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Viewpoint: Consider a Two-Call Policy for FMLA Leave Requests

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Requiring employees to make two calls to request intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)—one to their direct supervisor and another to their leave-management department or a third-party administrator handling calls on the employer's behalf—can reduce FMLA abuse and help protect against FMLA litigation.

Motivation-Based Interviewing: Stop Asking the Wrong Interview Questions

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

"Motivation" is not how eager a person is to get the job. It's how eager a person is to do the job. This excerpt from Carol Quinn's book Motivation-Based Interviewing (SHRM, 2018) gets to the heart of motivation means for hiring managers--and job applicants.

Managing Expectations: How to Balance Gig Workers and Regular Employees

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

It can be tricky managing two very different workers: You might have a 9-to-5 employee who's working with an independent contractor who takes home higher pay and enjoys a more flexible schedule than his counterpart.

California Enacts New Law Responding to Federal OSHA Changes

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

On Sept. 19, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2334 to make various workplace safety and health changes to California law, largely in response to recent activity by President Donald Trump's administration.

Review Tip-Credit Practices in Arizona, Hawaii and Idaho

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A federal appeals court upheld the 80/20 rule, which provides that when tipped employees spend more than 20 percent of their workweek on tasks that don’t earn tips, employers can’t pay them less than the standard minimum wage for that time.

DOL Targets Hotels, Landscapers for H-2B Visa Enforcement

Monday, September 24, 2018

Employers in the hospitality and landscaping industries that hire foreign nationals for seasonal work may soon receive a call or a visit from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL announced a new “education and enforcement” initiative focused on two of the biggest users of the H-2B visa for seasonal work—hotels and landscapers.

Putting Humanity into HR Compliance: Discipline and Discharge—with Dignity

Monday, September 24, 2018

The term "progressive discipline" has always struck me as an oxymoron. The practice seems to progressivley create more and more distance and resentment between the employee and employer. And the notion that HR must engage in such steps as a matter of compliance or claim prevention is misguided. There is a better path.

Immigrants Who Use Government Assistance May Be Denied Visas

Monday, September 24, 2018

The federal government may deny visas and green cards for people who need government assistance, according to a proposed rule issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Meat-Free Policy Raises Morale Concerns

Monday, September 24, 2018

WeWork has become a meat-free organization, no longer serving or paying for meat at company events—a corporate social-responsibility initiative that some have said could lower morale.

Labor and Employment Law Overview: Idaho

Friday, September 21, 2018

Idaho labor and employment law overview provided by XpertHR.

Labor and Employment Law Overview: Maine

Friday, September 21, 2018

Maine labor and employment law overview provided by XpertHR.

Labor and Employment Law Overview: Oklahoma

Friday, September 21, 2018

Oklahoma labor and employment law overview provided by XpertHR.

Does This Law Apply to My Organization in Idaho?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Idaho: does this law apply?

Does This Law Apply to My Organization in Maine?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Maine: does this law apply?

Does This Law Apply to My Organization in Oklahoma?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Oklahoma: does this law apply?

New FCRA Disclosure Notice Takes Effect Sept. 21

Friday, September 21, 2018

Class-action lawsuits could await employers that don’t update a commonly used notice required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Recruiters Struggle with Predictive Data Analytics

Friday, September 21, 2018

Most organizations have not taken full advantage of data analytics for talent acquisition and retention, even in this recruiting environment of low unemployment and skilled-labor shortages.

Update DOL Weblinks in Participant Communications

Friday, September 21, 2018

Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) overhauled its website. If your electronic or printed participant communications link to DOL materials, you may need to revise those communications so benefit plan participants will be directed to the appropriate pages on the revamped DOL site.

Canada: Refusal to Accommodate Medical Marijuana Was Justified

Friday, September 21, 2018

There are limits to how far an employer must go to discharge its duty to accommodate a medical marijuana user in a safety-sensitive job when it is not possible to measure current levels of impairment at work.

UK: Parental Bereavement Act Is Expected to Apply in 2020

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018, entitling employed parents who have lost a child to take statutory paid leave to allow them time to grieve, is expected to take effect in 2020.