Meet Larry Elinskas: Prior to starting his own consulting practice in June of 1998, Larry enjoyed nearly 30 years experience as a human resources practitioner in a variety of industries. Since starting Elin Associates, Inc., he has assisted small and medium sized companies in the areas of recruitment, compensation and benefits, and the implementation of programs designed to minimize the risk of formal complaints and lawsuits. He has also been a frequent seminar speaker on a variety of human resources subjects.

Larry’s most recent “inside” experience was as Director-Human Resources at a privately held pharmaceutical, manufacturing company located in northern New Jersey. Prior to this experience, he spent 25 years in the electronics and computer industries working in both defense and commercial environments. Throughout this period, he was directly involved in the recruitment of executives, managers and professionals in all functional areas. Additionally, he was active in the areas of career development, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, employee assistance, complaint investigation and resolution, and diversity.

Larry knows that to meet a company’s human resources needs, the path to success is achieved by a thorough understanding of the client’s requirements and culture and by providing flexible solutions to meet those requirements.

Larry received graduate and undergraduate degrees from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Watch Out for Employee Misclassifications!

You can hardly pick up a professional journal these days without seeing something relating to a company being investigated because of employee “misclassification.” What exactly does that mean, and what are the consequences?

Cough, Cough… “I think I’m Getting Sick!”

Summer is gone and the change of weather is readily apparent. With the change of weather comes employee coughs, sneezes, sinus infections and the like. Might be a good time to remind employees about your call in procedures relative to calling in sick. Most employers do have a procedure indicating who to call and how long to call in before the scheduled start time. Usually these procedures indicate to call in each day of illness with a potential return to work date.

Social Media in the Workplace

It’s hard to pick up any communications media piece these days that does not contain some reference to online social networking. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, for example, have become household words. Social media use has exploded, and it’s here to stay. So, what happens when these media are brought into the workplace?

When an Employee Resigns…

The resignation of an employee can be a stressful and complicated experience. How should the process work? What are your legal responsibilities? Here are some of the common questions we get on this topic:

Health Care Reform

No one could miss the fact that health care reform has been a very public and political debate in the past year. In March of this year President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Even though there are several states, including Virginia, challenging the legislation, employers should be aware of the near term requirements. Note, these provisions are very briefly discussed below.

Effective September 23, 2010 are the following provisions:

New Fact Sheet Released by the DOL Regarding Unpaid Internships

In these difficult economic times, it is not unusual for employers to continually seek ways to do more with less. With students home from school, the idea of internships may come to mind. What could be better than offering a student real-world experience while having an extra pair of hands around the workplace? However, if you as an employer are thinking of utilizing unpaid interns to supplement your workforce, think again.

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