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Every hiring manager receives applications from people who are clearly unqualified for the job. Sometimes, however, a candidate with no direct, or seemingly-relevant experience applies for a position and, for some reason or another, captures their attention. Often the manager believes the promising applicant could be an exceptional employee, but that hiring the applicant poses a big risk. Having never done the specific tasks of the position, the applicant may not actually be able to do the job. They’ve never been tested, so there’s little evidence one way or the other. They could be great. They could be terrible. And there’s only one way to find out.   read more...
Thinking of hiring an intern? The DOL says these six criteria must be met to be in compliance with FLSA.   read more...
Allevity is pleased to offer you the option of receiving your W-2 electronically this year. By signing up for EW-2s you can get your W-2 earlier than if you had to wait for it in the mail. If you’re expecting a tax refund that could mean you could file your return sooner to get your money back in your pocket. EW-2s can be downloaded to your personal computer where you can access them anytime and print them as many times as you need. How do you sign up you ask? It’s easy. If your pay statement…   read more...
Hey! Hey, you! Have you liked us on Facebook? Followed us on Twitter? Connected on LinkedIn? If not, get on it! Social media is here to stay, and businesses stand to benefit when they find ways to work within the new era these networks have brought about. But how does a company stay with the times, while navigating the possible risks of social media and the workplace? Brand Management First and foremost, nearly all businesses need some sort of social media presence these days. But having…   read more...
We’ve all seen it go down; Bob from payroll is upset that Maria from sales repeatedly fills out her timesheets incorrectly. He decides to confront her in the break room as a result. Or Linda has a bad day and responds a little too sternly to her boss in a reply-all e-mail. The stage is set for a showdown, and the entire office is now waiting for the situation to come to blows. That’s what happens when conflicts are allowed to rage past the boiling point; work hours are lost to gossip and hurt…   read more...
Most small business start as a dream. The person at the helm has an idea, and they work themselves to the bone to bring that idea to fruition. Nine times out of 10, when you are talking to those visionaries – they will tell you that committing to their passion and finding a way to make it a business was the fun part. The actual running of that business is where the work begins. In fact, it has been suggested that business owners spend up to 40 percent of their time managing human resources…   read more...
We all know the state of California prides itself on being progressive when it comes to workers’ rights, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that in 2014, California became the second state ever to mandate paid sick leave. Those requirements officially went into effect on July 1, 2015. And of course, there have already been some amendments made. Those went into effect immediately upon being signed by the governor on July 13, 2015. Just when you think you know what to expect! Here’s…   read more...
By nature, employee handbooks are just about the most dry reading material anyone has ever come across. But that’s because they have to be. A good employee handbook is dry because when you start spicing them up to make them into a more entertaining read – you run the risk of communicating something that could actually get your company in trouble down the line. That’s the one thing a lot of people seem to forget – the employee handbook can either help you or hurt you if you wind up in court or…   read more...
Way back in 2013, we knew that things were changing. That was when the California Legislature enacted legislation that would raise the minimum wage for the entire state. They proposed a two-step process, with the first being an increase to $9.00 an hour in January of 2014, and the second step now just a few months away – kicking off in January of 2016. So what’s changing, and what do you need to know in order to ensure your company remains in compliance? Show Me the Money The most obvious…   read more...
Most of us would like to believe that creating a harassment free environment is common sense to the supervisors we hire – but time and again, companies find themselves shocked and dismayed by the inappropriate actions of those under their employment. Yes, it is possible for you to hire a manager who will commit quid pro quo harassment. And it’s not uncommon to hire an employee who fancies him or herself a comedian, but all too often veers into off-color comedy in the break room. These things…   read more...
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