The Importance of Documentation in HR

  Ah yes, the incessant mantra of all HR departments. Document, document, document until you are tired of hearing about it. However, I attended a legal session yesterday that emphasized the importance of documentation. The lesson The legal session I attended was put on by Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP and dealt with the intersection …

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Saving Your Bacon: Results Alone are not always the Best Criteria

  What do you do when you have an employee who is producing the results you want but is breaking the “rules” by not following proper protocol? This is a story that shows that results alone are not always the best criteria to determine whether an employee is retained and how proper documentation will “save …

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Build a Network of Remarkable People

  To try to attempt to be a “solo” operator in today’s world is a defeating activity. The world it too interconnected for you to try to run your HR department, your company, your consultancy or your life without having a network to rely on. You need to build a network of remarkable people. Remarkable …

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Employers are not always the Bad Guys

  Unions would like you to believe that they are always working on behalf of the employees against the “bad guys” in the company. Well employers are not always the bad guys. Union vs. union Sometimes in union disputes the employer is not involved at all. In the case of Kaiser Permanente in California, 45,000 …

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Steps in Handling Employee Resignations

  A small client asked me the other day “What do you do when someone resigns?” For someone who has been in HR for a long time you just don’t think about that anymore, you just do it. But the question made me think that they may not be the only company out there that …

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3 Brainless Steps to Brilliant Hires: A Guest Post

  Bill Ramsey has posted a couple of times as a guest. This time he offered me a video guest post on 3 brainless steps to brilliant hires. I thought it was well done. I think you will like it as well. Bill talks about the selection process and the value of selection tools. So …

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New FMLA Regulations Effective Now

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act the US Department of Labor made new FMLA regulations effective on March 8th. These new regulations include changes in the following areas: Increase and clarify scope of military exigency leave; Extend military caregiver leave; Cleared up airline flight crew employees FMLA eligibility requirements; …

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One Big Piece of Advice to New Employees

  We all want new employees to be successful. We want them to fit in and be productive. How do you tell them to do that? If you were sitting down to mentor someone what would be the one big piece of advice you would tell them? Pay attention Paying attention is an easy piece …

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A Legislation Prediction- ENDA

  I was speaking to a class of HR students the other day and I was discussing the likelihood of new legislation being passed in 2013. I noted that not much employment legislation has been passed in the past four years and that was unlikely to change I the current term, barring a major change …

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