Perfect Attendance

Were you the kid in school with perfect attendance?  I envied them.  Those kids were rare, only one or two in each class.  They got accolades and a nice certificate signed by the principal, just for showing up!  There was one girl in my elementary school that did not miss one day from First GradeContinue Reading

Workplace Diversity: Aren’t We All the Same, Only Different?

Workplace diversity has been a hot topic for decades.  Most of us have been through diversity training once or twice.  So, what’s different now?  The social climate. Interracial marriages account for 12% of U.S. marriages according to Pew Research Center, and are celebrated this year, 50 years after becoming fully legal in all U.S. states. Continue Reading

Where Should We Put the Horse? And Other HR Questions.

Human Resource professionals know that Title II and Title III of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the use of service animals at work.  By federal law, a service animal is defined as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.  NotContinue Reading

Workplace Safety: Avoid Spider Bites

As the weather warms, workplace safety is top priority as many jobs gear up for outdoor activity—perhaps spring cleaning of a work site or storage building.  Care should be taken as warm weather is also a time for spiders to be active. In the South and Midwest, brown recluse and black widow spiders are theContinue Reading

Texas Weather: Your Inclement Weather Policy

Growing up in Texas, you often hear, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes. It will change.”  Inclement Weather from hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, to tornadoes across the Central Plains, to fires in the Hill Country, flooding, ice, and snow, Texas has it all.  Being prepared isn’t just about bottled waterContinue Reading

Job Site Safety: Drink Up to Combat Dehydration

Job site safety isn’t all about power cords and ladders.  The heat can take its toll. Now is the time to prepare for Spring and Summer weather.  Believe it or not, something as simple as sharing a drink—of water, that is—may mean the difference between productivity and injury.  Dehydration taxes mental and physical health. Some ofContinue Reading

Human Resources: Handling Lay-Offs

As Human Resources professionals, you are involved in the lives of the employees.  Your job can at times feel like you are basking in sunshine and flowers.  Many times, you are the first person to say, “Welcome to the company”, “Congratulations on your promotion”, and “Best of luck in your retirement.”  Unfortunately, you are alsoContinue Reading

Workers’ Compensation: Making Sense of It All

Many people are familiar with the term Workers’ Compensation but few can truly make sense of it all.  Workers’ Compensation is a state-regulated insurance program that pays medical bills and replaces certain lost wages for employees who are injured on the job.  Texas stands alone in allowing employers to forego Workers’ Compensation Insurance, resulting in more thanContinue Reading

Getting It Right – A Guide to Human Resources

It’s February, and in the world of human resources, payroll, and taxes, it’s time to take a breath.  W2s are mailed (and possibly online), forms are filed, and fees are paid. If your company is structured with HR and payroll functions in-house, you’ve seen the burning of the midnight oil.   For some small businesses, havingContinue Reading

Employment Lawsuits: 4 Tips to Shield Your Company

Employees sue employers, or former employers, for a variety of reasons.  The most common include being treated badly, and an unfair enforcement of rules and policies.  Here are four tips to deflecting employment lawsuits: Documentation is one of the best strategies to prevent or win employment lawsuits. A written employment record can help convince anContinue Reading

2017: What’s In Store for Business?

UniqueHR owner, Garry Bradford is like most American business owners trying to gauge what is in store for 2017, with a new President, new Administration, and new Congress.  Having met recently with investment bankers, bank presidents, business owners, and U.S. and State Legislators, Mr. Bradford describes the overall mood among the group as “optimistically conservative.”Continue Reading

The Aye Yai Yai of Form I-9

The Employment Eligibility Verification of the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, more commonly known as Form I-9, is a requirement for all employers to have a completed form for each employee.  That alone can have some employers saying, “Aye Yai Yai…”  Updated earlier this year, March 31, 2016, the first stepContinue Reading

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