Managing employees also means managing risk. Unhappy employees may start legal actions; so may former employees. Issues can include discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, or complaints for back pay or overtime. Many business owners and managers do not have basic policies and procedures in place to protect their business in such cases. Implementing some simple personnel policies will greatly…Continue readingManaging Employee Risk
An employee handbook is one of the most important documents your business needs. 1. The employee handbook establishes your company’s policies clearly and effectively. “What is the dress code? “What is the paid time off policy?” “What are the performance standards?” “My manager is harassing me. Who do I complain to, or should I…Continue readingDo You Need an Employee Handbook?
I have never seen a company that is running at 100% effectiveness. Let me tell you why. A company, or any organization, is a complex integration of people and systems. Organizations start as dreams and plans, but are built in fits and starts, to address immediate problems and opportunities. Companies never look exactly as planned.…Continue readingIs Your HR Running at 100%
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
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
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
Effective January 1, 2018, all companies with employees who work in New York State are covered under the Paid Family Leave (PFL) program. PFL is designed to provide a substantial new benefit for employees. At the same time, there are many legal compliance and administrative details to the new program. Here are the 7…Continue reading7 Things You Need to Know About NY Paid Family Leave