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September 01, 2019
The Importance of Employee Handbooks

I am often asked; do we really need an employee handbook? The answer is yes. The answer is yes whether you have 2 employees or 20,000. The answer is yes if you are a brand-new business or you have been established for 15 years. The answer is yes even if you would rather I said no.

Employee handbooks play a very important role in your company. They not only document your policies and procedures, but they communicate your expectations to your employees and can provide a shield to help your company mitigate risk.

Many companies believe they are too small or too new for a handbook. Both of these assumptions can lead to trouble down the road. In fact, small, newly formed companies are the best time to establish your rules, policies and culture. A comprehensive handbook not only documents your policies and procedures, it communicates and clarifies the expectations you...
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July 30, 2019
Unemployment Basics

First of all, there are no guarantees in unemployment. Each case is decided by the State on an individual basis. Even instances where it seems very straight forward that you should win the claim, you may still lose if the person quit for a compelling reason beyond their control. For example, you may lose the case if your employee quit because they are escaping from domestic violence or their military spouse is being relocated.

It is also important to know that if you terminate someone because they did not have the skills to perform the job or they were unable to be successful because of their skills, they will most likely win unemployment. Unemployment is only denied when the employee did something that violated a company policy or was significant misconduct AND they knew that their behavior would lead to termination.

Here are the top 5 steps you can take to i...
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