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Unpaid Internships: Complying with DOL Guidelines

Unpaid Internships: Complying with DOL Guidelines      Unpaid internships are popular across the country, providing benefits for companies and valuable experience for college students or recent graduates. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance in 2010 that addresses how internship programs must be structured to comply...

Tattoo and Body Piercing Policy in the Workplace

Tattoo and Body Piercing Policy in the Workplace    Tattoos and body piercings are becoming increasingly common, especially among younger individuals. While exposed body art has generally been considered taboo in professional workplace settings, it has become more accepted in recent years. The type and...

Creating a Dress Code Policy

Creating a Dress Code Policy         Fashion and dress is a way that many express themselves and their unique personalities. However, sometimes the workplace is not an appropriate place for certain clothing styles. Because of this, every employer should put together a carefully drafted dress...

Small Business Compliance Lunch and Learn!

  Join Total HR Solutions on June 22nd for a Luncheon featuring guest speaker Jeffrey Dretler, Employment Attorney and Partner at Fisher & Phillips. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable information about Massachusetts Small Business Employment Compliance while enjoying a catered lunch from Better Life Food. Don't lose...

Important Federal Court Ruling on Discrimination

A federal court has ruled that employers may not discriminate against employees or applicants based on sexual orientation.  Title VII is a federal law that prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating against employees and job applicants on the basis of their race, color,...

April Newsletter Fun Fact Answers

  April Newsletter FUN FACTS – True or False? Email the False fact to Support@totalhrsol.com and be entered to win an American Express gift card!   Fact #1 - A Flock of Crows is called a "murder" = TRUE Fact #2 - You are twice as likely to die from a vending machine than...

April Newsletter Fun Fact Answers

  April Newsletter FUN FACTS – True or False? Email the False fact to Support@totalhrsol.com and be entered to win an American Express gift card!   Fact #1 - A Flock of Crows is called a "murder" = TRUE Fact #2 - You are twice as likely to die from a vending machine than...

March Madness

You may know that the NCAA basketball tournament known as March Madness is a big topic of discussion in the workplace, but did you know that more than 1 in 4 employees watch March Madness games during working hours, and 1 in 7 report that...

Who gets paid on SNOW DAYS?

Winter arrived in New England recently, forcing numerous businesses to close for inclement weather.  As a result, many employees and employers have questions about how to handle employee pay for these days off, and the answer depends on three factors. The first is whether the...

Regulatory Victory for Tipped Employee Overtime

Previously, paying overtime to tipped employees in Massachusetts required a complicated set of rules where employers would have to retroactively calculate an employee's base rate of pay, which frustrated many restaurant owners and other employers of tipped employees. A new law has gone into effect...