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Are Unemployment Claims

(by Nancy Owen, PHR) Every unemployment claim that gets paid out to your former employees has the potential to raise your unemployment insurance tax rate over the course of several years following that claim. The better you understand the process, the better your chances of minimizing the inevitable costs that follow any separation from employment, […]

What Constitutes Gross Misconduct When it Comes to COBRA?

(by Nancy Owen, PHR) First, let’s first look at what COBRA is and which employers must provide it. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, also known as COBRA is a law that was passed in 1985 by the United States Congress and signed by President Ronald Reagan. This law makes it mandatory for covered employers […]

Dating in the Workplace: Fiancé or Fired?

(by Derek Ross) It’s no secret that dating in the workplace has been a topic of much controversy and debate for years, leaving employees and their respective employers unsure of how to define this gray area in the workplace. According to CareerBuilder’s 2018 Valentine’s Day survey, 36% of employees have dated a coworker with a […]

Construction adds 36,000 jobs in January 2018

The U.S. construction industry began 2018 with a bang, adding 36,000 jobs in January with 2017 spending up 2.6%. Total industry employment increased for the fifth consecutive month in January and now stands at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of nearly 7.1 million workers, according to the Labor Department. The January total is 3 percent […]