How do employers help employees quit smoking?

Employers use a number of ideas to try and break their workers' smoking habits

The HR I.Q. Test: February '16

Here's your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

Tie HR to business strategy with the right mission statement

HR mission statements can inspire the workplace and increase support from senior management and executive leadership.

Fed budget has treats, tricks for employers

The $1.1 trillion bipartisan budget bill that President Obama signed just before the end of 2015 prevented yet another budget-crisis induced federal government shutdown, funding Uncle Sam’s operations through the end of fiscal year 2016 in September.

Use the H words when pointing to EAP


When you mention to an employee who may be having personal problems that the company has an employee assistance program, make sure to do so in a generic and consistent manner.

The painful truth: Prescription drug abuse on the rise at work

Employee drug abuse continues to be the trend that just won’t go away. And it’s not just illegal drugs causing problems these days.

Where pot is legal, what happens when employees test positive?

In states where recreational and medical marijuana is legal, 41% of employers have a zero-tolerance policy for anyone who tests positive.

Tweets & Facebook posts: Must your business save them?

Having archives of social media postings could help avoid legal trouble. But many employers think of social media as an online whiteboard, not as a repository of official company documents that must be saved and catalogued.

5 ways supervisors can help reduce absenteeism

Say your organization has an attendance policy in place, but you’re still experiencing a high rate of absenteeism. It may be a good idea to get your managers and supervisors together to plan a strategy.

Signs you have a drug problem at work

When drugs don't seem to present a problem within a company, it's easy to develop a cavalier attitude about them. That's not smart.

What should we do? Employee wants to add written rebuttal to his performance review

Q. We have a difficult employee who does not like criticism and always takes issue with any sort of coaching. We recently had annual performance reviews, and his manager included some things in the written evaluation that this employee takes issue with. He refused to sign the performance review and is now demanding that we place his written response in his personnel file. Do we have to include this employee’s angry diatribe in his personnel file?

Can we have a policy prohibiting employees from discussing how much they earn?

Q. We have always had a policy prohibiting employees from discussing their salary or wages with co-workers. It can cause discord among employees and possibly impact morale. Is it unlawful for Minnesota employers to have such a policy?

The workplace case for providing anti-bullying training

No state has passed a law that outright bans bullying at work, and only one has come close. Yet don't let that stop you from forging ahead with your own anti-bullying program.

HRCI introduces credential for new HR practitioners

The HR Certification Institute has launched a new credential for practitioners who are just beginning their HR careers: the Associate Professional in Human Resources certification.

Solo HR pro? Prepare to play big in 2016

As a one-person HR shop, you face issues that your colleagues in larger organizations don’t. Here are four key problems solo practitioners face and how to solve them.
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