Stephen Paskoff writes a great article for The Ethical Workplace about leaders and the lack of trust between themselves and employees. He makes some great points that are relevant and useful. Here is a preview: “I believe there’s a new dynamic at play that may be a central part of the problem. Leaders increasingly lack…

“Increasingly, we network by e-mail or through social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. That’s a godsend for shy people. You can listen to conversations and chime in on your own terms. But sometimes there really is no substitute for being there–like when you attend professional meetings, seminars and receptions, or parties in your…

Here at the hotline we received numerous calls about how to handle paying employees for the extra day this year–Leap Day. It is an issue that only needs to be dealt with every 4 years, which makes it a common question for many employers. Do we pay employees extra for the day, or do they…

Should you bother to check references on candidate you are considering for hire? We think so, and so does Jay Goltz. Jay says, “I think most hiring professionals would agree that checking references is a critical part of an effective hiring process.” The problem is though, no one follows through on this critical step anymore….

Hiring Independent Contractors

The dilemma of whether to hire an independent contractor or a regular employee can be daunting, especially to small business employers. There are three rules: Know the law, hire carefully, and retain the knowledge. Check out this excellent article from Katherine Reynolds Lewis in The New York Times on the topic. Katherine’s bottom line: “Do…

In today’s business climate, we’re all moving faster and working harder than ever and trying to lead by example.  We want our employees to grow with the business, take initiative and “own” their projects.  Henry Browning from the Center for Creative Leadership has some great pointers in “7 Ways to Build Accountable Organizations” published in…

Michael Haberman of Omega HR Solutions posted a great blog recently about three steps to prevent sexual harassment issues. Those steps were: 1. With any new employee emphasize, in their introduction and orientation, the company’s harassment policy. Make it clear to them how and to whom they should report harassment, and that they are also…

Question:  My company has employees in New York and California.  With the upcoming presidential primary elections and caucuses, do we have to give employees time off to vote?  If so, do we need to pay them for that time?  Are there any other considerations we should be aware of? Answer:   Many states require employers to…

Question: Can I counsel an employee about wearing strong perfume in the office? Our View:  One of the touchiest subjects we handle as managers is the overall body odor issue – whether it is poor hygiene or overly strong perfume, it’s still tough as it is such an individual issue. Some individuals might believe that…

Question: Outside of our Workers’ Compensation carrier, does our business need to track and report on workplace injuries? Our View:  OSHA (the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration) does require businesses to keep records of work-related illnesses and injuries, unless the business employs 10 or fewer workers and/or the business is in a low-hazard industry. …