The HR Specialist

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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It might be time to consider adding an employee assistance program to your benefits package. According to the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, here’s what to look for.

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Keep this statistical tidbit handy the next time raises aren’t as generous as employees want: People who value time more than money are happier, according to a series of studies published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

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Employee drug abuse continues to be the trend that just won’t go away. And it’s not just illegal drugs causing problems these days.

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When a disabled employee asks for a reasonable accommodation, the employer is supposed to engage in an interactive process to explore the options. But what if you prefer to skip the discussion and simply agree to the employee’s suggested accommodation?

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If you use independent contractors to perform design work, make sure your contractor agreement transfers copyrights and other intellectual property rights to you.

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Supervisors and HR walk a legal tightrope when discussing retirement plans with older workers. If it appears you’re pushing an employee out the door based on his age—or if you suddenly eliminate his position after discussing retirement—you’ll be setting yourself up for an age discrimination lawsuit.

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When can you legally terminate a worker for what he or she does on their own time? The answer is an unsatisfying, “It depends.”

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A slim majority of employers—51%—say cost control is their primary compensation planning goal for 2016, after focusing more on talent retention in 2015. The result, according to Buck Consultants’ ninth annual Compensation Planning Survey: another year of stingy pay raises.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has published new proposed regulations designed to make it easier for highly skilled immigrants who hold work visas to remain in the country if their work circumstances change.

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