Articles tagged 'HR basics'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

English-Only Work Rules May Discriminate – and Violate Labor Law, Too

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By Eric B. Meyer

A few years ago, I posed this question: Is a workplace “English-only” rule legal?

Yadda, yadda, yadda, sometimes.

That is, in this Compliance Manual, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirms that employers may adopt English-only rules under certain circumstances, insofar as it is adopted for non-discriminatory reasons (e.g., safety, business necessity) and not to discriminate on the basis of national origin. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Study: Obamacare Has Little Impact on Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage

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There has been much hand wringing over the health law requirement that large employers this year offer insurance to workers who put in 30 or more hours a week or face penalties for not doing so.

The new rules would cost employers a bundle, some fretted, as part-timers clamored for company coverage previously unavailable to them. Others worried that employers would cut workers’ hours to get under the cap.

A new study found that so far there’s little cause for concern: Average enrollment in company plans was essentially unchanged between 2014 and 2015 at 74 percent of all workers. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Can Just Cashing a Paycheck Waive an Employee’s FLSA Overtime Claim?

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By Eric B. Meyer

I’ve gotta hand it to the company in this recent federal appellate court opinion in Beaufort v. ActionLink, LLC. The company almost — soooooo close — avoided several claims for unpaid overtime.

Let me set the stage for you. Back in 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor began investigating a complaint that a marketing company had misclassified some employees and failed to pay overtime. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

39 Reasons Why Your Employee Handbook May Violate the Law

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By Eric B. Meyer

The National Labor Relations Board issued a report this week from General Counsel Richard Griffin, Jr. replete with examples of how your employee handbook is overly broad and violates the National Labor Relations Act.

The purpose of the report is to educate employers, with recent case developments, on what can and cannot be included in an employee handbook.

What can’t be included is anything that could chill your employees from discussing the terms and conditions of employment with one another. That’s because the Act give employees, union or not, the right to do that. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: How to Conduct Really Effective Exit Interviews

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When an employee resigns, exit interviews are hopefully conducted by the Human Resources staff to gather honest feedback about opportunities for organizational improvement.

If you aren’t conducting these exit interviews today, you should start right away.

Ideally, HR staff can also use the information obtained during an exit interview to retain valuable employees and prevent future turnover. However, exit interviews are only useful if conducted effectively. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Can Your Company Require an Employee to Buy Health Insurance?

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Under the Affordable Care Act, large employers that don’t offer their full-time workers comprehensive, affordable health insurance face a fine.

But some employers are taking it a step further and requiring workers to buy the company insurance, whether they want it or not. Many employees may have no choice but to comply.

Some workers are not pleased. One disgruntled reader wrote to Kaiser Health News:

My employer is requiring me to purchase health insurance and is automatically taking the premium out of my paycheck even though I don’t want to sign up for health insurance. Is this legal?” Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR Basics: 5 Things Your Employees Can Safely Post on Social Media

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Social media is everywhere. An employer would be hard pressed to find an employee without some form of social media presence.

Because of this, you always hear horror stories about someone getting fired for badmouthing their boss or harassing a co-worker online. In fear of losing their job, many people avoid posting anything online relating to their job at all.

While employers definitely don’t want their employees bringing negative attention to them online, having no attention can also have adverse effects. The beauty in social media is, a single post can empower your organization’s brand and show your network who your company truly is and what it stands for. Read more…

Compensation, Legal Issues

FLSA Changes Could Make Many Retail Managers Non-Exempt Employees

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By John E. Thompson

Expectations are that the U.S. Labor Department’s proposed regulations re-defining the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s executive, administrative, professional, outside-sales, and derivative exemptions will be released in the next few weeks, if not within days.

As we have said, these provisions will probably include:

  • A substantial increase in the minimum salary amount; and,
  • A significant narrowing of the duties-related requirements. Read more…
Classic TLNT

See If These Sound Familiar: The Biggest Lies You Always Hear From HR

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

In my never ending quest to beat a blog series to death, let’s hope this is my last installment of “Top Lies.” (See How Job Candidates Lie, and the Best Lies They Always Seem to Tell, and, Please Don’t Hate Me! Here Are the Biggest Lies That Recruiters Tell).

At this point, I’ve completely pissed off “candidates” and made some fun of recruiters, so now it’s time to really have some fun with the easiest target of all — HR! Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Putting Out the Fire: Dealing With Conflict in Your Workplace

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How many times have you witnessed conflict between employees create uncomfortable tension at work?

No matter how hard you try to avoid it, the fire continues to burn, greatly affecting the atmosphere, which in turn affects everyone’s productivity.

The truth of the matter is that on-the-job conflict is unavoidable. Fortunately, there are ways to find a resolution in a quick and professional manner. Read more…