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2016 TN SHRM State Conference…keep on learning!!


Last week at this time, I was just finishing up the 2016 TN State SHRM Conference in Memphis, TN. They organized 2.5 days of jam-packed sessions focused on the new employment law changes as well as strategy sessions focused on recruitment, engagement, health & wellness, and the list keeps going. I got to meet new HR professionals that work in my state, in my own city, Chattanooga, and also reunite with some fellow HR colleagues that I met last year. Continue Reading →

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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