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Christian Schappel

Christian’s work has been featured prominently in several Philadelphia-area newspapers, business publications and websites. His career started at Journal Register Company where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Tribune, a newspaper serving Southeastern Pennsylvania.
After joining Progressive Business Publications (the parent company of Catalyst Media and HR Morning), he moved into the niche information publishing market.
He has covered the HR and Benefits fields for the past five years, serving as Editor-in-Chief and then Managing Editor of What’s New in Benefits and Compensation, a print newsletter for Benefit pros. He’s now a proud part of the HR Morning editorial staff.
Christian has written several white papers for upper-level executives covering topics such as healthcare reform and wellness programs. He is also a frequent guest on the Las Vegas-based radio show Computer Outlook, where he discusses new technology and its impact on businesses.
He graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he majored in English and minored in Print Media.
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9 FMLA record-keeping requirements employers need to know

When an employee goes on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it can pay to double-check that your FMLA record-keeping processes are up to snuff in case your FMLA administration/processes are ever called into question. 

3 costly mistakes new managers can’t afford to make

When new managers hit the ground running, it makes HR’s life easier. Good managers keep your brightest stars engaged, which improves retention and keeps you from having to fill talent gaps. Poor managers — or at least those who start off poorly — have the opposite effect. 

FLSA ruling: When you don’t have to pay workers for training time

A U.S. District Court just gave employers a helpful example of when it’s okay to NOT pay workers for the time they spend in training. 

Looking to hire in 2017? Prepare for a fight

Get ready: It looks like the competition for talent in 2017 will be pretty fierce. 

Where exactly are we in the ACA repeal process?

President Trump, along with other Republican lawmakers, have promised to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But it hasn’t happened yet. Here’s why, as well as a timeline for what’s to come. 

Overtime ruling should make employers reconsider this pay option

If you have a compensation and benefits plan that’s set up similarly to the one that just came under fire in this FLSA lawsuit, it’s likely time for some alterations. 

Here’s the Democrats’ plan to revive OT rule if Trump kills it

Do the Democrats have a backup plan for the DOL’s new overtime rule if it dies in court or at the hands of the Trump administration? You betcha. 

3 EEOC targets to address in your harassment training

The EEOC just issued proposed enforcement guidance on workplace harassment, and it provides a window into the kinds of things the agency’s now looking to prevent – through litigation if necessary. 

ADA ruling: Extreme cost not enough to label accommodation an ‘undue hardship’

Here’s painful proof that courts don’t want to hear that you used cost as the determining factor to deny a disabled employee an accommodation under the ADA. 

Are you a leader or a manager? This checklist will tell you

Managers and leaders are not one and the same. Just because you’re a manager, it doesn’t mean you’re a leader — but it also doesn’t mean you can’t become one. Here’s how to tell exactly where you are right now.