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Case Shows ADA Noncompliance Can Cost You

By Ali Oromchian Esq

As every good employer knows, the Americans with Disabilities Act prevents companies from discriminating against employees and applicants based upon their disabilities. But as a case demonstrates, repeated and/or company-wide failures to follow the ADA’s guidelines, including those which were part of the ADA Amendments Act passed a few years ago, can cost employers big money.

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Posted on 09/04/2019 at 10:58 AM

3 Interview Questions That You Should Be Asking

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Finding the right fit for your practice means more than finding a qualified candidate. While resumes can inform you as to an applicant's education and other qualifications, the interview is where you can determine whether someone is truly the right fit for your company. But how do you truly find the right person? Unfortunately, canned questions usually evoke canned responses, and do little to inform what, for many professionals, is a highly intricate question - are you the right choice for our practice?

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Posted on 07/31/2019 at 12:27 PM

5 Suggestions to Improve Your Hiring Process

By Ali Oromchian Esq

The hiring process can be difficult and expensive. The process can be especially problematic if you end up hiring the wrong person and having to start all over again. Therefore, implementing a few innovative tactics can help you optimize your efforts and find the right person quickly and more easily. Here are 5 suggestions to improve your hiring techniques:

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Posted on 07/24/2019 at 08:54 AM

Rooting Out Lies in the Interview Process

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Hiring new employees can be a difficult process. Complicating factors is that many applicants “fib” on their resumes in an attempt to make themselves seem more qualified than they may actually be. While hooking your interviewees up to a lie detector is still frowned upon, there are other ways that you can detect whether an employee is being dishonest about their qualifications. Here are some suggestions to help you get to the truth:

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Posted on 07/10/2019 at 04:39 PM

How “Caustic” Employees Can Cost You Money

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Everyone knows that employees who consistently underperform or show up late can hurt your business. But another detriment to your practice are so-called “caustic” employees, who impact the attitudes, self-confidence, and perhaps even the productivity of those around them. Caustic employees are ones who:

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Posted on 07/03/2019 at 10:00 AM

Employee Discipline: Always Ensure You Have Documented Justification

By Ali Oromchian Esq

When you discover a problem with an employee, the knee-jerk reaction is to remedy the problem quickly, either via disciplinary action or perhaps even termination. But on-the-spot discipline can have its own unintended consequences, including allegations of improper termination. Worse yet, a disciplined or terminated employee could make allegations of discrimination or harassment which could leave your practice tied up in a labor dispute for months or even years.

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Posted on 06/26/2019 at 12:47 PM

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Compliance Investigations: How to Protect Your Practice

By Ali Oromchian Esq

It used to be that the U.S. Department of Labor was so preoccupied with investigating wage and hour complaints that Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) complaints often went ignored. But a newfound dedication to addressing FMLA issues has resulted in a number of companies being investigated for failure to comply with FMLA regulations.

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Posted on 06/19/2019 at 10:44 AM

Case Summary: Gender Discrimination Costs Healthcare Firm $125K

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Today’s lesson on what not to do comes from a case filed against a healthcare firm by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, details for which can be found in the the EEOC's announcement of a settlement against Maryland-based Dimensions Healthcare System. 

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Posted on 06/12/2019 at 12:14 PM

When it Comes to Termination Decisions, Avoid Rationalizing

By Ali Oromchian Esq

Terminations are one of the most difficult parts of being in management. As a result, most business owners and HR directors will do everything possible to try to avoid them. This includes trying to rationalize the employee’s behavior so as to delay, or cancel entirely, the termination decision. Here are some of the most common rationalizations that you, or your managers, may be tempted to use, as well as reasons why this thinking does not benefit your practice:

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Posted on 06/05/2019 at 09:58 AM

How Being Flexible Can Get Your Practice Into Trouble

By Ali Oromchian Esq

One of your employees comes to you in the morning and says that she would like to leave early in order to attend her child's sporting event. She does not wish to use any of her leave time, and so asks whether it would be permissible for her to skip lunch and simply leave early instead. Seems simple enough, right? You consider yourself a good employer, and always want to be flexible when it comes to your employees' requests. You take no issue with this request and tell the employee that she may leave early as long as she works through lunch. But is your flexibility actually putting your practice at risk?

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Posted on 04/10/2019 at 11:30 AM

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