your business plan by completing the state’s safety plan template. Components … Continued

Coronavirus Update: State and Federal Leave Plans

State and Federal Leave Plans Affected by COVID-19 At this point in time, not all of the criteria has been completely spelled out regarding Federal and State leave plans.  This is an overview of the Federal and State leave plans. Within the document, you will find a Summary of H.R. 6201, COVID-19 Federal Relief Legislation, … Continued

The Five Steps of Coaching & Progressive Discipline

Coaching and progressive discipline is the process for both dealing with teaching employee’s new skills as well as dealing with job-related behavior that does not meet expected performance standards. The primary purpose of progressive discipline is to assist the employee to understand that a performance problem or opportunity for improvement exists. The goal of this process is to have the employee improve their performance to average or above-average expectations, but sometimes this doesn’t happen. In these instances, there must be a commitment to move forward with a separation or the entire process becomes meaningless.

Do you need a written PTO policy?

The Importance of Having a Written PTO Policy Employment law does not mandate the allowance of paid time off (PTO) to employees for events such as vacations, personal time, and sick days.  It is, however, a best practice of  Employers of Choice. Employers have flexibility regarding the amount of time off, if any, they will offer to … Continued

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 employees 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: Which interview question is a “no-no”?

Which interview question has the potential to be discriminatory under federal law? A.  Why did you leave your last job? B.  This job requires you to lift 10-pounds. Are you able to lift at least 10-pounds with or without reasonable accommodations? C.  Are you a U.S. Citizen? D.  Who is the best manager you ever … Continued

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

NYS Paid Family Leave: An Employers Checklist

NYS Paid Family Leave:  An Employers Checklist Starting January 1, 2018, nearly all private employees in New York State will be eligible for Paid Family Leave.  Here is what you need to do now. Make sure your PFL coverage is intact. Generally, PFL insurance is added to the disability insurance policy an employer already carries. … Continued

Seminar: Navigating Hot Button Human Resource and Legal Issues in the Workplace

What Every Employer Needs to Know This complimentary cnteractive breakfast seminar was hosted by   ESC and Gross Shuman on March 30th, 2017 at The Saturn Club. Panelists: Liz Warren, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, ESC Rachael Brown, Director of Business Development, ESC Hugh Carlin, Partner, Gross Shuman Trevor Torcello, Partner, Gross Shuman Facilitated … Continued