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You Can Downsize With Care – for People and the Business From Alan Downs in Business: The Ultimate Resource, About.com Guest Executive Summary Downsizing or doing layoffs is a toxic solution. Used sparingly and with planning downsizing can be an organizational lifesaver, but when layoffs are used repeatedly without a thoughtful strategy, downsizing can destroy… Read more »

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Unemployment claims are expensive. Very expensive, and a fact of doing business. To make things worse, the benefit term on unemployment claims is subject to change. It was was stretched out in recent years. This only increased costs. As a result, it’s vital for managers to keep in mind that that the results of unemployment… Read more »

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Your workforce is made up of teams; an essential component for any business to thrive and achieve success. A team is a group of individuals that come together to achieve common goals, to collaborate, and work together. To have such unity and cohesion among your teams, you must first build them—“If you build it, they… Read more »

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If you live in an area where adverse weather has the potential to impact employee attendance, it pays to give the subject some serious consideration. Does my company “need” an adverse weather policy? No. There is no statutory requirement for such policies. It’s up to each individual employer to come up with their own adverse… Read more »

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If you’re the person who oversees employee time reporting an pay, read on!  Do you realize if you sign off on alterations to the hours reported by an employee you can be held personally liable?  The company you work for can also be held liable, but your personal assets can be up for grabs, too!… Read more »

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So what’s all the talk about FMLA? (Family and Medical Leave Act) The FMLA entitles eligible employees, employed by a “covered employer”, to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Should… Read more »

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Employee safety is an issue that demands attention. Here, we take a look at Verbal Safety Warnings. How valid are Verbal Safety Warnings? A verbal safety warning is not necessarily sufficient as a disciplinary action if an employee is known to have violated a safety policy or practice.  Look at how OSHA cited and the… Read more »

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Every company needs to be concerned about Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and potential discrimination issues within their organization. Fair hiring practices are a must, from both ethical and legal perspectives. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Ricci v. DeStefano shed some light on discriminatory practices in the workforce. This high profile case involved firefighters… Read more »

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An employee arrested? Lets face it, when you employ human beings, strange things can happen. Today we look at the difficult situation of having an employee arrested. Here’s the scenario:  Bill has been an employee with your company for over three years. Yesterday, he failed to show up for work and failed to call in…. Read more »

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Being an HR Professional definitely has its ups and downs!  And one of the biggest “downs” is when you need to lay-off or involuntarily terminate someone due to performance, conduct, attendance, etc.  It is important to remember that the eyes of other employees will be on you as you end someone’s employment with your company,… Read more »