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Making the Most of Job Interviews

Posted by Anchor Staff on Aug 2, 2022 8:15:07 AM

When interviewing job candidates, time is critical.

The time you spend talking to candidates adds up quickly, especially if you have a lot of great candidates. That has a cost—you’re not getting other important work done. That time also goes by incredibly fast. Within the span of a brief discussion, you have to gather the information you need to make an informed hiring decision and to sell the role to a potential hire. And don’t forget you’re competing with other employers eager to snatch up talent. Every minute counts.

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Topics: interview

Best Practices in Handling Leave Deductions

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jun 27, 2022 7:33:29 AM

Tracking leave deductions accurately is tricky for many employers. If you are doing this by hand there are lots of opportunities to create compliance issues. For example, if you don't accrue appropriately, employees could have a case against you for not providing the right amount of time off based on published policy.

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Topics: Leave Deductions

Question: Are we required to pay summer interns?

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jun 27, 2022 7:18:04 AM

Answer: It depends on whether the worker is considered an employee.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has adopted the primary beneficiary test to determine whether a worker is an employee or an intern. If the worker primarily benefits from the employment relationship, they can be classified as an intern, and they don’t have to be paid. If the employer primarily benefits, the worker must be classified as an employee and must be paid minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Topics: Intern

How Paid Family Leave and Related Programs Can Help Your Business

Posted by Anchor Staff on Jun 27, 2022 6:06:11 AM

Employment benefits that improve quality of life, increase flexibility, and enable people to attend to their personal needs rank high among both employees and job-seekers. And yet, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), while 79 percent of employees have access to paid sick leave, only 23 percent have access to paid family leave. 

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Is it Vacation or Paid Time Off?

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 30, 2022 12:45:05 PM
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5 Ways to Save Your Labor Budget

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 30, 2022 12:38:02 PM

A system is a method of solving a repeated business issue in a strategic and effortless way. 

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Topics: budget

How do we handle leave paperwork when the employee needing leave is incapacitated or unable to be reached directly?

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 30, 2022 11:15:13 AM
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Topics: hr

Four Ways to Make Terminations Less Stressful

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 30, 2022 10:11:13 AM

In the 2009 movie Up in the Air, George Clooney and Anna Kendrick play corporate downsizers—HR consultants that companies across the country hire to terminate employees for them. The practice wasn’t exactly common at the time, and fortunately never took off, but it was believable.

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Topics: hr, termination

Managing Mobile Employees On The Go

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 4, 2022 9:29:45 AM

There’s Never Been More Mobile Employees

 Millions of small businesses rely on mobile employees. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the number of mobile workers in the U.S. will reach 93.5 million by 2024 and will account for 60% of the total workforce. It’s no wonder mobile access to online information has become a top priority in nearly every industry.

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Topics: Mobile Employees

Can we tell employees not to talk about their pay with each other?

Posted by Anchor Staff on May 4, 2022 8:28:22 AM

Generally not. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) grants all non-supervisory employees (not just those in unions) the right to organize and engage in “concerted activity” for the purpose of mutual aid or protection. Concerted means “in concert,” meaning more than one employee is involved. Activities for mutual aid and protection could include discussions about wages, benefits, treatment from managers, safety issues, and just about anything else that two or more employees might have a stake in. As a result, the protections provided by the NLRA are broad. Here are a few examples of protected activity:

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Topics: leadership, hr