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The HR I.Q. Test: October ’17

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

Establish—and follow—standard policy for releasing employee records

It’s not unusual for former employees or their prospective employers to ask for copies of personnel records. Make sure you follow a consistent policy that regulates how, when and to whom such records may be released.

Workers give high marks to executive leaders

Approximately eight in 10 professionals polled by Robert Half Management Resources feel at least somewhat confident in the ability of senior management to grow the business, provide sound financial stewardship and drive innovation.

Snapshot: Americans perceive their standard of living improving

Americans’ ratings of their standard of living are on pace to be the best in 10 years.

Time to review your marijuana testing policy?

A hot economy, an evolving legal landscape and changing views about marijuana use have employers asking a once-unthinkable question: Is it time to drop pot from the list of drugs targeted by workplace testing programs?

Office ‘desk sensors:’ Legal, but an employee turnoff

An increasing number of employers are using small electronic sensors placed under desks that tell when employees are present.

Document policy details, decisions based on them

Be sure to document the reason why you treat some employees differently than others. For example, if employees can’t take leave until they have completed a probationary period, clearly explain that in your handbook.

As long as they sit and stay, they’re welcome at work

Pet food maker Purina has launched a campaign to encourage employers in Europe to welcome employees’ dogs into the workplace.

Survey: More than half say yes, actually, it is just a job

Fifty-five percent of U.S. workers feel they have just a job, not a career, and 38% of these workers are likely to change jobs in the back half of 2017, according to CareerBuilder’s latest survey.

How HR can help CEOs, from CEOs who started in HR

HR pros complain all the time that the top brass in their organizations don’t value the HR function. A panel of three chief executive officers who spoke at The HR Specialist Summit in Las Vegas in September understand that frustration.