Articles tagged 'HR basics'

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

Can’t attend the live webinar?  No problem! Register and receive links to the webinar slides and recording to view at a more convenient time!]

HR Management, HR News & Trends

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

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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…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Costs Are Rising (Even If Premiums Aren’t) For 2015 Health Care

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Fall is enrollment season for many people who get insurance through their workplace.

Premium increases for 2015 plans are expected to be modest on average, but the shift toward higher out-of-pocket costs overall for consumers will continue as employers try to keep a lid on their costs and incorporate health law changes.

Experts anticipate that premiums will rise a modest 4 percent in 2015, on average, slightly higher than last year but lower than typical recent increases. Read more…

Benefits, HR Management

What PTO Abuse May Be Costing You

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When busy managers spend a lot of time out of the office, it translates to loose constraints for employees who don’t punch a time clock. You want to trust your employees. After all, you hired them for a reason.

A CareerBuilder survey reveals 23 percent of employees arrive late to work at least once a month, and 15 percent once per week. Research by Circadian shows partial shift absences like these lead to an average payroll inflation of 72 percent.

Even more shocking, companies lose $2,650 per salaried employee and $3,600 per hourly employee per year due to unplanned employee absences. Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports business lose an average of 2.8 work days due to unplanned employee absences. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Domestic Violence Leave Now Required in Massachusetts

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By Asha A. Santos

Massachusetts’s new domestic violence leave law – which became effective on Aug. 8, 2014 – created new obligations for Massachusetts employers of 50 or more employees.

Covered employers must permit an employee to take up to 15 days of leave in any 12-month period when the employee or a family member of the employee (as defined in the law) is the victim of abusive behavior. Read more…