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Should all Businesses Run Employee Background Checks?

Small business owners are legally obligated to confirm and authenticate the identity of employees or face potential penalties. From illegal aliens to security issues, employee screening and background checks are a necessary part of doing business. In fact, the most common employers conduct background checks is to verify the applicant’s qualifications followed by the need to verify his or her eligibility to work in the U.S.A.

Higher levels of scrutiny may be required for employees dealing with sensitive or confidential data ...

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Increase Employee Job Satisfaction

While it sometimes may seem nothing makes employees happy, the fact is – keeping employees happy might be easier than you think. When asked what components contributed to overall job satisfaction, workers repeatedly identified the same two items:

  1. Trust and confidence in leadership. Trust and confidence in leadership was the single most reliable predictor of employee satisfaction. Cultivate an atmosphere of caring in your workplace. Not only does it increase satisfaction but it also help reduce turn-over rates, absenteeism and other ...
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Questions NOT to Ask During an Interview

 Small business owners should know which questions are illegal to ask during an interview. Unfortunately that is easier said than done. Appropriate questions are based upon anti-discriminatory laws that vary from state to state. A variety of federal, state and local laws prohibit employment discrimination, included basing a hiring decision on a protected trait. Generally speaking, the following are illegal in all states so avoid asking any questions that will reveal the following information about a potential employee or ...
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Are Your Workers Employees or Contractors?

Many small business owners really aren’t sure whether or not their workers are employees or contractors. In fact, some contractors would be surprised to learn they actually are considered employees by government standards; unfortunately, even the most well intentioned small business owners could be at risk for costly lawsuits by making even a simple mistake when it comes to properly classifying workers. Here to help determine whether your worker is an employee or contractor are a few of the factors ...

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The number one workplace safety problem…

OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the number one complaint of on the job injuries was back pain. Over one million workers each year suffer from some type of back injury and 1 out of every 5 accidents reported involve a back injury One fourth of all workers compensation claims involve back injuries and strains. This one type of injury costs industry billions of dollars. Contractors are one of the hardest hit industries with resulting absenteeism, increased workers ...

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