Category: 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.

Can Employers Say What Workers Must Weigh?

Stung by rising healthcare costs related to excess employee weight, employers are helping their workers fight fat and win more than a slim victory. Have you noticed the increase in diet ads on TV recently? That’s business taking advantage of the general panic that hits the general public when it steps on a scale after […]

Print

A Sample Policy on Workplace Gambling

Creating a policy on workplace gambling is not as simple as it first sounds. Here are some of the complexities … and a possible solution. You walk down the halls of your workplace and activity is at a level of frenzy you’ve seldom seen. It has nothing to do with work, of course. It’s all […]

Print

Super Bowl Week: Is Gambling at Work a Problem?

As America revs up for the super-spectacle … and bets on the outcome … we wonder what gambling at work costs employers. The answer may surprise you. Sunday marks the biggest game in pro football, Super Bowl XLI, and the action will be hot and heavy … betting action, that is. Gamblers, from $2 small […]

Print

Diversity: What Every Employee Needs to Know

Workplace diversity brings many benefits, but only if employees support it. Here are the concepts you need to train on to make that happen … and a tool to do that training for you. If you’re a fan of 1950s TV sitcoms where the white male head of the family heads off to business each […]

Print

Where There’s Smoke, People Are Getting Fired

To improve health and cut costs, a large corporation has begun firing smokers. But two attorneys are suggesting a better way. January is traditionally a month in which people resolve to change their habits. Those who overeat try to diet. Those who disdain exercise suddenly discover the corner gym. And those who smoke …well, if […]

Print

IRS Mileage Deduction Increase Finally Here … But Employers Working to Cut Commuting Costs, Too

The IRS is helping businesses cut their transportation costs but, even better, businesses are helping employees cut their costs as well. Shout hallelujah! It’s finally here. The annual IRS business mileage cost adjustment, which takes effect every January 1. This year, it’s an unusually large change. Your company can now deduct 4 cents a mile […]

Print

Progressive Discipline: What Supervisors Need to Know

You can’t … and you shouldn’t want to … just terminate problem employees. There’s a better way. Here’s how to train on it. Attendance problems. Poor job performance. Safety violations. Abuse or theft of company property. If you’ve got problems like these at your workplace, you’re far from alone. But more important than knowing that […]

Print

The 13 Deadly Sins of HR Documentation

So you think you’re safe because you document every employment action? Read this lawsuit-losing list of common errors and see if you’re “guilty” of any of them. You’ve been sued by a former employee, and now you’re facing the music in court. You’re not worried, though. At your side is a briefcase of documentation showing […]

Print

Listen To Employee Phone Calls? Not In My State, You Don’t!

Your right to do electronic monitoring, like many other management actions, is regulated by state law as well as federal. Here’s how to know what your state allows. You’ve been tipped off by a competitor, who’s also a friend, that someone in your organization is offering her your secret information in exchange for a job […]

Print