Ignore the Title

I’m interviewing applicants for a position and one has told me they’d prefer to call the position something else. I’m not really comfortable with the new title suggested. What do I tell them?  [click to read more …]

Return of Property

I provide my employees with things like tools and a laptop. Can I deduct the cost of that property from their final paycheck if they don’t return it?  [click to read more …]

Special Clothing

I’d like my employees to wear certain clothing for work. What can I require?  [click to read more …]

The First 90 Days

I’ve been using 90 days as the orientation period for new employees but it really takes us about 120 days to determine if they can do the job. Is it okay to make it longer?  [click to read more …]

The Order of Things Digitally

I am scanning and saving all the employee paperwork but the folder is becoming a bit of a mess.  [click to read more …]

The Order of Things on Paper

I have a manila folder for each employee but is there a standard way to maintain a personnel file?  [click to read more …]

Pay Attention or Pay Up

My employees prefer to skip an “official” rest period but do take short breaks to use the restroom or grab a drink. Since the time is paid, I don’t see a problem.  [click to read more …]

Check Your List

Over the next month, there are several things you should have on your list to confirm everything is still right in your world. It’s easy to let time go by if you haven’t put reminders on your calendar. Are you missing any of the following on your list?  [click to read more …]

Employee Blackmail

I have an employee asking for more pay but her role and performance do not justify it. However, she is the only person who knows how to do what she does so I feel like I have to give in. Is there another choice?  [click to read more …]

Cringe-Worthy Proposed Laws

Every year there are bills proposed by our legislature that make employers want to cringe. Sadly, this year is no different and some of the proposed laws will also encourage a scream or two.  [click to read more …]