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Policy & Culture
Here’s a good reason to dust off that employee handbook and re-familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of your policies. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently reviewed an employer’s handbook and issued memoranda, offering guidance on the legality of certain policies. What’s lawful, what’s not While not an official ruling from the NLRB, […]
We live in a litigious world, and nowhere is that truer than in the workplace. Especially since the #MeToo era began, workplace investigations have come under increased scrutiny.
As a one- or two-person shop wearing multiple hats in addition to HR — payroll and workplace safety are probably under your wing as well — protecting your time is a constant challenge. That includes not reinventing the wheel when it comes to the hundreds of forms you work with during a year. The good […]
As the talent market tightens, the pressure on HR to recruit, hire and retain high-performing employees is more intense than ever. Companies of all sizes are seeking that perfect employee as the demand for talent quickly exceeds the supply. You’ve no doubt heard that the cost of hiring the wrong person is significant – up […]
The ability to work from home has morphed into a highly valued perk. In response, many companies are implementing work-from-home-benefits for employees in an effort to attract and retain top talent, and to stay competitive. As these benefits become more popular, and more customized, employers are wise to take caution: It’s possible that without a […]
As the job market tightens, many companies turn to formal cross-training programs to make sure they’re operating at top efficiency. Since not all workers will be excited about learning a new set of skills, the steps taken to prepare employees for a cross-training program go a long way toward making sure it’s a success. Here […]
What manager wouldn’t love to walk into the office each morning to a group of smiling, eager employees, ready to take on the day? But the reality is … that just doesn’t happen.
Employers in the Big Apple now need to be extra cautious before making employment decisions based on somebody’s hairstyle. The New York City Commission on Human Rights recently released guidance prohibiting firing or demoting employees who wear hairstyles reflecting their culture. Employers are also prohibited from refusing to hire based on hairstyle.
For many companies, discussing salaries has always been taboo. Some firms even required new hires to sign an agreement swearing they wouldn’t disclose their pay to co-workers. This “loose lips sink ships” approach is largely illegal, of course: Employees are generally free to talk about pay rates as part of their rights under the National […]
As we move into 2019, organizations of all sizes are once again reviewing employee performance management strategies. In a field as dynamic and fast-changing as HR, the new year is seeing HR teams trying new approaches that include recent scientific insights, productivity research and technology developments. The traditional annual review is on its way out […]
Performance management theory and practice is among the fastest-evolving areas of human resources. New research from corporate performance think tanks reflects recent psychological insights into the power – and drawbacks – of how we provide performance feedback to employees.
A healthcare company found out that the cost of complying with federal disability accommodation and discrimination laws is likely lower than what they’ll end up paying for violating them.
Every employer wants to have a strong company culture where workers feel happy and comfortable and are ready to work each day.
Every HR pro’s been here before: You find a candidate with all the right qualifications, only to have them slip away right before closing the deal.
While only publicly-held companies are required by law to have a formal code of conduct, every organization – no matter the size – should give creating and maintaining this document top priority.