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Commute Time and “Off-the-Clock” Work

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Article Contributor: John Boggs, Esq Here’s the scenario:  you require employees to use company-owned vehicles and travel from their homes to different places each day.  Each morning before leaving home, the employees spend only a couple of minutes logging onto the company’s computer network to retrieve the day’s assignments.  At the end of the work […]
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Maternity and Paternity Leave: Did you know?

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When an employee expands their family they will have questions about options for maternity or paternity leave. Here are a few things to consider when an employee requests maternity/paternity leave. Maternity/paternity leave typically refers to the time parents take off during and after the birth of their child, however, company policies vary. Under federal law, […]
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Managing and Calculating Intermittent Leave For Your Employees

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Article Contributor: Kathryn Carlson Navigating The Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA) can be a complicated process. FMLA includes many rules and regulations. The simple explanation is as follows; employees who work for a company that is required to provide FMLA are entitled to take twelve weeks of unpaid leave under FMLA over a twelve […]
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Pregnancy in the Workplace: Accommodating Employees while Adhering to the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act

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Article Contributor: Kathryn Carlson The Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAAA) protects a broader range of people than many managers realize; it also protects individuals with less permanent disabilities, such as pregnancy. Many states have their own guidelines and rules regarding reasonable accommodation, but there are a few small things that managers can do to […]
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Employee Retention: Managing to Keep Your Employees

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Your employees are a company investment, one that should be protected. Studies found that 83 percent of 900 North American employees polled plan to seek new positions in 2015. While it can be difficult to foster employee engagement, there are solutions that create a positive work environment that drives performance as well as job satisfaction. […]
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Simple Steps to Selecting HR Software

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Selecting HR software, also referred to as HRIS (Human Resources Information System) or HRMS (Human Resources Management System), is an important decision. With the right tools and capabilities, specifically selected to align with your business objectives, you will improve the efficiency of your human resources managers and administrators, increase employee satisfaction, ensure compliance with state […]
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Employee Recognition: A Simple "Thank You" Goes A Long Way

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A common question we hear as HR professionals is “How do I retain my star employees?” My response is, “just say thank you.” I recently advised a client on the importance of a thank you.  The CEO was bringing on an employee the next day. Typically bringing on a new employee took a minimum of […]
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Real HR Issues - Making Personnel Files your Best Friend instead of your Worst Enemy

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Article Contributor: Kathryn Carlson In last month’s Real HR Issues article, I discussed how performance evaluations can be a very powerful tool in helping employees improve their performance, but can also be a smoking gun if poorly orchestrated. Personnel files present the same circumstance: if managed well, good documentation allows you to provide factual information […]
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Improve Your Employee ROI

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ROEI, That’s Return on Employee Investment There has been little change when it comes to the functions necessary for dealership workforce management over the past 20 years.  Understanding the costs of workforce management can help dealers determining the ROI of employees.  Recruiting, employee training, and performance management remain the most resource intensive management activities in […]
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