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Overqualified? Don’t Let that Stop You From Applying for a Job!

Overqualified? Don’t Let that Stop You From Applying for a Job!

A tough job market with few opportunities and countless competitors can be discouraging. It’s even more discouraging if you keep hearing that you’re overqualified for the opportunities you find. But just because you have more education or experience than a company is looking for doesn’t mean you should give up. Here are some ways to […]

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Trade Secrets and Confidentiality

Trade Secrets and Confidentiality

By Michael Kelsheimer Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Any employer who has information it would prefer that its competitors not have, which really ought to be everybody. What is a “trade secret”: Any formula, pattern, device, or compilation of information used in your company’s business that gives you a competitive advantage over […]

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Are “Working Interviews” Legal?

Are “Working Interviews” Legal?

By Michael Kelsheimer One of my dental practice clients called this week to inquire about an idea he heard of recently called a “working interview.”  The idea is to have an hygienist come in for a couple of days to find out whether they are good at their job without officially hiring them.   What is better, […]

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Smoking Discrimination

Smoking Discrimination

By Michael Kelsheimer Who does it apply to: All employers who have employees or prospective employees that smoke. What is the issue: According to recent statistics 18.5% of the adult population in Texas smokes. Smoking affects productivity of the smoker and can affect the health of all employees. A lot of publicity has come to ideas regarding […]

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Covenants Not to Compete

Covenants Not to Compete

By Michael Kelsheimer Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Any employer who fears its employees might go out and start a competing business or work for a competitor and share the employer’s secrets. What is a “covenant not to compete”: Non-competes, also known as non-competition agreements, are a specially designed type of contract creating […]

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Is Facebook Affecting Employee Productivity? (Programmer hire’s “Slapper” to Keep Focused)

Is Facebook Affecting Employee Productivity? (Programmer hire’s “Slapper” to Keep Focused)

By Michael Kelsheimer onOctober 19th, 2012 Yesterday the Huffington Post reported an interesting story about how Maneesh Sethi used Craig’s List to employ a “slapper” to keep him from wasting time on Facebook when he should be working.  Digging deeper, I found Sethi’s own blog post on his website Hackthesystem.com where he described how he first came […]

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Employee Breaks Required?

Employee Breaks Required?

  By Michael Kelsheimer on March 17th, 2011Posted in Employee Benefits, Quick QuestionsI get a call at least once a month from a panicked client who just heard a rumor that they have to give breaks to employees every day. Unfortunately, there is no snopes.com for employment myths, so this almost total fallacy gets perpetuated over and over. In the vast majority of circumstances the […]

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You Can’t Ask that in an Interview! Or, Can You?

You Can’t Ask that in an Interview! Or, Can You?

By Michael Kelsheimer Last week, Katie Morrell offered a piece entitled “The 5 Worst Things You Can Do in an Interview” on AMEX’s Open Forum small business site.  Of course, #1 was “getting too personal” in which she explained that it is illegal to ask about race, sex, marital status, etc.  This myth has persisted too long.  It is not […]

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Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Employee vs. Independent Contractor

By Michael Kelsheimer on January 4th, 2011 Posted in Handbook Articles<:section> Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Any employer who characterizes someone who works for them as an independent contractor and does not withhold taxes for payments made to that person. Why does it matter: While you may not think […]

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Social Networking

Social Networking

 By Michael Kelsheimer on December 10th, 2010 Posted in Handbook Articles  Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: Every employer, regardless of whether employees access the internet at work. What is it: Blogging, use of sites like Facebook, Flickr, MySpace, Twitter, Digg, LinkedIn, and the like. Virtually every person in the […]

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Who Wants to Play Survivor – At Work?

Who Wants to Play Survivor – At Work?

By Michael Kelsheimer Sometimes posts should just be fun.  One of my co-workers forwarded me a story yesterday on Lowering the Bar, a humor site for lawyers – about lawyers.  Apparently, a law firm in San Mateo, California has decided to hire some new associate lawyers and they are doing so with a little twist […]

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Can I Dock Employees for Inclement Weather Days?

Can I Dock Employees for Inclement Weather Days?

 By Michael Kelsheimer As winter approaches and those of us in the Dallas area wonder if we are in for a repeat of last year’s snow storms, employers may start thinking about those days they probably had to close around the time of the Superbowl.  They may wonder if they have t pay employees for […]

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Facebook Policy Against Sharing Passwords to Block Employers

Facebook Policy Against Sharing Passwords to Block Employers

 By Michael Kelsheimer on March 26th, 2012 Posted in In the News Facebook privacy among employees has been discussed for a long time, but a couple of recent events have brought the issue to the forefront of public discussion.  At the beginning of the month Forbes reported on a lawsuit moving forward in Minnesota against a […]

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Job Descriptions

Job Descriptions

By Michael Kelsheimer on April 1st, 2012 Posted in Handbook Articles Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to:  Every employer, but especially those subject to discrimination laws or who have employees classified as exempt from overtime. Why should I have any:  If done right, a job description can help avoid discrimination […]

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BBB’s 2012 Integrity Award Winner!

BBB’s 2012 Integrity Award Winner!

Businesses committed to ethics and integrity do exist, and the winner of BBB’s 2012 Integrity Award, Burnett’s Staffing, Inc., is proof of that. For the past 75 years the BBB of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc. has worked to fulfill our mission to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. One of the ways […]

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