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  • Employee Performance Feedback

    Steps to Giving Effective Employee Performance Feedback

    In a previous post, "Confronting Difficult Employees," we discussed how to work with the managers at your company to ensure that critical employee performance feedback is given to your employees in a consistent and fair manner. Now we’ll review, step-by-step, how to prepare effective employee feedback and then when and where to give it.
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  • Activities to Reduce Employee Stress

    Take a Deep Breath and Start Improving Employee Productivity

    What can companies do that is free, shows quick results, and can have a long term beneficial impact on employee’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being? Simple - teach them breathing techniques and activities to reduce stress.
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  • FLSA Requires Break Times for Nursing Mothers

    Breaks Now Required for Nursing Mothers

    If you are like most employers, you probably have not had time to consider the many new obligations imposed in the 2,000-plus pages of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Most of the provisions that substantially change how health care will be provided in this country do not take effect for several years, beginning in 2014.
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  • Advantages of an Effective Compensation Strategy

    What Is the Advantage of Taking the Time to Develop a Compensation Strategy?

    The biggest mistake an organization makes in setting up a compensation program is to rush into getting the answers without carefully considering the issues. Next to your organization’s strategic planning efforts, dovetailing the compensation philosophy to support the organization’s strategic plan is paramount to success. Not sitting down with your senior management team and clearly discussing the basic strategic decisions around pay can be very costly not only in organization success, but can expose the organization to possible law suits. Because of this, it’s essential for your organization to sit down and discuss how to integrate general business strategy with compensation strategy.
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  • Small Business Compensation Plan

    Developing a Small Business Compensation Plan

    I often get asked, “At what point (how many employees) should a company establish a formal compensation program?” It’s a good question with lots of different answers. Finding the “right” time depends on several factors. Let’s start with a couple of examples.
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  • Strategic Compensation Planning

    Coming in June: Strategic Compensation with Sharon Koss

    By Staff Writer

    How do you push for better compensation planning at your company? How can you analyze your company’s current compensation philosophy, improve it and then communicate those improvements to upper management?

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  • Federal Labor Laws on Unpaid Internships

    Summertime Blues: When Unpaid Internships Turn Into Wage Claims

    Pop Quiz! If you are a “for-profit” employer with unpaid employees called “Summer Interns,” you better make sure the internship passes muster with the Department of Labor lest you be the unwary object of claims for unpaid wages and overtime. Get your No. 2 pencils out for this internship pop quiz:
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  • HR Policies on Hiring Interns

    DOL to Give Intern Pay Practices Closer Look Q&A

    If you are hiring interns to work for you this summer, be aware that the DOL may be scrutinizing your pay practices. So, be sure you either pay them as employees or are able to prove that they meet the criteria for unpaid interns.
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  • Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act

    Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act Tax Incentives to Spur Job Growth

    On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed into law a $17.5 billion dollar jobs bill entitled the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. This bill includes a number of government incentives for hiring, including tax cuts, business credits and subsidies for state and local construction bonds, and moves an additional $20 billion into the highway trust fund for new spending on highway and transit programs. The HIRE Act is aimed at providing hiring incentives for employers to restore some of the jobs lost during “the great recession.”
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  • Confronting Difficult Employees

    How to Have Tough Conversations with Employees

    Your employee was twenty minutes late to their shift on Monday and now it’s Thursday and it’s 15 minutes after they were supposed to arrive. They’re not around. You like this employee and have enjoyed their contributions. How can you have a conversation with them that will get them back on track and in the company’s good graces? This is a moment where knowing how to communicate effectively with staff and confronting difficult employees can help you get your job done.

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  • An Employer Guide to Healthcare Reform

    An Employer’s View of Health Care Reform and What’s Next

    Governor Schwarzenegger calls it “a good law.”

    Attorneys General from several states claim it’s unconstitutional.

    Whatever you have to say about it, Health Care Reform legislation is changing the face of health care for employers, big and small. The following list will give you a head’s up regarding some of the big changes coming in the next two years, and what you need to know from an employer’s view of healthcare reform. As a general proposition, health care reform will eventually require most individuals to get health insurance or pay a penalty. But what is going to happen this year and the next?
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  • Standard Employment Application Form

    The Case for Using a Standard Employment Application Form

    Do you have a standard employment application form that you require all candidates to fill out? If you do not, you should consider using one.

    Most employers use application forms to solicit information that may be missing from applicants’ resumes and to establish a single, uniform document for all job candidates or groups of candidates. Standardizing the type of hiring information gathered makes it easier to compare job candidates objectively and can help protect you from discrimination claims.
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  • Strategies for Managing Stress in the Workplace

    Stretching Strategies for Managing Stress in the Workplace

    Are your employees feeling stressed in the workplace? Hopefully, you are starting to lay the groundwork for a corporate wellness program but, in the meantime, your employees can access free stress management in the workplace articles and reliable website resources now.

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  • HR Guide to Hiring Felons

    Your Loyal Employees: Reasons to Hire Ex-Felons

    After leaving my last position as a human resource manager for an online health organization, I never would have imagined where I would end up next. Possibly another HR job for another corporation or an office manager position at a law firm? Nope, I currently work for a federal work release program in the state of Washington. This is a residence hall where certain federal prison inmates, if selected, will come to finish off approximately four to six months of their federal sentence. While they live at work release, they are in the process of rebuilding their lives, connecting with support systems such as their families and loved ones, finding places to live, and most importantly, finding work.
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  • Overpaying Employees

    Paying Employees Too Much? How To Deal with an Expensive Employee

    I’m actually surprised at how often people ask the question: “What do we do when we find out we are paying people too much?” To answer that question you first need to ask yourself two important questions: 1) Have I properly defined the market for this position? 2) What type of performer is this employee? Paying employees too much is not something that most companies focused on becoming or remaining profitable for a long time can do without merit. Certainly, if the employee is a super star, you probably can afford to pay extra. But if they aren’t, it’s best to reign the spending in. This type of pay practice can actually put you out of business.
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  • How to Use an Employee Performance Matrix

    How to Make Bigger Salaries Mean Better Business

    When your supervisors determine which employees will get pay increases and how much they deserve, they are making or breaking your business. How? By connecting performance to pay, or not, your managers tell your employees what sort of work ethic and attitude get rewarded at your company. How do you train them to deliver a consistent message across the company?

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  • Unpaid Overtime Information

    Five More Overtime Questions (Part 2 of 2)

    Eighty-eight percent of the employee back wages collected by the Department of Labor for wage and hour violations in Fiscal Year 2008 involved overtime issues. Make sure that you know when you have to pay overtime and what penalties you could face if you do not.
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  • How to Run an Effective Meeting

    7 Tips for Running Effective Meetings

    As an HR professional or business leader, you’re likely in charge of a number of meetings every year. From explaining health benefits to reviewing the company’s financial health, running a successful meeting is a skill you need to have.
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  • Overtime Pay Regulations

    Top Ten Overtime Pay Questions (Part 1 of 2)

    If you have fewer employees doing more work, you need to be sure you are paying them any overtime that is due. If you do not pay overtime properly, you could be exposed to wage claims and penalties.
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  • Articles on Compensation Plans

    A How-To Guide: Articles on Compensation Plans

    When you think about compensation planning, where could you stand to learn a bit more? Maybe you're trying to develop a compensation philosophy or ensure internal pay equity. Here at Compensation Today, we have written a number of articles with how-to information about compensation planning. Whether your compensation plans are established but you need help communicating them to employees, or you’ve never prepared a compensation plan before, you’ll likely find some helpful information in the articles listed below.
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