The HR I.Q. Test: November ’09 — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily
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1. Percentage of employees who say they’ve received no communication about workplace policies relating to the H1N1 virus:

a. 38%

b. 69%

c. 83%

2. The average salary for HR professionals rose 3.2% in 2009. Which HR job function received the highest average salary increase?

a. Legal/labor relations

b. Compensation & benefits

c. Recruiting

3. Starting in October, which activity are federal employees forbidden to perform on the job:

a. Twittering while working

b. Texting while driving

c. Hosting birthday parties for co-workers

4. A federal agency launched a new audit program last month to identify employers that:

a. Discriminate in the layoff process

b. Fail to pay appropriate payroll taxes

c. Underreport injuries and illnesses

5. Since 1999, health insurance premiums for U.S. workers have risen by 131%. What’s the average annual premium for employer-sponsored health insurance for family coverage in 2009 (with employee-paid portion in parenthesis)?

a. $14,334 (24%)

b. $11,291 (33%)

c. $13,375 (26%)

Sources: 1. Mansfield Communication survey; 2. Watson Wyatt; 3. U.S. Department of Transportation; 4. OSHA; 5. Kaiser Family Foundation survey  

Answers:   1. b   2. a      3. b      4. c      5. c  

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