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.

Are You Guilty of ‘Unconscious Discrimination?’

EEOC has begun E-RACE, a program to root out managers who discriminate in hiring or promotion while possibly being unaware that they’re even doing it. HR managers at two of America’s largest retailers, Walgreens and Wal-Mart, must be in a state of shock these days. After years of what they believe was compliance with both […]

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Telecommuters: Why They’re Suing Their Employers

Telecommuting may be a dream job, but for employers it can turn into a legal nightmare. Here’s why telecommuters are suing, and how to avoid getting sued. Every day, while most of us are still stuck on the expressway, more than 12 million U.S. employees are already at work, after making the shortest commute it’s […]

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Workplace Investigations: Don’t End Up as the Target!

You must investigate charges of crime, inappropriate behavior, or harassment in the workplace. Do it wrong, however, and your company may end up as the target. Here’s what two experts say about doing it right. It would be nice if everyone in business was honest, decent, and professional. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Some employees […]

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Is Motherhood Under Attack in the Workplace?

Just in time for Mother’s Day comes news that workplace discrimination based on parental status may be increasing. If your mom hasn’t already reminded you of it (subtly, of course), this Sunday is Mother’s Day. It’s a time when society traditionally extols the values of motherhood. But in the workplace, according to growing numbers of […]

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Announcing a Special BLR Audio Conference: The Challenges of an Aging Workforce

Solving the worker shortage by retaining your older workers brings many benefits, but an aging workforce also raises several challenges. An April 25 audio conference will tell you what you need to know. To anyone charged with filling office seats and production workstations, the numbers are frightening. The Baby Boom generation, just starting to reach […]

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How to Train Line Managers and Supervisors in HR in Just 10 Minutes (Yes, It Is Possible!)

How do you train reluctant line managers in HR without their bolting from the room? Keep it short and need-to-know, using a training program built that way. Yesterday’s Daily Advisor went on at length on what your managers need to know to discipline problem employees in ways that keep your company out of legal trouble. […]

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Workplace Discipline Done Right: What Your Managers Need to Learn

You might think the law’s behind you when you discipline workers, but human factors can change the equation. Employment-at will is a bedrock concept of American business, allowing employers, with few exceptions, to fire anyone, at any time, for any legal reason. No documentation is legally required. But take that concept too literally and you […]

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iPods at Work: Help or Hindrance?

Companies are issuing iPods to workers to enhance training and communications. But along with the benefits have come serious policy questions. Once you mostly saw them dangling from the ears of teenagers hanging out near the local high school. Now you see them worn by the forklift driver in the warehouse, the receptionist on break, […]

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A Program to Help Smaller Businesses Have the HR Policies They Need

Smaller businesses often don’t have the resources to create their own workplace policies, and often do without. The good news is that they no longer have to. A recent Daily Advisor article talked about the problems businesses have faced from the new practice of employee blogging. This writing of personal diaries on the Internet, for […]

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