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A Social Life: When Employees and Applicants Take to Facebook

By Richard D. Alaniz
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Imagine one of your employees bashes your company or their coworkers on Facebook. You might think that you could fire that employee. But you would probably be wrong. Or consider whether you should Google job applicants. It may seem like a no-brainer, but if you don’t do it correctly, you could end up in the midst of a lawsuit.
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Responding to the Increasingly Aggressive Pursuit of Employers and Undocumented Workers

By Richard D. Alaniz
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The Social Security Administration’s re-introduction of No-Match Letters, along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s skyrocketing issuance of Notice of Inspections of I-9s, evidences the federal government’s increasingly aggressive stance to curb the hiring of unauthorized workers and to penalize employers who do.
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Extended Warranties Can Help Contractors Expand Their Sales

By Kimberly Schwartz
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Extended warranties have long been considered another potential source of revenue for contractors, but many companies that offered these programs in the past have not succeeded in the market. Nowadays there’s a new player seeking to change the extended warranty market.
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Health Care Law Creates Problems for Businesses

By Kimberly Schwartz
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In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law. Now, the health care law is beginning to be implemented although it is facing challenges in the court and in Congress. The NEWS asked HVAC contractors if the law has started to affect their businesses, and how they anticipate it will affect the coverage and benefits they offer in the future.
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Public Unions, the Economy and What's at Stake for Companies Now

By Richard D. Alaniz
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It’s a story that’s playing out across the country - cash-strapped governments are scrambling to balance their budgets while hamstrung by the contracts of current and retired public union workers. Without the ability to renegotiate contracts or get concessions from unions, governments are left to increase their tax rates and cut services.
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Group Goes on ‘The Leadership Journey'

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Attendees of The Unified Group’s Service Management Forum were given opportunities to take “The Leadership Journey.” The goal: to take leadership to another level. “You lead people and manage things,” pointed out Woody Woodall, W.L. Gary, Washington, D.C. “Everybody in the company has to be a leader.”
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Contractors Get Hung Up on Rising Gas Prices

By Angela D. Harris
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Gas prices across the nation have been on a steep upward trend, and the end of price hikes is not yet in sight. From mid-February to the first week in March, national average gas prices rose $0.33. By the middle of March, AAA reported that the national average price for a gallon of regular gas was approximately $3.553 and diesel was $3.93.
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Is Collective Bargaining at Risk?

By Barbara A. Checket-Hanks
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The resolution of the standoff in a Wisconsin state-employee union contract “negotiation” has all union locals and contractors paying close attention throughout the country. All have been wondering what the ramifications will be for them. We asked a sheet metal union executive and a unionized HVAC contractor a few questions to compare their points of view.
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Check, Please: Using Credit Checks as Part of the Hiring Process

By Richard D. Alaniz
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For many employers, running credit checks on job applicants is a regular part of the hiring process. But employers also need to be very careful when they use background credit checks for job applicants. They must weigh their need to know with a person’s right to privacy.
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Diabetes, Epilepsy, and the ADA: Finding the Right Balance in the Workplace

By Richard D. Alaniz
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Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has always required employers to walk a fine line. The guidelines aren’t always clear, every disability and particular situation involve a unique set of factors, and the laws are constantly developing. Many are still trying to sort out the implications of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).
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