Newest Version of the I-9 Drops in November

CJC Compliance, HR News, Legislative Updates

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the next version of the Form I-9 will be made available by Nov. 22, 2016. Employers can continue using the current version of the form with a revision date of 03/08/2013 until Jan. 21, 2017. After Jan. 21, all previous versions of the form will be invalid. The new version of the …

Keeping the Workplace Civil During Election Season

CJC Employer Trends, HR News, Work Culture

The risk of heated conflict and polarizing tension among employees will likely intensify as the 2016 U.S. presidential contest rolls into its final stretch before Election Day on Nov. 8. Political discussions, like talking about social issues or events in the news, can hurt individual’s careers, hinder relationships among colleagues and create an unproductive and volatile work environment. What can …

Be Clear About Your Summer Dress Policy

Be Clear About Your Summer Dress Policy

CJC Employer Trends, Employment, Work Culture

The workplace is becoming increasingly informal, but if your organization has a summer (or relaxed or causal) dress policy, it must be clearly defined to avoid problems. According to a recent OfficeTeam survey of senior managers, U.S. workers are dressing more casually than they did five years ago. Nearly half of respondents said that their employees’ work attire is overly …

can you be fired for growing a beard

CJC Compliance, Employer Trends, HR News, Terminations

Given the facial fur trend, ranging from hipsters and gamers to technology industry titans and sports heros, the topic of employment terminations for beard growth is long overdue. After our views of a recent AP News re-post of a Muslim police officer scoring a win against the NYPD skyrocketed, we are taking a look at the employee and employer side of the argument. …

Preparation Reduces Risk of Terminations Gone Bad

Preparation Reduces Risk of Terminations Gone Bad

CJC Employment, HR News, Terminations

Terminating an employee is a difficult and uncomfortable experience, but it can be done efficiently and professionally. Being respectful of the terminated employee helps reduce the risk of wrongful termination claims for the organization and betters the chances that he or she will walk away without engaging in retaliatory behavior. Although most separations go smoothly, any termination can go wrong, …

Don’t Make These Common FMLA Mistakes

Don’t Make These Common FMLA Mistakes

CJC Benefits, Compliance, HR News

Even seasoned HR professionals can get confused when administering leave, but understanding the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is crucial to an employer’s workplace compliance. The law requires covered employers to provide unpaid leave for certain family and medical situations, return the employee to the same or an equivalent position at the end of the leave period and …

Commuter Reimbursement Mandate

Commuter Reimbursement Mandate Approaching Expiration

CJC HR News

The temporary grace period made available to employers under the Commuter Reimbursement Mandate (CRA) is about to expire. That means employers with 20 or more full-time employees in New York City are required to offer their full-time employees pre-taxable commuter benefits by July 1, 2016, or else face noncompliance penalties. If you need assistance on setting up an account, please …

Paid Family Leave

New York’s Paid Family Leave Law Trumps All Others

CJC HR News

What Empire State employers need to know New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law last month the most generous paid family leave policy in the United States, providing up to 12 weeks paid time off for new parents, family caregivers and those related to military servicemembers. Specifically, employees will be eligible for paid leave: To bond with a child …

National Employee Benefits Day

It’s National Employee Benefits Day!

CJC Benefits, HR News, Work Culture

Today is National Employee Benefits Day. Created by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, it is a day to remember the role that benefits play in attracting and retaining your most important resource: your employees. The importance of benefits to your employees is more significant than ever. According to our own Workplace Benefits Study: • Eight out of 10 …

EEOC Throws Down the Gauntlet

EEOC Throws Down the Gauntlet: Time to Update Your Sex Discrimination Polices, Practices

CJC HR News, Legislative Updates

Proactive employers will update their equal employment opportunity policies, procedures and practices or face legal and financial consequences in the wake of an historic March 1, 2016, filing of two sex discrimination cases based on sexual orientation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed its first two sexual orientation discrimination claims against private-sector employers, alleging violations of Title VII of …