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At Vision, we follow the trends in litigation of employee claims in order to assess the overall exposure of our Solution Center members. The rule of thumb is that litigation over terminations moves inversely to the health of the economy, and that latest data prove the rule. In good times, employers who overlook the need for employment policies and procedures can often escape suit. Not true in recessionary times.

After falling by 3%-4% each year for the last decade, discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission spiked 15% in 2008. This tracks with court cases filed outside the EEOC system. A jump of this magnitude is dramatic, and we expect it to continue to rise until well after the economy begins rec...

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Many professional practices and other small businesses give staff and family member discounts on products and services. In medical practices, dental practices and veterinary practices, to name only three service-related businesses, the doctors often carry balances for employees that are not paid with any regularity.

Unfortunately, without a specific policy on this practice, the doctor can be left holding the bag – literally – if the employee suddenly quits. It is worse when the doctor must terminate the employee, and learns in the process that there is several hundred dollars owing.

We’ve seen this issue in several practices lately. Usually we find out this is happening when the doctor calls and asks us if it is okay fo...

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At Vision, we are dedicated to getting out the message that small employers –- professionals, especially – need not stumble from one employee-related crisis to another. My name is Mike Moore and I’ve spent thirty years dealing with employment issues in litigation.

What I learned a long time ago was that big corporations have access to specialized human resources tools – including access to the labor law departments of the big law firms they retain. Small employers, on the other hand, have been unable to access that kind of support because they either could not find the right support or it was too costly.

Vision HR Solutions is my brainchild. And it was created to be responsive to small business and professional pr...

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