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 …]

Better Hiring Practices

I’ve hired several employees lately but am not overjoyed with those I’ve hired. What am I doing wrong?  [click to read more …]

Post Your Log

What am I supposed to put on the OSHA log that needs posting?  [click to read more …]

Ignorance is Not a Defense

I’m doing the best I can in running my company and managing my employees. I hear about laws or rules I think I should probably be following but, on the other hand, I figure I’m too small to have to worry about getting in trouble. At what size should I be concerned?  [click to read more …]

Pay Now or Pay Later

I have an employee who is always late with his timecard. Is it okay to pay him on the next pay period?  [click to read more …]

Upcoming Legal Changes

Just as the holidays are on the horizon, our good mood drops because we know the legislature has new surprises for us. This is just a quick heads up about what’s coming.  [click to read more …]

Managing After the Fact

I currently have an employee on a leave of absence who is due back in three weeks. We don’t want her back. While she’s been gone, we have found so much that she didn’t do well or even do at all. Is it okay to tell her we don’t want her back?  [click to read more …]