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  • HR Calculators:
    Analyzing the mix of benefits helps managers see the big picture of an individual employee's compensation, including fixed costs such as salary and mandated benefits versus variable costs like medical, dental, and other voluntary benefits. Understanding the components can help managers develop strategies for reducing costs.
  • HR Handouts:
    This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participants identify the purpose of HIPAA rules and regulations and understand basic HIPAA requirements.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant define “respect” and “conflict” in the context of the work environment, identify ways to promote respect in the workplace and resolve conflicts effectively at work.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant follow legal and policy requirements when terminating employees, properly evaluate and document termination decisions, and follow your organization’s termination procedures and avoid wrongful discharge lawsuits.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant identify hazards of distracted driving, understand the organization’s distracted driving policy and state and local laws and help employees avoid distracted driving and prevent traffic accidents.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant identify benefits of developing in-house trainers and prepare in-house trainers to craft effective lesson plans and deliver successful training.
  • HR News:
    Connecticut courts have repeatedly held that employers are not obligated to pay bonuses awarded on a discretionary basis. Still, the line of cases addressing this issue continues to grow as employees seeking to recoup unpaid bonuses advance novel theories of recovery. A recent decision by the Connecticut Appellate Court confirms, yet again, that as long as the terms of the bonus structure make clear that the employer retains full discretion, the bonus is discretionary.
  • An employee sues her employer looking for access to documents created during an investigation into a sexual harassment complaint. Is she entitled to see them? A recent decision sorts through the issues.
  • Like previous generations, Millennials enter the workforce with different assumptions from the generation before them, says Laura Brown, PhD. However, the “degree of differentiation is larger [now] than in previous generational shifts,” due in large part to technology and the Internet.
  • The federal Rehabilitation Act, like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is patterned after it, protects employees with disabilities by striking a balance between the legitimate interests of employers and employees. Recently, a Kansas State University professor thought her employer violated that balance by refusing to grant her an extended leave of absence.
  • Religious discrimination claims are some of the fastest growing (and most confusing) lawsuits in employment law. In a bizarre case, the EEOC has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging that a company coerced employees into participating in 'Onionhead' religious practices and fired workers who opposed the activities.
  • By Will Sowards and Carrie Getsinger, Passport Health
    Don’t want your workplace to fall prey to the flu bug? On-site flu shot clinic experts offer their advice and suggestions on how to increase participation and see a healthy return on investment for every single vaccination administered
  • Good housekeeping practices make work easier for employees—and contributes to increased productivity. And now we bring you steps you can take to implement housekeeping policies and practices in your own facility.
  • When you walked into your workplace this morning, what did you see—and possibly ignore? An overflowing trash can? Coffee spills on the break room counter? Missing light bulbs? But does mess really matter?
  • On August 11, 2014, New Jersey passed new legislation, entitled the “Opportunity to Compete Act,” which bans the box on job applications that require applicants to disclose criminal history information during the “initial employment application process.”
  • All too often, employees seek to utilize the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a shield against discipline for unexcused absences. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—recently upheld the dismissal of an employee's claim that her termination for excessive unexcused absences violated the ADA.
  • What do you get when you combine a hard-working employee with breast cancer, a request for accommodation, and an employer's muddled story on why it fired her? A recent court decision says you get a jury trial.
  • It’s back to school for millions of students, which means it is back to vigilance for everyone who drives a motor vehicle
  • Issues involving noncompetes continue to bedevil Texas employers. Let's look at a case in which another one was stricken down by a court.
  • The Court of Appeals of Tennessee recently issued an opinion highlighting the difficulties of proving a retaliatory discharge claim under the Tennessee Public Protection Act (TPPA). Especially in light of new legislation that limits employees' options for bringing retaliatory discharge claims, employers should take note of this decision to see how proper documentation can prevent expensive jury trials
  • The 'play or pay' provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was originally supposed to become effective January 1, 2014, but the Obama administration delayed its implementation until 2015. In February 2014, the administration released final regulations making further changes to implementation of the provision. This infographic helps you determine whether you are an applicable large employer and whether you will be subject to potential penalties.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed regulations to revise the definition of spouse under the federal FMLA in light of the United States Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor. The Windsor decision found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which generally limited the definitions of 'marriage' and 'spouse' to opposite-sex marriages and spouses, to be unconstitutional.
  • By Lida Citroën, LIDA360, LLC
    Hiring former military personnel could be the best business decision a company (and a hiring manager) makes. These individuals are the beneficiaries of more than $130 billion of investment in training, education, and skill building from the US government. These skills can be transferred to any career.
  • This week, the HR Daily Advisor discussed the Pay Budget Survey results, pregnancy leave and motivation! Here’s the HR Daily Advisor week in review.
  • It appears that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently OK'd employee conduct that would be considered well outside modern workplace norms in almost any situation. The Board ruled that a New York Starbucks could not fire a prounion employee who cursed at a manager in front of customers.

  • After news media reports that some employers had adopted the practice of requiring job applicants and existing employees to provide them with access to their social media accounts, the issue quickly began to receive national attention. Consequently, many state and federal lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban these practices.This interactive map—updated for May 2014-- shows which states have passed laws on social media accounts privacy and the many other states that currently have pending legislation.
  • A Montana bartender was recently awarded damages of $119,927 for sex discrimination. Let's take a look at 5 lessons to be learned from this hostile work environment case.
  • A Pennsylvania appellate court recently ruled that a noncompetition clause in an employment agreement entered into after employment commenced was unenforceable because the employer did not provide the employee with consideration (e.g., a benefit or change in job status) even though the agreement stated the parties intended "to be legally bound" by its terms.
  • Job skills training was the number one training need identified by participants in a recent survey, and leadership/supervisory skills training is a close second according to the “2014 Fringe Benefits Survey: Training and Development” recently released by BLR®.
  • On August 8, 2014, the NLRB’s Associate General Counsel issued a formal memorandum reminding all Regional Directors, Officers-in-Charge, and Resident Officers that investigations of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charges may also reveal possible violations of other laws, specifically, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).
  • A survey conducted by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and TIAA-CREF Institute finds healthcare costs continue to be a major source of concern for public-sector employees.
  • By Molly Jones, Esq., Alston & Bird, LLP
    Employers and employees routinely enter into agreements where the employee waives potential claims and releases the employer from liability in exchange for consideration, typically severance pay, from the employer.
  • Toronto-based Crawford Technologies has announced it will be offering employees full pay for doing 1 full day of volunteer work annually at a charity of their choice.
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit recently addressed a case in which an employee claimed that a coworker used racial slurs when referring to her and she was terminated for complaining about the incidents. Although it upheld the dismissal of the case, the court's ruling in favor of the employer may not be the final word on what constitutes a hostile work environment or unlawful retaliation.
  • The California Supreme Court recently decided whether an unauthorized alien was protected from discrimination in the workplace under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
  • CareerCast has created a list of the top 10 best-paying jobs for 2014, find out if your career makes the list!
  • The fact that the overwhelming majority of GEICO managers began their careers in an entry-level position at the company is a testament to its commitment to providing employees with development opportunities and career growth.
  • In this video series, '10 Sins of Termination', Steve Bruce of BLR's HR Daily Advisor explains the mistakes your managers and supervisors must avoid when terminating an employee. Here we present Sin #10 - Firing without Preparation.
  • There are myriad legitimate reasons an employee may need to take leave--and these reasons are seemingly ever-growing. BLR and its partner Presagia have released a 'Do You Know Your State Leave Laws' infographic to make it easier for HR professionals to keep track of these various laws, using icons to outline the different types of leave laws in each state.
  • In this video series, '10 Sins of Termination', Steve Bruce of BLR's HR Daily Advisor explains the mistakes your managers and supervisors must avoid when terminating an employee. Here we present Sin #9 - Firing on Your Own.
  • By Jillian T. Weiss
    As an attorney and professor who has studied gender transition in the workplace from a sociological and legal perspective, consulted with many companies experiencing gender transition in the workplace, and participated in legal actions against employers for discrimination against transgender employees, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly.
  • Every summer, employers see a spike in the younger generation applying for jobs. It's no surprise, especially with school being out and many college graduates looking to enter the workforce.
  • In this HR.BLR.com slideshow, we provide a brief history of Women's Equality Day and a timeline regarding women's rights in the workplace. We also take a closer look at popular, current women's issues related to employment--including equal pay, sex discrimination, and pregnancy discrimination--that are the basis for recently introduced (and in some cases recently enacted) state and national legislation.
  • In a 5-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court recently held that the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) requires employers to reasonably accommodate employees’ religious practices even though the law includes no such mandate.
  • An Austin jury went to the legal limits and gave employers 11 million more reasons to avoid jury trials. The following case shows how a person who complains of harassment could get sued for defamation by the accused harasser.
  • Once again, the BLR poll has asked readers to vote on the worst summer faux pas in their workplace.
  • This week, the HR Daily Advisor discussed the 7 Deadly Sins that managers commit, C-Suite, and Timewasters! Here’s the HR Daily Advisor week in review.
  • An employee’s educational background and ability to exercise professional discretion and judgment can impact whether he or she qualifies for an exemption from overtime pay under federal law.
  • In this video series, '10 Sins of Termination', Steve Bruce of BLR's HR Daily Advisor explains the mistakes your managers and supervisors must avoid when terminating an employee. Here we present Sin #8 - Not Giving the Employee a Chance to Explain.
  • HR Policies:
    This sample HR Health Information Privacy (HIPAA) policy, “HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices,” can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing benefits & leave issues in the workplace. Download this Health Information Privacy (HIPAA) sample policy to your computer or print it out.
  • HR Quizzes:
    This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant follow legal and policy requirements when terminating employees, properly evaluate and document termination decisions, and follow your organization’s termination procedures and avoid wrongful discharge lawsuits.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant define “respect” and “conflict” in the context of the work environment, identify ways to promote respect in the workplace and resolve conflicts effectively at work.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participants identify the purpose of HIPAA rules and regulations and understand basic HIPAA requirements.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant identify benefits of developing in-house trainers and prepare in-house trainers to craft effective lesson plans and deliver successful training.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant identify hazards of distracted driving, understand the organization’s distracted driving policy and state and local laws and help employees avoid distracted driving and prevent traffic accidents.
  • HR Training Talks:
    This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant identify benefits of developing in-house trainers and prepare in-house trainers to craft effective lesson plans and deliver successful training.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant define “respect” and “conflict” in the context of the work environment, identify ways to promote respect in the workplace and resolve conflicts effectively at work.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant follow legal and policy requirements when terminating employees, properly evaluate and document termination decisions, and follow your organization’s termination procedures and avoid wrongful discharge lawsuits.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participant identify hazards of distracted driving, understand the organization’s distracted driving policy and state and local laws and help employees avoid distracted driving and prevent traffic accidents.
  • This training document is excerpted from BLR’s HR 10 Minute HR Trainer. A complete list of training presentations from this product is available under Training Talks

    This session should help the participants identify the purpose of HIPAA rules and regulations and understand basic HIPAA requirements.
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