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

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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To Audit or Not to Audit, That is the Question!

December 04, 2018 / by Kellee Perez posted in HR Consulting, Business Planning, Removing the Stress of It All

As an HR professional, business owner, or executive that has been designated an HR role, I’m sure at some point you’ve asked yourself the question of whether you should conduct an HR audit Hamlet-style “to be, or not to be” -on more than one occasion! With HR having so many different components that are integral to the success of a company, there’s good reason to ask yourself this question in such a dramatic fashion! 

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Workshop: Top 10 HR Mistakes All Employers Make!

October 30, 2018 / by Cheryl Perez posted in Compliance, Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT AND WATCH CHERYL PRESENT THIS TOPIC LIVE AT BIZCONCLE THIS THURSDAY!!

Presentation Description:

The fact is human resources is one the most stressful, yet critical, aspects of running a business. Being a small business owner and wearing many hats, you always have to “handle” HR on your own.  It is taxing, confusing, overwhelming, and constantly changing.  You probably often wonder if you are doing things correctly, legally, and in the best interest of your employees and therefore, your business. The fact is, robust HR management practices can reduce costs, improve business performance, and ensure legal compliance. However, most small to medium sized businesses just cannot afford to employ an experienced, qualified, and in most cases, extremely expensive Human Resource professional. So…they make a ton of mistakes. This workshop will discuss the Top 10 mistakes and how to avoid them in a fun David Letterman Style checklist!

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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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What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

September 25, 2018 / by Drew Mosley posted in HR Consulting, Removing the Stress of It All, Internal & External Human Capital

Business is growing, so you’re building your team, training new people, and forming more defined departments in your business. You’ve got your company culture in mind as you find the right people with varied training experiences and from varied work environments. All of this benefits your organization, as we know combining diverse contributions will stimulate your organization's innovation. As the group grows, though, you just might experience some growing pains. After all, it’s human nature, and is to be expected for some personalities to conflict with other personalities. Also, for communication to sometimes lose some of its original content as it is repeated between more and more people. Each new hire brings their experience and methods with them, and folks who have been part of the team longer may feel they have leadership roles that have not actually been assigned.  

 

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Planning Your Shopping List? Make Sure Benefits Compliance is the First on the List!

September 18, 2018 / by TeNita Bryant posted in Penalties, ERISA, Human Resources, Removing the Stress of It All

Guess what? It’s the first of the month and it’s time to for a little employer compliance shopping therapy. Grab your shopping list and let’s go! So, you add the following to your online cart: FMLA – check, ACA – check, Cobra – check, Employee Manual – check, Benefits Compliance – question mark. Hmmm... Maybe this Benefits Compliance is something I can put off until next quarter? Have you stopped to look at what you are putting at risk? Have you asked yourself why this is so crucial to have as an employer? Do you really know what Benefits Compliance is? So, let’s take a step back and research what Benefits Compliance is and how important it is to your business.

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When Business Meets Pleasure: Party Smarter When Employees Are Involved!

August 28, 2018 / by Caroline Schwerko posted in Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Internal & External Human Capital

It’s hard to believe that summer is already winding down! Labor Day is right around the corner, and many of us are looking forward to one last get-together with family and friends over the long weekend that traditionally symbolizes the end of the season. Perhaps you’ve been invited to a cookout, wedding, or graduation party that one of your employees is hosting, or you may even be planning a company picnic of your own. But is it a good idea to party with your employees? 

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Ask Cheryl: Top HR Questions From Small Businesses

August 14, 2018 / by Cheryl Perez posted in HR Consulting, Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Internal & External Human Capital

  1. What questions should a manager ask during an interview?

I always recommend that managers take the time to review the job description that they have prepared very thoroughly prior to an interview. Begin by writing out your very own pros and cons. What would the ideal candidate possess? What skills, traits, and personality type would be the ideal performer have? List out all of those features and then begin to develop questions, especially situational ones, that will help you uncover the real deal. Yes, there are tons of standard interview questions that can be asked of a candidate, but I prefer to ask situational questions that get the candidate to begin telling you a story. The details of that story, the reaction they had during that story, and their body language when they're telling you their story will communicate with you. And if what they communicate is close to what you have listed as a pro or a con, it makes it easier to decide if that candidate makes your top 3. Just be prepared and get to know them enough to know if you want them on your team!

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Creating an Effective Employee Discipline Program

June 19, 2018 / by Rico Perez posted in Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All

In the world of business, one of the toughest things a Business Owner or HR Manager must do is to properly and effectively discipline their employees.  However, if they have failed to properly establish and communicate the company’s expectations on proper behavior and overall expected conduct, that can be easier said than done.  Employers must also make sure that the rules and regulations in place are compliant with State and Federal Law, and must be consistent and fair in disciplining all employees the same way!  

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Ask Cheryl #1: Top 5 HR questions for Small & Medium Sized Businesses

May 30, 2018 / by Cheryl Perez posted in Human Resources, Employers, Removing the Stress of It All, Determining Strengths & Weaknesses

How do I know when and if I can terminate someone?

Of course, one of the number one questions that I receive whenever I am speaking with a small or medium-sized employer is… when can I terminate this person? Usually by the time I have received this question the employee has become so much of a problem that the employer can no longer even justify why keeping him or her on staff is critical. The best way for me to answer this question is really, unfortunately, with a question. And that question is: Where is the employee in achieving the action plan that you set during their most recent disciplinary or performance review conversation?  

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