Human Resources Management

Protecting your Dealership – Benefiting from Social Media while Limiting Risk

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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Social media is no longer a new concept; it has become a common and highly used tool in society today. Often a free tool, social media can help take your dealership to new heights; however, it can also create legal risk if taken advantage of or used improperly. (more…)

Protect Your Company – Always Confirm Employment Eligibility with E-Verify

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014


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Get a jump on proposed new Immigration regulations. Under proposed federal immigration reform all employers would be required to use the E-Verify.  Already many states required the use of the E-Verify system. Make sure that you complete a new I-9 form within three days of hire and take the extra step of confirming eligibility to work in the United States by using E- Verify. (more…)

Mindfulness – How to Increase Efficiency, Creativity, and Workplace Harmony

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014


What is mindfulness anyway? Mindfulness has become the antithesis to multitasking; instead of focusing on many things at once, which can cause poor decision making and lead to confusion, stress, and poor communication, mindfulness includes calming and focusing of the mind, often through meditation and breathing practices. A 2003 study, and 6 week implementation of a mindfulness program, showed that 70% of participants took fewer sick days due to depression and anxiety. In the following 3 years following the study, absences for all health conditions were halved. (more…)

What you need to Know about Summer Help

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014


You need an extra set of hands for the summer, but you don’t want to hire just anyone. An option many turn to is hiring a teen just for summer help, someone who is willing to work for just a few months, perhaps a coworker’s child looking for income during their school break. (more…)

Summer Dealership Preparedness: Your Dress Code

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


With summer quickly nearing, the temperature is creeping up. If your employees haven’t already changed into their summer wardrobe, they will be soon. Inappropriate apparel can be dangerous and can also create a distraction amongst coworkers. It’s best to review and redistribute your dress code before problems arise.

Navigating the Maze of Hiring an Intern

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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Hiring an intern sounds easy, but there are a few tricky pitfalls that can snag you up and even cause trouble with the Department of Labor. Is the intern performing work that you would normally pay someone to do? Is this intern categorized as an “employee” or “trainee” as defined under the law? These are things that can land you with a lawsuit.

Think Interns are Free? Think Again.

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


As the summer creeps closer and the workload gets heavier, many employers begin to think of hiring interns. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is no such thing as a free intern. In years past the New York Times has reminded employers that if interns are unpaid their workload must resemble their vocational education. Additionally, these interns must work under close supervision and cannot be a substitute for regular employees and their work must not be in immediate benefit to the employer.

FMLA: Defining Sons and Daughters

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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When deciding if FMLA is the appropriate leave, employers should consider the interpretation of “son“ or “daughter” issued by the Department of Labor under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  The Administrator’s interpretation gives employees, who care for a child, parental rights to family leave regardless of the legal or biological relationship. The “son” or “daughter” being defined is under Section 101(12) of the FMLA as it applies to an employee standing “in loco parentis” to a child.

Maternity/Paternity Leave: Did you know that?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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When an employee expands their family they will have questions about options for maternity or paternity leave. Here are a few things to consider when an employee requests maternity/paternity leave.

FMLA: How and when you can Use It

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Most often, when your employees are sick or life takes its toll, taking paid time off is adequate; however, there are times when  employees needs to take extensive time off for more serious issues. This is when the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) comes into play. FMLA took effect in 1993, in an effort to balance work and life with medical needs.  FMLA includes many regulations and provisions, which can make it hard to understand. The following simple information can help you begin to understand FMLA.