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Must Love Dogs … or, How to Retain Talent in a Pet Crazy Culture
With unemployment at a 17 year low, employers are reawakening to the need for effective talent retention strategies.  One of the hottest trends in corporate perks recognizes the astounding level of devotion American workers have for their furry, four-legged companions.  No matter what your budget, there are options for your company to offer anima...
Hot Summers and Contractor Heat Illness Prevention plans
Florida construction is booming – and thousands of construction workers are working under the scorching summer sun.  Florida heat can be intense and dangerous. Forty (40) percent of heat-related deaths happen in construction.  With the quick rise in construction employment, there are many new workers who may not be used to working under the...
How to Handle an Employee Taking Prescription Narcotics (legally)
Many Americans are addicted to powerful narcotics to treat chronic pain.  According to HHS data, opioids were involved in 42,249 deaths in 2016, and opioid overdose deaths were five times higher in 2016 than in 1999.  In 2016, the prescribing rate had fallen to the lowest it had been in more than 10 years, but was......
New NLRB standard for reviewing legality of Handbook Policies
In December, there was more good news for employers who were hoping that regulators would take a more centrist approach to labor and employment policy.  There was another rollback of an Obama era regulatory interpretation at an agency that had been very activist in the last few years.  In early December, the National Labor Relations......
HR reminders for the company Christmas party
With Thanksgiving over, Florida businesses are turning attention to the Christmas and holiday party or luncheon in December. This annual event is just around the corner and you (Office Manager or HR Coordinator) are probably reviewing last year’s email reminder to employees that communicate the event details, proper attire and general behavio...
Can Rigorous Enforcement of FMLA procedures become Interference & Retaliation?
Atlanta, GA – On January 27, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided Diamond v Hospice of Florida Key, and analyzed how to review claims of FMLA interference and retaliation.   Here are the facts.  The Plaintiff, Ms. Diamond was a social worker for Hospice of Florida Keys.  She submitted the proper FMLA paperwork because......
What is an Accountable Plan (IRS) for Employee Business Expenses?
A business expense reimbursement or allowance arrangement is a system by which a company pays advances, reimbursements, and charges for an employee’s business expenses.   How your company reports a reimbursement or allowance amount depends on whether the company has an accountable or a non-accountable plan. According to the IRS, if a single pay...
Medical Marijuana in Florida: A Summary for Employers and Employees
Tallahassee, FL (January 3, 2017) –  Now that Florida voters have approved Amendment 2, the constitutional amendment allowing the use of medical marijuana, there are many changes coming to Florida.  In the next few years, I predict there will be more medical conditions approved, more doctors prescribing, more cannabis use and more approved...
OSHA provides Interpretation Memo of its new discipline, retaliation rule
In late October, OSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, issued an interpretation memorandum designed to explain the anti-retaliation and injury reporting procedures in more detail. The interpretation offers clarification on what your organization must do in order to comply with the final rule. With respect to reporting an injury, OSHA considers a re...
Policy banning workplace recordings unlawful
Here we go again!  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) (the activist agency that declared many common employer policies meant to establish professionalism, workplace cooperation and congeniality to be unlawful) has done it again.  In late December 2015, the NLRB ruled that Whole Foods Market policy prohibiting the recording of conversations...
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