Author Archive | caroline oltmans

Employee Handbook

Are you an employer in the US? Then you should have an employee handbook. Employment laws are different internationally and you can’t just translate an employee handbook for your US subordinate. A well written handbook helps to avoid lawsuits, offers an affirmative defense to litigation, and ensures compliance with state and federal regulations. An employee […]

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Limitations of Internal Investigations – Don’t only lip-service

Companies must investigate discrimination, harassment or retaliation claims that arise. This requires in-house legal and HR departments to interview witnesses, review documents, analyze evidence and reach conclusions. Given the magnitude that an in-house investigation can sometimes take, in general the company wants to showcase the thoroughness and meticulous nature of the investigation. A recent court […]

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Do you know what to plan for next year?

Trends influencing the workforce in the coming years include technological advancement, outsourcing, changing worker attitudes and values, demographics and diversity, focus on fit, and being compliance with the employment laws. Is your business prepared? Technology.  Smart devices continue to blur the line between work life and personal life. Companies have employees working all around the […]

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Reflection Time

The end of the year gives us a great chance to reflect… Do you feel happy of what you achieved this year? Do you feel that you have grown and accomplished your business goals? Time to reflect!  8 Reflection questions to think through on your business and leadership: Did you make the progress you wanted […]

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Avoiding the Company Party Lawsuit

Many of us look forward to holiday celebrations with co-workers but sometimes too much holiday fun can result in trouble for an employer. Especially Europeans, with their passion for having a good time, should be extra alert. Sexual harassment allegations, assault complaints and other related claims stemming from the annual holiday party have become more and […]

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Healthcare (Reform) in the USA

The USA tops every list when it comes to medical research and the availability of the most modern treatment methods and facilities. However, for a majority of people, none of these services are affordable. The recent Affordable Care Act will hopefully contribute to making healthcare more accessible to everyone living in the USA. For those […]

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Living the American Dream

Beside the dream of making it from rags to riches, there are many reasons that may attract you for choosing the USA as your expat destination. There are many things that are good to know before becoming an expat, from business values to working conditions. Working in the USA may be different from what you […]

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