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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Worker on FMLA? Leave her alone

March 13, 2013

When Deana was out on FMLA leave for cancer surgery, she was barraged with calls from her em­­ployer …

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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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It’s OK to set limits on what staff can do during breaks

February 13, 2013

An employee at the Dallas Cowboys offices wanted to spend his lunch break urging co-workers to attend church. The Cowboys have a policy banning proselytizing in the workplace. The employee sued, saying that since he wasn’t allowed to do whatever he wanted during lunch, he wasn’t truly relieved of work, and therefore due overtime pay …

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Learn the latest state payroll laws

February 13, 2013
Learn the latest state payroll laws enacted since last summer by downloading our sister newsletter Payroll Legal Alert’s “State-by-State Roundup.”
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Spring ahead: Daylight saving time starts March 10

February 13, 2013
Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m., March 10. Graveyard shift workers, therefore, will actually work only seven hours that day.
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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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Help employees find work/life balance

February 13, 2013

What employees need most in order to strike a work/life balance is time. Here are three ways you can give your workforce more personal time, without affecting work time.

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Make clear to staff who owns Twitter accounts and followers

February 13, 2013
Get an agreement in writing with employees who use social media under the company’s name.
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