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For Open Enrollment, Communications Get Social

Almost every employee now carries a smartphone, which allows HR benefits managers to make social media posts and text messaging part of their open enrollment toolkit. Here are some tips for the upcoming open enrollment season.

What Are an Applicant’s Tattoos Telling Potential Employers?

Researchers disagree on how tattoos affect a job candidate's hiring prospects or an employee's chances for promotion.

Viewpoint: Employee Discipline for the New Workplace

Today's workplace requires a collaborative approach to discipline that treats people as valued partners, promotes mutual respect and problem-solving, and reinforces accountability. Your organization needs people who are self-disciplined for excellence, not punished into compliance.

Your Career Q&A: Get the Most Bang for Your HR Education Buck

What happens when you're moved into an HR job, but you don't have HR training or experience? By all means, pursue ongoing professional education and certification, but address now how you are going to do the job you have.

DOL Focuses on Compliance-Based Programs

Employers may get a little more help from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) through its Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI). The new office will assist employers in preventing workplace violations and to protect employees’ wages, benefits and other rights under federal labor laws.

Vague Doctor’s Note Did Not Prove the Need for Extra Lunchtime

A former employee who submitted a vague doctor’s note and then resigned during the interactive accommodation process could not establish that her former employer failed to provide her with a reasonable accommodation.

Full-Time Attendance Is Not Necessarily an Essential Job Function

A human resource representative who was diagnosed with postpartum depression and separation anxiety and was fired after she could not return to full-time office attendance stated valid discrimination claims.

Paid Leave Is Coming to a Michigan Workplace Near You

Michigan lawmakers adopted a citizen-initiated paid leave ballot proposal that was supposed to be put to a vote in the November general elections. The law will take effect in April 2019, but the state legislature will have an opportunity to amend the proposal later this year.

Maryland’s Sexual-Harassment Disclosure Law Takes Effect Soon

Effective Oct. 1, Maryland’s Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act will prohibit certain pre-dispute waivers for sexual-harassment and retaliation claims.

Minimum Wage Rates by State and Municipality

A chart of minimum wage rates by state and municipality.

Alaska Workplace Labor and Employment Law Posters

Alaska workplace labor and employment law poster chart.

Leave Laws by State and Municipality

A chart of leave laws by state.

Do Wacky Resumes Really Work?

HR professionals, hiring managers and recruiters share examples of some of the kooky and unusual resumes they have received from job candidates.

How to Reduce Employee Turnover Through Robust Retention Strategies

The three top specific reasons for employees to leave jobs in 2017 were career development (21 percent), work-life balance (13 percent), and manager behavior (11 percent). Experts say these reasons all fall under one broad umbrella reason of why employees leave companies: their employer is not meeting their expectations and needs.

Putting Humanity into HR Compliance: Try Executive Coaching

Human resources professionals are often asked to answer questions that have many layers and complexities: Should this person be fired? Is this request for FMLA leave correct? Instead of focusing only on how to comply with regulations to make these determinations, consider adopting an executive coaching model.

What to Do When No-Call/No-Show Employees Reappear

Employees who fail to come to work and don’t call with an excuse are often fired. But what happens when the fired worker reappears and claims the absence was protected by federal laws?

Paying California Workers During a Natural Disaster

When events like wildfires and earthquakes impact operations, California employers will inevitably have questions about how to properly pay workers. Here are some of the main wage and hour issues California employers may experience during a natural disaster.

New Jersey Supplement: Table of Contents

New Jersey employee handbook resources provided by XpertHR.

New York Supplement: Table of Contents

New York employee handbook resources provided by XpertHR.

Job-Hopping Increasing in U.S. Economy

Employees are quitting their jobs in record numbers this year, according to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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