Articles tagged 'HR basics'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

What Do You Do When an Employee Says They’re Quarantined With Ebola?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Five minutes ago, after taking the obligatory selfies and between games of Candy Crush, one of your employees texted from an Ebola quarantine tent to alert you that she will be out of work for 21 days while under observation for Ebola.

As an employer, what are your obligations? What workplace laws are implicated?

And of course, because half of you are thinking it, can you just fire her? Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

What You and Your Business Need to Know About Obamacare, Year 2

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For business owners, two things in life are certain: taxes and rising health care costs. The two become nearly interchangeable when new IRS Health Care Reporting requirements go into effect, starting in 2016.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), large employers (or those employing more than 50 full-time workers) face penalties if they fail to offer minimal coverage to employees. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance decisions were largely up to the individual business.

Beginning in 2016, large employers must report very specific information to the IRS to remain compliant, and the IRS has recently issued draft copies of the health care coverage forms. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Yes, You Really Do Need to Screen Temporary Holiday Employees

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Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and that means Black Friday, shopping online, and holiday music overload as we get ready for the big gift-giving season.

It’s hard to believe, but holiday hiring season is already well under way. If you hire holiday or other temporary workers, it’s important to hire ones that you can trust. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Webinars

Avoid Common Pitfalls When Using Criminal Background Checks

Is your company properly obtaining background check reports? Still confused about the EEOC’s criminal records guidance?

If that’s the case, then please join this upcoming First Advantage webinar, presented by Dana Howells and Paul Kehoe, as they uncover and share all the latest and greatest information, including:

  • How to follow the Fair Credit Reporting Act when obtaining, and before using, a background check report.
  • Designing a process to account for relevant risks and qualifications under Title VII.
  • When and why to ask applicants about their criminal history, and, how to do it properly.
  • And much, much  more!

This exciting and groundbreaking webinar is sure to be loaded full of information that you will find absolutely relevant, make sure you don’t miss out and register today!

Date/Time of Webinar: November 12, 2014 at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific.

Register: HERE

Sponsor: First Advantage

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HR Management, HR News & Trends

The Ebola Scare: 10 Workplace Issues HR Should Be Ready For

Ebola This Week

You might initially think that Ebola is only a medical issue, but corporate leaders, HR, and recruiting professionals should realize that any Ebola-related panic and anxiety will also negatively impact an organization’s employees and candidates.

Take a moment to visualize this possible scenario where during the upcoming flu season employees will irrationally stress, panic, and avoid other employees and customers who appear to be even slightly symptomatic. Envision an HR function that will be bombarded with questions and concerns about sick leave, medical benefits, and a variety of Ebola related issues. Read more…

Talent Management

The Secret to Great (and Productive) Performance Check-in Meetings

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Meetings get a bad rap and the arguments against them are well known:

  • They get in the way of productive work;
  • Too much of meetings are spent recapping previous meetings;
  • They often don’t produce a decisive way forward.

For these reasons and many more, people avoid setting meetings like the plague, and regularly scheduled meetings can fall by the wayside. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Why You Need to Be Careful Emailing Employees FMLA Paperwork

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By. Eric B. Meyer

Remember, over the summer, when I wrote about how sending Family and Medical Leave Act paperwork to an employee via first class mail is a big mistake.

Why? Because if the employee claims not to have received the paperwork, then you have no proof of delivery, and possible FMLA interference issues if the employee is somehow precluded from taking FMLA leave.

So, I offered three alternatives: Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Ebola Crisis Plan? Here’s What HR Should Do If They Get Asked About It

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Wait for it…

Any minute now some executive is going to come into your office and ask “you” what you’re doing about this Ebola outbreak!

I’m not trying to slight the importance and the tragedy that disease is creating in West Africa, because it’s horrific. But our American media is bringing this to hysteria levels in the States (see video below)! As of this writing, there are three (3) confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. and one death. Read more…

Legal Issues

The One Thing HR Can’t Do If An Employee Reports a Noose

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By Eric B. Meyer

One employer appears to have screwed up royally, which seems to be part of a trend this week.

Yes, there are several things you don’t want to do if an employee reports a noose in the workplace, among them:

HR Insights, HR Management

Eliminating Risk is What HR Does, Even If It Doesn’t Always Feel Right

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I harp on my peers when I speak about our role as HR Pros.

I tell HR Pros it is not our job to eliminate risk; it’s our job to advise about risk, then let our executives make choices based on that perceived risk, with our influence.

It sounds really good when I say it live! It sounds thought provoking and wise. People, take notes.

I might be wrong about all of it, though. Read more…