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Needy employees

June 12th, 2018

Needy employees and little kids – often bored, overwhelmed, need help or already peeing down their leg. @SHRM and @HarvardBiz have some non-diaper strategies https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools

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Holiday parties - acknowledge, avoid, assume (nothing)

June 12th, 2018

I don’t know about you, but the upcoming holiday season scares the glögg out of me. And if you haven't had your holiday party yet, here are nine different perspecitives from our authors that go beyond the time honored "OK, let's just try not to do anything stupid out there." approach:

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Dress codes: who, what, wear

June 12th, 2018

As an HR representative or business owner it’s your responsibility to make sure things run smoothly, and sometimes that means enforcing rules or standards that your employees may not want to follow. Dress codes and appearance guidelines are a good way for employers to not only ensure their workforce looks professional to customers and clients, but also can help avoid harassment claims and disciplinary problems. When it comes to drafting an effective dress policy there are a few things employers should be aware of.

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Punch clock

June 12th, 2018

Dear @Littler: If we replace our punch-card timeclocks with a biometric system, are we obligated to provide a punch-proxy for employees? https://www.lexology.com/library/detail

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Nepotism: favoring relatives and friends in the workplace

June 14th, 2018

It is not unusual for multiple members of a family to work for the same employer.  However, such situations can be troublesome if the family members are in a superior-subordinate relationship because:

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Year-end performance reviews

June 12th, 2018

Year-end performance reviews – take your cue from our authors @SPB_Global or the man who hates Spider-Man here

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Hiring interviews

June 12th, 2018

The employment interview is the most used and often the least valid selection device used by management.  Too often interviewers are ill prepared and may be influenced by irrelevant personality factors to determine who is best for the job.  That is why we suggest having more than one person interview each of the candidates.  Of course, each interviewer should be trained on the “hows” of conducting an interview. Preparing for an interview When interviewing candidates, it is helpful to remember the following four points:

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The Form I-9 has changed… Again!

June 12th, 2018

Immigration enforcement is a major priority for the Trump Administration. Work site enforcement and I-9 audits and inquiries by ICE have been increasing and they will continue to increase. In addition to this, yet another new I-9 form was issued in 2017. All employers must use the new Form I-9 during the hiring process by September 18, 2017. The newest version of the Form I-9 is dated in the bottom left corner, 07/17/17, with the expiration date of 08/31/2019 in the top left corner. On September 18, 2017, use only the Form I-9 that contain these two dates, and make sure the I-9 is fully complete. Section 1 must be completed on the first day an employee works for you. The changes to the new I-9 Form do not stop with the form itself - there were changes made to both the Form I-9 and the Form I-9 instructions.  All employers should make sure to post the new Form I-9 instructions on the wall where you have your required employment posters and have the List A, B and C page available for employees when they complete the I-9 form. Let’s look at the silver lining! This change in the form may be a good reminder to conduct an internal I-9 audit and I-9 training to help ensure proper compliance with the immigration, employment verification, and E-Verify requirements, unless you’ve already done so when the (last) new I-9 form was released earlier this year.   It pays to take the time to ensure your I-9s are in compliance as the fines have increased significantly.  Companies who previously had one audit are likely on the list for a second.  Those companies who already experienced a second I-9 audit and violations were noted, are likely to see a third audit. Whew! Who knew immigration requirements and paperwork could be so dynamic?

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Service dogs at work

June 12th, 2018

(Customer) service dogs at work can work. Our authors @Littler help show how here  

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Bring your own gun

June 12th, 2018

In this topsy turvy world we are living in, employee safety is top of mind for employers. But what do you do when one employee’s safety precautions make other employees feel unsafe? Do firearms have a place in the modern day work place? What has this world become?  Click here to read more from SHRM. 

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Social media

June 12th, 2018

For purposes of this chapter, social media includes all electronic social networking sites through which applicants and employees may congregate, such as Facebook, Twitter, various blog-hosting sites, and LinkedIn.  While there are hundreds, if not thousands, of such sites, the law regarding the use of social media in employment is still in its infancy.  As there have been very few reported court cases regarding it, this chapter is limited to discussing potential issues that may arise in using social media in employment decisions, rather than providing definitive answers regarding such usage. Generally, it is easiest to think about the employment issues regarding social media in two timeframes: 

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Year-end or holiday incentives

June 12th, 2018

  Year-end or holiday incentives – you need to know the rules: rules: … First rule: make the winner penguin-happy.  

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Arizona sick day policy

June 12th, 2018

Beginning on July 1, 2017, under Arizona law, all employees earn 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.  If a company has 15 or more employees, employees accrue and use up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year.  If a company has fewer than 15 employees, employees accrue and may use up to 24 hours of paid sick leave per year.  Exempt employees are presumed to work 40 hours per week (unless their actual schedule is fewer hours, then their actual schedule can be used).  Unused sick leave rolls over from year to year unless the employer pays for the unused leave.  In lieu of an hourly accrual, an employer may give employees all of their sick leave hours up front at the beginning of the year.  Additionally, . . .

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Paternity leave

June 12th, 2018

Sometimes referred to as “family leave” or “parental leave”, paternity leave is an excused absence from work to care for and bond with a new child - whether by birth, adoption, or foster. This leave can vary in duration and may be paid or unpaid. Are employers required to offer paternity leave? Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) employees of companies with a staff of 50 or larger are guaranteed twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth. This leave is job-protected leave meaning the employee must return to the same (or comparable) position and same wages upon completing leave. The FMLA also requires group health benefits to be maintained during the leave. Does paternity leave need to be paid? The FMLA does not provide for any pay during leave, and there are currently no federal paid paternity leave requirements in the United States - making it the only industrialized nation in the world that does not require paid time off for new parents. However, 25 states have amended the FMLA further to provide for longer leave or lowering the minimum employer size to below 50. Four of these states . . .

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HRsimple spotlight - Fiona Ong

June 12th, 2018

Fiona Ong is the author of the Maryland Human Resources manual, which can be purchased as a hard copy or online at hrsimple.com. She’s a wonderful writer and a great person to work with, so Fiona is our very first author in the HRsimple Spotlight! The HRsimple Spotlight is a new series we are beginning to introduce our readers to the authors, editors, attorneys and all of the other brains behind your beloved HR resource.  We hope you enjoy learning about Fiona, and all of those to come!

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