Month: December 2010

Clean Slate

As I write this, it is the final day of 2010. We are on the eve of a new year and with it comes a clean slate, a blank canvas on which you can create the type of year you want in 2011. January 1 marks the beginning of a new year. Janus, for whom […]

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Cheap Labor

Litigation Value: Class action by day-laborers hired by Dwight = $500,000; penalties for violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act = $50,000. [Tonight’s entry was authored by Josh Drexler, whom you’ll be hearing more from in the coming year.] While watching last night’s two repeat episodes, I noticed that Dwight Schrute potentially exposed Sabre/Dunder […]

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Biggest HR Concerns for 2011 How You Voted BLR

We recently polled our readers about the biggest HR concerns for 2011, and here’s how you responded: healthcare challenges topped the list with about 80 percent of respondents voting, followed by increasing federal investigations at 45 percent. (Respondents were asked to vote for their top 3 choices.) The survey was done in late December 2010. […]

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Wage and Hour Simple? Not So Much

Wage/hour seems pretty basic (pay workers for time worked), but the people who find it easy tend to be the people who pay out million-dollar suits. In yesterday’s CED, we featured three million-dollar wage and hour lawsuits. Today, two more suits and an introduction to a unique source of wage/hour information that might just help […]

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Interviewing Witnesses—Care, Discretion, Disclosure

In yesterday’s Advisor, Attorney Jennifer Brown Shaw offered sample questions for interviewing complaining employees and accused employees during misconduct investigations. Today, her tips on interviewing witnesses, plus an introduction to a unique collection of 10-minute training modules. Interviews with witnesses must be handled with care and discretion, says Shaw. As you interview witnesses, disclose only […]

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Climbing the Steps (Literally) To Employee Wellness, Morale

Given the choice of climbing three flights of stairs or taking an elevator, most people would probably opt for the elevator. But that’s not necessarily the case at Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT, where a renovated stairwell—complete with carpeting, upbeat music, artwork, and aroma therapy—has generated more interest in trekking up the stairs. The stairwell was […]

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5 Simple Tips to Green Your Workplace

More and more companies are jumping on the “green” bandwagon as they see eco-conscious consumers taking steps to live more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. Businesses are now finding that being eco-friendly puts them at a competitive advantage. Use the following five simple steps to extend the eco-friendly spirit to your workplace—it really is easy being green: […]

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10 Tips for Retaining Top Performers

Start by re-recruiting your best workers. Remind them of the unique benefits provided by your company. Emphasize what your firm has to offer. Then, invest in professional development. 1. ‘Re-recruit’ your best workers. Remind them of the unique benefits provided by your company. Emphasize what your firm has to offer. 2. Invest in professional development. […]

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Go Ahead! Take Your Vacation!

Survey results state that Americans are given less vacation time by their employers than any of the other countries surveyed. Even so, a significant number of employees in the U.S. don’t take all of their vacation time. Thirty-one percent of all employed U.S. adults expect not to use all of their allotted vacation days. Some […]

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It’s Misconception: The Poor Economy Didn’t Make Hiring Any Easier

There may be a tendency for your hiring managers, and even HR recruiting professionals, to take a more relaxed attitude toward the hiring process in view of the current state of the employment market and the fact that many people are out of work. Thinking that they have more time to make decisions, employment recruiters […]

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