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Old-Fashioned Ways Are New Again

by Andrew SzczesniakApril 8, 2013 11:27 AM

If my mom only knew.

When I was younger, my parents would encourage (mandate) that I help them in the family garden out back. However, that really cut into my wiffle ball playing/tree-climbing/insect-torturing summertime. I came up with every excuse in the book to get out of it. I was told it was good exercise and that the vegetables we grew were healthier and better for me than anything we bought at the grocery store. I didn’t care. I was a kid. I hated vegetables.

Now we appear to have come full circle. Not only are gardens making appearances in the suburbs, they’re also starting to dot cityscapes and in a surprising twist, corporate campuses.

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Solving Small Businesses' HR Problems

by Andrew SzczesniakMarch 26, 2013 10:00 AM

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Losing good employees to competitors.
  • A cranky work environment.
  • Excessive workplace injuries.
  • Out-of-control healthcare costs.
  • Ridiculously high unemployment insurance costs.

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Benefits | Human Resources | Payroll | Risk Management

Work Hard, Play Hard: Your PTO Policy

by Samantha ShymchykFebruary 22, 2013 1:58 PM

Your PTO Policy

When an employee calls to say they woke up feeling like death warmed over, do you have to tell them to drag their butt to work because your company doesn’t have a Sick Time Policy? Or when you receive vacation requests, do you have to think twice about how to track it because your Time Off Policy is so complex? Unfortunately, many would answer yes to these questions because of inefficient Paid Time Off (PTO) Policies.

 

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Liability Expands Under FLSA

by Andrew SzczesniakFebruary 12, 2013 9:05 AM

Virtually every company in America is bound by the Federal Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA).

This law "regulates the status of employees (versus independent contractors) and provides for a minimum wage and overtime unless the employee meets an exempt classification." However, the scope of this law is not simply limited to employees’ wages.

Protecting Whistle Blowers

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