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Q. I’ve read that we shouldn’t keep employees’ I-9s in their personnel files. Is this a suggestion or are there laws that require them to be in separate files? —L.K., Alabama ...

Last week, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer announced a new Executive Order to address the problem of employee misclassification. Effective immediately, the Executive Order creates a Joint Enforcement Task Force that will work to strengthen enforcement and avoid duplication of efforts by sharing relevant information and coordinating investigations and enforcement actions. The Task Force will issue a report to the Governor annually on February 1, detailing its actions and suggesting potential legislative or regulatory changes in this area.

Parents vs. nonparents. Gen Y vs. Gen X and the baby boomers. In some workplaces, there’s growing tension over benefits inequality. HR better listen if employees complain that they're getting worse benefits than their co-workers. One solution: Paid time off banks can help calm discontent.

If your organization is planning an extensive reorganization or creating an entirely new subsidiary, take care to consider the impact on older workers. If, in the process of leaving one company entity or subsidiary and going to another, older workers lose substantial benefits they used to enjoy, you may be courting an Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) lawsuit ...

Q. An employee orally requested that we provide him with a copy of his personnel file. Employee files are voluminous, and we would prefer not to provide a copy if we don’t have to. Are we required to copy the file for our employee? Can we require that the employee copy the file on his own time? ...

A reader of our e-mail newsletter, HR Weekly, recently posed this question to the e-letter’s Q&A Forum section: “We allow employees to take paid time off (PTO) in hourly increments, but they often use PTO when running late in the morning or for unexpected ‘appointments.’ How can we get a rein on our PTO leave?” ...

More than 10 million people a year fall victim to identity thieves—and some of them work for you. It could take up to 600 hours to undo the damage caused by identity theft. And those hours are usually workday hours. That’s why more organizations are beginning to offer identity-theft protections ...

Is your organization going through a transition period marked by discharges and new hires? If so, take a quick look at your pre- and post-transition work force composition. If the diversity of your work force has changed dramatically, you may need to consider the possibility of a federal lawsuit hitting you next. If this sounds familiar, rethink your strategy before it’s too late ...

Health care costs are an issue for just about every company. One common employer practice could be contributing to the problem. Many companies only communicate their benefits programs to employees once a year, piling on the information at open enrollment. It is better to have the communication going all year round, according to Matthew Roberts, Vice President of Employee Benefits for Brown & Brown of New Mexico (Albuquerque). "If employees are only looking at their benefits once a year, the employer is starting at square one every year, especially with employees that [rarely] utilize the benefits," he warned. "Most are not going to retain much of the information."

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