The HR Specialist

Issue: Accommodating employees’ religious beliefs and practices even though you question their legitimacy.
Risk: You’ll waste time (and potentially spark a lawsuit) by challenging a person’s religious sincerity.
Action: …

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Issue: Web-based payroll services for small businesses offer more features than ever, and at better prices.
Benefit: Save HR time and cut your administrative costs.
Action: Look into the …

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Issue: Don’t always rush in to solve employee problems for managers; sometimes, just listening is the best course.
Benefit: Effective listening casts you in the role of coach, encouraging managers …

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Possibly to offset lower salaries, jobs in the nonprofit and government sectors typically come with richer employee benefits than similar private-sector jobs, according to a new Mercer HR Consulting study. It …

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Last month, California software firm Hyperion began offering
its employees $5,000 toward the purchase of gas/electric hybrid vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius or Honda Insight. The 1,500-employee company budgeted …

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If you hire lots of temporary employees and fear that they’ll join with the regular staff to organize a union, we have good news: A new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) …

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In an effort to shame U.S. companies into keeping jobs in America, the AFL-CIO has launched a Web page that lists 200,000 employers who have moved jobs overseas (so-called “offshoring”). The …

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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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