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News From Columbia EDP

Posted: 2021-08-29

Can I ban cell phones at work?

Posted: 2021-05-31

Good Employees Are Hard to Find! Here's Help...

Posted: 2021-03-01

How to Make Good Use of Your Employee Handbook

Posted: 2021-01-25

The Implications of Wage and Hour Audits for Employers

Posted: 2021-01-24

The New Form 1099-NEC Summarized

Posted: 2020-12-29

When to send an employee home for illness

Posted: 2020-12-28

Returning belongings to terminated employees

Posted: 2020-12-14

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, should we cancel our annual holiday party?

Posted: 2020-12-02

Paying a salary employee on days off

Posted: 2020-11-11

Can we require employees give notice before quitting

Posted: 2020-11-10

Strategic Management of Vacation Requests

Posted: 2020-11-09

Do you have to pay your staff if you close for the holidays?

Posted: 2020-10-19

Be mindful of age discrimination throughout COVID-19

Posted: 2020-10-09

Employees signing the handbook

Posted: 2020-09-30

Exit Interviews - To Do Them or Not

Posted: 2020-09-18

Denying leave through FFCRA

Posted: 2020-09-16

Your employees has used up thier FFCRA leave, now what?

Posted: 2020-09-02

Are there situations when you can deny an FFCRA leave to an employee?

Posted: 2020-08-12

Can you reduce the salary of an exempt employee for a half day?

Posted: 2020-08-05

Can you as the employer require an exempt employee work weekends?

Posted: 2020-07-31

Safety Violations - What should you do

Posted: 2020-07-16

How to Build Great Company Culture: A 4 Step Guide

Posted: 2020-05-27

Can you deny an employee's use of accrued vacation time?

Posted: 2020-05-08

Running your business while keeping employees healthy and safe

Posted: 2020-05-07

Department of Homeland Security I-9 Temporary Policy

Posted: 2020-05-06

Bringing employees back from unemployment benefits

Posted: 2020-05-04

How Employers Can Support the Mental Health of Their Employees During COVID-19

Posted: 2020-04-30

The BBB warns of phony loan scams

Posted: 2020-04-28

Employee Health Screening Options

Posted: 2020-04-27

Bringing back some of your employees

Posted: 2020-04-24

COVID-19 Updates- rehiring employees

Posted: 2020-04-23

How do EFMLA and EPSL work?

Posted: 2020-04-16

Some new FAQ's from the Department of Labor about unemployment during the Coronavirus

Posted: 2020-04-15

What to do if an employee tests positive for the Coronavirus

Posted: 2020-04-14

Tips on avoiding scams related to your IRS stimulus check

Posted: 2020-04-10

Tracking sick leave due to Coronavirus

Posted: 2020-04-10

Overview of Unemployment Benefits Changes Under the CARES Act

Posted: 2020-04-08

Top Scam alerts from the BBB

Posted: 2020-04-07

Recording Leave Reasons Under the FFCRA

Posted: 2020-04-06

BBB Scam Alert: “Mandatory” COVID-19 Test Texts are a Scam

Posted: 2020-04-03

Can we reduce pay because of economic slowdown due to COVID-19?

Posted: 2020-04-02

Your employees qualify for leave under the FFCRA, now what?

Posted: 2020-04-01

Good Faith reporting for the FFCRA from the DOL

Posted: 2020-03-31

DOL Relaxes In-Person I-9 Inspection Requirements

Posted: 2020-03-25

What is the difference between a furlough and a layoff?

Posted: 2020-03-24

CoVid-19 Daily update: Telecommuting

Posted: 2020-03-23

Unemployment Benefits: part 6

Posted: 2020-03-22

COVID-19: Unemployment Benefits part 5

Posted: 2020-03-21

COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits part 4

Posted: 2020-03-20

Daily Updates on COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits part 3

Posted: 2020-03-19

Family First Corona Virus Response Act has passed by Congress

Posted: 2020-03-19

Daily Updates on COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits part 2

Posted: 2020-03-18

COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits part 1

Posted: 2020-03-12

Do your employees know your company policies?

Posted: 2020-02-19

Terminating a Well-Liked Employee

Posted: 2020-02-17

5 Things HR Can Do To Keep Employees From Quitting

Posted: 2020-02-14

Do You Know if Your Employee Handbook is Up-To-Date?

Posted: 2020-02-12

Still relying on an old-style punch system?

Posted: 2020-02-10

Why You Should Care About Your Employer Brand

Posted: 2020-02-07

The Ins and Outs of Conducting Background Checks

Posted: 2020-02-05

We’ve had a few employees come into work sick. Can we send them home or, in the future, tell them not to come in to work if they are sick?

Posted: 2020-01-31

We have had someone request an accommodation for a disability. Can you explain undue hardship?

Posted: 2020-01-15

What sort of questions should we ask and avoid asking during a job interview?

Posted: 2020-01-13

Can we discipline employees for complaining about the company on social media?

Posted: 2020-01-10

Our busy season starts next month. Is there anything we can do to help our employees reduce their stress?

Posted: 2020-01-08

Is Your WFM System Tracking These 3 Essentials?

Posted: 2020-01-06

Six Payroll Problems To Keep In Mind

Posted: 2019-12-30

Why Should You Care About EX At Your Company?

Posted: 2019-12-18

The new W-4 forms are here, what does that mean for you?

Posted: 2019-12-11

We received a wage garnishment for child support that the employee doesn’t want us to follow. What should we do?

Posted: 2019-12-04

Can we send employees home early because there isn’t any work to do?

Posted: 2019-12-02

I’ve heard serving alcohol at company parties can be a liability. What steps can we take to protect our organization and our employees?

Posted: 2019-11-22

How to handle sexual harassment when a manager is involved

Posted: 2019-11-18

When a company decides to close for Thanksgiving Day or the week between Christmas and New Years day is the employer required to compensate any of its employees?

Posted: 2019-11-15

How do we know if our managers are performing well?

Posted: 2019-11-08

We’ve seen an uptick in complaints from employees. Is this cause for concern?

Posted: 2019-11-04

What are some best practices for conducting terminations?

Posted: 2019-11-01

Seven Tips for Organizing an Office Donation Drive

Posted: 2019-10-30

The Employment Laws Every Growing Organization Should Know About

Posted: 2019-10-25

Can you tell an employee to "grow up"?

Posted: 2019-10-21

Does presenting a termination as a layoff reduce the risk of an unlawful termination claim? We have a new manager who’s not performing well that we want to let go.

Posted: 2019-10-18

Ready to Replace an Old-Fashioned Punch Card System?

Posted: 2019-10-16

DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule, Effective Jan 1, 2020

Posted: 2019-10-14

We’ve heard from some staff that one of our employees suffers from chronic back pain. We’re concerned that this employee’s job duties may be aggravating their condition. Can we ask them about this?

Posted: 2019-10-11

Can an employee submit a new W-4 at any time?

Posted: 2019-10-09

Enforcing Rest and Meal Periods in Hectic Work Environments

Posted: 2019-10-04

Can we ask an applicant why they are leaving their current job?

Posted: 2019-10-02

Do you recommend screening the social media accounts of job candidates?  I've heard some companies do that.

Posted: 2019-09-30

Can we conduct a background check if we haven't done one before?

Posted: 2019-09-27

The Advantages of Skill-Based Training

Posted: 2019-09-25

Four Keys to Improving Your Culture

Posted: 2019-09-23

There’s a Loneliness Epidemic in the Workplace – Here’s How Employers Can Help

Posted: 2019-09-20

The Employment Laws Every Growing Organization Should Know About

Posted: 2019-09-18

Worried About Retention? The Best Way to Keep Employees Is to Be Useful to Them

Posted: 2019-09-13

Our employees are required to attend sexual harassment prevention training. Do we need to pay for their time at training?

Posted: 2019-09-11

Things you should know about an I-9

Posted: 2019-09-09

Four Misunderstood Terms in the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted: 2019-09-06

Five Reasons to Rehire Former Employees

Posted: 2019-09-04

How do I choose employee timekeeping tools that are right for my business?

Posted: 2019-08-30

Five Steps to Succession Planning

Posted: 2019-08-28

Tattoos in the work place

Posted: 2019-08-23

An Uncommon Benefit: Student Loan Repayment

Posted: 2019-08-21

How to handle smoke breaks for employees

Posted: 2019-08-16

Tips on handling suspected harassment in the office

Posted: 2019-08-14

3 Ways to Pay Less for Labor

Posted: 2019-08-12

When does the I-9 need to be completed?

Posted: 2019-08-05

How do I determine whether a position is exempt or non-exempt?

Posted: 2019-08-02

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Posted: 2019-07-31

4 Common Wage and Hour Pitfalls

Posted: 2019-07-29

We have an employee who is joining the Army Reserves. What are our responsibilities as their employer?

Posted: 2019-07-26

Can't I just reduce an employes hours instead of terminating them?

Posted: 2019-07-24

Why the Difference Between a Job and a Career Should Matter to Employers

Posted: 2019-07-22

Dealing with Bad Attitude Employees

Posted: 2019-07-19

Alcohol, Employees, and the Workplace

Posted: 2019-07-17

Top 5 Employee Handbook Policies to Replace

Posted: 2019-07-15

Three Tips for Effective Coaching

Posted: 2019-07-12

What is an employee's regular rate of pay?  Is it just what they make per hour of work?

Posted: 2019-07-10

How many hours can I assign to a part-time employee? Is there a limit?

Posted: 2019-07-08

How to Make Meetings with Remote Employees Effective

Posted: 2019-07-03

A newly-hired employee quit after the first day.  To keep things simple, can we jsut pay them as an independent contractor?

Posted: 2019-07-02

Customers have complained about an employee's hygiene.  What should we do?

Posted: 2019-07-01

Immediate Employment Termination

Posted: 2019-06-28

How Conducting Exit Interviews Can Help You Increase Retention

Posted: 2019-06-26

Tips to Make Termination Meetings Easier

Posted: 2019-06-21

What is the difference between a descretionaly bonus and a non-descretionary bonus?

Posted: 2019-06-17

How should we respond to a racially insensitive comment made by an employee?

Posted: 2019-06-14

How to Increase Diversity in Your Recruiting and Hiring Process

Posted: 2019-06-12

$3.8 Million Disney Fine Underscores Importance of Acruate Timekeeping

Posted: 2019-06-10

Harassment-Free Workplace Tips

Posted: 2019-06-07

Eight Steps in a Company Injury and Illness Prevention Program

Posted: 2019-06-05

Can an employee returning from FMLA leve be placed in a different role?

Posted: 2019-05-31

What happens if someone is misclassified as an independent contractor?

Posted: 2019-05-29

Can we deny an employee’s use of accrued vacation time?

Posted: 2019-05-24

Three Ways to Hire for Your Culture

Posted: 2019-05-22

Five Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

Posted: 2019-05-21

Workplace Water Cooler Rumors

Posted: 2019-05-17

Can you give employees different amounts of vacation or PTO time?

Posted: 2019-05-15

Required Safety Training

Posted: 2019-05-13

Summer Dress Codes: Too Hot for Compliance?

Posted: 2019-05-10

May is Electrial Safety Month

Posted: 2019-05-08

4 ways to speed up timecard approvals

Posted: 2019-05-06

The Importance of Immediately Documenting Performance Problems

Posted: 2019-05-03

How much time does FMLA allow for maternity leave?

Posted: 2019-04-29

What to do when an employee has an accident or gets hurt while on the job?

Posted: 2019-04-26

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Posted: 2019-04-24

Should you let a new employee have a negative vacation balance?

Posted: 2019-04-22

Bring your Child to Work Day Tips

Posted: 2019-04-19

A Guide to Drug Testing and Drug-Free Workplaces in the Era of “Legal” Marijuana

Posted: 2019-04-17

The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media Policy

Posted: 2019-04-15

Which FLSA Law Did You Break Today?

Posted: 2019-04-12

Do you need to keep unsolicited resumes?

Posted: 2019-04-10

Handling Workplace Harassment

Posted: 2019-04-08

How to Reduce Absenteeism

Posted: 2019-04-05

You hire a manager and they aren't performing to your expectations, now what?

Posted: 2019-04-03

Workplace Bullying

Posted: 2019-04-01

Do you have to allow employees time off to vote?

Posted: 2019-04-01

How to get results from your team building activities

Posted: 2019-03-29

Do we need to pay employees for voluntary, fun events where no work is performed?

Posted: 2019-03-27

When Employment Is Impersonal, Courtesy Goes Out the Door

Posted: 2019-03-25

Many Managers Are Uncomfortable Communicating with Their Employees – Here’s How You Can Help Them

Posted: 2019-03-20

How should employee files be organized?

Posted: 2019-03-18

How do you comply labor law posters when you have employees working all over the country?

Posted: 2019-03-15

Does "at-will employment" mean we can terminate without risk?

Posted: 2019-03-14

Do you have to honor an employee's two-week notice period?

Posted: 2019-03-12

Stop paying too much in overtime

Posted: 2019-03-11

Need a faster way to approve time cards?

Posted: 2019-03-07

How can I speed up payroll?

Posted: 2019-03-06

If an employee comes to work sick, can we legally send them home?

Posted: 2019-02-27

Multi State minimum wage

Posted: 2019-02-25

How do you increase employee retention?

Posted: 2019-02-21

Can a non-exempt employee manage another non-exempt employee?

Posted: 2019-02-20

Addressing tardiness, what is the best way?

Posted: 2019-02-19

Investigating harassment claims made by former employees

Posted: 2019-02-08

Proper documentation about a disability under the ADA

Posted: 2019-02-05

Opening a location in another state?  Pay attention to differences in workplace laws.

Posted: 2019-02-04

When can an Employee use FMLA?

Posted: 2019-01-31

Workforce Management Systems - is it worth your time?

Posted: 2019-01-31

Learning in business

Posted: 2019-01-31

People working longer to reach retirement goals

Posted: 2019-01-31

Why you need automated work force management for salaried employees

Posted: 2019-01-30

Are Cost-of-Living raises mandatory?

Posted: 2019-01-29

How Employee Engagement helps your Business Grow

Posted: 2019-01-28

Avoid the top 3 payroll mistakes this year

Posted: 2019-01-24

Short term employees and unemployment, what to do

Posted: 2019-01-23

How to handle employee pay in bad weather.

Posted: 2019-01-22

Are depression and anxiety considered disabilities?