The HR Specialist

Q. I own a four-star restaurant in a large metropolitan area. Unfortunately, customers sometimes skip out on their checks. Can I deduct from the waitress’s salary the money owed by a fleeing customer? …

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Q. What questions are off limits on an employment application or when conducting a job interview?

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Q. What factors determine whether an environment is “hostile”? …

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Q. Can an injured worker obtain both workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security disability benefits at the same time? …

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Q. What proactive strategies can employers implement to promote a safe workplace? …

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Use in HR Weekly e-letter — Aug. 7, 2007 (and posted on home page for that week)It sounds so easy: Expect high performance and you won’t be disappointed. Expect so-so performance and that’s what you’ll get.  But reality is more difficult. To help your employees maximize their productivity, use these four practices to define what […]

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Even the fastest computer could profit from a few tricks that make everyday tasks easier or faster. Here are four free tools that HR professionals can benefit from …

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A participant in the Forum section of our HR Weekly e-letter (www.theHRSpecialist.com/weekly) complained of the “constant, low-grade distraction” of employees’ children in the office—particularly in summer. He posed this question: “Is it best to ban employees’ kids from the workplace?” Here are some of the comments from other HR professionals …

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The new federal minimum wage of $5.85 per hour means you need to put up new posters – even if your state’s minimum wage is higher. We’re making it easy to comply. You can download and print official U.S. Labor Department posters – for FREE – directly from the HR Specialist web site.

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Q. An employee recently has contracted a serious health condition for which she requests FMLA leave. The medical certification form, completed by her physician, does not indicate the probable duration of her condition. Can we suspend the employee for the physician’s failure to submit a sufficiently complete medical certification form? …

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