February 2019



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How to Respond to Third-Party Harassment 

Originally Published in  Today's Veterinary Business in  February 2019

Harassment creates a negative environment in the workplace, lowering morale, reducing productivity, and otherwise upsetting employees. It can take the form of unwanted flirtation, forced touching, or inappropriate jokes about an employee's religion, race or sex. It could involve an unwillingness of someone to work with, for example, a sight-impaired employee. Harassment can also occur when someone inappropriately contacts an employee outside of work hours. Any behavior that threatens another person, humiliates him or her or otherwise victimizes a person can be considered harassment.

When employee harassment occurs, and all parties involved are working at your practice, the situation can be challenging; but hopefully you have a process in place to deal with the situation.
What do you do when the person accused of harassing one or more of your employees doesn't work at your practice? 

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In This Issue
Best Practices
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It would be so simple if practice owners could open a fortune cookie for each one of their employees and find the method by which to fairly compensate them.  While there are commonly accepted methods of compensation, their implementation in veterinary practices varies because different entrepreneurs have different business goals.  

Also, "fairness" is a relative term that introduces variability into an equation that might otherwise be consistent from practice to practice.  This article describes the factors that practice owners should consider when determining compensation for veterinarians and paraprofessional staff. 

Minimum Wage Rates in 2019
Wondering if your state's minimum wage increased for 2019? Check out our link below for a breakdown across the country.

As a reminder, it is important to keep your eye on the ever-changing state laws. Only two weeks into the new year, when minimum wage increases just started to take effect,  New Jersey's Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leaders reached an agreement to raise the state's minimum wage again during 2019. The plan is to raise it to $10 an hour on July 1, 2019, and up to $15 an hour for most workers by 2024. A bill must be passed by the state Senate and Assembly and signed into law by the governor, but residents should definitely pay attention to these new developments.

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