HR MANAGEMENT

Lessons from SHRM's Annual Conference

06/27/2016
The HR Specialist joined thousands of HR professionals gathered June 19–22 in Washington, D.C., for the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual conference. Here is some wisdom shared by speakers at the event.

Feds' deal for call center: $150K to fix misclassification

06/22/2016
A Southern California marketing firm will pay $150,000 in back pay and overtime to resolve charges it misclassified employees as independent contractors.

Zero-tolerance policies: an open door to trouble?

06/22/2016

On paper, zero-tolerance policies seem like a good idea: You warn employees that your organization will not tolerate even one instance of on-the-job misconduct. But life isn’t always so simple.

OSHA cracking down with snap inspections

06/22/2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a message for employers that ignore its new accident reporting requirements: If you miss the shortened reporting requirement, expect a surprise inspection or two.

Execs dawdling on OT? Get their attention!

06/22/2016
Having trouble getting senior management to take the new overtime regulations seriously? If executives seem to believe they can wait to get serious, scare them straight with these warnings.

7 steps for handling employee complaints

06/20/2016
Each time HR receives an employee complaint about discrimination or harassment, it should follow these steps—consistently and fairly.

In health insurance cases, it's who suffers that matters

06/17/2016
As health insurance policies begin to include more coverage for sex reassignment surgery and treatment, some employees are suing for past noncoverage. But, unless it was the employee who was denied coverage, the court won’t allow the suit.

Accurate evaluations crucial to employees, employers alike

06/10/2016
While no one likes to be told they are failing to meet expectations, an accurate evaluation is crucial to the success of any employee.

OSHA releases sweeping illness/injury reporting rule changes

06/09/2016
Most employers have little interaction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency tasked with overseeing workplace safety. Unless they were one of about 36,000 employers OSHA inspected last year, most businesses, particularly smaller businesses, may have gone for many years without dealing with the agency. That is about to change.

Don't let succession planning pave the way for discrimination

06/08/2016
Many companies design succession plans so they can spot the next generation of leaders early and develop current employees to their full potential.

The HR I.Q. Test: June '16

06/01/2016
Here's your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

Must we grant access to personnel records?

05/27/2016

Q. One of our former employees has asked to see his personnel file. Are we required to grant him access to it?

Insist that employees follow call-off rules

05/27/2016
Some employees think as long as they can get a doctor’s note certifying that they missed work due to a disability or a serious health condition, they can’t be punished. Not true!

Lawsuit-proof your company: 20 tips from HR peers

05/25/2016
We asked readers whether they’ve been sued by employees and, if so, what single piece of advice would they give to other HR professionals to help them avoid (or respond to) an employee lawsuit. Here are some of their suggestions:

10 HR mistakes your employee's lawyer will try to exploit

05/24/2016
If you’re ever hauled into court to testify in a lawsuit against your organization, what you say, and how you say it, can sink your defense—or help you win. Here are the 10 weaknesses you must be prepared to defend:
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