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    Topic: Compliance

    Do employers have to do a background check?
    By Gretchen Smitson on April 18, 2019 | 3 min read time

    Pre-employment background checks In 2018, and The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) released a report...

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    What are the sexual harassment training requirements for employers?
    By Gretchen Smitson on April 11, 2019 | 3 min read time

    Harassment and discrimination training  The #MeToo movement, alongside numerous sexual harassment lawsuits filed by the EEOC, have increased...

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    How the rise of the home office affects your compliance strategy
    By Leah Rubin on January 29, 2019 | 1 min read time

    It’s no secret that the popularity of working remotely has grown exponentially in recent years. According to Gallup, 43% of U.S. employees worked...

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    HR dates and deadlines to know in 2019
    By Emily Kubis on January 1, 2019 | 2 min read time

    Get and stay organized in the new year Happy New Year! As 2019 begins, most HR departments are focusing on getting — and staying — organized, and...

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    Maternity and paternity leave in the US: What you need to know
    By Gretchen Smitson on December 13, 2018 | 6 min read time

    Parental leave vs medical leave When understanding parental leave laws, it is important to understand the difference between parental leave and...

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    What is the CHIP notice?
    By Emily Kubis on December 3, 2018 | 2 min read time

    CHIP notice requirements Employers providing group health insurance in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health...

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    What is severance pay?
    By Gretchen Smitson on November 1, 2018 | 1 min read time

    Severance pay definition Severance pay is the amount of money or benefits given to an employee as that employee leaves an employer either...

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    Do employees have the right to pray at work?
    By Gretchen Smitson on October 30, 2018 | 5 min read time

    Is praying at work legal?  As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, religious diversity and inclusion in the workplace has become a great...

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    Do employers have to offer health insurance?
    By Gretchen Smitson on October 23, 2018 | 8 min read time

    Employer health insurance requirements Applicable Large Employers (ALE), employers with 50 or more full-time employees or the part-time...

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    Is PTO required by law?
    By Gretchen Smitson on October 11, 2018 | 10 min read time

    PTO requirements  Employers often create paid time off policies in order to become more attractive to current and potential employees. These...

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