Friday, May 22, 2015

Flexible Strategies Can Help Increase Employee Retention and Productivity

“Workplace flexibility” is a relatively new buzzword for business solutions that help employers retain existing employees, expand the pool of potential employees, and increase workplace productivity.

Basically, workplace flexibility concerns strategies and tools that permit employees to:

  • vary the times that they perform theirs tasks – ex. flexible work hours, job sharing, and compressed work weeks

  • alter the place at which they perform job duties – ex. telecommuting, satellite offices, and travel between various locations throughout a territory

  • change the manner in which they perform certain tasks – ex. use of technology and strategies to accommodate disabilities

Innovative use of workplace flexibility tools can help an employer attract or retain talented employees who cannot work a traditional Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm schedule for various reasons.  Workplace flexibility strategies can also increase employee productivity through less distraction and higher job satisfaction.  Additionally, employers can benefit financially from programs and tools that permit employees to work from a variety of locations, thus decreasing the need for large (and often expensive) office lease space, reducing time-consuming and stressful commutes to a centralized workplace, or increasing customer contacts in a global environment.

The US Department of Labor has created a website to help employers and employees obtain ideas and tools, as well as share and discuss the outcome of various strategies, for workplace flexibility at:

By: Cynthia W. Veidt (

Friday, May 1, 2015

Employment Law for Texas Employers: Welcome to eVerify!

This blog has previously discussed the employer’s duty to avoid “illegal workers” by verifying that its employees are eligible to work in the United States. See

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has created a free, online system to check on a prospective employee’s status:

However, this eVerify program does NOT replace the employer’s obligation to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each employee. Make sure to retain the required documents, whether in paper or electronic form, so that you can demonstrate compliance in the event of an audit.

Rather, eVerify is a cost-free method for employers to determine whether the information on their employee’s Form I-9 matches information contained in the databases of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.

Most employers are not required to use eVerify at this time. Federal mandates may occur during the congressional debates surrounding immigration reform, however. Employers should review their employment verification procedures periodically to ensure that they remain in compliance with all federal and Texas statutes.  

By:  Cynthia W. Veidt,