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Employee not responding to FMLA notices, loses FMLA protection
Good news for employers! A recent Oregon court case demonstrated the importance of following the required FMLA notices to eligible employees and the consequences to an employee that ignored the notices to his detriment. Employees that fail to follow the employer’s usual and customary notice requirements for requesting FMLA leave, will ordinar...
Did your Publix I9 Immigration Certification Letter expire?
Recently, a Florida Publix vendor contacted our office in need of an updated annual I-9 Immigration Certification Letter. The Publix Contract Management team had notified the company that its annual certification letter had expired and if it was not updated, the company was at risk for having its services being halted until received. Consultstu res...
Get 2021 Started Right: 10 HR Action Items
Now that we have closed out 2020, and started 2021, its time for Human Resources/Payroll to take some important year-end actions to ensure a smooth transition into 2021. Consultstu has created a 10 point HR Checklist to ensure your Company is up to date with fast-changing federal/state rules and regulations. Update your Applicant New Hire......
6 ways Small Businesses Improve Results by Investing in HR
Not every company needs to hire an HR professional, but every company needs to invest in its HR function. Without skilled and experienced human resources advice, small business owners can make expensive mistakes. In addition, HR can offer ownership proactive guidance and recommendation on ways to improve HR processes and procedures and shape and de...
Publix Vendor Independent Third Party Immigration Reviews
Publix Super Markets, Inc. is celebrating its 90th Anniversary and has grown to over 1,200 stores across seven states.  If your company is trying to become a supplier of equipment or construction services with Publix, you will be expected to comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations, including the regulations in the......
New “Simpler and Easier” FMLA Forms Released
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has released new revised versions of its model notice of rights, certification, and designation forms under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) (dated June 2020).  The revised forms are noticeably different.  The DOL intended them to be simpler and easier for employees, employers, leave ...
Terminating an Employee for Misconduct While They Receive Florida Workers’ Comp
We were recently asked by a client about whether or not an employee on workers’ compensation can be terminated for misconduct. I said yes, but explained that to cut off workers’ compensation benefits the “misconduct” must meet a special definition.  An employee with a workplace injury is expected to follow company policy and co...
18 Actions to Lower Workers’ Comp Rates for Florida Contractors
From our work with Florida construction companies and specialty trades in the last ten years, we have identified 18 proven action items that will shrink the risk of costly workers’ compensation claims and lower the mod rate of Florida contractors. Here are the top four actions that will make a difference: Improve the hiring process......
Save Money with a Certified Written Safety Program
I know, how can it be December already?  Every day you get wrapped up in the immediate demands of your business operation, and before you know it, we are in the last calendar month of 2019.  If you are looking for a worthwhile initiative that can be fully implemented before the new year, consider adopting......
(Save thousands $$) How to Implement a Florida certified Drug Free Workplace Program
Every day Florida employers choose to establish certified drug-free workplace policies, to save money and be protected from workplace accidents that are caused by employees working under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  The benefits of becoming a carrier certified drug free workplace include: (1) employees are aware of the importance of safety...
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