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  • HR Guidance:
    This document contains a state-by-state list of required new-hire notices and forms, with links where applicable. In addition to mandatory state notices, this overview also includes federal forms and notices as well as suggested (optional) new hire forms. Use this guidance document when onboarding a new employee.
  • This document contains a state-by-state list of required termination notices and forms, with links where applicable.

    Last updated 08/02/2022.

    Note: The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has created many unique challenges for employers. In an effort to combat the effects of COVID-19 on businesses that have been forced to lay off workers, many states have enacted temporary changes. The guidance document “COVID-19 Addendum to State Termination Notices and Forms” discusses furloughs and state changes to workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation rules in response to COVID-19.

  • HR News:
    Maybe it’s because I write this during the All-Star break. Maybe it’s because Major League Baseball and minor league players have entered into a settlement, but I have been thinking about umpires. Every game needs a referee, or else it can’t be played. People complain about referees and yell at the umpires, but players know there’s a limit to how far they can push before they are thrown out of the game.
  • The Biden administration has issued its spring regulatory agenda. The agenda provides guidance on what the workforce enforcement agencies on which employers are normally focused are planning for the upcoming year. It also provides insight into what some non-workforce agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are planning to require employers to provide to their workforces.
  • Recently, there has been an uptick in the number of business transactions in the marketplace. From a legal perspective, employee benefits issues are often a key element of any business transaction. Everything from employee pay, retention, and bonus payments to 401(k), pensions, and fringe benefits is “on the table” as the parties negotiate terms. Of course, health benefits are also a frequent item of negotiation, and this is where continuation coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) fits in.

  • We’ve all heard about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when it comes to expectant mothers or for recovery from serious physical health conditions, such as heart attacks or surgeries. The application of FMLA protection for mental health conditions is more nuanced, however. Mental health conditions are increasing worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there has been a 13% rise in mental health conditions and substance use disorders in the last decade.
  • The Texas Supreme Court just issued an important opinion on the payment of commissions to employees. The employer’s failure to simply insert one extra paragraph in an offer letter resulted in a whopping verdict against it of $962,336.89 for unpaid commissions, $80,282.63 in prejudgment interest, and postjudgment interest at 5%, to say nothing about attorneys’ fees! To avoid this fate, read on.
  • Is it June already? I wish that meant it's only mango season in Florida. Unfortunately, it also signals the start of another hurricane season. Here are tips on how to prepare your business.
  • Although it involves Texas law, a recent case illustrates the pitfalls an employer can face when former employees make claims for commissions or compensation after their employment has ended. It also offers suggestions on how employers with commissioned salespeople can avoid the same traps.
  • Physicians aren’t automatically “supervisors” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), according to a recent decision by Region 10 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Although doctors have the authority to direct other employees within a healthcare institution, their primary role is to provide care to patients, not administrative and personnel services to the institution itself. Thus, in certain situations, physicians can be considered employees under the NLRA and may unionize with other healthcare personnel.
  • The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued guidance on the use of software, algorithms, and artificial intelligence (AI) in assessing job applicants and employees. The guidance discusses how employers’ use of tools that rely on algorithmic decision-making may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • HR Podcast:
    Jeff Klubeck, world-class coach, consultant, author, and Founder and CEO of Get a Klu, Inc., joins the HR Works Podcast and shares his keys to developing the soft skills that make the strong leaders of tomorrow.
  • In this episode of the HR Works Podcast, Cornerstone On Demand’s Mike Bollinger joins us to discuss the "skills confidence gap" that is leaving business leaders and their employees misaligned, and what is setting high-performing organizations apart from their competition in leadership development.
  • HR Policies:
    An employment contract, or simply employment agreement, is a written, binding document that can be a highly effective way of protecting a company’s financial and intellectual resources. When properly drafted and signed by both parties, a contract is a legally binding agreement that outlines the terms of the employee-employer relationship. It usually includes the specific terms of the work relationship, salary and benefits, and recruiting and retaining particularly valuable employee talent and confidential company information. Use this Employment Contracts policy template to create a policy that fits the needs of your organization.
  • A working hours policy serves as a framework for flextime, job sharing, intermittent family leave, work-at-home, absenteeism, tardiness, overtime, and other policies, and reminds supervisors to enforce schedules, lunch times, and rest breaks. This comprehensive policy document provides tips and considerations for drafting your policy, legal points to consider, and 4 detailed "Hours of Work" sample policies.
  • Time off following a death in an employee’s family—also called “bereavement leave” or “funeral leave”—is a standard subject for a policy manual and the employee handbook. A death in an employee’s immediate family is a traumatic experience that will negatively impact work, even if an employee does not take time off. Use this Death in the Family policy template to create a policy that fits the needs of your organization.
  • Garnishments are court-ordered deductions from an employee’s wages by a creditor for failing to pay a debt. Both federal and state laws regulate garnishments. Generally, the company withholds a certain amount from the employee’s paycheck to be applied toward payment of the debt. This comprehensive policy document, "Garnishments," provides tips and considerations for drafting your policy, legal points to consider, and a detailed sample policy.
  • HR PowerPoints:
    For employers, conserving energy is a natural way to reduce costs while acting ethically. For employees, conserving energy at work extends the commitment to the environment and conservation that many have made in their personal lives. Use this Saving Energy at Work and Beyond PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on HR strategy.
  • HR Quizzes:
    For employers, conserving energy is a natural way to reduce costs while acting ethically. For employees, conserving energy at work extends the commitment to the environment and conservation that many have made in their personal lives. Use this Saving Energy at Work and Beyond quiz to train your workers on HR strategy.
  • HR Speaker's Notes:
    For employers, conserving energy is a natural way to reduce costs while acting ethically. For employees, conserving energy at work extends the commitment to the environment and conservation that many have made in their personal lives. Use these Saving Energy at Work and Beyond speaker's notes to train your workers on HR strategy.
  • HR Trainer's Guides:
    For employers, conserving energy is a natural way to reduce costs while acting ethically. For employees, conserving energy at work extends the commitment to the environment and conservation that many have made in their personal lives. Use this Saving Energy at Work and Beyond trainer's guide to train your workers on HR strategy.
  • HR Training Exercises:
    For employers, conserving energy is a natural way to reduce costs while acting ethically. For employees, conserving energy at work extends the commitment to the environment and conservation that many have made in their personal lives. Use this Saving Energy at Work and Beyond exercise to train your workers on HR strategy.
  • For employers, conserving energy is a natural way to reduce costs while acting ethically. For employees, conserving energy at work extends the commitment to the environment and conservation that many have made in their personal lives. Use this Saving Energy at Work and Beyond exercise to train your workers on HR strategy.
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