The FMLA and Intermittent Leave: Proceed with Caution

HR Hero Line - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 06:24

A federal judge in Shreveport, Louisiana recently allowed a former employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) lawsuit alleging interference and retaliation to proceed to trial after he was terminated for an alleged attendance policy violation during his previously approved intermittent leave. courtneyk / iStock / Getty Images...

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What Is Neurodiversity?

HR Hero Line - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 05:00

Does your organization have an opinion on hiring to ensure neurodiversity? While diversity is something most organizations pay attention to (and even strive for), neurodiversity may not be on your radar yet. Neurodiversity simply refers to the fact that there are variations (diversity) in our own brains. Neurodiversity is often discussed in...

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Get Ready to Hear About Continuous Listening

HR Hero Line - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 07:00

One of the biggest roadblocks to a healthy employee experience is feeling like your voice isn’t heard. We all want to know that our opinions and viewpoints matter and, in the grand scheme of things, we all want to know we have some input—even a small one—in the success of our company. ImageDB / iStock / Getty Images Plus Yet, when dealing...

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To Be or Not to Be: Is Retention Becoming Obsolete?

HR Hero Line - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 07:00

Employee retention is one of the most important factors contributing to the growth and success of a company. Or is it? For decades retention has been viewed by HR professionals as one of, if not the leading health-indicator of an organization. Melpomenem / iStock / Getty Images Plus As corporate dynamics are shifting in today’s rapidly evolving...

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Is Social Awkwardness a Valid Reason to Terminate an Employee?

HR Hero Line - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 06:55

When it comes to uncomfortable situations, some people gravitate more toward the “awkward turtle” end of the spectrum than the “social butterfly.” When an ill-timed joke costs an employee her job, however, is she entitled to unemployment benefits? Employer’s Goal: Dignity and Respect Regional Health is one of the main...

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Latest Trends Survey Discloses Fees, Remain DC Plans’ Greatest Concern

HR Hero Line - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 06:55

The latest edition of a widely watched consulting firm survey of defined contribution (DC) retirement plan trends found that plan sponsors continue to focus intensely on fees, even though these expenses have been pressured lower in recent years by plans’ insistence and the threat of litigation. NiroDesign / iStock / Getty Images Plus Plan...

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Marijuana Mainstream: Should It Be Treated Like Tobacco for Overtime Purposes?

HR Hero Line - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 06:49

The legalization of marijuana poses more conundrums for employers than just the challenges caused by employees’ use of the popular herb. While most employers in states like Nevada, where marijuana is legal both medicinally and recreationally, worry about whether they can terminate an employee for lawfully using weed, others are asking whether...

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Emerging Recruiting Technology Trends: When the War for Talent Comes Down to Time

HR Hero Line - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 07:00

The world of recruiting has changed. For most employers, gone are the days of the résumé drop box in the lobby, welcoming walk-ins interested in filling out a paper application, or entertaining calls asking to speak to HR about open positions listed in the newspaper. More often than not, when walking the rows of a career fair or networking at an...

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Review of the Trump Administration’s First Year: Immigration, Wage and Hour Enforcement

HR Hero Line - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 07:00

The past year has included many expected moves by the Trump administration, such as the reversal of some of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial decisions under the Obama administration, as well as several unexpected developments among several agencies. In part one of this article series, we discussed the various agency...

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Pay Actions: An Introduction for HR Professionals

HR Hero Line - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 06:59

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about compensation practices that included a brief look at pay approaches including single-rate pay, step-based pay, and a slew of pay differentials. Taking it a step further, this article is about pay actions and explains the types, why they occur, and how they’re communicated to employees. WorldatWork defines...

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1st Circuit Court: FMLA is Not a Tool Employees Can Use to Delay Termination

HR Hero Line - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 06:58

Most employers know they cannot retaliate against someone for requesting or using Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. One way to defeat an FMLA retaliation claim is to provide evidence that the adverse employment decision was made, but not yet relayed to the employee, before she requested FMLA leave. designer491 / iStock / Getty Images...

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Rhode Island Court: Paid Suspension Is Adverse Employment Action

HR Hero Line - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 06:49

Recently, Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island heard a claim from a female employee who says she was placed on a paid suspension after announcing that she was pregnant. Although the employer continued to pay the employee during a suspension, the court held that the suspension was punitive in...

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Review of the Trump Administration’s First Year: Aggressive Agency Action

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 07:00

The past year has included many expected moves by the Trump administration, such as the reversal of some of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial decisions under the Obama administration, as well as several unexpected developments among several agencies.In part one of this article series, we discussed the various agency...

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From Pay Equity to Pot—The 3 Major Issues Impacting Hiring in 2018

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 06:52

The New Year rings in a new round of emerging legislation that is poised to make the job of screening and hiring candidates more complex for employers. Three key issues that will impact the hiring process in 2018 include pay equity measures, ban the box laws, and marijuana legalization. Here are a few points for savvy employers to consider as they...

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Talent Retention: Nearly 25% of Workers Say Their Employer Does Not Offer ANY Benefits

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 06:22

Nearly 25% of full-time employees in the U.S. do not receive benefits, such as health insurance, retirement savings plan, or paid vacation, from their employers, according to a new survey by Clutch, a B2B research firm. These findings suggest that by not offering a benefits package, businesses risk losing out on top talent during the hiring...

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33% of HR Hiring Managers Have Turned Down a Candidate for Being ‘Too Pushy’ After an Interview

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 06:18

Workers may be thinking “new year, new job,” according to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps. Approximately three in 10 (29%) professionals plan to look for a new position in the next 12 months. And of the 27 markets surveyed, Los Angeles, California (40%); Austin, Texas (38%); and Dallas, Texas (37%) topped the list of U.S....

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Can You Refuse to Hire Someone for Speaking Out Against Discrimination?

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 06:06

The Washington Supreme Court recently held that job applicants have a claim under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) when a prospective employer refuses to hire them in retaliation for their opposition to discrimination by a different employer. Facts In 2006, the Waterville School District hired “Alfred” as a math teacher. While...

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Nebraska Supreme Court OK’s Employee’s Vocational Rehabilitation Plan

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 04:54

Nebraska law permits the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court to approve vocational rehabilitation plans to facilitate certain injured workers’ return to gainful employment. Read on to learn about the Nebraska Supreme Court’s recent decision on what the law means to “restore” an employee to work in “suitable...

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FMLA Leave: Tom Brady Plays Through the Pain–Why Can’t You?

HR Hero Line - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:54

It’s no-pain, no-gain for Tom Brady, but pressuring employees to work while injured may violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Love him or hate him, you have to give it to Tom Brady–the man is dedicated to his sport. Last week, he was called upon once again to play through the pain and led his team to claim the AFC championship and...

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Review of the Trump Administration’s First Year: Surprising and Controversial Moves

HR Hero Line - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 07:00

The past year has included many expected moves by the Trump administration, such as the reversal of some of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial decisions under the Obama administration, as well as several unexpected developments among several agencies. In part one of this article series, we’ll take a look at the...

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