California offers New Parent protection outside of the FMLA protection

For you California readers, and employers who have employees in California, you need to be aware of a new law that will be effective January 1, 2018. This new law, called the New Parent Leave Act, extends coverage of an existing California law, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the federal Family and Medical …

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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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Five great reads to improve HR

Wednesday is always a good day to take a look at some writing other than mine that others have found interesting. So here are five selections that will educate you and improve you. Selection One Oops Uber made it in the news, but not in a good way. Julianne Pepitone wrote in CNN Tech “Susan Fowler, …

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Talking about an employee’s medical condition

I am sure most everyone with “HR” in their title knows that it is improper to talk about an employee’s medical condition. However, not everyone understands that and many people are prone to talk about other people without much provocation at all. However, not even many HR people know that talking about an employee’s medical …

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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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Mandated Paid Sick Leave- an inevitability?

Many large companies offer paid sick leave to their employees. Many smaller companies do as well, but some do not. For those companies that offer it the amount of time offered varies. In the smaller business market that I work in the average is three days with a range of 0 to 5 days. Some …

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New posters required by the US Department of Labor

With all the changes going on in the government it should be no surprise that new posters have been produced. Minimum wage This has nothing to do with the new regulations going into effect on December 1, 2016 this year. This is actually the $7.25 minimum wage poster. It is new, and required, because the …

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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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