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Employers Can Get Into Hot Water for Not Applying Labor and Employment Laws Consistently
   Former Labor Commissioner Carmelo Rivera established a Management & Human Resources Consulting Service to aid employers, law firms, and employee organizations.
   "If you have been in business for some time,' says Rivera, 'you should know by now that managing employees is not a simple task. It requires that employers consistently apply many federal and local employment laws."
   Rivera's new venture offers employers and business clients expertise in most functional areas of human resources (HR) ranging from the recruitment and selection of personnel through employment separation.
   HR Consulting Services, licensed by the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, aims to help employers increase their effectiveness and have fewer employee complaints by offering specialized HR services including comprehensive HR audits to detect potential problems and degree of compliance with federal and local requirements.
   HR Consulting Service will also assist law firms in their practice with expert opinions, research and case development, and other litigation support.
   "Employers should also know that not complying with these intricate labor laws and regulations and not applying good HR sense can get them into a bundle of trouble and costly litigation. It can even ruin a business."
   Effective planning and consulting with a management & human resources expert can help prevent many of the headaches and high costs of lawsuits, penalties and back wage payments.
   "Here are a few instances of how good employers can get into scalding water," says Rivera.
  * Inadvertently asking the wrong questions during a job interview.
  * Indicating a preference for a younger job applicant over an older qualified worker.
  * Trusting too much and failing to properly check employee backgrounds and qualifications.
  * Being laid back and not having written personnel policies and procedures.
  * Failing to comply with IDC or EEOC documentation requirements.
  * Hiring your own and excluding a racial or ethnic group in any of aspect of employment.
  * Not putting a stop to sexual banter or ethnic jokes in the workplace.
  * Failing to keep proper employee records.
  * Not properly justifying a termination or demotion.
  * Showing concern the wrong way and not hiring a qualified woman because she is pregnant.
  * Refusing to hire a person because of a Hispanic or other accent.
  * Disciplining an employee for complaining about a safety or health issue.
  * Continuously referring to women as "girls" or using other forms of belittling banter.
   Rivera, a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, offers employers a wealth of experience spanning more than twenty years as an administrator and consultant. As former Commissioner of Labor, Rivera was in charge of enforcing employment and labor laws and conducting compliance reviews of local businesses.
   Rivera has served as a training and expert employment panelist, and has provided consultation to employers, managers and employees in functional areas such as supervision and management, strategic planning, employee recruitment, performance appraisals, planning for downsizing, equal opportunity compliance, sexual harassment prevention, personnel policies, customer service, and other workplace issues.
   For more information, contact HR Consulting Service by email at voice/fax (340) 692-6345 or by telephone at (340) 692-2123. You can also write: HR Consulting Services, PO Box 6665, Sunny Isles, St. Croix, USVI 00823.
Sandra SandFord, GRI Principal BrokerSandra Sanford Ready to Assist You Find Your Dream Home and Ideal Business Locale
   As a licensed Realtor, a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the St. Croix Board of Realtors, Sandra is committed to upholding the professional and ethical standards of the Real Estate industry. She achieved her Graduate of Realtor Institute designation (GRI) through extensive real estate education and persistence.
   Sandra is a member of the St. Croix Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and has computerized access to current information on thousands of properties that have sold or are currently on the market.
   Sandra's career began in 1986 at McLaughlin Realtors in St. Thomas. As Manager of Long Term Rentals, she faced her greatest challenge after Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989. With over 100 properties in her care, the rebuilding experience helped Sandra gain incredible knowledge and insight in her personal and professional life.
   Sandra entered the real estate sales phase of her career at Pivar Real Estate. After brief hiatus to have and raise two children, Pierce and Owen, in 1997 Sandra plunged right in by starting her own business--Playa Realty.
   Selling Real Estate requires dedication, experience, adaptability, good listening skills and enthusiasm. I feel confident with my skill in all these areas, states Sandra confidently.
   * BA degree from the University of Southern Mississippi
   * 14 Year island resident - 3 years on the island of St. Thomas
   * Fluent in Spanish
   * Secretary of the St. Croix Board of Realtors (second year)
   * Knowledge of the island and its unique culture.
   Playa Realty embraces the spirit of island living. The word "playa" means beach in Spanish. Year-round tropical climate, beautiful beaches and casual lifestyle are the reasons people love St. Croix.
   Sandra can be reached by telephone at (340) 713-0702 or by cellular at (340)690-8741. By e-mail, she can be reached at and by regular mail at Playa Realty, #1 Queen Cross Street, US Virgin Islands, 00820.