HR Basics

Compensation, HR Basics

A New Fad: States, Local Governments Hiking the Minimum Wage

Managers and HR professionals will have to deal with very modest pay increases in 2011. (Photo illustration by Dreamstime).

By Gregory Hanscom

A centerpiece of President Obama’s current legislative agenda is raising the federal minimum wage.

While many doubt a bill raising the federal minimum wage will be passed by Congress, President Obama’s call for such legislation has spurred many states and municipalities to act.

In Pennsylvania, two state senators, Daylin Leach and Mike Stack, just introduced legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $12.00 and prohibit businesses from paying workers who receive tips an amount less than the state mandated minimum wage. Read more…

Classic TLNT, HR Basics, Webinars

TLNT Webinar: Maintaining Compliance With Your Remote Workforce

In this one-hour webinar, sponsored by DocuSign, your host Steve Cape will be exploring the “virtual office” and the key State and Federal compliance measures needed for managing this remote workplace of telecommuters and independent contractors. Also gleaned from this webinar will be how to avoid situations that may have serious consequences and also how to preserve the benefits and rewards of the “virtual office” setting. This will be one webinar you cant afford to miss with 21st century technology clashing up against 20th century laws and Steve Cape in the middle to help you grasp a better understanding of it all.

Please join Steve Cape, Chief Compliance Officer of GeniusHR,  for a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, April 9, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

Register here:

Can’t attend? No problem! Sign up and receive a recording to view at a time that is more convenient for you!

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Alcoholism on the Job: The Tricky Issue Handling It Under the ADA


By Eric B. Meyer

Alcoholism is generally a disability.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the term “disability” is broadly defined.

What matters is that the impairment substantially limits a major life activity. What doesn’t matter are the ameliorative effects of mitigating measures,” including such things as therapy, medication, or reasonable accommodations.

How does that relate to alcoholism? Read more…

HR Basics, HR News & Trends

Independent Contractor Compliance: What Employers Need to Consider

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Independent workers – whether they’re called independent contractors, freelancers or the self-employed – continue to be a significant factor in the American economy.

According to Randstad’s Workforce 360 study, 43 percent of the workforce says they are interested in pursuing non-traditional work arrangements, and more than 2.6 million workers are already living the “free agent” lifestyle.

Government agencies at the Federal and State level have noticed this movement. Various agencies on both levels are now targeting this population through legislative efforts and increased audits. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: What Do You Do If an Employee is Carrying a Gun?

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Okay, HR fans, here’s the game — I give you a real-life HR scenario and you tell me how you would handle it if your were the HR person in charge of handling it.

Got it!? Here’s the issue:

You’re a Regional HR Manager of a major chain of pizza restaurants. Most of your business is home delivery. This means you primarily have location managers, pizza cooks, and drivers.

It’s a random Tuesday in the Detroit metro area, and one of your drivers leaves on a delivery to local address. When the driver arrives at the address and goes to the door, there are two armed men there to rob him of his $37 and change, and of course, the pizza. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Get Ready, Because the H-1B Visa Games Are Ready to Begin


By Shanon R. Stevenson

The Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen’s bow and arrow will not help employers on April 1, 2014 when the competition for H-1B work visas begins.

On April 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting H-1B petitions for foreign workers in professional or specialty occupation jobs to fill the 65,000 available slots for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and the 20,000 available slots for applicants who hold a U.S. master’s degree or higher. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

5 Keys to Make Sure That You Get Team Hiring Right

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Stop what you’re doing right now. Collaboration should be the foundation on which your entire hiring process is built.

Hey, if Vanilla Ice can lead off his most timeless classic (we know, Go Ninja, Go Ninja GO! is tough to beat) with a call for collaboration, you can incorporate it into your team hiring.

Here are five (5) ways to stop, collaborate and hire: Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

7 Ways to Inspire First Year Workers (and Show Them The Big Picture, Too)


The first years an employee is working can be challenging, but rich with growth and opportunity.

I’ve always loved starting with a fresh recruit who was eager to learn the ropes, discovering their talents, and helping guide them to success.

Sometimes an employee’s first year is spent being overwhelmed with all the details they have to know to succeed in a workplace, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make a difference with specific, concrete actions that will inspire your first year workers. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

6 Tips for Employers When Facing Requests For Religious Exemptions

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By Chastity C. Bruno

In recent years, the number of complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding religious discrimination has dramatically increased.

According to the EEOC, there were 1,709 complaints of religious discrimination in 1997 and 3,721 complaints in 2013.

Employers with 15 or more employees need to be cognizant that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees’ and job applicants’ rights to observe their religion through dress and grooming.  Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Six Interview Questions You Really Need to Ask

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Can you remember all of the questions to ask in an interview?

Hey, nobody could blame you for missing one every now and then. After all, every interview demands a lot and you need to do the best you can with your available time and resources.

To make things a little easier, try these interview questions from Kristi Hedges. She’s an executive coach, leadership development consultant and author. Read more…