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The HR Specialist

Issue: Protect your right to keep communications between the organization and its attorney secret.
Risk: By misdirecting e-mail messages meant for your attorney, you can wipe out that attorney/client privilege. …

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When employees arrive and prepare their workstations for the day ahead, does that count as compensable time? Yes, as one employer found out the hard way last month. Humana must pay …

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A remarkable 11.6 percent of hotel invoices include billing mistakes, resulting in U.S. travelers’ overpaying for rooms by a half-billion dollars each year, according to Wichita-based Corporate Lodging Consultants. On average, …

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In recent years, more companies have moved their employees to professional employment organizations (PEOs) and then leased the employees back from the PEO. But states are cracking down on employers who …

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Issue: Employers can be liable for sexual harassment if they “knew or should have known” about it but failed to act.
Risk: Courts increasingly say you “know” of harassment once …

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Issue: Most people remain silent in the face of minor disrespectful incidents at work.
Risk: Your silence can be interpreted as acceptance of the other person’s behavior, leading to major …

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Issue: Who qualifies for protection under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)?
Risk: Many supervisors mistakenly believe that women must be pregnant to be covered under PDA. Not true.

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Issue: New government rules will let older employees work part time while receiving some of their pension benefits.
Benefit/risk: That could help you retain older employees but may heap large …

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Issue: Some employers have begun firing employees who smoke and refusing to hire job candidates who do. Should you do the same?
Benefit/risk: Corporate smoke-outs can reduce your health costs …

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Issue: Executives are reluctant to approve training unless they can prove that it will pay for itself many times over.
Benefit: By providing the CEO with legitimate return-on-investment (ROI) figures, …

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