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HR: Industry Updates

The Health Care Reform – 8 Preparative steps to get ready now - Part 2

May 30, 2013 by Rebecca Ward

Last week we discussed the first four steps for preparing your dealership for the health care reform. Continue on to learn more about the upcoming changes in health care: Determine Employee Affordability – Moving forward into 2014, your company will have to make a...

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The Health Care Reform – 8 Preparative steps to get ready now - Part 1

May 23, 2013 by Rebecca Ward

As the deadline for implementation of the newest set of rules related to the Affordable Care Act quickly approaches, dealerships are preparing. Kristin Kahle, of Benefit Exchange Alliance, provides eight steps to begin preparing for the upcoming health care reform. D...

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How Does the New Colorado Marijuana Law Affect Company Drug Testing?

May 01, 2013 by Rebecca Ward

With the legalization of marijuana in various states nationwide, both employees and employers alike are wondering what kind of impact the new laws will have on employment substance abuse testing and policies. The Colorado Court of Appeals recently stated that pot smokers can ...

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Retaliatory Firing: Don’t Fire Whistleblowers, No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

April 24, 2013 by Kathryn Carlson

Employees have a right to report alleged non-compliance to federal and state agencies without fear of retaliatory firing or demotion- no ifs, ands, or buts. A violation of an employee’s protected conduct of reporting potentially illegal or dangerous circumstances, the Depart...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management, OSHA Tags: Department of Labor, HR compliance, OSHA, retaliatory firing, whistleblower protections Read More

Let’s Make Every Day “Hire a Veteran Day”

November 12, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

Today we observe Veterans Day. Make today more meaningful by committing your company to proactively recruit and hire veterans throughout the year. Our veterans have a consistently higher than average rate of unemployment, although they have the proven commitment, skills and ...

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Seven States Raise Minimum Wage on Jan. 1, 2013

November 08, 2012 by Michele McMann

The 2013 federal minimum wage will remain the same at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, the following states will raise minimum wages on January 1, 2013: Arizona Florida Montana Ohio Oregon Rhode Island...

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NLRB Upholds Car Salesman’s Firing over Facebook Posts

October 24, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

The NLRB is moving closer to defining a final position on when an employee’s social media postings qualify as protected activity. It has recently published a helpful report detailing the outcome of 14 social-media cases, including its first “Facebook firing” decision. In t...

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51% Of Employers Have Hired Applicant With Criminal Record

October 18, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

According to a new survey by Career Builder , 51% of employers have hired an applicant with a criminal history. Since more than 92 million individuals have a criminal history on file in state databases, according to the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics , e...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: background check, criminal history, criminal record, hiring criminals Read More

Affordable Care Act Guidance Issued for Employers

October 08, 2012 by Michele McMann

There is new guidance for employers that clarifies safe harbors in determining if they are a "large employer" and need to file under the "play or pay" mandate (IRS notice 2012-58). It was posted on August 31, 2012 by the IRS, in collaboration with the Department of Treasury,...

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HR Managers - Get ready to be an HR Superstar

August 16, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

Sometimes Human Resources is seen as just another drag on a dealership’s bottom line. But what if your HR department could be actually be a profit driver for your dealership? You'd be the HR Superstar! It’s possible. When we talk to HR managers, we find you’re typically s...

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