May 2018 HR and Safety news & updates
for Small/Mid Business
Consultstu LLC delivers fractional HR support  to growth oriented small/mid businesses, and provides custom solutions to meet each company's budget and needs. Our team assesses and supports your HR needs for compliance, cost control and HR effectiveness. Our solutions include HR department review/set up, short term HR coverage, monthly assistance, audits and special projects.  Call us today at 727-350-0370.
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More from IRS about New Tax Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave 

Washington DC - The IRS has released a series of FAQs related to the new tax credit that will be available for tax years 2018 and 2019 to employers that provide paid family and medical leave to qualifying employees.  The Employer's written policy must follow certain requirements to be eligible for the credit. Read the Section 45S tax credit FAQs 
Can Florida Employers Limit Firearms at Work?

Following the Parkland High School shooting, the subject of gun rights and employer weapon policies is important to recap. What should Florida employers know? Private employers are permitted to implement written policies that prohibit employees from bringing weapons into private workplaces. However, no employer may prohibit an employee from possessing a legally owned firearm when such firearm is lawfully possessed and secured inside a private motor vehicle in an employer's parking lot or garage when the employee is lawfully on the premises. Read FL Statute 790.251.
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May is Military Appreciation Month

Each year, the President makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country. May was chosen because it has many individual days marked to note our military's achievements, including Victory in Europe (VE) Day commemorating the end of WWII in Europe in 1945. Learn more about events in Florida by following the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.  Recruit a Veteran today, learn more.
Can I grow my own medical marijuana? Judge says Yes - but hold on .....

Tallahassee, FL - Three weeks ago, a Florida judge agreed with Tampa's Joe Redner who challenged the medical marijuana regulations that prohibit him from growing his own pot.  He claims to need the raw plant for a treatment known as "juicing."  Mr. Redner has stage 4 lung cancer and was prescribed medical marijuana by an approved physician.  This week an Appeals Court blocked the "homegrown" ruling.  BTW, in April 2018, there were 103,460 Floridians in the Marijuana registry  and about 836 ounces is distributed each month at approved Florida dispensaries .
Improve Hiring results with Wonscore

Hiring the wrong employee is not only frustrating, it's a costly setback for your business. Just use the Bad hire calculator to see how. Wonscore can help you avoid the cost of a bad hire with scientifically validated assessments that help identify the top candidates for YOUR position. Learn how top companies are using the Wonscore assessments to avoid bad hires. Watch the short video about how Wonscore works. Consultstu has very affordable options for screening your applicants using Wonscore.  Call us today.
Florida Contractors: Tip #2 Use a Safety Equipment Sign Off form 

Pro Tip: When providing employees with OSHA mandated safety gear (safety glasses, high-vis vest, hard hats, etc.. ) obtain their written acknowledgement and maintain on file (including language about their responsibility to replace the item if lost through payroll deduction). Second, ha ve a written safety program that requires safety equipment use.   If an injury is caused by the knowing refusal of the employee to use a safety appliance provided by the employer, their compensation as provided under workers' compensation shall be reduced 25 percent. Read the Florida Statute 440.09(5)
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Workplace Culture is the Key

Culture isn't just a buzzword. It's the key to changing your workplace into a place people want to be and not a place people hate. Searching for your culture? Take time to define company values and its mission. What experience are you delivering to customers?  How can you c onnect employees to the company's reason for being or the difference you make in the world? Take action today.   Eight Easy Steps to a Healthier Culture.
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