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Five reasons you need an employee handbook

By Julie Ellison bio For many employers, the idea of creating an Employee Handbook is overwhelming.  But the importance of having one should outweigh that hesitancy given the peace of mind it can provide you while you are busy running your law firm or business. An Employee Handbook is your roadmap for what your employees can expect from you and what you expect from your employees.  It should be simple, straightforward and relevant.  Not having one in place can create huge headaches that are completely avoidable. Here are five good reasons to have an employee handbook: 1. Handbooks Set Employee Expectations Handbooks allow you to clearly set forth everything from job responsibilities to disciplinary procedures, thus keeping employee expectations consistent with the employer. Experience teaches us that employees are willing to… . . . read more.

Employment Law Update

New overtime rule now in effect

By Mike O’Brien bio Jan. 1, 2020 was the deadline to comply with new FLSA overtime rule. At the end of September the Department of Labor issued its long-awaited final rule updating the salary level test for white-collar overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the new rule, the minimum salary level for exemption is raised from $455 a week to $684 a week, or $35,568 annually. The change marks the first increase in the minimum salary level to take effect in more than 15 years. It is expected to bring overtime eligibility to over a million employees who are ineligible under the current threshold. Although the DOL released a final rule raising the salary level in 2016, the rule was blocked by a federal district court and… . . . read more.

GET CREATIVE

Mind-map your way toward creating a great employee handbook

Sitting down with pen and paper and freely jotting down ideas may not sound like the best path toward creating…


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INCREASING PROFITS

21 easy ways to boost practice profitability fast

Simple changes to billing procedures, hiring policies, purchasing, patient relations, and other daily activities can have a positive impact on…


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MANAGING STAFF

“Why are you leaving us?” 5 key questions to ask staffers who resign

There’s good information to be had from a staffer who’s leaving.
People who have resigned “don’t have a hidden agenda.” They tend to be candid…


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MANAGING THE OFFICE

Telecommuters not working out? It’s not the flexibility that’s the problem; it’s your training program

Are you seeing a surge in low morale and unproductivity among your remote workers? Research suggests that it may be your lack of strategy and training…


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YOUR CAREER

Asking for a raise

One of the most frequently asked career questions is, “What is the best way to ask for a raise?”
Not surprising, a frequently…


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EMPLOYEE WELLNESS

How employers can help break the stigma of mental health in the workplace?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! With approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiencing mental illness, according to…


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MANAGING STAFF

3 bonus formulas that boost staff productivity

What bonuses should the office give, and how can it design the bonuses to increase productivity…


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MANAGING STAFF

Why you might want to give your employees the summer benefits they want

What do your employees want this summer? In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, employees said…


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