HR Basics

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Why You Need to Be Careful Emailing Employees FMLA Paperwork

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By. Eric B. Meyer

Remember, over the summer, when I wrote about how sending Family and Medical Leave Act paperwork to an employee via first class mail is a big mistake.

Why? Because if the employee claims not to have received the paperwork, then you have no proof of delivery, and possible FMLA interference issues if the employee is somehow precluded from taking FMLA leave.

So, I offered three alternatives: Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

You Need to Stop Going Through the Motions on Exit Interviews

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The exit interview — Has it become one of those going through the motions actions in your organization? –just another box to check off in a folder before you give the latest employee the old heave-ho?

It shouldn’t be. Despite their inherent awkwardness, exit interviews are becoming even more common (due to the shortening duration of most employee relationships) and can be very valuable from a risk management standpoint (not to mention keeping your brand as intact as possible during layoffs, terminations and difficult transitions).

Although exit interviews represent several opportunities for both parties, exiting employees are very often reluctant to divulge honest information about their experience with the organization. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

5 Keys to Avoiding Wrongful and Discriminatory Termination Claims

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While most employers would hope to avoid terminating employees, it’s a reality for most at some point.

Whether the business needs to make the decision for financial reasons, or because of performance issues, any termination needs to be handled appropriately to avoid potentially costly consequences.

We are living in an increasingly litigious society, where it has become easier, and seemingly more popular to sue. Even if a lawsuit is not filed, an ex-employee reporting their termination to the EEOC or department of labor could end up being more costly to the business, if found at fault for wrongful termination or discrimination. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Why Onboarding Has Become a Strategic Priority

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We all remember that feeling you get before the first day of school — nervous, excited, and very concerned over which outfit to wear. For new students, there is also the added pressure of finding your way around, meeting your teachers, and making friends.

The first day of school can be rough, but thankfully we’re all adults now and don’t have to go through that again. Or do we? The answer is yes.

Onboarding at a new job is the adult equivalent of the first day of school, and it can be just as nerve-wracking for us grown-ups. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Why You Need an Essential List of Job Functions When Approving FMLA

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By Eric B. Meyer

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, an eligible employee has the right to take up to 12 work weeks of covered leave for, among other things, the employee’s own serious health condition.

The FMLA prohibits an employer from interfering with an employee’s FMLA rights. This includes the right to return to work from leave to the employee’s prior position (or an equivalent one). Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

4 Ways to Make Performance Reviews Work Better

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Performance reviews are an effective way to improve employee performance while also maintaining transparency between management staff.

Unfortunately for many small and mid-sized businesses, delivering an effective performance review is more of a concept than a practice.

Below are four tips for delivering a performance review that is effective, appropriate and will help keep your employees engaged. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

HR Basics: Here’s the Absolute Wrong Way to Deliver FMLA Notices

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By Eric B. Meyer

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

But, if you send Family and Medical Leave Act paperwork to an employee by first class mail, then you’re asking for trouble.

Did you read the headline and think to yourself, “FMLA notice? You mean there’s a notice? You mean, like in our handbook, right?” Read more…

Benefits, HR Basics

Benefits Communication: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever

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It’s a wait-and-see year for employers, in part driven by the seemingly endless legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

But health care is big this year, like it’s been every other year in recent memory.

Whether or not you believe ACA successfully or unsuccessfully reformed the structure of health insurance in America, you’ll agree costs are still an issue. Cheryl DeMars of The Alliance succinctly said, “The work of bending the cost curve is largely the business of physicians and hospitals, employers and consumers — not regulators.” Read more…

Benefits, HR Basics

HR 101: How to Develop a Successful Sick Leave Policy

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One of the many policies human resource departments develop and implement involve employee sick leave.

Paid sick days are usually offered by an organization as part of their benefits package.

  • In some companies, employees are given an allotment of days to use throughout the year.
  • There are other businesses where paid sick days are accrued over the course of the year and can vary based on years of service. Read more…
HR Basics, HR Technology

How Is Your HR Department Doing Covering Its … Assets?

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HR departments are the sentries of the office, with access to sensitive personnel records such as health information, I-9 documents as well as salary details, records that can take up loads of file cabinet space, and not to mention, archived data that is located off site.

But what If you suddenly find yourself asking these questions:

  • Is our vast personnel (past and present) data secure?
  • How much time is paper-management costing us? Read more…