Question: Do we pay the minimum wage of the state where our headquarters is located or the state an employee does the work?

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Answer: This comes up a lot with employers who have people working remotely or at a work site in a different state. The answer is simple: Employees should be paid the minimum wage for the state in which they work, whether this is a satellite office or their own home. Beyond that, it’s important to […]

Compensation Strategy Checklist

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Too many organizations are disorganized when it comes to compensation. They make compensation-related decisions in a haphazard manner that: Discounts applicable laws and regulations Obscures whether their approach to compensation generates appropriate ROI Makes compensation and payroll management unnecessarily difficult. This kind of ad hoc approach to compensation often results from being overwhelmed by all […]

Filing the Employer Information Report (EEO-1)

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Filing the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) is mandatory for employers with 100 or more employees and for federal contractors with 50 or more employees, and the filing deadline for 2018 is coming up fast on March 31, 2019.   Make sure you are aware of the common filing errors: 1. Pulling data from the first […]

Social media Posting

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Question: We’ve become aware of a social media post by one of our employees in which he complained about his working hours and pay. The post was “liked” by several of his coworkers, one of whom commented “Preach!” and another of whom posted an angry face emoji. Can we discipline these employees for complaining about […]

Holiday Office Parties

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The Holidays are upon us and that means the season for Holiday Office Parties.   As an employer you want to take steps so it doesn’t end up like the Office Christmas Party starring Jason Bateman! Alcohol can be a liability. Partygoers who overindulge could cause an accident at or after the party, or they […]

Is annual Sexual Harassment training required?

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Answer:    Although the EEOC does not require that employers conduct annual Sexual Harassment training; however, they do recommend it.    Take a look at the following stats and it becomes obvious why that would be a great idea.   The Weston Group can facilitate this training and also help with investigations in the work place.   The […]

Does “at-will employment” mean we can terminate without risk?

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Answer:  No, termination always comes with some risk, even when the employment is at-will. While at-will employment allows either the employer or the employee to terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without notice, and with or without cause, it does not permit you to terminate employment based on the employee exercising a […]

How long should we keep employee timecards?

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Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, you are required to keep such records for at least three years from time of creation. However, we recommend that personnel records, including payroll records and timecards, be kept for seven years from the date the record is made or the date of termination, whichever is longer. That way, […]

Return to Work

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Summary: An employee injured off the job would like to return to work, but we’re concerned about her safety and her ability to do the job. How should we proceed? We’re a small employer and not subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act. Question:    What does an employer need to do if an […]