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Supreme Court: Background Investigations on Federal Contract Employees OK

Wednesday, in NASA v. Nelson, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that the government didn’t violate federal contract employees’ constitutional rights by using certain background investigations. In this case, contract employees at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sued NASA, alleging that the background checks it was using violated their constitutional rights to informational privacy. The background […]

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1000’s of HR Tools and Resources — Available 24/7

Week in Review—January 21, 2011 Note to Readers: This newsletter appears daily, but we know some of you don’t always have the time to read it everyday. For your convenience, here’s a re-publication of what we covered this past week. Daily, weekly, or anything in between, we’re pleased to keep you informed with the latest […]

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Technical Notification Failure Dooms FMLA Defense

In yesterday’s Advisor, attorney Stephen R. Woods presented two recent cases that illustrate the need for careful HR training about what to say and what not to say. Today, another teaching case plus an introduction to a unique online training system. Woods is a shareholder in the Greenville, South Carolina office of law firm Ogletree […]

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CT Employer with 75+ Employees? Don’t Forget to File That FMLA Report …Now that it’s Updated

If you’re a Connecticut employer with more than 75 employees, you’ll have to fill out an FMLA Report with the Department of Labor this year. But if you planned on downloading the form from the CT DOL page early, you may have noticed that the dates on the Annual Family & Medical Leave Experience Report […]

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‘More Energetic Person’ and ‘Midwestern Girl Look’ Mean ‘Let’s Go to Court’

Court that took issue with the phrases “more energetic person” and “Midwestern girl look” point up the importance of training managers in what to say and what not to say, says attorney Stephen R. Woods. He offers two cases that illustrate the point dramatically. Woods is a shareholder in the Greenville, South Carolina office of […]

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Tech Employee Fired for Egregious Computer Use: Termination Justified

By Maria Giagilitsis Along with the extraordinary benefits accompanying today’s rapidly advancing technology comes an increasing vulnerability for Canadian employers who strive to hire the “best of the best” information technology groups. On the one hand, “wizard like” computer skills are an invaluable asset — they can lead a company’s growth while sharpening its competitive […]

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Fired for Cause—It’s a Process

In yesterday’s Advisor, Attorney Julie Moore offered do’s and dont’s for layoffs. Today, her tips for “for cause” terminations and an introduction to a webinar specially designed for managers of small, or even one-person, HR departments. Moore’s suggestions for handling terminations came at BLR®’s National Employment Law Update held recently in Las Vegas. Moore is […]

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5 Steps to Increase the Payback on Your Training Dollars-HR Daily Advisor-BLR

Here are the steps you need to take to make sure your employee training is always successful and cost-effective: Make training an ongoing process, and reassess training needs frequently to make sure you’re meeting today’s needs, not yesterday’s. Encourage employees to talk about their training needs and request additional training. Provide employees with opportunities to […]

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January 31st Deadline for Tax Rate Update

It has only been a month since the new federal Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act was signed into law, but the new tax cut rates are already in effect…and employers must race to adjust their payrolls. As of January 1st, the Social Security Tax withholding rate has been reduced from 6.2% […]

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Small Business Confidence Encourages Hiring

While large businesses’ profits have steadily increased since mid-2009, smaller companies have faced a tougher road. However, there may be signs that small businesses plan to ramp up hiring in 2011. The optimism index of the National Federation of Independent Business measures small business confidence, and is often an indicator of the sales growth, market […]

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