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Why Training Your Employees Is Good for Retention

There’s an old joke about an executive who worries that training their employees will be a bad investment because they might leave, to which the sage CEO says, “What if we don’t train them and they stay?” Contrary to common fears, training employees doesn’t usher them out the door. Yes, training may prepare employees for employment outside your company, but it also prepares them for a better future working for you. You can increase the likelihood that your employees will use the training they receive for your benefit by giving them opportunities to put what they’ve learned to immediate use and rewarding them when the new skills and extra effort pay off. Prompt application o

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What Is the Interactive Process, Anyway?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to reasonably accommodate the disabilities of their employees and to engage in an interactive process when a request for accommodation is made. What is the interactive process? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission describes it this way: the employee and the employer “communicate with each other about the request, the precise nature of the problem that is generating the request, how a disability is prompting a need for an accommodation, and alternative accommodations that may be effective in meeting an individual’s needs.” The employer’s part in this process entails some specific steps. When you go through the i

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Workforce Management Software can help First Time Managers

5 Tips For First Time Managers Getting promoted to a management position can be both exciting and nerve wracking. Overseeing people in their daily routines comes with its challenges. Understanding a few simple tips can help minimize hiccups within your team and help you perform as effectively as possible. Tip #1: Automate Whenever You Can Many first time managers quickly realize that manual processes can prove a major time drain as well as increase room for human errors. Don't get stuck in old-school manual procedures. Instead, automate a multitude of functions using workforce management software. Workforce management software delivers centralized access to a slew of information and o

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FAQs About Form I-9

We receive a lot of questions about the I-9—the form used to verify the identity and employment authorization of all individuals hired for employment in the United States. Here are some of the most common: 1: Is The New Form Available Now? Yes. The new I-9 form was released November 14. You may now use it, although the old form will remain valid for new hires through January 21, 2017. The new I-9 should be used only for new employees and when you are required to reverify temporary work authorization. You should not request that current employees complete another I-9 simply because of the new form. 2: How Should I-9s Be Stored? Separately. We recommend that you keep all I-9s in

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Hot HR Topics of 2017

Big changes are in store in 2017. In this article, we’ll examine some current hot topics in HR including the new political landscape and what it could mean for employers, some of the state and municipal regulations on the horizon, the trend of automation, and the importance of attracting talent in an economy favorable to employees. Political Uncertainty No one knows for sure what executive and legislative changes will be made over the next four years, but it’s possible that the Affordable Care Act could be repealed or that major modifications could be made to it. The proposed FLSA overtime changes, currently on hold, could be permanently scrapped. The National Labor Relations Board

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Utilize HR Outsourcing Companies

HR Outsourcing Companies: Let Them Sweat The Small Stuff As an executive human resources professional, you may not have considered using HR outsourcing companies as part of your existing business model. It's a common oversight; managers, directors and even VPs often assume that they have their entire human resource requirements effectively managed and that HR outsourcing companies will only convolute the existing process. However, when they carefully analyze their current corporate structure and evaluate what HR outsourcing companies offer they often realize that allowing these outside firms to sweat the small stuff can have a big impact on their business. HR Firms Manage Administrative

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Reminder: OSHA 300A Forms Must Be Posted by February 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that all employers who are required to maintain the OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses post a summary of the previous year’s log between February 1st and April 30th each year, even if no incidents occurred in the preceding calendar year. The summary (OSHA Form 300A) must be certified by a company executive and posted in a conspicuous location where notices to employees are customarily posted. All employers who had more than ten employees at any point during the last calendar year are covered by this requirement unless they qualify as part of an exempt low-risk industry. New this year: electronic report

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HR Tip of the Month

If your business operates in a location that is at least occasionally subject to severe weather conditions, it’s a good idea to have a policy on the subject. The major topics you’ll want to address include: When employees should not attempt to come to the office (e.g., snowy or icy conditions, school closings). Whether employees will be expected to work from home if the office is closed or they can’t make it in. How the time off will be paid, if at all. As the employer, you can decide whether employees will have the option of taking unpaid time off or if you will deplete their vacation or paid time off (PTO) bank. But be sure not to take a deduction from exempt employee wage

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Partnering With HR Outsourcing Companies

HR Outsourcing Companies Combat Tight US Labor Pool Entrepreneurs in every industry often struggle to maintain the perfect employee balance within their organization, for many different reasons. Finding qualified candidates in a thriving marketplace can be a challenge, especially for business owners responsible for multiple internal functions. These challenges get even tougher in a tight US labor pool. Many entrepreneurs decide that the best way to combat a particularly tight labor pool is by employing experienced HR outsourcing companies. Benefits Of Outsourcing Hiring To A Professional Team If you're considering teaming with a HR outsourcing company to help with your staffing, benefits,

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Celebrating Responsibly at Holiday Parties

Employees appreciate recognition of their hard work over the year, and year-end holiday parties are a fun way to celebrate. But alcohol can be a liability. Partygoers who overindulge could cause an accident at or after the party, or they might act in ways that violate your harassment policy. You have more potential liability if the event is required instead of optional, as employers may be liable for employee misconduct and negligence when the employee is acting “in the course and scope of employment.” There are steps you can take to protect both yourself and your employees. Here are some practices you might consider: Do not make the event mandatory and clearly communicate tha

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