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Jan

Question: Can we ask employees if they are taking any medications that may impair their abilities to do their job?

HR Snapshot by Choice Builder|  Laura, MA, SHRM-C Question: Can we ask employees if they are taking any medications that may impair their abilities to do their job? Answer: Generally, no. The Americans with Disabilities Act restricts employers from asking medical questions of employees and protects the privacy of medical information. Asking about prescription medications would fall into the category of a

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9
Jan

Annual Employee Benefits Compliance Responsibilities On January 1st

December 5, 2023 | Source: Word & Brown, by Paul Roberts The start of each year marks an important date for employers as they face annual compliance responsibilities related to their health plans, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and COBRA. Staying on top of these regulations is crucial for compliance and to avoid significant non-compliance penalties. Benefits advisors and insurance brokers play a

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27
Dec

Question: Are we required to update our I-9s when the documentation used for them expires?

December 27, 2023| Source: Eric SHRM-SCP Question: Are we required to update our I-9s when the documentation used for them expires? Answer: You would only update a Form I-9 if the expired document pertains to a limited period of employment authorization. You should never reverify U.S. citizens and, in most cases, lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders). However, if a lawful permanent

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19
Dec

Cannabis Protections in Employment

California Law Alert December 15, 2023 California Employment Law Updates for January 1 The following employment laws take effect January 1, 2024. CANNABIS PROTECTIONS IN EMPLOYMENT Employers with five or more employees will be prohibited from discriminating against an applicant or employee for using cannabis off-duty and away from the workplace. This includes discriminating based on a drug test that

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19
Dec

Holiday Closure

This year, as with every year, we would like to express our gratitude for you, our clients, partners and friends. Our company would be nothing without you. We wish all the best for each of you during the holiday season and into the new year! From all of us at Gabriel Insurance Agency, thank you! Please note: Our offices will be closed

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6
Dec

Question: My employees regularly forget to log out during their breaks and meal periods. I’ve told them countless times, and they just forget to do it. What can I do?

  Emily| SPHR Question: My employees regularly forget to log out during their breaks and meal periods. I’ve told them countless times, and they just forget to do it. What can I do? Answer: There are a few steps you can take to help your employees remember to clock out for breaks and meal periods: Ask employees why they’re forgetting. There may

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29
Nov

Question: Can we decrease the number of hours employees work?

Daniel | SHRM-SCP| Question: Can we decrease the number of hours employees work? Answer: Yes. Absent an employment contract or other legally binding agreement, you can reduce an employee’s work hours—there is no law that prevents this. Hours are typically reduced for reasons such as a decrease in business needs, the company’s productivity has decreased, job restructuring, or reorganization.It’s important, however, to

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20
Nov

Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

With wish to express our appreciation for each of you this Thanksgiving season. Thank you for your continued friendship and partnership. Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving! Please note that our offices will be closed beginning Wednesday afternoon, November 22, 2023, and will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 27, 2023, at 8:00am. Thank you!

16
Nov

Question: Can we prohibit employees from dyeing their hair bright pink, aqua, or other extreme colors?

 Rachel | SHRM-SCP Question: Can we prohibit employees from dyeing their hair bright pink, aqua, or other extreme colors? Answer: Yes. Non-natural hair color is not a protected characteristic. Even so, there are a few things you may want to consider before making a policy about this: “Extreme” hair colors are becoming more and more common, so restricting colors may dampen employee

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8
Nov

Question: Are we required to have an introductory period for new employees?

Kim|  SPHR | HR WOW Answer: No. Some employers call the first few weeks or months of an employee’s time with the company an introductory period, but this designation has no bearing on the rights employers or employees have. An introductory period doesn’t reduce the risks of termination (you should still have a good business reason and documentation) or mean that an

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