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Thank you for attending our webinar series this week to learn more about Hire, Google's latest recruiting app. For those who missed it, you can check out a short overview here. If you wish to take action and streamline how you currently recruit, please reach out to charleshsieh@google.com to discuss next steps.

"Thank you" and "I'm sorry" ā€“ meaningful, simple and impactful

June 12th, 2018

Two simple statements, for the workplace or anywhere else. Hey, if a cat can do it, so can you. SHRM shows you how and why with the help of all of these good people Fjuri Be Robin Hood @InsideOutProj Nancy Friedman Team Awesome Coaching Employment Resource Group

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Michael Corleone HR tip for the day

June 12th, 2018

Michael Corleone HR tip for the day: Should an ex-employee disparage or malign you and/or the company; hold your horses, go not to the mattresses, and do nothing. Real Evil HR Lady agrees, but does have some proactive recommendations.

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S'not flu or it is, doesn't matter

June 12th, 2018

S'not flu or it is, doesn't matter. Our good friend Joan Casciari @seyfarthshawLLP helps @SHRM and you sort out how FMLA, ADA, local leave laws and PTO can apply. S'not funny. Yes, it is.

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Be prepared for ICE raids

June 12th, 2018

If your first reaction to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid would be "Ice. ICE! Baby." and a slow exhale/shaking head, then read this from our our authors at Fisher Phillips now, which includes:

  • background: heat has been turned up in 2018
  • what you can do to prepare: 5-step plan
  • what to do should the government come calling

then check this breakdown of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby".

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Looking for employees: an untapped source of talent

June 12th, 2018

This blog is courtesy of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) and can be found on their website here

 

Can individuals with disabilities benefit your business? Research, as well as my personal experience, says yes.

Multiple studies show hiring individuals with disabilities is good for your bottom line. While there were some differences by sector, a study by DePaul University comparing employees with and without disabilities in similar positions found employees with disabilities had longer tenure, fewer scheduled and unscheduled absences, and their job performance evaluations were almost identical. Spending less time in the hiring process and fewer disruptions in production are good for the bottom line.

Employees with disabilities can be loyal, reliable and hardworking. An additional benefit of employees with disabilities in the workforce is . . .

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Calling Dr. Love(less)

June 12th, 2018

We are Calling Dr. Love(less), a guest advice columnist for @RobinEShea and our authors @ConstangyLaw, to answer some workplace romance questions, including:

  • should we change our "consensual romantic relationships" policy in light of #MeToo?
  • is Valentine's Ash WednesDay a sign that the end, is in fact, near?
  • how do I move beyond a mere "working relationship" without being accused of sexual harassment?
  • what do you call marriage to a "great gal", a wandering eye, and an attractive and willing boss?

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Non-exempt employees ā€“ what counts as wages?

June 12th, 2018

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), “wages” paid to an employee are defined to include money, but may also include “facilities” such as the reasonable cost or fair value of board, lodging, or other facilities similar to board and lodging which are customarily furnished by the employer for the employee’s benefit.

Examples of other facilities are:

  • meals provided at company cafeterias
  • tuition provided by a college to student employees
  • general merchandise provided at company stores
  • transportation provided to and from work by the employer.

The FLSA permits employers to pay wages . . .

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HR is not a happy accident

June 12th, 2018

With all due respect to Bob Ross, you probably can't turn your HR mistakes into an aspen copse, so check out this list of the 10 biggest HR newbie mistakes from SHRM.

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Do new hires have to be a culture club fit?

June 12th, 2018

Do new hires have to be a culture club fit? Patty McCord, former chief talent officer of Netflix doesn't think so. READ THIS deep dive (3500+ words) from Patty, SHRM and Harvard Business Review. 

In Patty's words: "The process requires: 

  • probing beneath the surface of people and their résumés
  • engaging managers in every aspect of hiring
  • treating your in-house recruiters as true business partners
  • adopting a mindset in which you're always recruiting
  • coming up with compensation that suits the performance you need and the future you aspire to."

But it is a whole bunch more than five bullet points.

This is for start-ups to multi-nationals. Again, READ THIS.

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Remote workers and telecommuting

June 12th, 2018

Millions of employees work during normal business hours from a home office with the support of computers, Internet, faxes, telephones, smartphones and tablets. From 2008 to 2014, the percent of employers allowing telecommuting on a regular basis rose from 23% to 38%. Telecommuting has and will continue to raise special wage and hour considerations. Telecommuting also need not be an all or nothing proposition. Employers are experimenting with many different models for alternative work arrangements

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When former employees ask for references

June 12th, 2018

When former employees ask for references, you should: a.) go all Chatty Cathy, b.) reference EvilHRLady, or c.) channel Darth Vader and "deal with them" yourself.

Suzanne Lucas (aka Evil HR Lady) asked six labor and employment lawyers, including our authors at Constangy, and shared them in the inc.com article. Here is some of what she heard:

  • avoid them
  • be aware of legal obligations
  • scratch my back and I'll scratch yours
  • know the code
  • ad hoc is not a policy
  • be honest

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Model written lock out/tag out program

June 12th, 2018

Not all employers need a lock out/tag out program, but if you do, well, then here you go. Again, this is a MODEL program, so it is a place to start, not a finished product, which means you need to read through this and understand how this applies to you and your company and employees and then edit to meet your needs. 

All that said, it does come from our book Workplace Safety and Health Compliance Manual, which is authored by Edwin G Foulke, Jr. at Fisher Phillips, who was the head of OSHA for two and a half years, during which time workplace injury, illness and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history. So you would have that going for you.

So click on the "OSHA model written lock out/tag out program" above and have at it.

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Wrong table cat

June 12th, 2018

Wrong table cat – there are new income tax withholding tables. SHRM shows you where to find them (use no later than Feb. 15), some FAQs, info on a new W-4 and the updated withholding tax calculator.

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They might be giants . . . transforming healthcare?

June 12th, 2018

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase (not the 80s alt rock band) are the giants. Can they provide high-quality health care for a lower cost? 

Three perspectives:

  • SHRM breaks down how it might affect definitely-not-giant employers 
  • NPR provides a good overview
  • Forbes says it "could disrupt healthcare and capitalism as we know it" (cue R.E.M.)

Bonus if you can identify which of the giants used “tapeworm” in the announcement. Double bonus it you can pick out the publication that didn’t mention it.

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Conducting internal I-9 audits

June 12th, 2018

For many years, an employer that wanted to conduct internal audits did its best based on legal advice and common sense without knowing what the government would think of its efforts and if, in attempting to correct errors, it might inadvertently have created other issues. 

 

In December of 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USCIS) and the OSC issued a joint document entitled “Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Audits.”  USCIS also updated its I-9 Central webpage with “Frequently Asked Questions: Self-Audits.”  An employer is still advised to consult with legal counsel if questions or issues arise while conducting an internal audit of its I-9 forms, but at least now employers have a better idea what position the government would take on certain issues relating to self-audits of the Form I-9.

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