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Workplace dating policies: Employer’s guide

August 15, 2011

Office romances can not only have an adverse effect on workplace productivity, but can engender claims of favoritism, sexual harassment and retaliation. So employers should consider implementing a policy covering this topic. However, it is important to assess the pros and cons of strict workplace dating policies.

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20/20: Small business best benefits practices

August 12, 2011
Only big companies can offer generous benefits, right? Wrong! SHRM and the Families and Work Institute have uncovered dozens of examples of small organizations—those with staffs of 20 or fewer—that think big when it comes to employee benefits. See how many of these ideas might be right for your small business.
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No-raise promotions: A handy tool, but beware risks of ‘title fluffing’

August 11, 2011
While salary budgets are up this year—merit raises are running near 3.0% compared with 2.7% in 2010—some still-skittish employers are more likely to dole out title raises rather than extra cash. The danger: Organizations may give gratuitous no-pay promotions instead of using the practice as a selective ­reward and retention strategy.
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Cydcor employees take charge of charity effort

August 4, 2011

When they’re not matching businesses with outsourced, face-to-face sales teams, Cydcor employees are putting smiles on the faces of children in Peru, Cambodia and Rwanda. Employees have raised nearly $150,000 for Operation Smile, a children’s medical charity.

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Just looking at the caller ID, you’re already dreading answering the phone. The person on the other end of the line is …

August 2, 2011
Ouch! Be glad you’re not a vendor—the people HR pros really don’t want to talk to.
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All together now: Teaching workers to ‘manage’ their bosses

August 2, 2011
Pay-for-performance is effective only when managers spell out for each employee exactly what he or she must do to get paid more or reap perks like flexible scheduling. In reality, too few managers do that. They need to know supervision is a two-way street. Solution: Sometimes employees must “manage the boss.”
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Worker lost $700: Can we make him pay it back?

August 2, 2011
When an employee loses company property or money, what recourse do employers have to recoup their loss? It depends on the applicable state wage law … and on whether you believe the “loss” was really accidental.
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Thin-skinned employee or bully boss? Trust your HR instincts to decide who’s right

August 2, 2011

HR professionals must often make judgment calls about who is telling the truth. In fact, just about every workplace investigation requires assessing the credibility of employees, co-workers and managers who disagree about what happened. Trust your gut — and follow these four guidelines for figuring out who’s right.

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When can we fire for offensive body odor?

August 1, 2011
Q. We have a staff member with body odor so bad that other staff members have complained and even threatened to leave the company. The employee has been disciplined several times and required to go home without pay until she agrees to comply with our grooming code. At what point can we legally terminate her?
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What should we do? We suspect string of workplace injuries might be workers’ comp fraud

August 1, 2011
Q. We’ve had an exceptional number of suspicious injuries at work so far this year. We don’t want to jump to conclusions, but how can we determine if these injuries are part of a workers’ comp insurance fraud scheme?
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