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HR Policies & Procedures

Keep your company in compliance with federal and state laws while you set the appropriate tone for your organization. Get tips on developing solid HR policies that will hold up to scrutiny, along with quick-reading summaries of significant white papers that provide perspective to help you evaluate policy choices in terms of your organization.

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5 Steps to an Effective Internal Investigation

In yesterday’s Advisor, Attorney Christine D. Mehfoud showed how well-executed internal investigations are a necessity for compliance programs. Today, we present 5 basic steps that make up an effective investigation.

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Internal Investigations—The Cornerstone of Compliance Programs

The Feds are always on the lookout for administrative, civil, and criminal infractions. However, Attorney Christine D. Mehfoud says an organization needn’t worry as long as it has an effective compliance program supported by thorough internal investigations. Is your company prepared?

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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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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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The Pitfalls of Employees Acting on Behalf of the Company on Social Media

When creating a comprehensive social media policy, employers often focus on what the employee is and is not allowed to do with his or her personal social media account while on the job. What this may miss, however, is what the employee is or is not allowed to do on behalf of the company—regardless of whether it’s done on company time or company equipment. This goes beyond simply limiting who has access to the company’s social media profiles, and it even extends beyond the standard social media accounts—it looks at the ramifications of an employee acting on behalf of the company in any online capacity that is beyond his or her specific job functions. This issue is often overlooked because the potential pitfalls of such employee actions may not be obvious.

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Hearsay May Be Investigator’s Important Tool

In yesterday’s Advisor, attorney Allison West, SPHR, briefed us on the use of hearsay evidence in HR investigations. Today, the rest of her reasons you may want to consider such evidence.

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Remote Workers—Alternatives for the Authorized Representative

Yesterday’s Advisor presented Attorney John Nahajzer’s advice for employers fulfilling I-9 duties for remote employees with local notaries. Today, alternatives to notaries.

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I-9 Compliance and Remote Employees: Physical Presence or Notary?

In today’s Advisor, Attorney John Nahajzer offers advice for employers fulfilling I-9 duties for remote employees with local notaries.

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12 Point Action Plan—Handling Violence in The Workplace

Yesterday’s Advisor featured Attorney Edwin G. Foulke Jr.’s critical guidance on handling an active shooter in the workplace. Today, Foulke’s 12-point action plan for handling violence in the workplace.

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Active Shooter in the Workplace: How to Respond Effectively

“Active shooter”—the hope is you’ll never have to face that terrifying situation, but it’s wise to be prepared should the worst happen, says Attorney Edwin G. Foulke Jr. Organizations need a plan for how to respond to reduce the risk of devastating consequences.

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