January 2016

HR Strategies goes above and beyond in managing customized HR solutions for companies that are motivated to reduce costs by using HR Outsourcing. As a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), HR Strategies becomes your Payroll Processing Company and Workers' Compensation Outsourcing, handles your Employee Benefits, provides Human Resource Consulting, works with you on Human Resources Regulatory Compliance, and provides Human Resource Training, as well as many other related HR responsibilities.

Our professionals enable small business owners to focus on their core competencies, rather than focusing on running payroll, providing employee benefits, or the many other facets of human resource administration. We allow business owners to concentrate on their passion, without being distracted by countless human resources responsibilities.

Your Employee Brings a Gun to Work...
Do YOU Want to Fire Him?

The news has been inundated with stories of workplace violence -- from shootings, to bomb threats -- and no company wants to be the next headline. As such, employers must be extremely cautious in the face of situations that may spark aggressive behavior. See how one HR Director handled the termination of a potentially violent employee...

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Stay Up to Date on the Latest Employment Legal Updates

Is Your Company’s Handbook Provisions Compliant With The National Labor Relations Act?
DOL Announces Intended Release Date For New Overtime Rule
OSHA Penalties to Increase In 2016
Retail Employers Beware -- The DOL Is Targeting Your Employees

Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Vermont, & West Virginia: 
Minimum Wage Is Increasing In 11 States — Are You Prepared?

California: New California Workers’ Compensation Poster
Massachusetts: Massachusetts Employers -- Are Your Sick Leave Policies Compliant With The New Earned Sick Time Law
New Jersey: NJ Ban the Box Law – New Regulations Published
New Jersey: NJ Employers – Have You Distributed The Required Annual Notices To Your Employees?
New York: New York Employers Can Face Jail Time For Overtime Violations
Oregon: Oregon Paid Sick Leave Guidance Available

Is Reinstatement Necessary?

An employee failed to show up for work and failed to notify the company of his absence for three consecutive days. In accordance with Company policy, after the third day, the employee was notified via letter that because of his three consecutive “no-call/no-show” absences, the Company considers the employee to have abandoned his job, and views this as a voluntary resignation from employment.

Three days after sending the letter, the Company receives a call from the employee’s wife, advising the Company that the employee had been in the hospital for the past week and asking the Company to reinstate the employee and allow him to return to work.

Should you reinstate the employee?
  1. No, the employee has abandoned his job, which is a voluntary resignation. No matter the reason for the absence, the employee violated the attendance policy and the Company has no obligation to reinstate the employee.
  2. Maybe. The Company needs to determine if the reason for the employee’s absence is protected under state or federal law and, after that determination is made, then choose an appropriate course of action.
  3. Yes, there was an extenuating circumstance (the employee’s hospitalization) that prevented the employee from following Company procedure; therefore, the employee must be reinstated.
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Create a Bully Free Workplace

Workplace bullying. It is one of the new buzzwords in employment law. Do your managers know how to identify a workplace bully – or what steps they should take to prevent bullying within your workforce? Click here to learn more about this workplace hot topic. Read More.


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