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February 17, 2016

FMLA and Serious Health Condition for a Spouse

From the HR Experts and UNICO HR Solutions: Question: How do we certify a serious health condition for a spouse who is pregnant and not our employee when the husband seeks leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? Answer: An employer may require that the need for leave for a serious health condition of the employee or the employee’s immediate family member be supported by a certification issued by a health care provider. Both the mother and father are entitled to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for the birth of their child and to be with the healthy newborn child (i.e., bonding time) during the 12-month period beginning on the date of birth. A husband and wife who are eligible for FMLA leave […]
January 13, 2016

Understanding Work Comp Can Help You Lower Costs

Control Workers’ Compensation Costs Understanding how it works could save you money: For many companies, workers’ compensation insurance is a necessary evil that is often ignored and left uncontrolled. It is viewed as a commodity which is a mistake. By ignoring this major business expense, you may experience increased premiums or the inability to obtain a policy from a standard carrier. The resulting financial impact on your business could include price increases to consumers, the inability to offer competitive wages, or a reduction in operations. To control your costs, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what workers’ compensation is and what role you play in the process. It also helps to work with a broker that has the knowledge, tools and resources to […]
October 28, 2015

Prospective Employee Background Checks

Question: May an employer perform a background check on prospective employees? If so, when? Answer: Background checks are permitted; however, in general, they should not be completed before an employer has made the employee an offer of employment. Background checks provide employers with the means to verify the accuracy of information provided by a job applicant as well as gain other information about an individual that is relevant to employment. For example, a background check may verify previous employment, salary, education, and any of the following, as applicable: Military service records Driving records Credit records Social Security number Character references State licensing records Criminal records Employers may utilize a third party to collect background check information or personally gather information through computerized and posted public […]