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How Hot is Too Hot?

We all know how unforgiving the southern heat can sometimes be, but do we all know how to protect ourselves and employees?  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a warning on Friday to remind employers to protect their personnel. Previously employers did not have to report heat related illnesses unless they were fatal or were detrimental to everyday functionality.  Now, however, employers are required to notify OSHA of any inpatient hospitalization.How to protect your e...

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How to Reduce Employee Absenteeism

We all know things happen. Maybe the kids are sick, you have a broken water pipe in your house, or the dog got out and is running wild through the neighborhood.  This always seem to happen five minutes before you have to leave for work.  Employee absenteeism is something that plagues most businesses.  It is also something that most employers are not quite sure how to handle or where to start.  When employees aren’t at work, it affects not only productivity, but also morale.  According to a Merce...

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Simple Tips to be Healthier at Work

As we enter the second month of the New Year, it’s the perfect time to focus on a healthy workforce. You don’t have to be in the C-suite to promote a culture of wellness at work. Anyone can implement these small, healthy changes and invite their colleagues to do the same: Take walking breaks. Prolonged sitting is associated with increased disease risk. Get up from your desk and on your feet once an hour. Walk a lap around your floor or walk to a co-worker’s office instead of picking up the phone...

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Watch Your English!

Is yours one of the many Houston-based businesses that hires employees who do not speak English?  Here are some points to ponder:Federal Posting Requirements maintain that if 20% or more of your workforce is not proficient in English and speaks another language, you must post your federal labor law posters in the language those employees speak. (Many languages are available.)Don’t assume that your non-English-speaking employees are aware of your HR policies and procedures.  If translating an ent...

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Welcome Aboard!

Did you know that a new staff member makes up their mind within the first days of your employ whether they are going to stay or leave, become a star or a dud.Six Rules to New Hire Happiness1.  The first impression of your company really begins with the recruiting process.  [Read “Recruiting Your Brand” and “Applicant Interviewing Don’ts" in this Newsroom.]2.  Concentrate on preparing the new person’s first day.  Have their desk/workspace ready with a welcome sign, office supplies, a computer tha...

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Five Ways to Cut Expenses and Stay in Compliance

1.    Hire the Right People for the JobIt may be tempting but don’t hire people you know for your open positions.  Interview qualified, experienced professionals from outside your immediate circle.  Make sure you check references and pay for a background check.  Hiring the wrong person is costly, both in the job and when you replace them.2.    Create Clear Job DescriptionsDon’t neglect creating an accurate, clear job description for each position in your company. It’s important to attract the ri...

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The Employer Mandate Fee / Employer Shared Responsibility Payment

The employer mandate fee is officially referred to as a "shared responsibility payment," as the fee will help fund marketplace subsidies and fund other aspects of the Affordable Care Act.The annual employer mandate fee (officially called an Employer Shared Responsibility Payment) is a per employee fee for employers with over 50 full-time equivalent employees who don't offer health coverage to full-time employees.  Smaller employers (with less than 50 full-time equivalent employees) won't pay a f...

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