What is the Workflex in the 21st Century Act?

We all know that workplace flexibility, family-friendly policies, and paid leave are at the forefront of many company and legislative discussions. Numerous articles condemn the lack of family-friendly policies in the US, see here and here. As a reaction, many states have, or are in the process of, passing local legislation requiring various levels of …

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Three Monday morning HR lessons: Learning from the bad judgment of others

Most of us have probably seen the quote “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment”, a quote attributed to numerous people. The important thing to realize is that it does not always have to be your bad judgment that you learn from, you can learn from the bad judgment of others. …

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WOW, some very expensive FMLA mistakes you don’t want to make.

Jeff Nowak, friend and attorney, is a specialist in dealing with the Family and Medical Leave Act. I have referenced him a number of times and today I am referring you to a specific blog post of his. Reduce or eliminate ambiguity In his post Poorly Implemented FMLA Policies and Procedures are Killing Employers. Don’t …

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Is mandatory paid Family and Medical leave just around the corner?

Back in December I somewhat addressed this topic with my post Mandated Paid Sick Leave- an inevitability? Now we see movement toward mandatory paid family and medical leave with the introduction of a bill in Congress. Is the time this trend will come to be? The US in last place According to the website Think …

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Four Very Instructive Reads in HR Compliance

Legal compliance for many HR people is a major headache. Each situation has some different twist to it that makes you question whether you are making the correct decision. Here are four situations that provide examples of just my point. Reverse discrimination This first post shows that reverse discrimination is recognized by the courts as …

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Making you a better professional: Four great reads in HR

Today I am letting you know about four great posts from other writers. These posts will educated and inform you. They did me. Maybe we are offering something we don’t have to First up is Robin Shea. She wrote about a study that shows that flexibility in a work schedule may not be as important …

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Three great HR posts for Wednesday

Today is a small collection of posts I think you should read. Great stuff from great authors. Reading these will make you a better HR professional. First up is a great post from Jon Hyman at the Ohio Employers Law Blog. In Developing an anti-harassment culture is key to stopping workplace harassment Jon talks about the importance …

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HR manager can be held personally responsible for FMLA interference

Dragging your feet in responses to employees can land you in significant “hot water”. A New York federal court found an HR manager personally responsible for how an employee was dealt with in an FMLA case. Lack of response Initially in this case the HR manager did provide the employee with FMLA instructions for dealing …

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FMLA, Termination and the ADA

Two of my favorite attorneys have produced articles about working with employees who are on FMLA leave. They both point out that FMLA decisions can be difficult ones and often the wrong decision can cost a company financially. Can you fire? The question that Daniel Schwartz asked in his post was “If an employee doesn’t …

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3 HR-Approved Gifts to Give Expectant Employees

Today’s post is brought to you by SocialMonsters.org Forty-seven percent of working women are afraid to tell their boss they’re pregnant, according to a poll by Care.com. The poll didn’t reveal men’s workplace anxiety about becoming fathers, but there are plenty of reasons why expectant parents of both genders might be stressed — including fears …

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