Human Resources

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    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (whose rulings apply to all Michigan employers) recently ruled that an employee who was allegedly laid off while she was on leave covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was entitled to a jury trial because the employer's lack of written policies left unresolved questions about her status...
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    HR professionals are frequently asked to do more with less. Moreover, these are challenging times, with companies facing increased employment litigation but having fewer resources for programs to strengthen the quality and longevity of the workforce. Exit interviews represent an effective and inexpensive, albeit little-used, tool for spotting and...
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    Next time your organization does its annual antiharassment training, you might want to shake things up. How about opening the session by asking your employees the following questions: Raise your hand if you have previously received antiharassment training at work. Raise your hand if you know we have an employee handbook. Raise your hand if you...
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    Do we ever get tired of hearing about pop sensation Justin Bieber's antics? Let's hope not, because today's reality HR lesson comes from none other than the Biebs. Flight of fancy For those of you who haven't been paying attention or don't know any tweens, Justin Bieber blasted onto the music scene at the tender age of 14 after he was...
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    Clients often ask for advice on the right time to discharge employees who are unable or unwilling to improve their performance over time, even after being given a performance improvement plan. Unfortunately, there's no set answer because every circumstance is just a little bit different. Request all written documentation When reviewing a case...
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    Q Our company allows 30 minutes for lunch. Can we enforce the 30-minute policy for salaried employees or just hourly employees? A Nothing in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or Idaho law requires employers to allow workers to take breaks (unless they're nursing mothers). So any policies regarding break times are generally an agreement...
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    Valentine's Day isn't just about love and romance — it's also typically regarded as the start of divorce season because it's marked by an increase in new divorce filings. Although employers may want to avoid this uncomfortable topic with employees, you can't avoid your legal obligations to an employee's former spouse postdivorce. For a period...
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    Beginning January 1, 2015, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require large employers (with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent, or FTE, employees) to offer minimum essential health insurance coverage to at least 95 percent of their full-time employees (and their dependents) or pay a penalty on all full-time employees (not including the...
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    Bad hiring and promotion decisions can plague a company for years and cost it dearly. A candidate who looks amazing on paper and performs well in the interview process may perform poorly when placed in a particular position. Alternatively, some candidates appear weak in an interview but would have been a diamond in the rough if they had made it...
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    Unscheduled absenteeism costs American businesses billions of dollars every year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There are myriad potential costs to take into account, including: Overtime; Paid sick days; Use of temporary or "relief/reserve" employees; Reduced productivity; Poor quality of goods or services...
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