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KPA’s Top 5 Ask the HR Expert Questions in 2018

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We have compiled a list of our most popular Ask the HR Expert Questions that we received in 2018. Review the questions to gain employer tips for top issues faced by human resource professionals.

1. I have an employee who doesn’t maintain good hygiene. How do I broach this delicate topic with this employee?

A: The first thing you want to do is have the conversation in a private location. If the employee’s gender is different than yours, you may also want to have a witness of the same gender as the employee attend. Read More…

2. Does our owner have the legal right to tell our sales and service staff that they must make a certain number of calls per week to be employed? Can we fire someone for not following this rule?

A: If it is written in the job description along with what will happen should the number of calls not be met on a weekly basis and the employee fully understands what the job description is, then yes. Read More…

3. Do we have to continue to pay active service members while they are completing their duty time?

A: No you do not have to pay them, but you must allow them the time off required to complete annual training/ deployments etc. Furthermore, your serviceman/ woman should be giving you as much advanced notice as possible. Read More…

4. We have an employee who worked outside of normal business hours. This employee did not get permission prior to working on this day. By law, do we have to pay the employee for that day?

A: Yes, you are required by law to pay this employee for hours worked, even if that time wasn’t authorized. However, you can discipline the employee for working during an unauthorized time. If you have an existing policy stating authorization is required in this type of situation that the employee has signed, I would include that with your disciplinary documentation. Read More…

5. We received a letter from an attorney requesting confidential information from an employee record. Are we obligated to respond?

A: No. Without a subpoena, you are not legally obligated to provide the information an attorney is requesting. However, you may comply with the following compliance tips. Read More…

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