New rules: When can workers use FMLA to care for adult kids?

March 13, 2013

It’s clear that qualified employees can take FMLA leave to care for minor chil­­dren with serious health conditions. But it’s been less clear how the FMLA applies to employees’ leave to care for an adult son or daughter. Now the U.S. Department of Labor has issued new guidance.

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Fired worker didn’t return laptop: Now what?

March 13, 2013

It would be nice if all terminations were amicable. You shake hands and part ways. But often there are complications, such as the employee who still owes you the company-owned laptop he was using. How do you get it back?

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Check your breakroom wall: New FMLA posters required

March 13, 2013
Starting in March, employers covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (those with 50 or more workers) must display a new version of the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Under the FMLA poster.
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To telecommute or not?

March 13, 2013
Now that Yahoo has put the kibosh on working from home, organizations may wonder whether the Internet company is on to something.
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Overtime not always a win-win

March 13, 2013
An increase in overtime hours can also mean an increase in accidents and production errors. Con­­sider these overtime policies and practices that can help reduce the likelihood of safety and production problems.
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A pat on the back goes a long way

March 13, 2013
Employees need positive reinforcement and incentives to perform at their best, and a little recognition goes a long way toward enhancing employee motivation and loyalty. Here are some suggestions you can pass on to team leaders and super­­visors to get them started.
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The cost of a burned-out light bulb: $12.7 million

March 13, 2013
Thinking about forming a safety committee? This case is an incentive.
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When doing evaluations, follow HR guidelines

March 13, 2013
A “creative” supervisor began evaluating an em­­ployee with a standard HR form, but soon added criteria of his own …
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Check those references! Poll shows why

February 13, 2013
Perhaps you had better call that reference listed on a job candidate’s résumé, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.
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Reference checks: How to coax information from past employers

February 13, 2013
Due to fear of lawsuits, many former employers are reluctant to assist you with employment references. If you are fortunate enough to be able to ask questions of an applicant’s former employer, don’t squander the opportunity. Use these tricks for getting valuable information.
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