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HR Management

Strategic human resource management is the end product of success in conduction workplace investigations, vendor management, human capital management, and more.

Our human resource management articles can help you vastly improve your human resources planning, HR policies, and human resource training.

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There’s a fine line between spelling out expectations and unduly controlling exactly how contractors and subcontractors do their jobs. If you use too heavy a hand, those workers you consider to be independent contractors can morph into employees. And that can mean expensive litigation.
U.S. employees are upbeat about using their computers, tablets and smartphones to stay connected to the workplace after hours. Nearly eight in 10 (79%) workers view this as a somewhat or strongly positive development.
Many companies fail to align their handbooks with the realities of their business. As a result, they end up with a handbook that does more harm than good. Here's what they should include.
Q. It’s come to our attention that a former employee of ours has not updated her LinkedIn profile after her termination 10 months ago for insubordination. Would we have a cause of action against her?
For working Millennials—currently ages 18 to 32—it may be too soon to see the payoff, but Gen X’ers and baby boomers overwhelmingly believe they got their money’s worth from going to college.
Female employees are more highly stressed at work than men, and they’re more concerned about their health and place a higher priority on staying healthy than their male counterparts, a new survey finds.

There are 220,000 victims of sudden cardiac arrest per year in the United States; about 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur at work, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Waiting for the arrival of emergency medical personnel results in only 5-7% survival. If you don’t have AEDs in your workplace, perhaps you should consider getting them.

Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz.
Q. A former employee called HR asking to review her personnel file. We already let her review her file following termination last year, and nothing has changed in the personnel file since she reviewed it. Can we just tell the former employee “No”? Or can we ask her to pay for a copy of the file for her own records? Our HR manager is going on vacation next week. Can we wait to deal with the former employee’s request until after the human resources manager gets back from vacation?
Q. We need to schedule an employee for a shift from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in order to close our store and begin a shift the next morning at 8 a.m. to open the store. Does California law require a minimum amount of time, such as 12 hours, in between scheduled shifts?
When asked to identify shortcomings of their work environment, employees in non-desk jobs cited the following.

At some point in your career, you’re going to screw up. Everyone does. But savvy professionals know how to recover from the inevitable workplace fumbles. Here’s how to turn a negative into a positive, no matter how bad the situation may seem.

Regardless of marijuana’s legal status, 46% of U.S. workers would lose confidence in colleagues who smoke pot on their own time. That’s according to a new poll by Workplace Options, a wellness consulting firm.
Q. Two of our employees go outside to smoke almost every hour for about 10 minutes. Our other employees are starting to complain. Do we have to allow these 10-minute rest periods every hour?
Q. One of our employees has asked to see her personnel file. Are we required to show her the file? If so, do we have to give her access to everything contained in the file?

Q: We process payroll for several companies. A new client says that company owners are exempt from all payroll taxes. Is there some law out there that we don’t know about?

Q. One of our employees came in two hours late today, without an advance call. When he got here, he told his supervisor that he needed “school leave” for the morning. Can we discipline him for being late?
The National Labor Relations Act guarantees employees the right to discuss working conditions and organize. The language contained in your employee handbook can put you on the wrong side of the law.
If your employees are using 123456 as their passwords to company data, they’re a hacker’s dream—and they’re not very unique.
HR pros have more questions than answers following a May announcement by the Society for Human Resource Management that it will begin offering its own professional certification program in direct competition with the familiar Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human Resources designations held by more than 130,000 practitioners.
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