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The HR Specialist

The Internet’s main oversight agency gave preliminary approval last month for the creation of a new domain name, .jobs, that would make it easier for employers to promote job openings on …

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Issue: Are your employee-leave policies too stingy, too generous or just right?
Benefit: Knowing how your organization compares to others helps you attract and retain top employees.
Action: Review …

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Somewhere along the line, you will en-counter poor-performing employees who whine, assign blame, watch the clock or drag down morale. These types might improve with counseling, but the odds are they won’t. Why, then, might you hesitate to fire such people? Here are four lousy excuses for not imposing proper discipline: 1. “I need him.” [...]

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Issue: Many organizations rebounding from the economic slump are rehiring former employees.
Risk: You face special legal dangers when bringing back people who were laid off, fired or quit on …

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Issue: Some young, entry-level hires have the attention span of a gnat. How can you possibly train them?
Risk: Failing to properly train rookie employees on the right work habits …

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Issue: The 2003 upturn in HR salaries picked up pace in 2004.
Benefit: Such robust pay growth provides more bargaining power with your boss and on the open market.

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A little-noticed piece of a new tax law allows victorious plaintiffs in discrimination cases to take a full tax deduction for their attorney’s fees and court costs. Until now, for example, …

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A recent court ruling shows that your organization has the right to enforce its anti-violence policy anywhere on its property, not just within its walls. The case: Security cameras caught three …

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Issue: Performing an HR department audit to gauge your organization’s compliance and lawsuit risks.
Benefit: Head off legal action, streamline your HR processes and earn kudos from the boss for …

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Issue: If your health plan operates on a calendar-year basis, it must meet new COBRA notification rules starting Jan. 1.
Risk: Using outdated notices could result in fines up to …

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