HR MANAGEMENT

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:

Whistling in the dark: How safe are we at work?

05/17/2016
Most believe their workplace is safe but still think emergencies could pose a problem, according to survey.

OSHA rule pushes electronic injury and illness reports

05/13/2016
A new final OSHA rule, published May 11, required large employers to maintain electronic records of workplace injuries and illnesses and submit OSHA reports electronically.

Expense reports: An exercise in creative writing

05/10/2016
The number of improper expense report requests—from the surprising to the mundane—shows little sign of decline, says a new survey.

Employers: Display updated FMLA poster

05/05/2016
In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a new version of the FMLA poster that employers are required to hang in their workplaces. The big question: If you already have an FMLA poster in your workplace, must you display this new version? Here are the details, plus links to the new poster and employer's guide ...

Are your employees' passwords for sale to hackers?

05/05/2016
Some say they would sell ... for the right price.

Records retention: How long should you keep each document?

05/04/2016
A comprehensive list with suggested retention periods for 100 business records.

6 issues to consider when updating your employee handbook

05/02/2016
An out-of-date employee handbook is more of a liability than an asset.

EEOC settles GINA lawsuit with mining company

05/02/2016
Joy Mining Machinery in Pittsburgh, has agreed to settle an EEOC lawsuit that claimed the company’s hiring practices violated the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Whistleblowers may not have common-law protection

05/02/2016
Pennsylvania workers fired after reporting safety violations may not have a common-law wrongful discharge claim if they didn’t have a specific duty to report the safety problems.

New procedures signal OSHA crack down on unreported injuries

04/28/2016
The Occu­pational Safety and Health Administration has  issued new procedures for enforcing revised injury and illness reporting requirements.
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