The HR Specialist

Q. We have an employee who is out with a workers’ compensation injury on a medical leave of absence. We have a job that this employee should be able to perform, but it is not the same job that he was performing when he was injured. We called him in and told him about the job, but he refuses to do the job because he doesn’t like it. Can we stop his workers’ compensation benefits?—G.J.

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Q. The out-of-town daughter of our employee has been confined to bed rest during her pregnancy. The daughter is 24. Our employee has requested FMLA leave to be with her and take care of the grandchildren. Are we required to honor this request?—J.B.

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Boston-based IT services provider Keane Inc. faces a discrimination suit because of what a manager didn’t say when an employee announced she was pregnant with twins …   

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While execs spend an average of 55 minutes interviewing staff-level applicants (and 86 minutes for management candidates), they form an opinion of job-seekers in an average of 10 minutes …

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Here’s more incentive to ramp up your organization’s disease-management and wellness efforts: A new study predicts that chronic conditions will account for the greatest health care cost increases over the next several decades …

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Immigration raids at U.S. workplaces have jumped by more than 50 percent in the past six months, according to new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) stats. ICE is also stepping up prosecution of employers

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Remind managers that approvals for flex-time requests should be gender-neutral. A new Adecco survey shows that men believe that moms at their workplace are given special treatment when it comes to flex time …

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Take photos of all new hires and post the pictures in a high-traffic area. That way, co-workers can easily identify them and greet them …

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Make sure you’re closely tracking expense reimbursements. Since the beginning of 2007, the IRS has issued a stern warning …

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The maximum contribution to health savings accounts (HSAs) for employees with single coverage will rise to $2,900 for calendar year 2008, up from $2,850 this year …

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