Month: November 2009

Federally Regulated Employees Required to Cross Another Union’s Picket Line

By Ida Martin Imagine there is a group of federal government employees that are engaging in a lawful strike. Because of the physical location of your workplace, your employees can’t get to work without crossing the picket line. Your workers are unionized and have decided they won’t cross the picket line of the striking federal […]

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COBRA Bills Face Uncertain Future as Federal Subsidy Begins to Expire

Update Dec. 21, 2009: President signs bill including COBRA subsidy extension By Ashley Gillihan and Carolyn Smith When Congress returned to session today, health care reform wasn’t the only piece of major legislation still left hanging as 2010 comes to a close. Also up in the air is whether the current COBRA health insurance subsidy […]

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Don’t Terminate … Yet

Managers always “want to get it over with” once they’ve decided they want to fire someone. That’s no surprise, but HR can’t let it happen. Step back and assess the whole picture before acting. Yesterday’s Advisor covered the critical termination policy issues that you must address. Today, again courtesy of BLR’s SmartPolicies® program, we’ll look […]

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Hot List: New York Times Bestselling Hardcover Business Books

The following is a list of the bestselling hardcover business books as ranked by the New York Times on November 30. 1. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. hy some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent — from the author of Blink: The Power […]

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Corporate Culture Done Right: Southwest Airlines

A colleague recently passed along a column written by Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, which first appeared in the airline’s “Spirit Magazine.” The title of the piece was “Culture Done Differently.” In it, Mr. Kelly explains that at Southwest they try to keep their culture “supportive, active and fun.” If you’ve ever flown on Southwest, […]

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Terminations—Without Good Policies, a Lawsuit Jungle

Terminations—where the rubber meets the road in HR. The most angst, the most tears (or screams), and the most lawsuits. Your terminations policy is critical. Today, courtesy of BLR’s SmartPolicies® program, we’ll review the key elements your policy should cover. Compensation, Benefits, and Financial Issues Severance pay. What are your guidelines (e.g., how many years […]

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Bereavement Leave Can Make or Break Employee Loyalty

Just My E-pinionBy Scott Mastley The way you handle bereavement leave could strengthen or sever an employee’s loyalty to your company. A death in the family changes things. When employees lose a family member, they’re worried about how to continue, how to handle the funeral, how to take care of surviving family members, how to […]

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The Courtroom Shouldn’t Be Recordkeeping’s First Test

Litigation is the ultimate test of the adequacy of an employer’s recordkeeping practices, says attorney Allen Kato of the San Francisco office of Fenwick and West LLP. Of course, the courtroom isn’t the best place to find out that records are inadequate, incomplete, or nonexistent. Record retention is a daunting task for employers because there […]

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When Incivility Occurs, Hammer It

Yesterday’s Advisor covered calculating the cost of incivility on mental wellness (it’s high) and 6 tips for eliminating incivility. Today, we offer more tips, and we take a look at a broader wellness program. (Go here for tips 1—6) 7. When Incivility Occurs, Hammer It. If you ignore incivility, say Christine Pearson and Christine Porath, […]

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