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Fudging pay processes? You won’t fool DOL

July 12, 2013
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division doesn’t want to see any funny business when it comes to accurately recording hours worked or paying employees on time. Don’t even think about manipulating payroll systems. Doing so will result in double damages going back three years.
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Track what happens to everyone on a PIP

July 12, 2013
When Kris failed to meet her performance improvement plan (PIP) goals, she was fired. Kris sued for sex discrimination, claiming no man was ever fired for that reason. But the company offered an explanation: All men on a PIP saw “the train coming” and quit before the pink slips arrived …
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Social media users may be the most productive workers

July 12, 2013
Call center employees who participated in five or more social networking sites had a 1.6% higher sales conversion rate than their co-workers and spent 2.8% less time per call. That’s what the data analytics firm Evolv found when it surveyed 100,000 call center workers about their social media use and on-the-job productivity.
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Problems surface during worker’s FMLA leave: Fire or not?

July 12, 2013

PROBLEM: Tammy, a long-time employee and keeper of the office’s filing system, takes FMLA leave for surgery. In her absence, her co-workers reorganize the filing system and get her work done in a fraction of the time Tammy usually took. The co-workers attribute this to the new filing system plus her absence; they tell you that Tammy was really a disruptive force that destroyed morale. Should you fire her for poor performance when she returns?

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Why do new employees leave?

July 12, 2013
Here are the top 10 reasons new hires leave within a year, according to a recent WorldatWork survey.
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New psych manual could open ADA floodgates

July 12, 2013
The new version of the main psychiatric diagnosis manual, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), loosens the criteria for defining some rather ordinary conditions as mental illnesses.
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Preventing lawsuits: 6 secrets from ‘other side’

June 14, 2013
First impressions are important, but when it comes to preventing employment lawsuits, it’s typically the last impression that employees have at work that matters most. “This is why 90% of people come to our office,” says noted plaintiff’s attorney Randy Freking. “It’s the way they’re treated on the way out the door.”
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Spatula-ready: 2013 grads face bleak job prospects

June 14, 2013
Employers taking part in a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers said they planned to hire 2.1% more new college grads from the Class of 2013 than they did from the Class of 2012. Good news for young workers, right? Not so much.
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Overlooked retention tool: Show employees the future

June 14, 2013
Many employers are missing out on a simple, no-cost way to retain employees—communicate your promotions and promotion policies. 
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Do you have a business reason for allowing telework?

June 14, 2013
Or do you permit it just because the employees want it. Before letting staff work at home in their pajamas, make sure it’s benefiting your organization.
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