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Relocating your office? Steps for success

12/18/2014

At some point, your office will likely need to pull up stakes and head out to unexplored territory, moving the staff and everything else. Your preparations will fall into two categories: (1) ticking off the absolutely-must-do’s and (2) solving the hidden issues that can trip up an otherwise orderly relocation. Here are steps to make sure you're covering ...

It's just what I always wanted! The season's most unusual office gifts

12/18/2014
There’s no party like a workplace holiday party, because workplace holiday parties … can be awkward. CareerBuilder’s annual holiday survey asked workers to share the most unusual gifts they’ve received from a co-worker during the holiday season.

How to set up a mentorship program to drive career development

12/18/2014
Sure, it's a great tool that gives employees a proactive boost—but it can also thwart career-ending mistakes.

Supremes: No pay for time spent on security screening

12/17/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 9  unanimously ruled that workers at a warehouse are not entitled to pay for the time they spend waiting to undergo anti-theft screenings, nor for the time spent actually being screened.

Avoid OT issues: Ban off-the-clock work and automatic nightly time-clock resets

12/17/2014

If your business doesn’t operate 24/7, you probably shut down just about everything at some point during the night. If that shutdown includes resetting the time clocks to automatically clock out everyone, you may be courting a lawsuit.

2015 layoffs could be lowest since 2003

12/17/2014
Planned layoffs are at a record low heading into 2015, according to a survey released Dec. 3 by the nonprofit total rewards association WorldatWork.

Three-year checkup: OCSE revises IWO & instructions

12/17/2014
Every three years, the federal Office of Child ­Support Enforcement revises the standard Income Withholding Order. All child ­support withholding orders must be issued on IWOs. The OCSE recently updated the form and instructions.

NLRB clears way for 'ambush' union elections

12/16/2014
The National Labor Relations Board says a new final rule issued Dec. 12 will “streamline” union elections. Critics say the result will be “ambush elections” where voting happens so fast that employers stand little chance of persuading employees to reject union representation.

How to draw the line between boss and friend

12/16/2014
The best managers walk a fine line by earning the respect of their team without going overboard and befriending everyone. Here’s how you can strike the proper balance.

Health care cost growth lowest in over 50 years

12/16/2014
Health spending last year grew at the lowest rate since 1960, according to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

5 elements of a social media policy that works

12/15/2014
While social media can improve an organization’s image and communication, it can also present risks to companies that don’t have a clear policy defining how employees may use it.

Yet another argument against Monday morning meetings

12/15/2014
For 90 days, Google analyzed the relative search volume for “hangover cure.”

Do first names count for Social Security purposes?

12/15/2014
Q: An employee’s Social Security card lists her first name as “Michelle.” She says this is a mistake, and her name is really spelled “Mechelle.” When I told her that she needed to get a replacement Social Security card, she said that the Social Security Administration told her that she would need to first have her name changed in court before a replacement card could be issued. This sounds fishy to us. Does the SSA care about first names?

NLRB says employees can use company email to discuss pay, union organizing

12/15/2014

If your organization has a blanket policy that prohibits workers from using the organization’s email for personal matters, it’s time to revise it. The National Labor Relations Board ruled that employees have the right to use their employer’s email system (during off-duty time) to engage in legally protected communications, including discussing wages and even organizing a union.

Americans have 2½ hours for leisure each day

12/14/2014
The average American spends more than 16 hours either working or sleeping, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Time Use Survey.
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