Avoid costly fines: Ten compliance mandates you can’t afford to ignore.

Managing employer compliance can be a tedious task, but it’s a highly visible, important way that the human resources department minimizes risk for the business and keeps the workforce running smoothly....
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The 10 strangest employee sick day excuses, 2014 edition

As the winter season descends, more people start calling in sick. And you won’t believe some of the excuses people have offered as reasons for taking the day off.   A new CareerBuilder survey...
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Email’s not good enough for FMLA notices either, court rules

Courts don’t trust the U.S. Post Office or Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, or any other email service to deliver your Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices to employees. So what’s an employer...
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6-step plan for managers to turn around angry employees

Let’s face it. Working isn’t always a day at the beach. People get frustrated and angry — and frustrated employees aren’t productive. So HR expert Mel Kleiman has come up a few...
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First case of Internet addiction: The fallout for HR and the ADA

We may have just been introduced to the next disability du jour that could have employees asking for accommodations.  Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and the...
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7 in 10 firms hiring over past 12 months: Was yours one of them?

More than seven in 10 companies have added staff in the past year, and more organizations are offering employees a 401(k) plan, according to a recent study. So how’s it going at your place?   Here...
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4 ways your managers can get employees to speak up about problems

Managers and HR pros know how important it is to hear about workers’ problems early on.  That way, you can resolve the issues before they spiral into larger problems. But getting workers to speak up...
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Stay In Control: The Benefits of In-House Payroll Software

You’ve probably read a lot about payroll outsourcing, but you might not hear as much about the value of reliable, in-house payroll processing using automated payroll software. In this white paper,...
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What were they thinking? Jimmy John’s non-compete is just plain cruel

File this under sleazy employer policies.  The sandwich chain Jimmy John’s is catching all kinds of flack for a non-compete it asks its sandwich makers and delivery drivers to accept. We’ll...
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Being an overall pain to HR can be cause for termination, court rules

Yes! A federal judge has just opined that an employee can be fired for “being an overall strain on Human Resources.”   OK, so it’s not the only reason that Maria DFrancesco was terminated...
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