Articles tagged 'HR basics'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Four New Ban-the Box Laws Became Effective This Year

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By Philip L. Gordon and Zoe M. Argento

With the start of 2015, new ban the box laws became effective in Illinois, the City of Chicago, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland.

Ban the box laws prohibit questions about an applicant’s criminal background on employment applications and often include additional restrictions on inquiries by employers into criminal history. Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: A New Job Is a Really Big Deal – For Them AND You

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Whether it’s a first job, the tenth job, or a promotion (even a lateral one), a new job is a big deal.

That’s why a new employee’s first day is the perfect opportunity for you, as the manager, to leverage the power of first impressions and ensure the company gets a positive ROI on the time and money it took to recruit, select, and train your new hire. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Do You Really Need to Write an HR Policy For THAT?

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My husband calls them “blond moments” when he shows me a cartoon and I don’t get it.

I’m also a bit gullible when I read spoofs and satires. No, thank you – I don’t need oceanfront property in Arizona.

Today he sent an article from The Onion which I got right away. Yes, I know The Onion is a satirical publication; I learned that when I took him a story I thought was true, and he chuckled for about an hour.

I actually did a double take on the one he sent today – HR Director Reminds Employees That Any Crying Done At Office Must Be Work-Related. Oh my, I hope not. Oh, I get it – it’s a spoof! LOL. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

President Calls For Paid Sick Leave For All American Workers

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By Eric B. Meyer

In an announcement made late Wednesday on LinkedIn, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, posted that President Obama will call upon Congress today to pass the Healthy Families Act.

I’ve blogged about the Healthy Families Act before here. Essentially, the Healthy Families Act would require companies with 15 or more employees to permit each employee to earn at least one (1) hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

HR 101: To Background Check or NOT to Background Check

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When it comes to making hiring decisions, the more information you have about a candidate, the better.

More information makes it easier to decide if the candidate will work out, but could too much information be a bad thing?

Many companies conduct some type of background checks, but may wonder if it is legal to delve into an applicant’s personal information. How extensive should these inquiries be? And at what point in the hiring process should they be done? These are very important questions to ask before embarking on background checks. Read more…

Best of TLNT

Proposed Minimum Wage Regulations for Federal Contractors Released

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Editor’s NoteIt’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 3. Our regular content will return on Monday.

By John E. Thompson

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its proposed regulations implementing Executive Order 13658, President Obama’s directive to raise the minimum-wage rate for workers on federal contracts from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour (subject to annual increases after 2015).

We wrote about this initiative earlier in the year; we will not repeat those discussions here. Read more…

Best of TLNT

Why Onboarding Has Become a Strategic Priority

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Editor’s NoteIt’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 24. Our regular content will return on Monday. 

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. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

An Interactive Process Can Help Resolve ADA Accommodation Claims

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By Eric B. Meyer

So just how did an employer snatch victory from the jaws of defeat after botching a diabetic employee’s request to work a modified schedule?

Back in 2011, the EEOC announced that it had sued Kohl’s Department Stores for disability discrimination. The EEOC claimed that Kohl’s “refused to accommodate a diabetic employee’s request for a regular schedule and forced her to quit.”

Allegedly, when the employee told Kohl’s “that the scheduled hours could kill her, its store manager laughed and told her that she would not accommodate her.” So, the employee had no choice but to resign her employment to protect her health. Read more…

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…