Employment Law Blog

Paying For Snow Days

Mar. 12, 2014

Every year I anxiously await Fall – I love the smell of the falling leaves, the cool mornings, pulling my sweaters out of the closet and the fact that winter is coming because I love winter. The anticipation of snow, the quiet of the world…

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“Love Is In the Air…” Don’t We Have A Policy Prohibiting That?

Feb. 10, 2014

Now that most of you will be silently singing Barry White to yourselves for the rest of the day ("And if you can't sing Barry White to yourself the week of Valentine's Day, when can you?" I ask…), on to our holiday-themed topic. I have…

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5 Tips for a Better Employee Handbook

Dec. 17, 2013

'Tis the Season for silver bells, tinsel, holiday parties, cookies at the coffee station (I drop by at least three times a day to see what new delights have appeared since my last trip), and the Grinch (read one of last year's holiday posts for…

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Just When You Think You’ve Heard It All…

Nov. 26, 2013

We all know as human resources professionals that the months of November and December are fraught with difficult personnel decisions: do you have a holiday party at all? If you do, do you serve alcohol? How do you balance the differing religious and cultural practices…

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Why and How to Have Effective Performance Evaluations

Nov. 18, 2013

Before long the holidays will be upon us—we will be consumed with turkeys, trees, latkes, candles, presents, and family. Meanwhile, sitting, languishing in our email or in our office in-boxes will be performance evaluations we were supposed to have completed on other employees before the…

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Don’t Be Spooked By Requests for Reference Checks

Oct. 30, 2013

 Have you carved your pumpkin? Gotten your costume? Bought enough candy? Tomorrow is that holiday that people either love or dread – Halloween. My five-year-old is just beside herself she is so excited to be a vampire bunny – costume is complete with fangs, ears,…

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Which Employees Qualify for Health Insurance Under the ACA?

Oct. 17, 2013

Now that the government is back to "business" without significant changes to the Affordable Care Act, the time has come to tackle another difficult question presented by the ACA. A few months ago, when we believed that January 1, 2014 would be the effective date…

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What Employers Need to Know About Recent Same-Sex Marriage Interpretations

Sep. 23, 2013

Any blog post that deals with both Internal Revenue Service and Department Of Labor rulings is bound to be, well, as one of my faithful readers would say, "On the dry side." But, not only does this post give North Carolina employers a lot of…

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Controlling Healthcare Costs: Informed Employee Decisions

Sep. 3, 2013

This past week I had the opportunity to be included in a group of savvy human resources professionals who were discussing healthcare reform options. As they discussed various new policies and procedures, each agreed that regardless of one's political stance on the Affordable Care Act,…

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What You Can Learn From My Summer Vacation

Aug. 21, 2013

Well, it happened. This morning we woke up earlier; the sun rose (or I'm assuming it did somewhere despite the rain); we dropped right back into the routine of eating bowls of cheerios at the kitchen bar; we sat through the car pool line; and…

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