Posts by Your Part-Time HR Manager
The Saga Over Independent Contractor Rules Continues
You may have heard that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) put out new rules about independent contractors. Former Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said these rules will help reverse recent efforts to “drastically curtail the recognition of independent contractors.” But you should think twice before making any changes to how you hire and/or manage independent…Read More
What’s Keeping CEO’s Up at Night!
COVID-19 has upended the nature of work. Employees are burnt out and disengaged after months of dealing with increased workloads, altered business strategies, and ambiguity. Parents are camped out at the kitchen table, trying to concentrate on work while their children are remote learning beside them. Essential workers are servicing their community while wearing masks…Read More
NYC Amends ESSTA to Better Align with NYS PSL
September 28, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio signed legislation amending the City’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA) to align more closely to the New York State Paid Sick Leave law (NYPSL). The changes became effective on September 30, 2020. Important Note: The amendments to ESSTA require employers to note on…Read More
I can’t tell whether someone has COVID, the flu, a bad cold, etc. How should I respond?
As winter rolls around, many of our clients have started to think about the cold and flu season. Every year, I am sure, like many employers, you have an employee that comes into work with a cough, sneezing, feeling miserable, refusing to stay home because they do not want to use a PTO day. So,…Read More
New York Employers – are you Aware of NYS’s Paid Voting Leave and Voting Rights Posting Requirements?
With the November 3, 2020, general election one month away, New York employers must remember that New York’s Election Law grants employees working in New York paid time off to vote and imposes specific, time-sensitive posting requirements. Less than a year after expanding its Election Law, New York State returns to its prior requirement that…Read More
Are You Ready For New York’s New Paid Sick Leave Law?
It’s Time, as Bruce Buffer would say! New York State’s general paid sick leave (“PSL”) mandate while it goes into effect on September 30, 2020, employers will not need to permit employees to use PSL until January 1, 2021. But, keep in mind that the regulations go beyond the statewide COVID-19 Emergency Leave Law obligation…Read More
Meetings – the Rodney Dangerfield of the Business World
We all attend those meetings, and we may even be guilty of orchestrating them! You know, the ones that are never-ending, lack focus, become a forum for one or two people, and conclude with no outcome or action plan for the attendees. No reason meetings get no respect! The good news is we can transform…Read More
Legal Considerations for Zoom and Teleconference Meetings
In yesterday’s YPTHRM – HR Tip Of The Week blog, I wrote about five mistakes virtual meeting newbies and even pros make (here is the link just in case you missed – https://bit.ly/3jhHJvh). As a leader, you need to consider the security headaches that Zoom and similar teleworking tools bring to this enforced work-at-home environment.…Read More
Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes When Holding Online Meetings
Ok, it has been what, six months with the pandemic forcing you and your team to work from home! No doubt, you’re holding tons of virtual meetings, but the question is, are you doing it right. Through YPTHRM’s client survey and research, we pinpointed a few common flub-ups you will want to avoid. COVID-19 has…Read More
DOL Releases New FMLA Model Forms
On July 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new model forms that employers can use to coordinate employee leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The revised medical certification and notices forms were immediately effective and available for employers to use. The DOL also published a Request for Information (RFI)…Read More