Does Your Company Need a Drug-Free Workplace Policy?

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Drug-Free Workplace Policy

When a company integrates a drug-free policy with an organization’s risk management, health management and/or psychological health workplace strategies, it provides a competitive advantage for any business. We spoke with Patrick Gaul, manager of account services at ease@work, about the benefits of having a drug-free workplace.

Gaul indicated that the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) is an excellent source for drug-free information, regardless of whether or not a company is looking for a BWC discount. According to the BWC, a strong drug-free policy has the following positive impacts on a business:
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The Top 5 Reasons Employers Hire Interns

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With summer just around the corner, many employers are going through the process of hiring one or more summer interns into their organization right now. But why go through all the effort of hiring, training and supervising a short term, inexperienced employee who will probably have to leave your organization to go back to school come fall?

As it turns out there are plenty of reasons why. Here are the top five reasons cited by employers: 
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Intern Etiquette: Six Tips to take you from the Classroom to the Workplace

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It’s that time of year again. Students are putting together their polished resumes in the hopes of securing that coveted internship spot at their dream company. Unfortunately, a lot of students are not taught how to ace an internship interview while in the classroom. Here are some tips on how to stand out of the crowd and become a step closer to gaining more real world experience and starting your career.

1. Customize your resume

By all means, using a generic resume template to start is a great beginning, but employers don’t want to see how well you can copy and paste. Be sure once you read the internship description that you customize the objective and highlight the things on your resume that would apply to the position you are trying to get.
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How to Build a Tuition Assistance Program

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How to Build a Tuition Assistance Program

As college tuition rates continue to rise, offering employees an opportunity to go back to school and earn a bachelor or a master’s degree has increased in value. Many employers have taken advantage of the opportunity to boost their benefits package and offer tuition reimbursement to their employees.

According to the ERC 2013/2014 Policies & Benefits Survey, more than half of the participating employers offer a tuition reimbursement program to employees. If you are among the employers considering the option of offering this benefit, here are some questions and recommendations to consider when launching a tuition reimbursement program for your employees:
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Keeping Background Checks Legal Under EEOC Guidance

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The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) published a joint publication on employment background checks in 2014. The guide explains the rights and responsibilities of employers in addition to those of applicants.

The publication addresses three different phases of background checks—before getting the background information, using background information, and disposing of background information.
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4 Steps in the Recruiting and Hiring Process

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Whether handled by supervisors and managers or assigned to a centralized human resources (HR) department, hiring decisions are among the most important decisions made in any organization.

Good hiring practices can eliminate or reduce many legal risks, reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve morale. Ill-advised hiring decisions, on the other hand, can result in turnover, duplicative training, missed opportunities, and lost customers.

In addition, an ill-advised hire may lead to employment termination; and every termination (no matter how justifiable and well documented) exposes the company to the risk of a wrongful termination lawsuit or discrimination claim from the disgruntled former employee. For all these reasons, it pays to take the time to find the right person for the job the first time around.
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Affirmative Action Plans: Does Your Company Need One?

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So who needs an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)? We spoke with Doug Brown, President of Alexander & Bryce, to find out what the requirements, guidelines, and timeframe is when getting involved with an AAP.

Alexander & Bryce Inc. is a human resources consulting firm that provides support to employers who are government contractors and subcontractors subject to the broad spectrum of affirmative action obligations, covering females, minorities, the disabled, and veterans.
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6 Interviewing Tips for your Next Hire

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6 Interviewing Tips for your Next Hire

Finding the ideal candidate the first time around saves both time and money for you and your job applicant, but finding this perfect addition to your team is more easily said than done.

Still, there are a few ways to ensure that the person sitting in the interview seat is the exact candidate for the job, and that you won't be left wishing you'd made a different decision.

1. Understanding the job and essential requirements 

Prior to a position being advertised, the company needs to take a hard look at the opening and determine if this should be a replacement position, or if there is an opportunity for internal movement, absorption, additional essential functions or requirements. Be clear about what is required to perform the job.
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An Introduction to Behavior Based Interviewing

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Companies today are looking for a candidate who not only fits the description of a position based on their experience but will also make an impact with their personality and responsive skills.

Behavioral interviews use questions based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations. This gives the employer a better look into how the interviewee has behaved in the past so they can better predict how they would behave in the future.
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A Briefcase and a Plane Ticket: A Guide When Traveling for Business

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A Briefcase and a Plane Ticket: A Guide When Traveling for Business

When someone thinks about traveling, whether it’s for work or leisure, ‘easy’ is not the first word that comes to mind. There is a lot that goes into traveling, including finding reasonably priced airfare and hotel, making sure you are on time and what to do if you need to reschedule.

Professional Travel, a privately owned travel management company, specializes in corporate, sport and leisure travel. Located in North Olmsted, it’s one of the top 33 professional travel companies in America, a certified veteran owned business, and an ERC preferred partner. We spoke with John Sturm, Executive Director of Professional Travel, about why businesses should use a travel management company for travel and the benefits to this service.
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