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  • HR Calculators:
    This calculator can be used to calculate revenue per employee by month and for the full year, and also to calculate the revenue per employee for a 10-year period.
  • HR Handouts:
    This training session should help participants understand key legal issues in the hiring process and how to avoid illegal acts in the hiring process. Use this Legal Issues in Hiring handout to train your workers on hiring.
  • This training session should help participants understand when firing an employee might be considered discriminatory or retaliatory and why it’s essential to document reasons for termination. Use this Legal Issues in Firing handout to train your workers on termination (with discharge).
  • This training session should help participants recognize sexual harassment and understand the need to follow and enforce policies that prohibit sexual harassment. Use this Sexual Harassment handout to train your workers on sexual harassment.
  • This training session should help participants understand how privacy rights apply in the workplace and help them to be aware of how to avoid inquiries and practices that violate employees’ privacy rights.
  • HR Job Descriptions:
    The job summary for Energy Brokers is to buy or sell energy products on behalf of residential or commercial customers or utilities. Negotiate and oversee contracts for energy sales.
  • The job summary for Petroleum Engineers is to devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.
  • The job summary for Automotive Specialty Technicians is to repair only one system or component on a vehicle, such as brakes, suspension, or radiator.
  • The job summary for Freight Forwarders is to research rates, routings, or modes of transport for shipment of products. Maintain awareness of regulations affecting the international movement of cargo. Make arrangements for additional services, such as storage or inland transportation.
  • The job summary for Allergists and Immunologists is to diagnose, treat, and help prevent allergic diseases and disease processes affecting the immune system.
  • The job summary for Music Therapists is to plan, organize, or direct medically prescribed music therapy activities designed to positively influence patients’ psychological or behavioral status.
  • The job summary for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics is to assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
  • The job summary for Dental Hygienists is to clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.
  • To build or repair all types, sizes, and shapes of jigs, fixtures, tools, and dies. Assemble and try out complex tools and dies on manufacturing equipment.
  • The job summary for Human Resources Specialists and Labor Relations Specialists is to perform activities in the human resource area. Includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers.
  • HR News:
    The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently reviewed a workers' compensation case that involved two big issues: whether the injuries suffered by the employee arose out of his employment and whether the individual claiming benefits was the employee's spouse. Read on to see how the court decided those issues.
  • Many employers have policies that allow zero violence in the workplace. In a recent case, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that terminating an employee for hitting a coworker may have been unlawful retaliation because the employee complained the coworker sexually harassed her and claimed she hit him to protect herself from being touched.
  • ManpowerGroup's annual Talent Shortage Survey reveals one in three United States employers are experiencing difficulty filling positions, and skilled trades remains the hardest to fill for 6 consecutive years
  • According to a new Aon survey, 66 percent of companies are planning to make changes to their retiree strategies and most are favoring an exchange approach.
  • This week, the HR Daily Advisor discussed the workplace stress, EAPs, and technology! Here’s the HR Daily Advisor week in review.
  • By Sophie Sakellariadis, senior consultant at Monitor 360

    To increase morale, productivity, and profit, creating the right culture and boosting employee engagement is essential in today’s competitive environment. Yet 75% of culture change initiatives fail. Why?
  • For many years, Iowa education officials have issued waivers permitting schools to begin sooner. Many businesses are affected by school start dates because they often rely on youth workers in the summer months. The Iowa Legislature is reviewing the school start date issue and proposals under consideration include allowing local school boards to have control over their school calendars.
  • The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently reinstated an age discrimination claim based on an employee's allegations that one of her employer's younger owners made repeated comments about generational differences between her and other employees.
  • Describing laboratory safety training as “inadequate” at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an advisory committee recently issued a report, outlining several training-related recommendations.
  • While they may have driven heavy equipment, supervised construction, worked as medics, or done computer programming, many veterans are not sure how to apply those skills in the civilian world, says a CareerCast report on the best jobs for veterans.
  • The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals— which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently affirmed the dismissal of a Hispanic male employee's claims of race and gender discrimination, which arose after a new supervisor arrived in the workplace.
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed a disability discrimination lawsuit because the circumstances that led to the employee's discharge preceded the company's notice of the employee's medical condition.
  • A White House Summit, held this spring, was aimed at addressing the need to expand economic opportunity for low-wage workers and develop a more skilled workforce. Under this initiative, numerous companies have stepped up their on-the-job-training and apprenticeship programs.
  • According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, the majority of employers now use social networks to screen candidates and 35 percent of employers who screen via social networks have sent friend requests or followed candidates that have private accounts.
  • Recent research by Staples shows that employees are working longer hours—with two thirds spending more than 8 hours a day at work—but they are taking fewer breaks than in years past.
  • A new survey reveals many employers are struggling to fill jobs, making the talent shortage the highest it's been in 7 years. ManpowerGroup urges businesses to act differently to attract and retain in-demand talent, as the company's 10th annual Talent Shortage Survey, reveals that skills shortages around the world show no signs of abating.
  • A Houston appeals court recently said a trial court was correct to stick an employee with the legal fees her former manager had to pay as a result of the employee's civil rights lawsuit.
  • Recent new technology allows human resource managers and recruiters to access real-time, actual job seeking behavior to make workforce planning and recruiting decisions. But should they?
  • In this video training series, we tackle FMLA-related workplace scenarios not unlike those your supervisors or managers might face any day. In this scenario, an employee has a situation where his disabled nephew--who lives with the employee--is sick and cannot take care of himself.
  • We often see cases in which employees bring several types of claims against their employer. A recent case from the federal trial court in Aberdeen, Mississippi shows how an employee can lose on a race discrimination claim but still proceed to trial on his retaliation and disability discrimination claims.
  • In recent years, there has been an increase in wage and hour cases brought by employees who claim they're entitled to overtime either because they were misclassified as exempt or because they're nonexempt but weren't compensated appropriately for overtime hours they worked. Recently, the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals examined the FLSA regulations applicable to highly compensated employees and per diem rates.
  • When it comes to choosing a new CEO, most large companies tend to choose familiar faces, insiders who already work at the company, and who come from the same industry and from the same region as company headquarters.
  • Supervisors and managers often consider performance in an employee’s current role when making decisions about promotions, but that factor alone is not enough to ensure success, according to a recent report.
  • A jury recently awarded a bus driver who was fired for excessive absenteeism approximately $1.9 million in damages, finding his former employer engaged in disability discrimination, failed to provide reasonable accommodations, failed to engage in the interactive process, violated the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and retaliated against him because of his disability.

  • Hiring teenage workers for summer jobs can be beneficial for both employers and employees. Along with learning the skills needed to do the job, young workers need to learn what kind of conduct is appropriate—and inappropriate—in the workplace.
  • This week, the HR Daily Advisor discussed the perks, workforce changes, and performance management! Here’s the HR Daily Advisor week in review.
  • With graduation ceremonies commencing and small businesses making up 99.7% of all United States firms, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an indepth analysis of 2015’s best and worst cities to work for a small business.
  • Have you ever dealt with an employee who used any opportunity to claim discrimination? If so, you will appreciate a recent decision by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin—affirming dismissal of a serial plaintiff’s discrimination and retaliation claims despite some procedural errors by the lower court.
  • The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming—recently decided that even though an employee had engaged in legally protected activity, the employer was justified in terminating her because she disregarded her supervisor’s instructions.
  • The 8th Circuit—which covers Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota—recently held there was a question about the validity of an employer's reason for terminating an African-American employee. As a result, the former employee will get a trial on his race discrimination claim.
  • Injunctive relief is an equitable remedy that can get you pretty far—but you have to be very careful what you ask for, and you need to be prepared to meet your legal burdens. The New Hampshire Business Court recently issued an order granting a preliminary injunction against a former employee of Advanced Polymers, but it conditioned the injunction providing a $350,000 bond.
  • When Hunter Douglas launched a training program for its installers 15 years ago, it did not realize how successful the program would become.
  • In Aurora, Colorado, 2,500 employees on a five-building campus conduct software engineering for the defense and security giant Raytheon. Primary hazards workers face are ergonomics issues and slips, trips, and falls. And what makes the facility unique for its best practices in keeping employees healthy and fit? It asks its employees, “What’s in it for you?”
  • Mad Men fans are bemoaning the upcoming series finale. Whether you are a fan or not, there is no denying that the Emmy-winning show is a fascinating time glimpse into the workplace culture a half century ago. It’s also a poster child for what NOT to do at the workplace.
  • By Colin Day, President & Chief Executive Officer, iCIMS

    Talent acquisition is one of the most urgent and complicated issues for today’s business leaders: 93% of CEOs find the need to change their strategies for attracting and retaining talent, yet 61% don’t even know where to start.
  • The 2015 BlueSteps Job Outlook Report, just released by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), shows that 72.4% of management-level professionals worldwide feel more optimistic about their career opportunities for 2015.
  • The vast majority of employees (88%) think choice between levels of coverage is important when selecting a vision plan according to results from the 2015 annual Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits survey, supported by Transitions Optical, Inc.
  • The New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled that employers in sexual harassment lawsuits under New Jersey law have an affirmative defense if they exercised reasonable care in preventing and correcting any harassment and the employee failed to take advantage of any preventive or corrective opportunities.
  • The Kentucky Supreme Court recently ruled that an employee who was injured while on a paid break was not entitled to workers' compensation benefits. The main fact that cost the employee benefits? She failed to cross a road at the intersection crosswalk.
  • Many manufacturers require employees to work long hours to satisfy production demands. After an employee fell asleep while driving home after an overtime shift, a car accident victim sued both the employee and the employer for negligence. A court determined that the employer owed no duty to the plaintiff and was not liable for the accident.
  • A recent decision by a federal judge in Chicago illustrates once again the importance of documenting employee performance and behavior issues and applying rules consistently.
  • Workers’ compensation insurance premiums have been rising and employers need to adopt cost-control measures, including preventing and investigating fraudulent claims. The possibility of workers’ compensation fraud can be worrisome, but, fortunately, employers can take these nine steps to reduce the risk.
  • The newly released 15th annual study of “CEOs, Governance, and Success” by Strategy&, a part of the PwC network may not be great news for females.
  • By Eliot Burdett, CEO Peak Sales Recruiting

    With only eight states and less than 3,000 miles between Wall Street and Silicon Valley, there is a remarkable contrast in business cultures between these two global business hubs. It is no surprise that these differences have a big impact on the selling cultures in these cities. What may come as a surprise, however, is that these differences have an important impact on sales recruiting efforts.
  • HR Quizzes:
    This training session should help participants understand how privacy rights apply in the workplace and help them to be aware of how to avoid inquiries and practices that violate employees’ privacy rights.
  • This training session should help participants understand key legal issues in the hiring process and how to avoid illegal acts in the hiring process. Use this Legal Issues in Hiring quiz to train your workers on hiring.
  • This training session should help participants understand when firing an employee might be considered discriminatory or retaliatory and why it’s essential to document reasons for termination. Use this Legal Issues in Firing quiz to train your workers on termination (with discharge).
  • This training session should help participants recognize sexual harassment and understand the need to follow and enforce policies that prohibit sexual harassment. Use this Sexual Harassment quiz to train your workers on sexual harassment.
  • HR Training Talks:
    This training session should help participants recognize sexual harassment and understand the need to follow and enforce policies that prohibit sexual harassment. Use this Sexual Harassment training talk to train your workers on sexual harassment.
  • This training session should help participants understand key legal issues in the hiring process and how to avoid illegal acts in the hiring process. Use this Legal Issues in Hiring training talk to train your workers on hiring.
  • This training session should help participants understand when firing an employee might be considered discriminatory or retaliatory and why it’s essential to document reasons for termination. Use this Legal Issues in Firing training talk to train your workers on termination (with discharge).
  • This training session should help participants understand how privacy rights apply in the workplace and help them to be aware of how to avoid inquiries and practices that violate employees’ privacy rights.
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