E-Verify on the Horizon for Tennessee Employers!

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Are you a Tennessee employer with over 50 employees?

If so, beginning January 1, 2017, Tennessee will require that your business use the E-Verify system in order to verify the citizenship and work authorization status of your workers. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility in the United States.

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6 Ways to Avoid Discrimination & Harassment in the Workplace

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Did you know?

  • Race and sexual harassment are the most prevalent forms of workplace discrimination according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  • Only 23% of small businesses provide employment discrimination training and/or sexual harassment training (Survey by Chubb Group of Insurance Companies).
  • Sexual harassment and wrongful termination awards can cost a company anywhere from $10,000-$50,000 in addition to the legal fees that can cost upwards of $100,000 (Selfgrowth)
  • In the state of Tennessee, there were 3,221 charges filed with the EEOC for workplace discrimination and retaliation in 2014. (EEOC)

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Compliance Matters… I-9s are no joke!

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Latest news just in! SHRM recently reported that a company that failed to complete I-9 paperwork properly was just fined $605,250, the largest amount in history.

These fines were not for employing illegal immigrants and/or altering the documents. They were for simple ADMINISTRATIVE errors that any business owner could make… unintentionally.

The bulk of the violations were due to the employer…

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10 Ways a Good HR Consultant can Save Your Business Money!

Here’s how investing in an HR strategy can pay off financially and strategically.

The first thing most business owners think of when they are deciding whether to hire an HR Consultant for their business is cost … a valid concern. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a small investment up front can lead to substantial cost savings in the long run.

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Below is a list of 10 ways an HR consultant or resource can save your business considerable money.

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How to Help Your Employees Be More Productive

A well-designed performance management strategy is a competitive advantage

This is part four of our series titled, ‘The value proposition of an HR consultant.” Over the past three weeks we have explored topics ranging from strategic hiring and effective communication to consistent HR policies. Our hope is that business owners and managers will learn the benefits of strategically thinking through and implementing HR practices in their organizations. Continue Reading →