Articles tagged 'HR basics'

HR Basics

A Termination Checklist to Automate the Offboarding Process

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Every manager experiences letting someone go at some point in their career.

Whether the reason is business related or performance related, it can fill even the most seasoned manager with feelings of dread.

The truth is, all organizations lose employees and the offboarding process needs to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

5 Ways You Can Proactively Work to Improve Your Employee Retention

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 2.8 million people quit their jobs in March 2015, putting it back to pre-recession levels.

This is expected to accelerate as employees grow more confident in the economy amid a rising number of job openings.

That’s why employee retention should really worry companies, from a talent drain perspective and from a competitive standpoint. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Should Employers Keep Time Records For Exempt Employees?

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By John E. Thompson

Should an employer keep records of the time worked by employees who qualify for a federal Fair Labor Standards Act minimum-wage and/or overtime exemption?

At the risk of giving the proverbial “lawyer’s answer,” it depends. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

What Do You Do When Job Candidates Ask About the Background Check?

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Most job candidates will have many questions for an employer throughout the hiring process — including questions about the employment background check.

Do you have the answers?

Ultimately, knowing these answers benefits you, your company, and the candidates. Being transparent throughout the hiring process as a whole, and especially during the background screening process greatly affects your candidate experience. Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues

Some 58,000 Reasons Telework Could Be a Reasonable Accommodation

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By Eric B. Meyer

Telework is among the array of possible reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act that may enable an employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Now, as a federal appellate court confirmed last month, there are situations in which telework is not a reasonable accommodation; namely, where attendance and face time are essential functions of the job. But, other times, telecommuting may be just what the doctor ordered.

When employers try to play the role of doctor, well, that’s when problems ensue. Read more…

Benefits, HR Management

Here’s Why Your Company Should Offer Paid Maternity Leave

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As technology continues to improve, the world seems to be getting smaller.

More and more businesses are becoming international, whether it’s about doing business with or employing folks in other countries. One of the practices that always jumps out to me when working with international companies is how they handle maternity leave.

One of my international partners recently had a baby girl. Had she lived in the U.S. she would have most likely been out a few weeks (maybe less) and chances are she would have used up all of her vacation time, and might have been lucky enough to have Short Term Disability Insurance to cover a percentage of her pay. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

First Impressions: Why Onboarding Employees Is Like Going on a First Date

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I arrived early excited about my first day and my first real job from college. I just could not believe how disorganized they were. It was like nothing you said. As a matter of fact, they were not expecting me until the following week. When I showed her the letter, she had to make phone calls to HR. It was a total mess. I knew then that I would not be here long.”

That short message was told to me by my daughter, who after finishing college, got her first “real” job. Because of my background in HR, I told her what the first day would probably be like since this was a well-known brand.

I had flashbacks of that encounter a few weeks back as I gave a presentation around that theme at the Global HR Summit in Doha, Qatara  last week. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

What Must an Employee Do to Get FMLA Leave?

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 By Eric B. Meyer

Now, let’s talk about notice under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Specifically, in those situations in which an employee doesn’t use the letters F-M-L-A, what can that employee say or do to still qualify for leave?

Well, in Festerman v. County of Wayne, a police officer left work one day with chest pains and shortness of breath and was transported to the hospital. Five days later, he returned to work and submitted an incident report, which was passed along to both HR and Benefits Administration. Read more…

HR Basics, Talent Management

How You Can Get Employees Rolling in Their New Roles

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You’ve just hired someone for a management position.

That someone happens to be an employee who’s been working for your company for the past three years. Since they’re well-versed in how the company does things, they don’t need to go through a formal onboarding process, right?

Wrong. Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues

Here’s the Completely Wrong Way to Respond to Harassment Complaints

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Editor’s Note: Weekly Wrap has been pre-empted by spring conference travel season. It will return soon. 

By Eric B. Meyer

Folks, let me give you little free Friday HR pro tip:

If a female employee complains to a female manager that another male manager is sexually harassing her, it’s not OK for the female manager to respond thusly,

He’s a guy and you work with guys. Ignore it and smile.” Read more…