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Do You Recommend Reference Checks?

Do you recommend doing reference checks, or is it not worth my time? Thank you for your question. I am definitely an advocate for reference checks. Speaking to references is a great way to get more information about applicants and to verify the information they’ve provided to you. As a

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Can the Salaries of Exempt Employees Include Commissions?

We have two currently salaried employees who make about $42,000 per year. However, with commissions, we estimate that they will make $48,000 or more per year. They can still be exempt, right? What happens if their commissions do not exceed the minimum of $47,476 as expected? We’ve double checked the

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Delayed Pay for Late Timesheets?

Can we have a rule that says employees who submit their time card late will be paid late? Answer from Monica, one of our HR Pros: I realize how frustrating it is when an employee turns in a late timesheet. Ultimately though, it is the employer’s responsibility under federal and

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Federal Workplace Posters

Thank you for your question. Generally, federal workplace posters must be displayed in conspicuous places where they are easily visible to all employees. Some states have their own workplace posters and posting requirements as well. To comply with these legal requirements, employers typically place all workplace posters in a break

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Addressing Poor Hygiene and Appearance

Our receptionist has bad hygiene and an unacceptable appearance. She looks as though she’s just rolled out of bed, her body odor is noticeable to customers and vendors, and her attire is often dirty, torn, or poor fitting. What is the best way to handle this situation? Answer from Emily,

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Asking An Employee Their Marital Status

Can we ask an employee their marital status? Thank you for your question. Asking an employee’s marital status after hire is not in itself prohibited. After all, this question is already asked on the Form W-4 that employees complete upon hire. However, while there is no federal law that prohibits

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