Ho, Ho, No! … HR’s Top 4 Holiday Risks, and How to Prevent Them

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For HR, it's most definitely NOT the most wonderful time of the year.

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day typically finds employees distracted, absent or doing things that require extra management scrutiny. For HR, that means more hassles, more drama and more legal concerns.

You can head off those problems by planning for these additional risks and clarifying (or creating) smart HR policies. Four issues to watch out for:

1. Full hearts, empty desks

One-third of employers report that their employees call in sick more often during the winter holidays, according to a CareerBuilder.com survey. Sure, cold and flu season is in full swing, but 29% of employees admit to using sick days to take care of holiday shopping, run errands or visit with family. And one in five employees will call in sick the day after the office party.

Another holiday scheduling risk: Requiring employees to work on certain days could spark a reli...(register to read more)

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