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How to motivate your 'It's just a job' workers

03/30/2015
Despite all of our in-house engagement programs, mentoring retreats and conferences hosted by professional motivators, employee engagement today stands at roughly less than 50%. And the percentage of employees actively disengaged from their jobs is close to 20%, according to Gallup’s Global Workplace Engagement Survey. What's to be done?

North Dakota first in 2014 job creation, riding oil boom

03/30/2015
Flush with oil and gas money, North Dakota led the nation in Gallup’s Job Creation Index last year. Of course, with energy prices tanking, it may not retain the top spot for long.

Worker's immigration status won't let employer off hook

03/30/2015
A California appeals court has ordered a new trial for a worker who may have lost a lawsuit because the jury learned that he was an illegal immigrant.

Document who made firing decision ... and why

03/30/2015
Courts want to know exactly who decided the employee should be terminated, as well as the rationale.

Why employers offer wellness programs

03/30/2015
Helping employees lead healthier lives led the way when nearly 500 benefits managers were asked why their organizations have wellness programs.

Employers aren't cutting staff to escape ACA mandate

03/30/2015
Only a handful of employers have considered reducing full-time employees’ hours to dodge the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.

NLRB tries to get to 'yes'

03/29/2015
Lauren McFarran, the National Labor Relations Board’s newest member, wants to dispel a misconception about how the controversial agency’s members work together.

Unless required, consider dropping drug tests

03/27/2015

For many employers interested in maintaining a safe and productive workplace, it doesn’t make sense to require pre-employment drug and alcohol screening or randomly make current employees provide urine or blood samples. That was the contrarian advice attorney James P. Reidy offered March 24 at the Society for Human Resource Management Employment Law & Legislative Conference.

Could you be liable for third-party harassment?

03/27/2015
There is only one boss. The customer. But what if the customer or another outsider is harassing one of your employees? Can your organization be held liable?

Timely filing requires a USPS stamp of approval

03/27/2015
Why trudge down to the post office for stamps, lease a pricey postage machine or use a private delivery service like FedEx, when you can get the same postage by downloading software to your computer? There is a difference, according to the Tax Court, which ruled that a petition mailed with downloaded postage wasn’t timely filed.

Watch out, boss! You can be sued separately

03/27/2015
Generally, all claims arising out of the same set of facts must be brought in one lawsuit. However, in limited circumstances, it’s possible for an employee to file separate lawsuits against their employer—and their supervisor!

Workplace suicide rate up

03/27/2015
Incidents of on-the-job suicide have increased since 2003, according to research by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Between 2003 and 2010, 1,719 suicides occurred at work.

White-collar OT rule could double salary basis

03/26/2015
When Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil keynoted a gathering of top HR pros on March 24, his official comments carefully avoided the much-delayed, anxiously awaited rewrite of the federal rules governing white-collar overtime pay.

Managing the legal way: Lessons from the courts

03/26/2015
These four court cases exemplify core concepts—and traps—in employment law.

Cover all harassment in reporting policy

03/26/2015
A recent case shows that the broader your anti-harassment policy, the more protection you gain. Tell employees to report all harassment, not just the sexual kind. Include harassment based on religion, disability, national origin and so on.
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