Twice a year SHRM puts out its bookstore catalog. The subject matter relates to benefits, hiring, retention, team work, motivation, employee relations, global HR, health and safety, wellness, diversity, compliance, and so on. There are articles on HR competencies, HR strategies, HR benchmarks, HR scorecards, and other forms of measurement. We could go on, but… Read more »
Monthly Archives: August 2008
If you decide to go it alone, this checklist provides a road map that will help to protect against some of today’s most common employee lawsuits. HR That Works Users can access this form in Word format by logging on to the site.
A recent opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) addressed the issues of missed meal breaks, overtime, and rounding off time under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In responding to an employer’s questions about its break and meal policy, the DOL offered these guidelines: No additional compensation is due if an employee… Read more »
According to a recent article in Lawyers USA, discrimination charges filed with the EEOC increased 9% during the past year. The commission reviewed more than 4,000 retaliation charges seen by the EEOC in 2007, an increase of 18%. Race is the most popular complaint filed, with retaliation being the second. Race, age, disability, and pregnancy… Read more »
Last month we asked “What do you really want from HR”? This month we examine a recent SHRM survey that generated the report, “2008 Managing Your HR Career Survey.” The key findings should come as no surprise: The most important factor in HR success is the ability to communicate. The HR executive is often viewed… Read more »
Under many Workers Comp systems, once an employee has reached a light duty, permanent, and stationary phase, the employer will often have the opportunity to provide them with modified work, alternative work, or ultimately, vocational rehabilitation. Many employers will gloss over the concurrent obligation to engage in a good faith interactive process with the employee… Read more »
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued an opinion letter on the exempt status of a purchasing agent and whether they qualify for the administrative exemption under the FLSA. The letter held that these employees are, in fact, exempt. Remember, in order to be an exempt, an administrative employee must be paid at least $455… Read more »
Human resource executives feel that many employees abuse FMLA leave. As with many types of absences, the facts or excuses provided defy logic. Employees will seek FMLA leave for concerns far from “serious.” Hangovers, colds, and sore backs don’t count. The healthcare provider is often lackadaisical about any medical certification and will simply ask an… Read more »
Effective worksite enforcement plays an important role in the fight against illegal immigration and in protecting our homeland. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has developed a comprehensive worksite enforcement strategy that promotes national security, protects critical infrastructure, and ensures fair labor standards. To learn more read the advisory on the ICE Web site.
I’m a big fan of audio learning programs. I recently listened to an interview with Vic Conant of Nightingale-Conant talking about the shift in their program sales. In the 80s and 90s, program sales were dominated by corporate names like Tom Peters and Warren Bennis. Since the early 2000s, there’s been a significant shift to… Read more »