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Employee Leave Basics

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Many employers offer some mix of paid vacation, sick or personal leave. Federal, state, and sometimes local laws require employers to provide paid or unpaid leave in certain situations. Attend the HR Specialist Summit’s EMPLOYEE LEAVE WORKSHOP: Perhaps no other issue causes more HR headaches than employee leave. From intermittent leave to FMLA abuse to  Read the full update…

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HR lessons from the Donner Party

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By Karl Ahlrichs We see the past through a filter of what we already understand. By retracing my ill-fated ancestors on the trail west, the strong parallels to modern HR issues are clear. At the HR Summit in Las Vegas, I will share lessons in the Donner Party story that directly apply to modern organizations.  Read the full update…

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Is Your Employee Handbook a Lawsuit Waiting To Happen? A 10-Question Quiz

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A legally savvy, well-written employee handbook can be the most important tool to keep your organization out of court. But a poorly drafted handbook can be worse than having no handbook at all. Here are 10 questions to help you quickly analyze whether your handbook is a strong lawsuit shield – or a major lawsuit  Read the full update…

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High performance on a low budget: 5 inexpensive actions with big rewards

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Sure, perks such as daily catered lunches or fancy trips to industry conferences help some companies boost employee satisfaction and productivity. Organizations with limited resources, however, needn’t despair. Plenty of creative, effective ways exist to develop a thriving workplace culture without breaking the bank. Here’s a look five areas in which an employer’s inexpensive actions  Read the full update…

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How to Conduct an HR Investigation

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Most employers know they need a solid anti-discrimination and harassment policy in their employee handbook. Almost all organizations have a clear and easy process for reporting violations. But where some employers fail is in the actual investigation that must follow every employee complaint – even frivolous ones. It’s a mistake you don’t want to make.  Read the full update…

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HR & the Future Workplace: Start Planning for These 5 Realities

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HR professionals who don’t understand – and aren’t planning for – the big technology changes affecting HR are falling behind their peers … and they risk falling out of the profession completely. That’s because CEOs expect their leaders to stay in tune with the tech revolution. In fact, a full 66% of executives say that  Read the full update…

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Communication Strategies: Make your message heard

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Modern managers enjoy the luxury of a variety of communication options at their disposal. However, since each method possesses certain attributes, smart leaders choose their format carefully to maximize effectiveness. Here’s a look at four common ways to communicate with team members and when each one might be the best choice: Email Email ranks high  Read the full update…

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Big changes are coming to your payroll processes in 2020: Are you prepared?

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Almost every familiar payroll process is changing for 2020: Employees’ W-4s, plus employer withholding based on those W-4s Brand new electronic filing requirements for your W-2s, 1099s and 1095s New rules detailing which employees must be paid overtime Changes to your calculation of the regular rate of pay On top of that, payroll and HR  Read the full update…

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Marijuana Usage & New State Laws are Growing Like a Weed: What’s HR to Do?

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Can you (and should you) still test for marijuana? Can you prohibit employees’ off-duty usage? Do you have to allow pot smoking as an ADA accommodation? The complex maze of state and federal marijuana laws have left HR in a haze about what to do on pot-related questions like these. At same time, an increasingly  Read the full update…

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Managing Your Remote Employees: 5 Ways to Boost Productivity and Free Your Mind

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Work has changed. The office is no longer the center of the universe, as more employees are doing work on the road, at Starbucks or in their pajamas. But in some organizations, employer policies and management attitudes of work are still stuck in a 1960s "Mad Men" view. The truth is, if your organization is  Read the full update…

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