HR Basics

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Should Employers Keep Time Records For Exempt Employees?


By John E. Thompson

Should an employer keep records of the time worked by employees who qualify for a federal Fair Labor Standards Act minimum-wage and/or overtime exemption?

At the risk of giving the proverbial “lawyer’s answer,” it depends. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

What Do You Do When Job Candidates Ask About the Background Check?

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Most job candidates will have many questions for an employer throughout the hiring process — including questions about the employment background check.

Do you have the answers?

Ultimately, knowing these answers benefits you, your company, and the candidates. Being transparent throughout the hiring process as a whole, and especially during the background screening process greatly affects your candidate experience. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

What Must an Employee Do to Get FMLA Leave?


 By Eric B. Meyer

Now, let’s talk about notice under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Specifically, in those situations in which an employee doesn’t use the letters F-M-L-A, what can that employee say or do to still qualify for leave?

Well, in Festerman v. County of Wayne, a police officer left work one day with chest pains and shortness of breath and was transported to the hospital. Five days later, he returned to work and submitted an incident report, which was passed along to both HR and Benefits Administration. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

How You Can Get Employees Rolling in Their New Roles

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You’ve just hired someone for a management position.

That someone happens to be an employee who’s been working for your company for the past three years. Since they’re well-versed in how the company does things, they don’t need to go through a formal onboarding process, right?

Wrong. Read more…

Benefits, HR Basics

Another 13 of the Very Best (and Real) Employee Benefits

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Yesterday, we listed 20 real employee benefits (The 20 [Best] and Real Employee Benefits) in no particular order.

Today, we add another 13 of the best benefits and perks — and again, in no particular order.

If you missed the first 20 benefits, make sure to check them out here. Read more…

Benefits, HR Basics

The 20 Best (and Real) Employee Benefits

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Benefits? Perks? “What are those?” you might ask.

Yes, they may be hard to come by these days, but trust me, they do exist.

Don’t believe me? Check out these 20 real employee benefits (and I’ll have 13 more benefits tomorrow) in no particular order. Read more…

HR Basics, HR News & Trends

What the April 30 WOTC Deadline Means for Employers


The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) provides income tax incentives to any business for hiring workers that the U.S. Department of Labor has determined to have significant barriers to employment. ‘

Individual hires who make an employer eligible to capture the credit include veterans, those on temporary financial assistance, and residents of certain geographic zones (See the full and updated list here). This federal program is available to all income tax-paying employers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, meaning employers have equal access to tax credits, regardless of location.

WOTC offers federal tax credits ranging from $2,400 to $9,600 per eligible employee. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

HR Basics: How to Reduce Chronic Employee Absenteeism

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Editor’s Note: Weekly Wrap is off on assignment. It will return shortly.

Employee absenteeism is more than just an inconvenience – it’s costly to employers.

Of course, all employees will get sick and need time off from work occasionally.

Employee attendance, however, is often affected by issues unrelated to illness. Chronic absenteeism can be caused by a number of factors, including poor management, high stress, and low employee morale. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

The 3 Critical Tasks Every HR Manager Must Work On Every Single Day


It’s graduation season, and soon many new human resource brothers and sisters will be entering into their first real HR gigs.

Many will be titled, “HR Manager,” even without one day of experience. That’s because in many organizations, “HR Manager” is the only HR position they have, and they’ll gladly take a young, fresh new HR grad.

The tendency for new managers, especially HR Managers thrust into a generalist role, is to get buried with tasks. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: How to Avoid the Most Common HR Mistakes


We can all agree that it’s not easy managing human resources in any size organization.

Employer regulations at the state and federal level are only increasing, the workforce is becoming more dynamic, the expectations on supervisors and managers is more complex, and most businesses are trying to do more with less.

These reasons make it easy to understand why mistakes can happen in the world of HR management. Read more…