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Why are Job Descriptions important? It is in the best interest of companies to have complete job descriptions for all positions. Here are some reasons why: 1. Serves as a reference guide for determining comparable industry salaries 2. Helps maximize dollars spent on employee compensation for the position by ensuring experience, and skills needed for… Read more »

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What is your company doing this holiday season to volunteer their time? What is your company doing this holiday season to involve your employees in community service? What projects support your company mission and vision statements, as well as your over-all strategic organizational goals? How does service affect employee performance and perceptions of what they… Read more »

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Are companies required to give time off for Religious Observances? It’s important to know what accommodations you’re legally required to make when employees request time off work for religious purposes/observations.  This is a very sensitive issue which can bring much controversy.  Yet if you are prepared and know your company’s policies/procedures you will be much less… Read more »

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How can a hiring checklist help my company? Sometimes it’s easy, especially when busy, to shorten your process as you’re bringing on new employees.  This is a very risky practice, however.  Give every manager clear procedures to follow for each new open position.  Checklists can be a valuable tool for managers or HR Professionals to… Read more »

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How important are Background Checks? Thorough screening of applicants is an essential part of HR Professionals’ responsibilities.  Making a “bad hire” because due diligence wasn’t followed can be very costly – not only financially – but in hours spent training and potential workplace ramifications that can affect the entire businesses’ workforce. Performing background checks allows… Read more »

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Should my company have a Social Media policy? It’s a great idea to draft a company policy on employee Social Media usage.  Many employees are posting or tweeting about their companies on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, creating negative business images and actually, in some cases, putting companies at risk. Even if employees… Read more »

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Should my company have an Emergency Action Plan? Every company should employ an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to provide the safest work environment possible.  Tornado season is a definite cause of concern, yet there are many other disasters that can occur while employees are in the workplace, as well:  bomb threats, fires, etc. An EAP… Read more »

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It appears that the Obama Administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have made a policy decision to rescind the 2007 “No Match Rule.” Under this rule, the Social Security administration (SSA) would have been required to notify employers who report earnings for at least ten employees whose names do not match their Social… Read more »

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One thing every H.R. professional can count on is change! This time, the I-9 process is changing, which we all know, is critical to our businesses. On April 3, 2009, we will be required to use the 2009 version of the I-9. Unlike previous I-9 rules, expired documents will no longer be acceptable for proof… Read more »

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Most employees are seeing or are going to see a bit more on their paychecks no later than the April 1, 2009, payroll period.  Due to the Making Work Pay Credit, a provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, most employees will see an increase in their paychecks between $8.00 and $13.00… Read more »