How to Implement a Powerful Medical Marijuana Policy in 5 Easy Steps Without an HR Team

February 07, 2019 / by Cheryl Perez posted in Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Internal & External Human Capital, Determining Opportunities & Threats

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Are you losing sleep or worried about what the medical marijuana legalization in your State means to you and your business?

I remember the first time I heard that it was going to be legal in Ohio.

That night I tossed and turned worrying about my business, trying to figure out if my liability would increase? I already have some workforce development needs!

Would I have employees walking around high all the time?

If someone is high at work or under the influence would I be able to terminate or discipline them?

When everything first came out there were many times that I just wanted to ignore the whole thing, but I said to myself…

Wait it out Cheryl… let's see what we really need to do in order to continue business as usual.

Over the past few months, we've been working diligently to understand the rules and figure out the best way communicate to our managers and our employees what the expectations will be once everyone can potentially get a prescription.

The truth is creating the right policies and procedures will keep my business running and functioning well with employees who are capable and safe.

Because of our trial and error, we now have the perfect toolkit formula that can be implemented by small businesses in 6 simple steps.

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10 Workplace Rules for Etiquette

November 13, 2018 / by Rico Perez posted in Internal & External Human Capital, Determining Opportunities & Threats

Workplace etiquette as defined by dictionary.com (Random House 2018): 

The code of ethical behavior regarding professional practice or action among the members of a profession in their dealings with each other. In layman’s terms, acting like you were born with, or taught common sense! For those of you still unsure, here are 10 very important workplace rules for etiquette:

10.) Don’t come to work sick.  If you have a communicable illness, you shouldn’t be at the office! Stay home!

 9.)  At all costs avoid being late. If you happen to have a delay, COMMUNICATE with your supervisor ahead of time. For every minute you think you’ll be late, give two minutes warning. (Mathews 2017)

 8.) Pay attention in meetings.  If you are in a training or a meeting please pay attention to the speaker. Put your phones away, and don’t have side conversations with your neighbor!

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Are You Overstepping Your Boundaries at Work?

November 06, 2018 / by Rico Perez posted in Human Resources, Determining Opportunities & Threats

Work life and personal life oftentimes clash in a close-knit work environment that at times feels more like a family gathering than an office!  Usually this is good for employee morale and productivity, but what happens when employees and managers alike overstep their boundaries?

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Hip, HIPAA, Hooray!

October 09, 2018 / by Kellee Perez posted in Lawsuits, Compliance, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Determining Opportunities & Threats

So, the title of this article is a tad misleading. While I don’t have any news that’s worth throwing a parade over regarding HIPAA, I do have some really great information, tips, & tools that will provide some clarity and direction for HR professionals and executives that manage HR, regarding HIPAA. 

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Freedom of Speech… Just Watch What You Say!

October 02, 2018 / by Rico Perez posted in Human Resources, Internal & External Human Capital, Determining Opportunities & Threats

In 2018 it is of the utmost importance to “watch what you say” when dealing with your management team, co-workers, and customers!  Most things can be misconstrued… the obvious, such as improper touching or grabbing (#me-too), discrimination, or the more common mistake of saying something that is inappropriate!

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I-9s, Audits, and ICE, Oh My!

July 31, 2018 / by Kellee Perez posted in Lawsuits, Compliance, Human Resources, Determining Opportunities & Threats

With every change in the oval office, we typically see some change in employment law as well. We, HR folks and business owners, must stay abreast of and in compliance with all of them!  Agendas for our major agencies (the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Homeland Security, etc) are drastically affected by the standing administration’s goals and objectives. Our latest change in administration is no different. One recent major focus has been combating the hiring and ongoing employment of workers who are ineligible to work in the United States. According to Acting Executive Associate Director for HSI, Derek N. Benner, “Our work site enforcement strategy continues to focus on the criminal prosecution of employers who knowingly break the law, and the use of I-9 audits and civil fines to encourage compliance with the law.”1.  Here’s everything you need to know to do just that:

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Beat the Heat! Stop Employees from Baring It All This Summer

July 24, 2018 / by TeNita Bryant posted in Compliance, Internal & External Human Capital, Determining Opportunities & Threats

The sun is shining, the temperature is warm, and you are looking forward to walking in the office to get your day started.  You open the office door and you walk by Mindy in her flip flops, miniskirt, and halter top. You take a few more steps and you pass by Walter who has on his baseball cap, ripped jeans, and a t-shirt with logos and writing on it and you’re scratching your head wondering if you walked into your place of business or if you have just entered “The Twilight Zone”. You finally get to your office, take a seat, and take a sip of coffee when in comes your Administrative Assistant Trisha, who walks in with leggings and a midriff shirt on. You ask yourself, “What is happening?” Then you say to yourself, “Ohhhhh it’s a change of seasons and the heat is here". So, you immediately pick up your employee handbook (if you don’t have one, let BIG-HR create one for you) and go to the Dress Code section and there it is... or I should say, there it isn’t. You are missing a summer dress code policy!

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Are Your Employees Helping or Hurting Your Business?

July 10, 2018 / by Rico Perez posted in Employers, Internal & External Human Capital, Determining Opportunities & Threats

It really boils down to this: Are your employees happy or unhappy…?  Employees are the life of your company and oftentimes the “face”, so what message or image are they portraying to your customers/clients? 

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Vacationing: Preventing “The Cat’s Away, the Mice Will Play”

July 03, 2018 / by Mike Kaminski posted in Employers, Determining Opportunities & Threats

As the boss, do you ever notice that every time you leave town and/or take a vacation nothing seems to get accomplished? The day you get back to work you realize production has gone down, activity numbers have decreased, and of course, your email box is filled with your staff’s responsibilities that were supposed to have been finalized for the week. If you’ve come across this before, you’ve most likely experienced the dreaded “The Cat’s Away, the Mice Will Play” scenario.

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