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The HR Specialist

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Risk: Using outdated notices could result in fines up to …

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Issue: A new law simplifying the federal government’s definition of “dependent” will make your benefits compliance more complex.
Risk: A greater threat of noncompliance and tax penalties.
Action: Check …

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Issue: Employees’ right to immediate reinstatement when returning from leave covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Risk: Any delay in returning employees to their jobs after FMLA …

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Under new Treasury Department rules, it’s now easier for em-ployees to buy U.S. Savings Bonds through payroll deduction. Employees can arrange for a specific amount from their paychecks to be placed …

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If a talented employee resigns from your organization (say, for example, a new mom decides to stay at home), don’t erase that person from your memory. Build a database of competent …

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Issue: All the talent in the world won’t help if your mouth works against you.
Risk: A penchant to blurt out inappropriate comments at work can undermine your credibility with …

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Issue: The danger of telling employees “Don’t bother reading that; it probably doesn’t apply to you.” Risk: Courts may view your action as a cover-up, sparking …

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Issue: The wording you use to explain your decisions, and the organization’s decisions, affect your credibility.
Risk: Vague or nonexistent explanations …

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Issue: Even with the economy moving again, employers are playing it safe, budgeting for modest employee pay raises in 2005. Benefit: By pointing …

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Issue: The importance of giving consistent feedback on employee performance. Benefit: When managers provide feedback, employees are more likely to stay …

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