Human Resources & Employment Law

Articles on the topic of Employment Law for Community Association Management Companies. Subtopics include Hiring, Firing, Independent Contractors, Wage & Hour.

Watch Out for Caregiver Discrimination

Family responsibility discrimination, also known as caregiver discrimination, occurs when employers discriminate against employees and job applicants based on their caregiving obligations — generally for children, adult children with disabilities, parents, or spouses. “If this wasn’t on employers’ radar before, it’s something they should absolutely think about and educate themselves on because the reality is…

Are You at Risk of Family Responsibility Discrimination?

You’re probably very familiar with the different kinds of housing discrimination, but you might not be aware of a form of employment discrimination that could land you in hot legal water. Here’s what you need to know about family responsibility discrimination (FRD) and how to avoid it. What It Is Family responsibility discrimination, also known…

Record Requests Can Be a Pain, But Compliance Is Often Required

Owner record requests can prove a hassle for managers and their clients, but courts clearly favor greater access to less — let alone the denial of access. An association in Michigan learned this lesson the hard way when confronted with requests that even the state Supreme Court described as “longwinded” and “often difficult to follow.”…

Record Inspection Request Requires Rapid Response — Even if Request Rambles

Owner record requests can prove a hassle for managers and their clients, but courts clearly favor greater access to less — let alone the denial of access. An association in Michigan learned this lesson the hard way when confronted with requests that even the state Supreme Court described as “longwinded” and “often difficult to follow”…

Communication Is a Crucial Skill for New Managers

Many community association management firms are reaching outside the traditional pool of candidates and bringing on managers with no experience in the industry. This approach can work — but only with proper support. “Letting people new to the industry just hit the ground running is where we’re seeing companies have trouble,” says Katie Anderson, CEO…

The 5 Most Important Lessons for New Managers

Many community association management firms are reaching outside the traditional pool of candidates and bringing on managers with no experience in the industry. This approach can work — but only with proper support. “Letting people new to the industry just hit the ground running is where we’re seeing companies have trouble,” says Katie Anderson, CEO…

Don’t Let Your Managers Fall Prey To Kickbacks

Kickbacks can cost both you and your clients, but your managers might not even know when they’re receiving one. Teaching your employees to recognize and sidestep such wrongful transactions can reduce the risks to your bottom line. Just what type of arrangement qualifies as a kickback? “It’s generally receiving something of value in exchange for…

Are You Overlooking a Potentially Valuable Tax Credit?

Community association management companies (and their clients) have a valuable tool available for growing their staffs and reducing their tax bills at the same time — the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). And they may not even be aware of it. “The credit is very overlooked,” says Jamie Dokovna, a shareholder in the Florida law…

Cornering Kickbacks: How to Help Your Managers Avoid Them

Kickbacks can cost both you and your clients, but your managers might not even know when they’re receiving one. Teaching your employees to recognize and sidestep such wrongful transactions can reduce the risks to your bottom line. Recognizing Kickbacks Just what type of arrangement qualifies as a kickback? “It’s generally receiving something of value in…

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Can Add to the Bottom Line

Community association management companies (and their clients) have a valuable tool available for growing their staffs and reducing their tax bills at the same time — the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). And they may not even be aware of it. “The credit is very overlooked,” says Jamie Dokovna, a shareholder in the Florida law…