Understanding the Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) Form: A Guide for Massachusetts Employers

February 27, 2024

If you’re an employer in Massachusetts, you may have heard about the Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) form. This form is essential for complying with state regulations, and understanding it can help you navigate your responsibilities effectively.  In this article, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions to help you grasp the basics of the HIRD… Read More »

My Employees Want to Unionize. What Do I Do?

January 16, 2024
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So, you thought unions were a thing of the past—but then your employees started discussing unionizing. Perhaps they’ve even begun the process.  Before you panic, respond negatively, and harm employee relations, take a moment to breathe! Consider what it means that your employees want to form a union. Workers generally don’t organize unions with the… Read More »

Employee Records 101: Employer Recordkeeping Checklist

December 26, 2023
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Employers are generally required to maintain various employee records to comply with legal regulations and ensure proper management. The specific data and retention periods can vary based on federal, state, and local laws, as well as industry-specific requirements.  We get it—another hefty responsibility for the small business owner to manage! What records do you need… Read More »

Navigating Compliance Challenges in Multi-Location Businesses

November 14, 2023

For businesses with multiple locations that span different jurisdictions and states, maintaining compliance across the board is crucial and complicated. And for employers with remote employees based in various states, it’s become even more complex! The bigger your company and the more locations it includes, the more challenging labor law compliance becomes. That’s why multi-state… Read More »

The Essential New Hire Onboarding Paperwork Checklist

October 3, 2023
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When was the last time you took a critical look at your new hire onboarding processes? Specifically, the paperwork and compliance piece?  If it’s been over a year, it’s time for a review! As you evaluate your onboarding practices, consider: What your business does What paperwork and reporting you need The types of workers you… Read More »

Understanding the Portal-to-Portal Act: Compensable vs. Non-Compensable Time

September 6, 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of employment law, employers must clearly understand their rights and responsibilities. One piece of legislation that often raises questions is the Portal-to-Portal Act. Passed in 1947, this amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines compensable working time for employees.  Many employers ask whether they must pay employees for time… Read More »

Understanding New Hampshire Tip Laws: A Comprehensive Guide for Employers

August 11, 2023
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Do you operate a hospitality business in New Hampshire, or are you planning to launch one? Either way, it’s vital to ensure you understand New Hampshire tip laws. New Hampshire has its own minimum wage and tip credit amount. Plus, hospitality industry employers in the Granite State must be careful to avoid coercion by requiring… Read More »

Form I-9 Update: All About the New Alternative Verification Procedure

July 26, 2023
Form I-9 Update: All About the New Alternative Verification Procedure

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new version of Form I-9 and a final ruling on a new alternative procedure allowing for remote Form I-9 inspection. The new optional procedure will be available beginning August 1, 2023.  During COVID, flexibilities were implemented, allowing employers to conduct remote I-9 verification. With this exception… Read More »

The Art of Working Interviews: Unlocking Talent While Staying Legally Compliant

July 6, 2023

Finding the perfect candidate to join your team can be challenging, like searching for a needle in a haystack. Resumes and interviews only scratch the surface when assessing a candidate’s fit for a position.  Enter the working interview, a unique approach that allows employers to evaluate a candidate’s skills and cultural fit through hands-on experience.… Read More »

7 FAQs About New Hampshire Wage & Hour Laws

June 8, 2023

Are you an employer in the Granite State and if so, are you up on all of the New Hampshire wage and hour laws? There are many requirements to keep up with regarding time worked and pay! Whether you’re hiring your first employee, have a specific question, or simply want to ensure you’re compliant, it’s… Read More »