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  • COBRA Health Insurance Plan Update

    COBRA Qualification and Duration Revisited

    You have to provide employees and other qualified beneficiaries with between 18 and 36 months of health care continuation coverage under COBRA. Find out the proper duration of each qualifying event and how to handle multiple qualifying events.

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  • Simple HR Mistakes

    How to Avoid the Classic HR Pitfalls

    I learned the classic HR pitfalls the hard way. When I began my first position as an HR manager, I walked into a firestorm of new information. I only had my MA in HR and zero actual experience, plus I was the first-ever, full time-HR manager for the company. The situation was daunting.

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  • Employee Snow Day Policy

    Snow Days and Pay Q&A

    Do you know what your obligations are to employees who cannot get to work on bad weather days? See what attorney Robin Thomas has to say about your obligations snow day pay and what you can expect from your employees.

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  • HR Quiz: Names, Acronyms and More

    Exam Time: Basic HR Competency Test

    By Staff Writer

    Looking to brush up on your professional terminology or just feel great about how smart you are? We offer you our informal HR quiz where you can see how you fare with some basic and advanced HR terminology.

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  • Managing Former Peers

    Promoted Above Your Peers?

    Perhaps because it is a rarity in many people’s experience, being promoted beyond your peers holds a mystic as being exciting and a great moment in your career. While it is a compliment, the truth is that being promoted above, or even managing your former peers is something that can be quite awkward and sometimes counterproductive depending on the existing work environment.

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  • Performance Compensation Plans

    Creating Better Performance: Compensation Plans Behind the Scenes

    By Staff Writer

    Today we hear from Brent Egbert, an account manager at PayScale who works everyday with HR professionals who are improving their organization's compensation structure in order to save their company money and improve employee performance. Compensation Today asked Brent a few questions about what he sees happening on the front lines of compensation planning for better performance.

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  • 10 Reasons to Love Your HR Staff

    Love Your HR Staff (Because This Is What They Go Through)

    February has arrived, the month for appreciating the ones we love. While we don’t mean to promote office romance, we do think that there are plenty of reasons “love” and appreciate your HR staff. The following is a list created by some of the folks on PayScale’s customer service team.

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  • Facebook at Work

    Social Media at Work: What’s Your Company’s Policy?

    A few weeks ago we posted about the importance of a having a company e-mail policy. E-mail has been around for quite awhile now, so hopefully companies have been moving more and more toward including email communication in their workplace policies. But, what about Facebook at work, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, wikis, etc? How are you handling your employees’ behavior in the world of social media?

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  • Trends for Wages: PayScale’s 2010 Results

    The PayScale Index: Who Is Paying Their Employees More?

    By Staff Writer

    How did wages change in 2010 across most industries, metros and company sizes? PayScale recently released the results of The PayScale Index for Q4 of 2010 and the basic story is that, while 2010 wasn’t as terrible as 2009 for wages, it wasn’t great. Job wages and salaries are no better and no worse.

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  • Tax Bill’s Effect on Educational Assistance

    Tuition Assistance Addressed in Last Month’s Tax Bill

    In passing the tax bill last month, Congress voted to extend several Bush-era tax cuts, including one for employer-provided educational assistance. The following post tells how the tax code differentiates between educational assistance that is directly related to the job and assistance that is not job-related.

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  • Is Multitasking Good or Bad?

    Multitasking: Productivity Enhancer or Time Waster?

    Can we really perform multiple tasks simultaneously? We all feel the pressure to accomplish more than one thing at once, but are we enhancing our productivity or wasting time? We, as professionals, increasingly have to get more done in less time. But, should multitasking be part of our approach?

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  • Smart Business Decisions

    Smart Business Decisions for 2011

    What can you do early in the year to make sure that 2011 is a more profitable, positive year for your company? In our previous post, “Business Resolutions for the New Year,” we shared the first five of nine suggestions from Personnel Policy Service, Inc. Here are the last four.

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  • Creating a Merit Matrix

    How to Create a Merit Matrix

    When is it time for your organization to allot its merit budget, how do you best support the decision makers? Consider creating a merit matrix. A merit matrix is a great tool that can easily summarize and boil down paragraphs of policy into a simple, quick-to-view and quick-to-use visual to produce better decisions.

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  • Business Resolutions for the New Year

    How to Make 2011 a Better Business Year

    The New Year is here and it is a great time to make changes in your work environment by identifying old barriers to success and replacing them with new, more effective behaviors. The “To Do” list that follows offers the first five of nine suggestions in our two part series on creating a better business year in 2011.

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  • HR Work Resolutions for 2011

    HR Resolutions for the New Year

    It’s time to make resolutions for the New Year. I’m sure a lot of us will make personal resolutions about losing weight, spending more in nature or being more organized. But, it’s also a great time of year to think about how you will approach work differently in 2011.

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  • Efficient Email Practices at Work

    Efficient Email Practices: How to Train Your Workforce

    How can you easily make your company’s workforce more efficient? No matter what industry you’re in, your workers are likely spending a significant amount of time on email. So, besides making more powerful coffee, you’d be wise to try improving their email habits.

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  • Gift Giving at Work

    5 Tips for Happy Holiday Gift Giving at Work

    It’s the season of giving and many times people wonder what’s appropriate and inappropriate when it comes to gift giving in the office. The same rules apply in the office as exist for gift giving in general. But it helps to remember that it can be especially important to act appropriately in the office.

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  • The Importance of a Company Email Policy

    Why You Need a Company-Wide Email Policy to Improve Productivity

    In our world of mobile devices and global companies, how do people in the business world communicate? Certainly through phone calls and video conferences, but email still reigns as the dominant form of communication. And, if it doesn’t already, your company should consider having a policy around email so that it is used both safely and efficiently by your employees.

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  • Compensation Planning Season

    'Tis the Season for Compensation Planning

    It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not referring to the mad rush to get Christmas presents wrapped and under the tree, although that can certainly add to our stress level. I’m referring to the time of year when HR and compensation professionals are asked to help with budgeting and compensation planning for the upcoming year.

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  • Introductory Period of Employment

    Introductory Period of Employment Versus Probationary Period Q&A

    Employers that use the phrase “probationary period” to refer to their new employees’ first few months of work may find they have created enhanced job rights that they did not intend. Find out why you should use the term “introductory period” instead.

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