October 19th, 2018 by Fiona W. Ong at Shawe Rosenthal
Topic: Return to work
Is it just me or does this Tom Balard song, Model Girl, compliment Calder's Flamingo?
Happy Friday...read more
October 17th, 2018 by Jennifer Ready at HK Finanical Services
OK, so Jennifer holds on to 400,996 to share with you at a later date, but she does share four really, really good ones:
Hey, read in order*, the list of four kind of sums it up.
* I have it on good authority that Jennifer fashioned an opera out of the remaining 400,966...read more
October 16th, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy
If nothing else, you want to read Robin Shea's blog because she makes a good in-context Kate Gosselin reference. Of course there is "else" which includes stuff you need to work through:
There is also a picture that is not the Official "Grumpy Cat"...read more
October 11th, 2018 by hrsimple
Just like a dog, a hire can be bad for a multitude of reasons, including the hirer (trainer), the hired (dog), everyone's expectations (in both cases some praise and/or a treat), and the environment (workplace/home).
HR Dive is here to help (with the bad hire*):
"Sooner or later, even the most seasoned HR professionals will admit it: they've made a bad hire. For some reason, a person will fizzle out on the job, even though his or her stellar credentials promised a perfect fit with your company. Whether this is an entry-level person or a senior executive, the impact of a bad hire on a department or company can be devastating. So what do you do?"
HR Dive walks you through the process after you accept it was your bad (hire):
* for those of you with a bad dog (my trainer reminds me that it isn't the dog, it is in fact me), some help from BARk...read more
October 10th, 2018 by William S. Rutchow at Ogletree Deakins
Recent changes to the Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace Program can mean saving money on workers' comp, among other benefits, but requires meeting certain criteria. Bill Rutchow explains other benefits and some of the significant changes...read more
October 10th, 2018 by hrsimple
SHRMS's third in a series of articles on meeting fall 2018 open-enrollment challenges deals with providing employees with the opportunity to tailor benefits to meet their needs.
How can customized benefits increase loyalty? Would employees pay for them on their own? Would they take a pay cut for better choices?
See how employers and employees view the desirability of:
As always, communication is a key...read more
October 8th, 2018 by hrsimple
You need some help with projects that are a little less than crucial and school's have students looking for some pratical experience in the working world. Sounds like a PB and J mashup no brainer, right?
Hold on Hoss, not so fast, especially since the Department of Labor adopted new rules. SHRM, with help from Littler and Fisher Phillips, provides six tips for creating a sound internship program:
October 5th, 2018 by hrsimple
Any answer except #1, Natural light, may not be correct.
Have a good Friday...read more
October 4th, 2018 by Thomas E. Reddin and Henry J. Thomas
Question: Does an employer have to offer FMLA to an employee – who was not eligible for FMLA at the start of her medical leave – when she reaches the 12-month, 1,250-hour requirement while out on leave?
Answer: Could happen.
Question: Says who?..read more
October 3rd, 2018 by Peter Gillespie at Laner Muchin
Note to Self: Be sure to have clear written expense reimbursement policies in place before January 1, 2019.
Question for Self: Why Self?
Answer to Self: Because employers will be required to reimburse expenses or losses that employees incurred in the scope of their employment that are directly related to the services that the employee performs.
Follow-up answer to Self: And so you don't get sued.
Peter Gillespie explains to your Self (not former Illinois basketball coach Bill Self)...read more
October 2nd, 2018 by John Monroe and Kristina Griffin at FordHarrison
As you can tell by the “seasonal” aisle of your local drug store, holiday season has begun! The seemingly endless stretch of celebrations from October to January brings with it a whole cornucopia of HR issues – including the use of seasonal workers.
Only 90 days until we flip the calendar. You're welcome...read more
October 1st, 2018 by Jill Kirila and Shennan Harris at Squire Patton Boggs
Opinions are like noses - everyone has one and occasionally we blow it.
Except when you are the DOL you just issue another opinion letter. The nose thing? That takes a rhinoplastologist. But it doesn't take near as long to correct.
Disclaimer – this is neither an endorsement or solicitation for any ENT or opthamologic work.
October 1st, 2018 by Tina Syring at Cozen O'Connor
Just because you say something is confidential doesn't make it so. And just because an employee believes the information is confidential and thinks they are treating it as such, doesn't mean they are – think airport restaurant and an employee checking in with the office over the phone, including names, numbers and obstacles overcome in a series of sales meetings.
Tina Syring didn't just think it, she encountered it. Here's how she helps make it unencounterable...read more
September 28th, 2018 by Robin Shea at Constangy
Accommodation requests and firing are a bad mix, like a jalapeno and contacts or open nail polish in a car.
And as this is Friday afternoon, how about a "Bad" mix: Martin Scorsese's film/video of Michael Jackson's classic...read more
September 27th, 2018 by David Broderick at Littler Mendelson
David Broderick at Littler Mendelson is more than likely much better at math than I, and is absolutley more qualified to answer the question posed in this edition of Dear Littler:
Do we have to accommodate a religious objection to the flu shot?..read more