Monthly Archives: February 2011

DISTRACTED DRIVING

None of us can ignore the safety issue that distracted drivers present. The CDC and DOT are campaigning to reduce distracted driving. The federal government has a Website devoted to this danger. How distracted are your employees – or you – behind the wheel?

WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD AN EMPLOYEE’S PERSONNEL FILE NOT INCLUDE?

Employee personnel files contain documents that track the “vital statistics” of employment, such as new hire paperwork, background check records, handbook receipts, payroll withholding and benefits election forms, and disciplinary and performance related documents. However, these files should not include certain types of records: Documents that reflect medical information should go in separate files in… Read more »

MOST EMPLOYERS FAIL FLSA COMPLIANCE

According to the Department of Labor, more than four in five employers don’t comply with wage and hour requirements. Furthermore, wage and hour class actions (referred to as “collective actions”), outnumber all other employment class action lawsuits combined. Yet for employers, wage and hour compliance too often fails to receive the same priority as concerns… Read more »

WAGE & HOUR INSIGHTS: SALARY DEDUCTIONS FOR EXEMPT EMPLOYEES

If you missed the webinar, “Are You Ready for a Wage & Hour Audit?,” a recording is available in the HR That Works Webinar area or Media Library. During and following the webinar, the presenters received numerous questions about wage and hour law issues — unfortunately many more than they could respond to during the… Read more »

THE DISABILITY INTERACTIVE PROCESS

The law requires that employer and employee engage in an interactive dialogue concerning accommodating a disability. This process includes these issues: The employee’s limitations. The nature and requirements of the job. Identification of essential job functions versus marginal ones. Modification of the job to meet the employee’s limitations. Distribution of certain duties to other employees… Read more »

‘GOT A MINUTE?’

One of the most difficult challenges managers or executives face is having their days ruled by “got-a-minutes.” The executive or manager is usually more proficient or knowledgeable about a certain subject, which makes it tempting for employees to avoid taking personal responsibility for finding an answer and going to an “easy” source. All too often,… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: BECOME A HUMAN RESOURCES SUPERSTAR!

Seth Godin defines the new American Dream as: “Be remarkable. Be generous. Make art. Connect people and ideas.” Today’s strategic HR executive embraces this concept. As I see it, four attributes or characteristics make or break an HR executive’s ability to generate powerful relationships (of course, these four factors apply to everyone else, too). They… Read more »

EXPATRIATE INSURANCE: YOU SHOULDN’T LIVE ABROAD WITHOUT IT

Although living abroad for the next year is an exciting prospect, there is much to plan and consider. One aspect that’s often overlooked is extended medical treatment. Most people living abroad would want to return home for treatment and recovery and to be close to loved ones if they become critically ill. Many mistakenly assume… Read more »

THE RETURN OF WHOLE LIFE INSURANCE

During the past few decades, Term Life insurance seemed to be best way to provide for your family if you were to die. It was affordable and paid out well, but after years of renewing policies that did not guarantee any benefits, people have started to turn back to Whole Life insurance coverage. Whole Life… Read more »

DON’T TEST FOR RICHER OR POORER: INSURANCE OPTIONS FOR NEWLYWEDS

Marriage usually changes the way in which insurance is thought about and approached. Insurance, especially for newlyweds, is much more complicated than merely insuring a specific object. Think of life as a growing puzzle. You’re constantly laying down new pieces and fitting it all together. Marriage is a big puzzle piece that’s often accompanied by… Read more »