Benefits, Legal Issues

What Employers Should Know About the Americans With Disabilities Act

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By Sandra S. Moran

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s efforts to enforce the 2008 American with Disabilities Amendments Act have certainly not waned as it continues to challenge leave policies.

Armed with a recent $1.35 million settlement to dismiss a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC (EEOC v. Princeton Healthcare System), employers should evaluate their policies and procedures regarding leave to ensure they comply with the ADA.

This is especially true for health care providers, as the EEOC has shown less tolerance for ADA violations in the health care sector given the fact that they expect health professionals to be particularly understanding of those with disabilities. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

3 Good Reasons Why You Really Should Hire Interns

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As a business owner or manager, there are a lot of hiring decisions that you will need to be involved in.

One question that comes up on a regular basis is whether you should hire an intern.

Offering an internship can come with a few setbacks, but there are also many benefits to both the intern you hire and your business. If you are still asking, “Should I hire an intern?” here are some of the reasons why you should. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

3 Reasons to Empower All Employees to Give Discretionary Rewards

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Ann Bares (editor of Compensation Café and contributor to TLNT), published a very good post here yesterday on discretionary rewards.

The article focused primarily on the unintended consequences of leaving these discretionary reward budgets solely in the hands of the manager – to which I say, “Hear, hear!”

Ann used a couple of illustrations to highlight the challenges of such programs, which boil down to: Read more…

Classic TLNT

Keeping Employees Happy? Hey CEOs, This Isn’t Rocket Science

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Are you tired of hearing about all of the ways you can make your company a “win-win?”

Yeah, I know the jargon gets old — but the goal shouldn’t.

As much as I don’t like jargon, business leaders can achieve a win-win in their organizations. It’s not difficult but does require effort and accountability from the rest of management. A splash of empathy always helps, too. 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…

News, Webinars

TLNT Webinar: Is Your Talent Acquisition Strategy Driving Business Results You Need?

Join host Amber Grewal in this upcoming SuccessFactors-webinar as she shares the tips and tricks required for the “competition” that is talent attraction. Tactics that will be discussed:

  • Understanding the applications and definition of “Talent Technology”
  • A detailed breakdown of Talent Technology (exp. based, engaging, social, etc.)
  • Detailing how in order to be successful in today AND tomorrow’s market you need to be technology centric, and what that entails as well

Registering for this webinar will prove to be a wise investment of time, especially more so as we are in the midst of a critical juncture in talent acquisition, especially in an area that is so heavily dependent on emerging technology. Hurry and register now, don’t forget!

Date/Time of Webinar:  September 4, 2014 at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific

Registration Link:  https://cc.readytalk.com/r/b8u4gvw5q6ua&eom

Sponsor:  SuccessFactors

Can’t attend the live webinar?  No problem! Register and receive links to the webinar slides and recording to view at a more convenient time!

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 Insights, HR Management

When Is a Workplace Whistleblower Not a Whistleblower?

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The other day our local paper ran a story about David Danon, a former attorney with the Vanguard Group who’s embroiled in a huge lawsuit over his claim that Vanguard bilked the federal government out of $1 billion and the state of New York out of $20 million by operating an illegal tax shelter.

My husband (who still reads the local paper every day, God bless him), brought the story to my attention, because he knows I’m into that stuff.

Even so, I usually avoid writing much about “that stuff” on TLNT, because there are writers/attorneys here far better equipped to do so than I. But heck, this case compelled me to say a few words. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

10 More Good Reasons You Should Hire Overqualified Candidates

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Second of two parts

Yesterday, I listed 10 Good Reasons You Should Be Hiring Overqualified Candidates. Today, I’ll list 10 more good reasons for you.

The 20 different reasons or benefits associated with hiring overqualified candidates are separated into three categories: 1) recruiting/ business impacts; 2) reasons to be suspicious of qualifications; and 3) actions to mitigate potential problems.

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11. They may be a self-motivated professional – If you are hiring a professional who is overqualified, it is highly likely that their professionalism and self-pride will drive them to perform and excel, regardless of what job they are currently in. Read more…

Compensation, Rewards & Recognition

The Problem When Managers Get Too Fond of Discretionary Rewards

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Ah, management discretion.

Leaders often have a great fondness for discretionary rewards, particularly in bonus and incentive plans.

And why not? Discretionary rewards keep all the power and control with them. Wild card in hand, they are free until the moment the reward decision is made to do whatever feels right, based on their personal judgment call. Read more…