The HR Specialist

HR Law 101: Make it your policy never to hire a candidate without a reference/background check. Your organization could be held liable for “negligent hiring” or “failure to warn” should the employee turn violent on the job. If the employee’s past history would have revealed a problem but you didn’t spot it because you didn’t check, the courts will say you “should have known.” Your firm not only might have to pay damages but also would suffer a loss of reputation …    
 

 

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Perhaps the last thing you want to think about is hiring an attorney. But someday you will probably have to work with attorneys on contracts or even — perish the thought — lawsuits aimed at your organization. The good news is you can take some steps to contain the cost of using outside lawyers. Here are the 10 best ways to trim your legal expenses.

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HR Law 101: The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against qualified applicants on the basis of a physical or mental disability. The law allows you to ask about an applicant’s ability to perform a job’s essential functions but not about a specific disability …

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HR Law 101: If you fail to do background checks on applicants for certain positions, you could make yourself vulnerable to a negligent-hiring lawsuit by any worker or customer who’s been hurt by a violent employee. You should check applicants’ backgrounds especially for positions such as day care worker, security guard and sales representative …

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English-Only Policies

by The HR Specialist on January 30, 2007 12:00am

in Human Resources

HR Law 101: If you’re thinking of establishing an English-only policy for your workplace, be aware that you risk incurring the wrath of the EEOC. The agency is strongly opposed to English-only rules and will prosecute employers that commit this type of national-origin discrimination…

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White Paper published by The HR Specialist ______________________ When it comes to making job offers, your hiring managers could be inadvertently locking your organization into an employment contract with the new hire. It’s a common mistake, and only a few misplaced words can sink you. Employers who use written job-offer letters run the highest risk [...]

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The Florida Minimum Wage Act follows the federal Fair Labor Standards Act in all respects except the minimum wage. Specifically, workers who are exempt under the FLSA are also exempt under the state law …

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White Paper published by The HR Specialist, copyright 2007 _____________________ Military reservists are drilled on their employment rights, so employers need to be prepared as well. This special report from HR Specialist outlines the main federal law that provides job protection to reservists and National Guard troops. It’s known as the Uniformed Services Employment and [...]

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