HR Basics

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…
HR Basics, Legal Issues

Why Communications Are Critical During an FMLA Leave

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By Eric B. Meyer

How many times has an employee provided you with an incomplete Family and Medical Leave Act certification? Oh, I don’t know, maybe a missing return date…

If the FMLA leave is foreseeable, then the employee must provide the employer with the anticipated timing and duration of the leave. However, where the FMLA leave is unforeseeable — think, car crash — then that information can wait if the employee herself doesn’t know her return date.

But that doesn’t mean you — yeah, you employer — should let it go. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Indiana Restricts Criminal History Info That Might Be Sent to Employers

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Effective July 1, Indiana has a new rule on what information “criminal history providers” can report in employment background checks.

This latest version of Ind. Code § 24-4-18-6 makes a technical correction to the law and clears up a few things. Unlike previous versions of the statute, the new law allows reporting of non-conviction and pending records as long as the information is within the 7 year window required under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

As it now reads, the law limits reporting of expunged records and sealed records — records that any compliant screening company wouldn’t give you anyway. It also prohibits reporting certain classes of felonies that have been reduced or converted to a misdemeanor, and creates a statutory cause of action for the intentional or “knowing” act of reporting an inaccurate record. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Whether You Believe It or Not, Your Policy Manual Is Evil

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Try this logic on with me.

If anything that makes a person feel worthless or of less value is evil (and perhaps you aren’t as dramatic as I am, so you can just say “bad”). And if many of the policies written in your handbook assume employees are some combination of incompetent or idiotic (hence, less valuable or worthless). Then, your employee handbook and many of the policies within it are evil.

The logic is sound. If A=B and B=C, then A=C. Read more…