The HR Specialist

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a 27-minute training video that offers practical ways for businesses to identify …

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Issue: How to notify employees of new employment policies or changes to existing policies. Risk: A new court ruling says that using solely e-mail notification can lead to unwanted legal …

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Issue: Many CEOs take a head-in-the-sand approach to employment-law threats. Risk: The top brass may tune you out if you simply tell them …

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Issue: When can (and should) you use personality testing to screen applicants? Benefit: More tests are available online, which makes them easier and cheaper …

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Issue: Your organization can benefit from government-backed apprenticeship programs. Benefit: Such programs can help you attract better applicants, cut turnover …

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Issue: The wording used in your employment policies. Risk: Overly vague language makes it difficult for employees to comply and makes you more vulnerable …

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Issue: In harassment and discrimination lawsuits, courts examine whether your training is effective, frequent or formal enough. Risk: Simply having a …

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Issue: Should HR question a supervisor’s plans to fire an employee? Risk: If you take a termination report at face value, you may overlook bias by a manager. Action: …

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Issue: Productivity takes a hit when key employees take vacation at key moments. Benefit: You can legally tell employees when they can take …

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Applicants will slap anything on their résumés if they think it will attract the hiring manager’s eyes. So, recognizing the soaring cost of health insurance, more applicants these days are adding a “Health Profile” section to their résumés to show off their great health condition. This “Hire me, I won’t raise your premiums” pitch might [...]

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