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2014 Employer Holiday Practices Survey (Slide Show)

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BLR has released the results of the new 2014 Holiday Practices Survey, which examines employer practices for providing paid holidays and paying nonexempt employees during the 2014 holiday season and provides information on planned paid holidays for 2015.

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Assessing Salary Competitiveness: Market Survey 101

Do you ever wonder if your employees’ salaries are in line with the market? Perhaps you are finding that applicants are often turning down job offers—and you suspect the salary level might be to blame. How can you know? One of the best ways to get data on competitor salary offerings is to use a market survey.

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State minimum wage increases for 2015 (map)

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By Susan Prince, JD, Legal Editor HR.BLR.com

Employers get ready! Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country during the remainder of 2014 and into 2015.

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Guess What Year Workplace Gender Inequality Will End (Hint—You Probably Won’t Be Here)?

HR pros are aware that there is gender inequality in the workplace, and according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2014, the world has made only incremental improvements. However, the Report does predict the year things will be equal for the sexes in the workplace. And you won’t be here to experience it.

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Secrets of a Plaintiff’s Attorney—The Top 5 Claim Repellents

Want to ruin a plaintiff attorney’s day? Attorney Whitney Warner suggests 5 keys to avoiding claims and other costly legal entanglements in the wake of complaints from employees. She calls them “claim repellent.”

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Performance Appraisal Basics: Continual Communication

Performance appraisals shouldn’t start and end with one annual meeting, yet this is a common mistake many employers make—a mistake that can leave employees blindsided and frustrated instead of empowered and productive.

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Should You Do an I-9 Self-Audit?

Completing the I-9 form as part of the employment eligibility verification process is something in which most employers are well-versed. Simply put, employers are not allowed to knowingly hire someone who does not have authorization to work in the United States. It’s mandated that the employer confirm a worker’s eligibility, and the I-9 form is the cornerstone of this process.

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IT Worker Says ‘I’m Not a Robot; I Just Sound like One’

IT employees for the Health Department of New York City are very diverse, but would you ever expect to hear a robot?

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Going to Dentist Trumps This HR Chore, Says New Survey

What HR chore would have HR pros preferring to go to the dentist, to see a movie about the life of Lindsay Lohan, or even to be “fired” by Donald Trump on “The Apprentice” rather than doing?

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Merit Pay Systems—Do They Work? Not According to This Expert

When asked if merit-based systems are the most effective way of structuring pay, consultant John Rubino says, “No. I have never met a merit increase base salary program that I liked, and that was effective and motivational.”

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