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AUG
07

Encore Careers Help Older Workers to Take on a Second Act

It is said that the Depression-era generation was the greatest generation. While that is probably true, Baby Boomers, who range between the ages of 55 and 75, aren't ready to throw in the towel quite yet. In fact, many retired "Boomers" are taking a second act and getting back to work. If you look around, you will see that we still have familiar faces in Atlanta who are past retirement age reporting our news each day. Why? Work ethic—Boomers simply enjoy working and with 76 million in the U.S., there is no shortage of them. 

Many business owners are losing boomers to retirement these days or older employees are being forced into retirement for one reason or another. When this happens, Human Resources is left trying to fill the talent gaps with young talent or new hires who do not possess the knowledge and years of training the boomers had. But this could present a positive solution for employers to look at hiring those seeking an encore career or they could keep the boomers who want to retire and offer them less hours or approach them with the idea of taking on the role of training or consulting with your new hires. There is just something to be said about "old-school" working with young talent: it's a perfect match. 


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JUL
24

It’s Time to Rethink Performance Reviews

Employers sit down with employees once a year with an Annual Performance Review. Studies have shown that this method of sitting down with an employee and trying to evaluate everything he or she has done over a one-year period is now considered backward-looking, and it really does nothing to inspire or help an employee to become an even more valuable asset to your company. In fact, most employees find it berating, and employers find it time-consuming, with the overall process not necessarily cost effective. 

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JUL
10

Employers Beware of FCRA Based Class Action Lawsuits due to Technical Violations

 As a small-business owner or Human Resources manager of a large corporation, your job is to ensure the safety of your personnel while also finding a new-hire who has the qualifications of filling a position you have available. Gone are the days of simply having a potential employee fill out an application and then check a few references regarding his or her tenure with a previous employee. Things have gotten a bit more complicated these days, but only in an effort to ensure that both employee and employer's rights are not infringed upon.

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JUN
24

‘Ban the Box’ is Most Likely Coming Soon to an Employer Near You

According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), three-fourths of the U.S. population lives in a community that has banned the box. This leads to the question of "Can you legally ask an applicant if he or she has ever been convicted of a crime or involved in any illegal criminal activity," during a job interview?

The answer is both "yes," and "no." It's complicated. Can you legally include this question on a job application where an applicant has to click the box regarding having a criminal background? Currently you can—in *some states and municipalities, based on private or public entities.

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JUN
05

How to Prevent Receiving a ‘No Match’ Letter from SSA

Nobody ever wants to receive an NOI (Notice of Inspection) from the government, but with the Social Security Agency (SSA) helping to crack down on illegal workers in the United States, SSA "No Match" letters are on the rise again and these could possibly trigger a government audit. SSA in the past sent out a "Request for Employer Information," also known as No Match Letters, but stopped sending them in 2012. As of July 2018, due to the "Buy American, Hire American" Executive Order, No Match letters were sent out regarding 2017 W-2 mismatches, and as of spring 2019, No Match letters will go out regarding mismatched information for 2018 W-2s.

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MAY
22

Are Your I-9s in Order in Case of a Government Inspection?

 There is currently an immigration uptick not only in the state of Georgia, but across the nation, especially in the construction and lumber and trade related industries. While more jobs are available with people to fill those positions, this serves to boost the local and national economy and keeps the unemployment level down. At the same time, businesses need to be sure the employees they are hiring are legally able to work in the U.S and that all paperwork pertaining to a new hire is complete, especially the USCIS Form I-9 for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

February had the highest number of immigrants in 12 years, making it the highest total since 2007. However, before 2008, border crossings had reached the level of 100,000 per month on a consistent basis, and in 2000 the numbers rose to 200,000 per month.It is interesting that unaccompanied children and families with children were among 65% of the immigrants crossing the border and a majority of them gave themselves up seeking asylum. February's numbers rose to 65% from January's 61%. All of this is bound to have an effect on employment in the U.S. With government inspections on the rise, are you prepared?

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APR
29

Why Creating a Good Culture Really Matters in the Workplace

 The type of culture the workplace has will directly depend on the management/owner of the company and will trickle down from there. Culture is the very heart of the company and is an integral part of everything that goes on between 9-to-5 and then some. Ever wonder why some companies have such a difficult time keeping employees? Culture.

When a company has a culture that nurtures its employees by providing incentives, praise, proper training and recognition for a job well done, everyone benefits. When the right people are hired to fill a position in a company, it has to go beyond filling a position—they also have to want to be a part of a certain culture—your culture.

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APR
10

Will the “Me Too” Movement Tighten the Belt on Sexual Harassment at Work?

Sexual harassment or sexual assault can happen to anyone at anytime, anywhere: it does not discriminate. Whether you are working in fast foods, sports, a medical practice, executive office, modeling, acting, at church, a police station … it can happen anywhere, and it's been happening for as long as humans have been on this planet. To say it's only human nature would not be true—there are simply some people in this world who enjoy doing bad things and getting away with them. Hopefully, those days are going to be a thing of the past within our lifetime.

Although the problem is difficult to manage in an unstable environment, the workplace offers some stability to this problem because it has rules that must be obeyed, or you suffer the consequences. This is also true in general society, as a rule, but we all know how that goes. As an employer in today's world, it is more important than ever to have an employee handbook that clearly defines what is and what is not tolerated at work, and what actions will be taken for each infraction. It is up to the employer to provide rules and to also provide training on the subject. This is generally handled by Human Resources where managers and professionals are up-to-date on local state and federal laws regarding all work-related issues.

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MAR
25

When Marijuana is Legalized in Georgia, How Will That Impact the Workplace?

 It's only a matter of time. Although Georgia law continues to prohibit the use, sale, possession, growth or distribution of marijuana as of March 2019, it is only a matter of time before it becomes legalized in the state of Georgia. As with the end of alcohol prohibition in 1933, statewide temperance laws were continued after the 18th amendment repeal in some states and Mississippi remained "dry" until 1966: it just depends on the state and how conservative its laws are. But as we get closer to legalization, will the use of marijuana still be prohibited at work, and especially outside of working hours?

In recent news, an issue regarding not hiring people who want to be become Atlanta police officers who have used marijuana in the past and could not be hired because of this is up for debate. Rules are being considered for change to hire those who have used marijuana in the past, but once hired, are subjected to zero tolerance, on and off the job. This is, rightfully so, causing problems for those who have been turned down in the past due to marijuana use at any time in their lives. The same rule applies to many employers, in the private and public sectors, so it's probably going to get dicey before the smoke finally clears. 
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FEB
12

Finding Love While on the Clock

Is it possible to meet, fall in love, and have a successful relationship with someone at work? It all depends. We spend, on average, eight hours per day at work, five days a week—but some of us will spend much more time at work than others. Unless you have a busy social life, the chances of meeting your significant other in the workplace are pretty high. This can actually be a good thing for many, but there may be caveats: Is it permissible to date a coworker according to the business owner or large corporation's company policy?

Some businesses may be just fine with dating a coworker or in some cases, dating a supervisor or owner of the business while other companies may completely ban dating coworkers or upper management all together. The only way to know whether dating someone at work is or is not allowed is to read the employee manual or to check with Human Resources. If, for some reason, there is no handbook to refer to or an in-house HR department, check with a reputable HR company like Stellaris Group in Marietta, Georgia who will not only prepare an Employee Manual that is specific to each company's needs but can also provide all-inclusive HR services.

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