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June 2016 Archives

Some important considerations for employers during the hiring process

Ask owners of any thriving business and they will tell you that the old saying really is true: they are only as successful as their employees. Indeed, this reality leads every business owner, regardless of their field, to strive to fill his/her ranks with the best possible candidates.

Understand the Tipped Minimum Wage Laws and Common Florida Violations

One of Florida's leading industries, hospitality, is also one of the most frequently preyed upon groups of workers statewide. Many employers starting in the industry assume that things are legal the way that they are, or that they are simply the industry standard. The amount of misinformation and unlawful policies that are considered the "norm" is unsettling. Here we will explore the various ways hospitality and restaurant industry employers could be at risk for labor law violations.

What Florida law has to say about employee drug testing - II

Last time, our blog began discussing how Florida employers seeking to establish qualifying drug-free workplace programs -- and enjoy the reduced work comp premiums that come from such a step -- are afforded considerable authority when it comes to the drug testing of both job applicants and employees.

What You Should Know About Employee Drug-Testing

Whether you have a drug-testing policy in place yet or not, you should firstly know that the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance claims that small businesses actually bear the greatest burden when it comes to substance users. So if you're just now establishing these policies as a new business, you're at a higher risk as a growing business than larger corporations with strict, tried-and-true procedures in place. Why is this? Drug users don't normally apply to jobs at large companies because they have these company wide drug use policies-instead they might be aiming for employment with a startup/smaller organization with fewer resources (and thus motivation) to perform routine drug checks. As a general rule, they assume they are safer, and proceed with use without worrying about it negatively affecting their position.

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