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Employee Termination: When and Why

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Terminating an employee is never a task managers enjoy or seek to do, but occasionally it has to be done. For those of you that think letting a subpar employee skate by is easier than confronting the issues straight on, give it enough time and you'll wish you terminated that employee months ago. There's nothing worse than waiting for an employee to quit while they poison the rest of the business. So, when is it time to cut ties? Some key indicators are...

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Tags: Human Resources, Hiring, Staff

How an unorganized operation can cost you $$

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Mar 10, 2017

We've all heard the phrase 'organized chaos', but what about the phrase 'organized system'?

Studies show that working in an unorganized and cluttered environment negatively affects our ability to focus. Still many people don't set time aside to put things where they need to go. In no time, there are boxes and paperwork piled up that will take days to sort through, as well as a never-ending inbox full of new emails. With even less time to organize than before, the constant cycle of 'organized chaos' can cost companies thousands of dollars in fines, overhead, and time.

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Tags: FAA, Part 121 Compliance, Part 135 Compliance, Compliance, Aviation Compliance, Part 91 Compliance

Webcam Hacking is a Real Threat

Posted by Darolyn Skelton on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

The threat of cybercrime is growing rapidly. Now that smart phones, tablets and laptops are a fundamental part of our lives, the threat of webcam hacking is more real than ever, especially as more people use video apps such as Hangout, Skype, Zoom and Blue Jeans. With sophisticated malware, cybercriminals can easily hack your computer and gain access to your webcam. Not only is the webcam on your smart devices an easy target but the security systems and monitors on your home network are also vulnerable. Read about protecting your home network. 

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Tags: Aviation Security Training, Aviation Security, Safety

Why The Known Crewmember® Program Is Becoming An Industry Standard

Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Jan 04, 2017

In a previous blog post we discussed, 'Everything you need to know about the Known Crewmember® Program'; during this time the program was being launched by NATA Compliance Services from the partnership with Airlines for America. Now that the program itself has been in full swing for over 5 years and several improvements have been made, the Known Crewmember® Program is surprising us all. It has become more than we could have ever imagined and yet it continues to evolve. The KCM Program isn't just a luxury for pilots and flight crews, it's becoming an industry standard and is trending to be a crucial factor in hiring, scheduling and employee retention.

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Tags: Known Crewmember Program

4 Ways to Ensure Employee Retention

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Dec 30, 2016

Pilot recruitment and retention are hot topics that continues to challenge an industry facing a pilot shortage.

It's simple. Provide your employees with the benefits and treatment they expect, the golden rule is: treat others how you wish to be treated. As an employee I value a number of things, but
here's a list of my top 4 non-negotiables.

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Tags: Hiring, Employee Retention, Staff

Important Guidance For Employers Conducting Internal Form I-9 Audits

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Dec 16, 2016

To ensure ongoing compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), employers are voluntarily conducting internal audits of Forms I-9 though they are not required by law. 

"Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Audits" goes over the who, what, when, and why of Form I-9 Audits in a very detailed and easily understood manner. Read below for a brief overview.

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Tags: Compliance, ICE, Hiring, Staff

Oral Fluid: Another Method in Drug Testing

Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Oral Fluid Drug Testing

On May 12, 2015, the Federal Register published proposed guidelines from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the inclusion of oral fluid specimens in the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs.

Sounds important – but what does it mean for Third Party Administrators (TPAs) and employers?

In a nutshell the proposal:

  • Establishes standards and technical requirements for oral fluid collection devices,
  • Details initial oral fluid drug test analytes and methods,
  • Details confirmatory oral fluid drug test analytes and methods,
  • Establishes processes for review by a Medical Review Officer (MRO), and
  • Outlines requirements for federal agency actions
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Tags: Drug and Alcohol Testing, DOT, Human Resources, Hiring

When does a threat become an Insider Threat?

Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Nov 23, 2016


When you feel threatened right? 

Wrong. Just because you don't feel threatened, doesn't mean there isn't a threat around. The truth is, insider threats are becoming more common and happening more frequently than anyone would like to admit.

What do I mean by "insider threat"? A person, or persons, that have access and insider knowledge that allows them to impose danger on others by exploiting vulnerabilities within a system and/or organization.

There is no way to be completely safe and guarded from insider threats but, being aware of your surroundings and strange behavior gives you the advantage to react accordingly and minimize opportunity.

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Tags: TSA

Policy Statement - Is yours up-to-date?

Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Is Your Substance Abuse Policy Ready?

Companies have a vested interest in maintaining a safe setting for their employees, clients, and customers while protecting the company property, equipment, operations and profitability. A compliant Substance Abuse program is a critical component of your company’s safety goals. Now is the perfect time to take out the policy, dust it off and make certain that it is up to date with all Federal regulations and state laws for 2017.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol Testing, DOT, Compliance, Safety

OSHA and Post-Accident Drug Testing

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Aug 12, 2016

On May 12, 2016, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to revise its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness regulations that took effect August 10, 2016. The rule is part of an extensive rulemaking that concerns the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. OSHA's regulation at 29 CFR part 1904 requires employers with more than 10 employees in most industries to keep records of occupational injuries and illnesses at their establishments. Employers covered by these rules must record each recordable employee injury and illness.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol Testing, DOT, Compliance

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