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HR Policies

12 Must Have Policies for Your Employee Handbook

A typical employee handbook can have 90 or more policies.  But what are the 12 policies that you MUST have? Start with a statement of what your company is all about Policy #1:  This may seem surprising, as many assume that a handbook is focused on legal clauses. But the most important thing to communicate…Continue reading12 Must Have Policies for Your Employee Handbook

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Hiring

A Simple Interviewing System That Works

Hiring new employees is one thing all companies have in common. Also common is the high number of decisions that go wrong – employees who disappoint the high hopes you had when you hired them. The problem is that many interviewers are not really prepared for their interviews. Because they do not have a plan, they…Continue readingA Simple Interviewing System That Works

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Compliance

Is Your Employee an Employee?

“Freelancers” are now an established part of the workforce. Currently, there are 17 million independent contractors in the US, and 40 million if you count temporary workers, day laborers and part-time workers. And the number is growing. Freelancers can be a great solution for employers. Flexible “on demand” work Reduced payroll costs Reduced benefit costs…Continue readingIs Your Employee an Employee?

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Compliance

How to Protect Your Business From Employee Lawsuits

Complying with complex employment laws and policies is confusing and time consuming.  Failure to do so can lead to lawsuits and other costly risks. Every company should conduct an annual compliance review of their handbook, general policies, procedures and documents.  Any questions that come up can be resolved and policies updated accordingly.  At Aspire, a…Continue readingHow to Protect Your Business From Employee Lawsuits

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Managing Employees

Simple and Effective Onboarding Program

Hiring great employees is a major priority for most companies. The time, expense and effort that goes into the process makes it critical that you have a high success ratio when they walk in the door on the first day. But hopes are often dashed. Up to a third of new employees will quit within…Continue readingSimple and Effective Onboarding Program

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HR Policies

13 Action Steps to Promote Diversity

Many companies are reviewing and revamping their efforts to promote a more diverse and inclusive work environment.  Here are some action steps you can take now: 1 – Understand the issues. 2 – Communicate to the entire organization how you are going to address it – focusing on your company’s culture and values and how important…Continue reading13 Action Steps to Promote Diversity

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COVID-19 HR Policies

COVID-19 Return to Work Issues and How to Handle Them

With “return to work” happening for many, issues will arise, and we should be prepared to address them when bringing employees back to the office. Many employees are concerned for their health and safety.  Therefore, it would be a good practice to start gradually, by introducing small number of employees to the office.  Consider staggered…Continue readingCOVID-19 Return to Work Issues and How to Handle Them

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COVID-19

6 Tips for a Safe Return to the Office

At some point, you will be opening the office doors and bringing employees back to work. Here are some ideas that will address health and safety concerns: • Hold virtual meetings, even when employees are in the office• Modify office spaces to reduce personal contact – move desks apart, install barriers• Check employee temperatures at the start…Continue reading6 Tips for a Safe Return to the Office

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HR Policies

Tips on Writing a Streamlined Employee Handbook

Every business with employees should have an employee handbook. But what policies should you include? There are literally dozens to consider (I’ve used up to 95!). I favor a streamlined approach – only include what is necessary, in language all employees understand. Here is what I consider the essential policies for any handbook: How We…Continue readingTips on Writing a Streamlined Employee Handbook

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COVID-19

Paycheck Protection Plan Modified to Help Employers

A new law signed on June 5, 2020, modifies the  “PPP” program to make it easier for employers to use the loan and also have it forgiven (i.e. not have to repay it). You now have 24 weeks to spend your funds, up from eight weeks . You need to spend 60% of the loan…Continue readingPaycheck Protection Plan Modified to Help Employers