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The HR Specialist

The EEOC just published a Q&A document explaining when cancer is a qualified disability under the ADA and how you should accommodate employees with cancer. Reasonable accommodations may include intermittent leave, …

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Issue: A recent court ruling says certain employment personality tests may violate the ADA.
Risk: If your test screens out people with mental disorders, it could be deemed an illegal …

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Issue: How to handle employees who claim disability benefits but also want ADA-related job accommodations.
Risk: Sometimes, you must offer those accommodations, sometimes you don’t. One mistake can trigger an …

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Issue: Many states require organizations to allow public access to their restrooms.
Risk: You, like many employers, may be unaware of this code. One complaint can trigger a fine and …

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Bad managers are the main reason many employees quit. An online survey at KeepEm.com details which bad-boss behaviors would make them quit. The top 10 worst offenses, in order: belittles people …

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Issue: If you uncover an employee’s performance problems while she’s on FMLA leave, can you fire her?
Risk: Firing may be legal in some cases, but it will likely prompt …

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Issue: Take control of your department’s image by creating a consistent internal marketing message.
Benefit: When done well, such branding raises your profile with execs and the rank and file, …

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When you or your hiring managers need to fill an open slot fast, it may be tempting to skip steps in the application process. But don’t do it.
Follow the …

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Issue: More employers are adding voluntary benefits to beef up their benefits lineup at little cost.
Risk: By linking such programs too closely to your organization, they could fall under …

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Issue: Your Web site’s “Career” page is the first (or only) experience that many potential applicants have with your organization.
Risk: Blow this opportunity, as many do, and those star …

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