Human Resources

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WARN Act

by on March 9, 2007 12:00am
in Firing,Hiring,Human Resources

HR Law 101: The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act of 1988 requires certain employers to give affected employees 60 days’ notice of an impending layoff or plant closing. Employers can be liable for back pay to employees for any portion of the 60-day notice period ...

HR Law 101: Despite all the risks, providing other employers with references about your former employees is a good business practice. If you refused to provide references, eventually you would compromise your ability to find out about applicants you’re considering hiring ...

The Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 allows employees to elect to directly roll over amounts remaining in their flexible spending accounts (FSAs) or health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) at the end of a plan year into health savings accounts (HSAs). Rollovers must be made into HSAs by January 1, 2012. The IRS has issued a notice covering these rollovers.

HR Law 101: Under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, employees must be 40 or older to file an age-bias lawsuit. But several states (among them Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Oregon) don’t include a minimum age at which legal protection begins ...

HR Law 101: There are two important reasons why you should conduct regular appraisals of your employees’ performance. First, periodic and competent appraisals reduce the opportunity for a discharged employee to claim unfair treatment. The appraisal process alerts employees to what you expect of them, areas in which they're deficient and how they can improve their performance. Second, appraisals constitute documented proof of unsatisfactory performance that will help you justify employment decisions ...

HR Law 101: None of your organization’s policies can compromise your employees’ right to privacy. You can’t obtain information about workers that’s not relevant to their job duties, and there are restrictions on what information about employees you’re allowed to disseminate ...

Absenteeism is an issue that affects all employers, all year long. How do you motivate employees to cut down on absenteeism? Offering perfect attendance awards may not be the right carrot. Here's why.

HR Law 101: In recent years, employer attempts to regulate what employees may do on their own time have become contentious. Many employers fear that their employees’ off-duty actions, including moonlighting, may reflect badly on them, lower productivity or, even worse, create liability ...

Employee Theft

by on March 6, 2007 12:00am
in Human Resources

HR Law 101: Employee theft costs U.S. businesses $40 billion every year, according to estimates by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And internal theft contributes to the failure of one in 10 U.S. businesses annually. That’s why it’s imperative for your organization to have a clearly defined anti-theft policy...