June 2015

Summer has arrived which means a different set of challenges for employers - summer dress code, vacations, holidays, hot weather working conditions.  We will be addressing these issues throughout the summer in HR Pieces and through our Social Media -  Make sure you are following us on LinkedIn and Twitter

HR Advantage has created a series of informational videos on various HR related topics.  We will be sharing one each month as part of our HR Pieces newsletter.  Please check out June's Employer Advice in the column to the right and learn more about The Importance of a Policy Manual.

You can also contact us directly with any HR needs that you may have.   We are always available to help!
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The 3 Best Ways to Manage your Summer Dress Code




Many organizations choose to implement a summer dress code from Memorial Day through Labor Day so that employees feel a little more comfortable during the hot summer months.  A summer dress code can be a great policy for many organizations, but it also opens the door to employee interpretation of what is appropriate for summer dress code.   Following the three simple guidelines below can help your organization manage your summer dress code to ensure that a professional and respectful workplace is maintained.


1. Develop a Standard: Consider just how "casual" you want your summer dress code to be.  Does this mean that standard dress goes from business to business casual?  Are jeans appropriate? What about sandals?  Once you have determined the parameters of the summer dress code that best suits your employees, write it down as either a policy, or memo to distribute to employees.

2. Communicate Expectations: The summer dress code can be announced at an all-staff meeting, via e-mail, or both.  When communicating to employees be sure to let them know the time-frame for which the dress code has changed, and outline expectations in order to maintain a professional and respectful workplace.  It's important to approach this carefully - if you begin to highlight all the items that you do not want employees to wear they may begin to feel like children; so instead provide examples of what is appropriate according to the standards that your organization has determined. 

3. Address Concerns: Although it's often an uncomfortable situation it's important to address inappropriate behavior, to include inappropriate dress, immediately.  If an employee has taken the "casual" dress code too far and the organization ignores it then you run the risk of offending other individuals and/or sending the message that the inappropriate dress is up to standard.  When addressing these concerns it's often embarrassing to the employee so it's best to pull them into an office or conference room privately and remind them of the standards according to the dress code. 


A summer dress code is an easy and cost effective way to make a high impact on employee morale and engagement. If your organization clearly communicates expectations for a summer dress code, and maintains a workforce with an emphasis on a positive and respectful workplace, then the implementation of this program should be smooth and successful for the organization and the employees.

DOL Issues New FMLA Forms for 2015


FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. 


Effective March of 2015, the Department of Labor has revised and reissued new FMLA forms to be used by eligible employers.  Failure to incorporate the changes by employers and HR Professionals per the new FMLA forms may lead to non-compliance.


To ensure you are in compliance, please visit the DOL's web-site at or Click Here for access to the 2015 FMLA Forms.

If you have any questions regarding your FMLA policies or procedures, please let us know and we would be happy to assist you.




 Friday, June 26, 2015


Looking for something fun for your employees?  How about participating in 

"Take Your Dog To Work Day?"


This is the 17th year for this event and an employee favorite.



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HRA's Employer Advice 

June 2015


The Importance of A Policy Manual


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