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  • Rescinding Job Offers – Without Trouble

    Rescinding Job Offer Based on New Information Q&A

    Can you rescind a job offer if you find out new information about a candidate? For instance, can an employer rescind a job offer due to errors on applications? Learn what steps you can take to limit liability in this situation.

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  • Would You Hire a Felon?

    Felon Employment: Ways to Encourage Success

    As discussed in previous articles, it’s no mystery that employers are often hesitant to hire convicted felons. A felony is essentially the modern day scarlet letter when it comes to open doors for employment and various other aspects of life.

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  • Employee Disciplinary Procedures: Be Consistent

    Consistent Employee Discipline: Not "One Size Fits All" Q&A

    When considering employee disciplinary procedures, you know that you should treat your employees consistently. However, being consistent does not mean you have to treat them all the exact same way. Find out how you can take appropriate, fair action and limit potential inconsistencies that could cause legal problems.

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  • HR Horror Stories

    Creepy, Terrible, Awful HR Nightmares

    What’s your worst HR nightmare? Layoff lists getting shared too early? Compensation budget arguments turning ugly? Well, they have all happened and we’ve collected some frightful ones for you to read below.

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  • Pay Incentive Programs

    Incentive Pay and Cautions for Non-Exempt Employees

    Above and beyond base pay is the option of incentive pay. The critical point to make about any plan for a pay incentive program is to watch your messaging. Your communication should focus on the notion that incentive pay is for results above and beyond normal expectations. You want to avoid any one thinking their incentive pay is an entitlement. Look what that thinking has done in the financial industry.

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  • Hiring Convicted Felons

    Jobs that Hire Convicted Felons

    In the current job market, even the most experienced and educated individuals may have some difficulty locating jobs despite their best efforts. No one experiences this more than a convicted felon coming out of prison for the first time after many years. A lot of potential employers that work with work release programs are considered “felon friendly” employers, but still often ask what kind of work can felons do? The short answer is - almost everything.

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  • Bullying in the Workplace

    Bullying in the Workplace: Will Your Workers Be Able To Sue You For Bullying?

    The word “bully” often conjures up images from the mid-1980’s classic Back to the Future in which mousey George McFly is hounded and humiliated by the Goliath-sized alpha male named Biff Tanner. I can still hear the taunting words of Biff echoing through the 1950’s cafeteria: “Hello McFly. Anybody home, McFly?” And who could help but cheer when George gets up the guts to sock Biff in the face at the high school sock hop? This quintessential form of bullying and other less overt forms of intimidation exist not only in the schoolyard but also in the workplace.

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  • Refining Employee Compensation Plans

    Refining Employee Compensation Plans

    Employers and HR professionals alike put a lot of time, research, and energy into developing a strong and attractive employee compensation plan. Stacking benefits like profit–sharing and team-based pay onto basic compensation is commonly done, then that approach is reviewed, researched, and refined over time.

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  • Examining the Adverse Impacts of Layoffs

    Think Before You Fire: Designing an Adverse Impact Analysis

    In our tough economy, laying off employees has become a knee-jerk reaction when budgets get tight. But, what are the true effects of employee layoffs and how might choosing them wreak havoc later on? Losing a skilled, experienced and loyal employee can hurt your bottom line over time.

    In this post we’ll discuss how you can help your managers and the leadership at your company make smart choices about staffing so that the company stays healthy long term.

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  • How to Deal with Employee Emotions

    How to Deal with Employee Emotions in the Workplace

    How do you manage your workforce effectively so that you have the expectation of high performance while demonstrating your genuine compassion for an employee? While you may think that you want a little bit of both at all times – both compassion and pushing the employee - this “sweet spot” is not a balance. Compassion and motivation are not at opposite ends of the same spectrum. One does not need to be sacrificed for the sake of the other.

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  • Writing Creative Job Postings

    Put Your Job Postings to Work for You

    I am always telling people to think outside of the box when working through human resources issues. For some reason, we have gotten ourselves stuck in the box in several area, including job postings, which is no fun and not helpful to our organizations.

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  • Pay-for-Performance Plans Make a Comeback

    Back to Normal: Review Your Pay-for-Peformance Plan Now

    Thinking about merit increases again for the first time in a very long time?

    The evening news reports that the economic recovery is shaky, with steps forward and steps back, but some companies are doing well again. If the annual pay-for-performance plan at your work was put on hold, but you can now consider starting it up again, here are some back-to-basics steps to follow.

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  • Emotional Intelligence in the Business Workplace

    Emotional Intelligence: Two Approaches in the Workplace

    Humans are emotional creatures and emotions can get messy. Is it possible to keep that mess to a minimum at work? Let’s look at whether we, as managers in the workplace, should spend time helping our employees deal with their emotions or if it is best to let the employees work out their emotions on their own. Those two extreme approaches have the pros and cons.

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  • Emotion in the Workplace

    Emotion in the Workplace: How Much Should Managers Focus On It?

    Have you ever been accused of being too “touchy-feely?” Or have you avoided that label as if it were an insult? If the term “touchy-feely” gets used around your office, it probably doesn’t get defined and may mean different things to different people.

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  • 6 Tips for Writing Employee Evaluations

    Writing Effective Employee Evaluations

    Employee evaluations are tools that are often seen in the business world as “necessary evils.” For most part, they are only really pushed by human resource professionals who need paper trails for employees who are performing adequately, or poorly.

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  • The Top HR Changes Due to Healthcare Reform

    Fall Open Enrollment Season: Health Care Reform Starts to Take Effect

    October traditionally marks the beginning of health insurance open enrollment season, during which employees can review and change their health plan benefits. Employers that don’t require an “active” enrollment and/or that have not made substantive plan changes for some time may find that their employees pay scant attention, automatically selecting the plans they had the previous year without looking to see what’s new.

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  • Employee Code of Conduct

    Employee Code of Conduct – Definition and Design

    I would define an employee code of conduct as a general guideline for workplace performance that enforces key work ethics and severely discourages unethical, immoral, or illegal behavior. A code of conduct can be either an introduction to the employee handbook or, in some cases, a completely separate document that is reviewed and signed at the time of hiring.

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  • Writing an Employee Termination Letter

    Writing an Employee Termination Letter: How Much to Include? Q&A

    Find out the pros and cons of putting your termination reasons in a written employee termination letter.

    Q: We want to provide employees who are terminated with a brief employee termination letter explaining our reasoning and informing them about administrative issues like COBRA and returning office keys. How much detail should be included about the reason for termination?

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  • Company-Wide Incentive Programs: Q&A

    Designing Bonus Plans That Cut Business Costs

    What are some smart approaches to designing company-wide incentive programs? Bonus incentives are powerful tools and can both create success or wreak havoc. Careful planning is key. HR expert Stacey Carroll, director of customer service and marketing at PayScale, recently addressed the following questions during a webinar titled Aligning Your Compensation Strategy with Business Priorities:
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  • HR’s Perspective on the Jet Blue Flight Attendant

    A Look at Employee Behavior: The Case of the Jet Blue Flight Attendant

    By now we’ve all heard about the tirade of Jet Blue flight attendant Steve Slater, although the ground swell of support and assignment of cult hero status seems to have shifted some since the story first broke. As an HR professional, it was disconcerting to see the acceptance and praise of his actions. While most people can relate to a time when they’ve been fed up at work, it’s irresponsible and potentially dangerous to reward and encourage the expression of that anger in destructive ways at the workplace.
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