Articles tagged 'HR management'

Benefits, HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

For the First Time, EEOC Directly Challenges a Workplace Wellness Program

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By Russell D. Chapman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed its first lawsuit directly challenging the operation of a wellness program.

In EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, the EEOC alleged that the employer imposed a wellness program on its employees in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the complaint filed Aug. 20, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the EEOC claims that the defendant, Orion Energy Systems, administered a wellness program in which employees were asked to complete a health risk assessment, which included questions regarding medical history and blood work. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

11 Non-Traditional Ways to Reward Innovative Employees

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Where end-of-year bonuses once stood as the gold standard, today’s reward programs are more varied and reflect an organization’s unique culture and creativity.

From peer-to-peer rewards to gamification and front-row parking spots, the reward space is evolving with the speed of an Internet meme. Your own incentive program plays a key role in driving innovative behavior, so it must serve your business goals while offering an array of aspirational carrots. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

Letting Go of Passive Candidates: It Might Help Jump the Skills Gap

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There are two words with the power to make most employers and recruiters shiver: skills gap.

The skills gap continues to plague employers, even as unemployment remains high and more candidates flood into the job market. An article by Dr. John Sullivan on ERE.net cited the number of resumes per corporate job listing as a whopping 250. Yet, employers are having a more and more difficult time finding the right candidates.

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 38 percent of companies have open positions they just cannot seem to fill with skilled talent — but 60 percent of companies aren’t doing much of anything to bridge the skills gap. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

In the Workplace, Time Spent on Social Media May Be a Bad ROI

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Every hiring manager has a story about someone who has botched a job interview or torpedoed a career due to thoughtless comments on social media sites.

I know someone whose close friend, a technical writer, lost his job after making negative comments about his company’s investment prospects on MySpace (remember them?).

Few people think twice about posting embarrassing party pictures on their Facebook pages or casual trash-talk on Twitter. However, your prospective employer or current company also has an online presence, so you are the face of the company. Accordingly, they may keep an eye on you, which is not tough when you voluntarily post content for the world to see. Read more…

Benefits, Legal Issues

What Employers Should Know About the Americans With Disabilities Act

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By Sandra S. Moran

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s efforts to enforce the 2008 American with Disabilities Amendments Act have certainly not waned as it continues to challenge leave policies.

Armed with a recent $1.35 million settlement to dismiss a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC (EEOC v. Princeton Healthcare System), employers should evaluate their policies and procedures regarding leave to ensure they comply with the ADA.

This is especially true for health care providers, as the EEOC has shown less tolerance for ADA violations in the health care sector given the fact that they expect health professionals to be particularly understanding of those with disabilities. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

3 Good Reasons Why You Really Should Hire Interns

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As a business owner or manager, there are a lot of hiring decisions that you will need to be involved in.

One question that comes up on a regular basis is whether you should hire an intern.

Offering an internship can come with a few setbacks, but there are also many benefits to both the intern you hire and your business. If you are still asking, “Should I hire an intern?” here are some of the reasons why you should. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition

3 Reasons to Empower All Employees to Give Discretionary Rewards

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Ann Bares (editor of Compensation Café and contributor to TLNT), published a very good post here yesterday on discretionary rewards.

The article focused primarily on the unintended consequences of leaving these discretionary reward budgets solely in the hands of the manager – to which I say, “Hear, hear!”

Ann used a couple of illustrations to highlight the challenges of such programs, which boil down to: Read more…

Classic TLNT

Keeping Employees Happy? Hey CEOs, This Isn’t Rocket Science

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Are you tired of hearing about all of the ways you can make your company a “win-win?”

Yeah, I know the jargon gets old — but the goal shouldn’t.

As much as I don’t like jargon, business leaders can achieve a win-win in their organizations. It’s not difficult but does require effort and accountability from the rest of management. A splash of empathy always helps, too. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Why Onboarding Has Become a Strategic Priority

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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.

Onboarding at a new job is the adult equivalent of the first day of school, and it can be just as nerve-wracking for us grown-ups. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Why You Need an Essential List of Job Functions When Approving FMLA

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By Eric B. Meyer

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, an eligible employee has the right to take up to 12 work weeks of covered leave for, among other things, the employee’s own serious health condition.

The FMLA prohibits an employer from interfering with an employee’s FMLA rights. This includes the right to return to work from leave to the employee’s prior position (or an equivalent one). Read more…