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Posts by Patty Hilger

How long do you need to keep HR paperwork?

One of the most common questions we’re asked  is, “How long do I need to keep this HR paperwork?” And it’s a great question—destroying records you should be holding on to could land you in serious legal trouble. Conversely, keeping

3 things employers need to know about office romances

When I first started thinking about this article, I found a hilarious and apropos article called Songs For Ill-Advised Office Romances. While the story made me chuckle, it also made me pretty uncomfortable—and it highlighted why I needed to write

5 surprising facts about the employee lifecycle

How well do you understand what’s going through your employees’ minds at any given point in their tenure at your company? Unfortunately for many employers, by the time they realize their employees are unhappy, they’ve already left the company. Here

How to keep your employee handbook current (and useful)

For many employers, creating content for employee handbooks and policies isn’t necessarily a challenge. The difficulty actually lies in making sure content stays current, is reflective of the organization, and guides and protects the company and its employees. Here are

Marijuana’s future in Massachusetts

Marijuana has an uncertain future in Massachusetts. Currently, it’s legal in the commonwealth—but recent legislation changes could potentially remove key parts of the law. What does this mean for business owners? Background In late December 2016, legislators approved a bill

8 quick end-of-year tasks to do before 2017

Well, here it is—your friendly reminder that we have less than one month until we turn the calendar page to a new year! But before you disable your work email (or clock out of 2016 altogether), here are eight quick

Judge blocks FLSA changes set for December 1

On November 22, 2016 a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction, in effect blocking the implementation of the new FLSA rules that were set to start on December 1, 2016. What does this mean for your business? The

What is co-employment and what is not?

Co-employment sits at the heart of the relationship between Professional Employment Organizations (PEOs) and their clients. Here’s what a co-employment relationship is, what it is not, and what you can expect from one.   What is co-employment? According to NAPEO,

6 great HR accounts to follow on Twitter

It’s no surprise that social media has changed our professional lives. From the comfort of our desk chairs, we can interact with our customers (and potential customers), network with our peers, learn from top HR leaders, and more. We think

What you need to know about changes to IRCA

In June 2016, the Department of Justice issued a new rule that changes the penalties for immigration-related employment violations in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) (JD Supra). Now, it’s important for you to learn about these