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Bring Your Own Device policies: Risks and rewards

09/16/2014
Employees are increasingly using their personal electronic devices—laptops, smartphones and tablets—for work purposes. The trend, dubbed “Bring Your Own Device” or “BYOD,” has redefined what it means to be “at work.” Employers jumping on the BYOD bandwagon face several challenges.

How to make your best decisions: 4 steps

09/16/2014

Employees at the highest and lowest levels of the organization chart often make the boldest decisions. Most folks in the middle cling to conventional behavior. Where does that leave you?

Must we have a smoking section onsite?

09/16/2014
Q. Our smoking area is outside our building, but the smoke seems to be drifting into the ventilation system. An employee who is super-sensitive to smells has complained. Can we move smokers to their vehicles? Do we even need to provide a place for smokers onsite?

Why do workers take FMLA leave?

09/16/2014
According to a new Department of Labor report, these are the top reasons workers take FMLA leave.

Fantasy football comes at a cost

09/16/2014
Yes, it’s a morale boost, but it doesn’t come free. Employers can expect to “pay” an employee (earning a $40,000-per-year salary) $356 in lost productivity to play a season’s worth of fantasy football on company time.

Not so fast: Time-to-hire is slowest in 13 years

09/15/2014
Employers are taking their time before saying, “You’re hired!” Despite declining unemployment rates, the average time to fill a vacant position—from job posting to offer accepted—is now 25 working days.

Worksheet for fourth quarter 2014 941 forms

09/15/2014
Payroll specialists, download this tool to prepare for the year's end.

Flying solo: 5 steps to control an HR department of one

09/15/2014
Sole HR practitioners can rely on these tips to get the job done.

Drug tests: What to do about 'watered down' results?

09/12/2014
Q. We have a couple of workers who keep getting “negative dilute” results of drug tests. Our policy is to not accept the result and to retest. Can we require the retest to be an observed collection?

HR affects the parts of work that are least satisfying

09/12/2014
HR pros, take note: The things that make workers grumble all have something to do with your job.

What's in a name for Social Security purposes?

09/11/2014
Q: When employees marry, is it a legal requirement that we wait to change their names in the payroll system until they present new Social Security cards with the name change, or can we rely on their marriage licenses to make those changes?

Employee isn't enthusiastic about training his replacement?

09/11/2014
To convince a worker to help with grooming the next in line, send this message.

3 questions Amazon's CEO asks about every candidate

09/11/2014
Over the years, Jeff Bezos told Inc. magazine, he has always asked three questions before hiring anyone

Understand Gen Y to work with them better

09/10/2014
Suspend all prejudices for a minute, and try to understand why these fresh young thinkers do what they do. It's all about the economy.

22% of workforce covered by ban on transgender bias

09/10/2014
According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, which tracks gay-rights issues in the workplace, more than a fifth of U.S. workers will be covered by the Department of Labor’s August announcement that it will interpret prohibitions on sex discrimination in a recent Obama administration executive order to include discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status.
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