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Performance review meetings can bring anxiety to both sides of the desk. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right planning by supervisors, the meeting can be a productive, morale-boosting exchange. If you’re a manager, here are five steps to help you conduct productive and stress-free reviews ...
In the past decade, two things have definitely grown: Americans’ waistlines and the desire for U.S. employers to reduce their employee-related health care costs. Those two trends have more employers considering a legally risky thought: Can we refuse to hire overweight people? With nearly 36% of adults in this country considered obese, this issue isn’t going away ...
If you're reading about more employers getting hit with discrimination lawsuits in the past few weeks, it's not a random trend. We are deep into what's called the "Red Zone," the last quarter of the fiscal year (ending Sept. 30) in which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) traditionally files more lawsuits than any other period. An EEOC lawsuit against an employer typically starts with an administrative charge from the agency. So it’s critical for you to handle them properly. Here are 10 tips to help you prepare to respond ...
When HR or supervisors investigate claims of employee misconduct or harassment, it’s common for them to ask employees to “keep this information confidential." But an important ruling from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) says that such a blanket confidentiality rule barring workers from discussing ongoing investigations could violate federal labor law ...
Introverts may be less noisy, but they actually outnumber extroverts in the workplace. But in today’s extroverted business world, introverts can sometimes feel overlooked, excluded and misunderstood. Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of the groundbreaking book, The Introverted Leader, suggests managers follow these five tips for supervising their introverted employees ...
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has proposed some changes to its infamous I-9 employee verification form, but hasn’t made anything official yet. In the meantime, you may have noticed that the form carries an expiration date of Aug. 31, 2012. What if the USCIS doesn’t release a new form before the Aug. 31 expiration date? The USCIS solved the mystery last week ...

It started last week and really picked up steam this week: Calls and walk-in questions to HR departments around the country from confused employees who received letters—or, in some cases, unexpected rebate checks—from their health insurer. The New York Times called it the “Great Health Insurance Giveback”: $1.1 billion in premiums returned to policyholders under a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How has your company responded?

We packed up the Soapbox this summer and trucked down to Atlanta for America’s annual gathering of all things HR … the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference. In no specific order, here are 10 of the best nuggets of wisdom dished out by the speakers ... 

Employers are being flooded with résumés and that means two things: Each résumé is getting less eyeball time and applicants are ramping up the creativity to grab your attention. That creativity leads to a lot of home runs and some dramatic strikeouts. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, here are examples of good creativity ... and some that misses the mark.

Figuring out if applicants have the technical skills to perform a job is relatively easy. What’s more difficult is finding out whether a person has the personal characteristics that would make them successful AND someone co-workers wouldn’t go nuts working alongside. Here are 20 behavior-based interview questions to help you narrow in on a candidate's attitude ...
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