Dilemma: How Long to Hold a Job Open?

Occasionally, employees want or need to be away from work after they have used up all their accrued vacation, paid sick leave, and paid personal time off. For example, an employee may be out collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits for months, even a year or more. So, you need to let employees know the circumstances under[…]

Protect Your Company from Immigration Infractions

More than three decades have elapsed since the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) began requiring employers to complete I-9 forms when hiring to verify a new employee’s identity and authorization to work in the United States. Given the recent focus on illegal immigration, there’s a good chance that immigration enforcement efforts at the employer[…]

Personnel Files: Who Keeps Them?

What goes into personnel files? And who is responsible for maintaining employee records and payroll records? Here are four questions on these topics, along with answers:   What kinds of information and records should I keep in my personnel files? Any information and documentation relating to the hiring, evaluation, discipline, pay, advancement and termination of[…]

Tips for Long-Distance Teamwork

Many people today must work together and cooperate as a team while separated geographically. With accelerated advances in communications and travel, more and more people are colleagues from a distance. Barbara Pate Glacel, co-author of “Light Bulbs for Leaders: A Guide Book for Team Learning,” developed the following tips for succeeding in long-distance teamwork: Find[…]

Handling Pension Plans for National Guard Members and Reservists

Increasing numbers of National Guard and Reserve personnel have been sent to far-flung places around the globe in recent years. If your staff includes reservists and National Guard members who must interrupt their employment to fulfill their military service, you probably know that the law requires you to reinstate them once they returned from service (with[…]

Which Employees or Positions Do You Rely on Most?

It’s standard operating procedure for marketers to segment customers according to their value to the organization, to ensure that those who are most vital to the growth and profitability of a company are well-cared-for and don’t disappear. The same needs to be done with regard to employees. Appearances can be deceiving. For example, your largest[…]

Caution: Lavish Praise Can Backfire

An exhaustive study, published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, raised strong doubts about the value of efforts to lift the self-esteem of students and of employees. The research team that authored the study reviewed research papers going back 30 years. The team, headed by psychologist Roy Baumeister, looked at links between how highly[…]

Downsizing Doesn’t Necessarily Pay Off

Laying off employees alone will not fix a business that’s in financial trouble. That’s the conclusion of a series of studies of large corporations over nearly two decades, published in Perspectives on Work, a publication of the Industrial Relations Research Association. Studies concluded that mass layoffs have not helped employers achieve financial results that are[…]

Four Mistakes Employers Can Make with Workers’ Compensation

Many employers look at Workers’ Compensation as just another unavoidable cost of doing business. It’s usually one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind issues when rates are low. It’s not until employers are hit with rate hikes that they really start to give some thought to it. Employers need to look at Workers’ Compensation as a tool[…]

FMLA: The Law that Never Sleeps

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is often tweaked, adjusted or reinterpreted as cases of alleged abuse continue to pop up and courts are asked to weigh in. With so much change, it’s a good idea to check your policies regularly. Is your company in compliance? Here’s a very streamlined recap of the top[…]