The HR Specialist

We all want to know we’re hiring the best candidates. That often requires running thorough background checks on applicants.

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Employees have a right to reasonable accommodation of their religious practices. That means employers must try to find ways for employees to exercise their beliefs unless doing so would be an undue burden.

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Organized labor had what appeared to be a bad day in court Jan. 11 when the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that asked whether government employees can be required to pay union dues if they object to the union’s political activities.

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HR mission statements can inspire the workplace and increase support from senior management and executive leadership.

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It costs so much to provide health insurance for your employees that you may be frustrated when you see some of them engaging in unhealthy behavior that ultimately drives up the premiums you pay.

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When you mention to an employee who may be having personal problems that the company has an employee assistance program, make sure to do so in a generic and consistent manner.

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New guidance from the Depart­ment of Labor has turned up the compliance heat on organizations that purchase labor from temp agencies and other contract employment entities. THE LAW The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the nation’s key wage-and-hour law. Legal definitions used in FLSA regulations also appear in many other Department of Labor-enforced regulations […]

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The Department of Labor has jumped on the National Labor Relations Board joint-employer bandwagon.

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When training supervisors how to conduct performance appraisals, warn them to avoid these seven mistakes that can taint the evaluation process.

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An employee who doesn’t do what is asked of him or her is not necessarily insubordinate. Before disciplining for insubordination, delve a little deeper into the employee’s resistance.

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