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5 steps to foster an inclusive workplace

The population of New York City truly reflects the broader world, with people from all different nations, cultures, religions, sexual orientations and backgrounds calling the Big Apple home. In the last several years, businesses have not only seen the benefits of having a diverse workplace that reflects New York, but an inclusive workplace as well.

Small businesses can benefit from independent contractors

Small businesses make up a large portion of America’s economy. Here in New York, there are more than 2 million small businesses across the state that provide jobs for more than half the state's workers. Whether they run a small convenience store or a start-up firm, business owners know that their workers play a significant role in keeping the cash flow moving. However, hiring full-time employees can create expenses that expand beyond their hourly wages.

Because of this, small business owners may want to consider hiring independent contractors instead of full-time employees to help their business remain competitive and profitable in a crowded market.

With new law New York employers must allow natural hairstyles

If your company has a policy on hairstyles, you may need to update it. New York businesses can no longer ban natural hairstyles.

Following California, New York has become the second state to pass a law prohibiting discrimination against natural hairstyles. The law hopes to reduce racial discrimination in the workplace, especially towards African-Americans.

What are my employee's rights after a miscarriage?

Despite 1 in 4 pregnancies resulting in miscarriage, the topic is still extremely taboo. Many businesses are not equipped with a procedure that lays out how to handle time off in this situation.

The emotional pain of losing a child could reasonably prevent a woman from returning to work. However, it is the physical injuries of a miscarriage that dictate how much time a female employee can legally take.

What should you put in an employee handbook?

Success happens when things come together and operate as one. From marketing to sales to customer relations, there are many components that make up a successful business. Managing your employees is one of these parts and it is a critical element of any business. When thinking about hiring employees you should also think about creating an employee handbook.

What are the benefits of a handbook?

3 Major hiring mistakes

It’s exciting — and time-consuming — to prepare to bring a new member of the team on board. You’ve got to clear a budget, establish the role, acquire contract paperwork, determine a reporting structure, clear extra workspace and more!!

But, in the midst of preparing applications and conducting interviews, make sure to avoid these three major hiring mistakes that could seriously harm your business.

How to keep an eye out for age discrimination at your workplace

There is a change happening in workforce demographics and it may require a change in how businesses work with their older workers. The summer of 2018 marked the 50 year anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and a new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), says that employers can be at a higher risk of age-related discrimination litigation due to a demographic shift in the workplace. 

More businesses offer fur-ternity to pet-owner employees

Many companies have started offering pet-based benefits to their employees.

Adorably dubbed, “fur-ternity” or “paw-ternity,” the newest benefits trend allows employees to spend more time with a new animal they have adopted. Read on to learn more about the steps that should be taken to establish similar pet-based benefits. 

How is recreational marijuana impacting employers?

In 2017, 64 percent of Americans said marijuana use should be legal, according to a Gallup poll. Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and Washington D.C. The use of recreational marijuana is legal in nine states. As public opinion and state laws shift to accept marijuana use, should employers follow suit?

The increasing legalization of marijuana may lead to less employers testing employees for the substance, changes in HR policy and discrimination law discrepancies.