Articles tagged 'HR basics'

Compensation, Legal Issues

Labor Department Going After More Wage and Hour Laws Violations

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Employees in New York and California are being cheated out of millions in wages by their employers, a new study reveals, and the U.S. Department of Labor wants to find more employers who are skirting the law.

The wage study was conducted by the Eastern Research Group and commissioned by the Labor Department to measure the possible socio-economic impacts of minimum wage violations in California and New York. These two states were selected for the study because of their large workforce. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

How to Help Get Your Performance Review Process Back on Track

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Performance reviews can be a source of frustration for many in the business world.

If you’re a part of the group of people bogged down by a dysfunctional review process, take comfort. This is a great time for a fresh start.

Unfortunately, if you are looking for advice, you may be in for a shock. Every day on the Internet, for each article written with ideas for solutions, there are another five dedicated to the problem itself. Read more…

Benefits, HR Management

Avoiding the Holiday PTO Trap: You Need to Get Line Managers On Board

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If you work in HR, this is the time of year when you may be itching to discuss holiday PTO with line managers.

But there is likely a topic that you are hesitant to broach because it could put the line manager on the defensive: Whether employees who are owed PTO (paid time off) are actually going to be working from home when the books say they are officially “off.”

This is what I like to call the “Holiday PTO Trap.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Importance of Putting the Human Interaction Back Into HR

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Welcome to your new job!

Now, put on these chains and fill out this form …

And then fill out this one … And then fill out this one… And then fill out this one…

Darkness descends … and excitement slowly seeps away… Read more…

Classic TLNT

How to Have the Best, Litigation-Free Office Holiday Party Ever

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

It is that time of year again – the holiday season.

Employers are gearing up to have their office holiday parties. Many employees wait all year for the festivities and love reminiscing about the events of the previous year.

In fact, the holiday party festivities often become the “chatter” around the proverbial water cooler, and sometimes, not in a good way. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

NLRB Pushes Through Rule Allowing “Quickie” Union Elections

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By Eric B. Meyer

Cue the haters.

Following a decision earlier last week permitting employees to use company email to badmouth you and unionize, the National Labor Relations Board ended last week by passing a new rule, which, in its words, updated “its representation-case procedures to modernize and streamline the process for resolving representation disputes.”

In other words, faster union elections and more of ‘em.

Here are details on this new rule and what employers can do about it: Read more…

Legal Issues

Why That NLRB Ruling About Employee’s Using Email is No Big Deal

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By Eric B. Meyer

The National Labor Relations Board says that your employees can use company email to badmouth you and unionize.

Well, here are four reasons why it’s no big deal.

Yes, that’s right — it’s NO BIG DEAL. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Flexible Work Arrangements: Managers Are Key to Their Success

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How would you describe flexible scheduling? Does a standard definition come to mind?

In a new SHRM survey on flexible work arrangements (FWAs), which surveyed 525 HR professionals from a randomly selected sample of SHRM’s membership, “FWAs,” “flex time,” “workplace flexibility,” “flexible scheduling,” etc. are defined under the following definition:

… A dynamic partnership between employers and employees that defines how, when and where work gets done in ways that work for everyone involved (including families, clients and other stakeholders).” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

The Big Problem With Background Checks at Uber

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Uber can’t seem to get it right.

First, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing service was criticized for NOT doing background checks, and now it’s under attack for doing them the wrong way.

The national ride sharing service that everyone loves to hate is back in the headlines (although I’m not sure they ever left) facing a class action lawsuit for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

4 Tips for Terminating an Employee (and Maybe Even Staying Friends)

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At some point in their careers, managers will face the tough position of having to let someone go based on performance, and if they did their job right, it will be someone who they have built a friendship with.

Outside of personally wanting to maintain a relationship with a former employee, there are other benefits to letting someone go amicably.

Sometimes, employees may have a great work ethic and attitude, but they simply couldn’t deliver for that specific role, and it’s important to maintain a relationship in these types of situations. Read more…