The HR Specialist

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Risk: Using outdated notices could result in fines up to …

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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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