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This quarterly newsletter keeps you current with the changing HR landscape. Our articles and information are timely and relevant to you as a business owner. Read answers to reader questions and send us your own.
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Mar 09
Mar 09

Avoiding Claims of Retaliation

Claims of retaliation against employers have become one of the fastest growing areas of employment litigation. You need only look at the statistics published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to get a grasp of this bleak trend. In fiscal year (FY) 2011, it was big news when the... read more →
Mar 09

Bullying: A Threat to Your Practice

We saw them, and sometimes encountered them, on the playground when we were kids. And they exist today in the workplace as adults–that’s right, bullies. They are often surrounded by sycophants, projecting an air of intimidation. Human resources experts have been warning about this toxicity in the workplace for years.... read more →
Mar 21

Common Practices Fraught with Risk

“Working interviews,” volunteering and/or unpaid internships are not uncommon in the industry, but they have become a source of increasing risk to dentists, both financially and emotionally. Getting caught doing these without considering compliance requirements can leave you vulnerable to a plethora of problems. Working interviews, in particular, present complex... read more →
Mar 21

Difficult Employee? No Problem!

As an employer it is safe to say that at one time or another (if not already) you will have to deal with a difficult employee. If you are one of the fortunate few who have not experienced this, then you probably have lent your ear to many a colleague,... read more →
Mar 21

Don’t Be Your Employee’s Banker/Counselor/Doctor!

Employers are regularly characterized poorly in various media outlets. While there are those who deserve it, most don’t. Throughout the years, we have met, and worked with, some of the nicest employers, who genuinely want to do right by their employees. This is to be commended, no doubt. The world... read more →
Mar 21
Mar 21

Help! What is An I-9 Form?

An I-9 form is a document that all employers, no matter the number of employees, are a required to have for each employee. While this requirement has been in place since 1986, we find dentists are still sorely lacking in the knowledge and/or are failing to properly manage this area... read more →
Mar 21

Laboring over Pregnancy? Breathe, Breathe, Breathe

When an employee tells you she’s pregnant ideally your first response would be: “Congratulations!” It’s a happy time for the mother-to-be even though you may be thinking: “Oh _____, what do I do now?” After reality sets in, questions then come up like: How long is a pregnancy leave of... read more →
Mar 21

Playing the Independent Contractor Game – Not!

It all starts innocently enough. You are looking to add an associate, hygienist or dental assistant and don’t want to hire them until you become convinced that they are going to “work out”. So, you set the person up as an independent contractor to avoid (you think) the taxes, paper... read more →
Mar 21

Religion in the Workplace

When managing employees, a good rule-of-thumb for employers has always been to treat all employees the same, apply the same rules, and don’t treat some employees better or different than others. It’s a good rule, and it seems fair enough. Adhering to this, you assume, would avoid legal problems, right?... read more →
Mar 21

Salary Discussions Among Employees: You Aren’t The Sheriff Anymore!

Does this policy sound familiar? “Salary information is strictly confidential. Your salary or anyone else’s should not be discussed with other employees or other unauthorized persons, on or off the job. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in immediate termination of employment at discovery of the first offense.”... read more →
Mar 21

Salary versus Hourly-Which Way Is Best?

Questions about whether it is better to pay employees hourly versus a salary are quite common. There are pros and cons to both approaches, as well as advocates on both sides of the fence. Some consultants recommend paying staff on an hourly basis, while other industry consultants advocate for staff... read more →
Mar 21
Mar 21
Mar 21
Mar 21

The Value of Job Descriptions

Mention job descriptions and usually there is one of two reactions. One, people’s eyes immediately glaze- over, or two, people automatically respond with “got ‘em, my bases are covered.” Fewer things may seem as uninteresting to talk about as job descriptions – even in the world of HR. They are... read more →
Mar 21

Valid licenses: How much more important can it get?

Do you have employees who are required to have certain licenses and/or certifications? If yes, are those licenses and/or certifications current? When was the last time you checked? Recently a dentist checked the website of the Local State Board of Dentistry and discovered that his full-time hygienist’s license had not... read more →