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Background checks have become routine for many businesses, and many companies will ask employees about criminal records. The arrest of an employee could also hit the news, leaving HR staff scrambling to decide what to do about the fact that your business may be employing a criminal. While there are some situations in which you… Read more »

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As your organization expands and you bring in new staff members, you may find yourself with an employment gap to bridge.  The gap between the team members who have been with your business since the early days and the new recruits with exciting and innovative ideas can lead to tension in the workplace, and to… Read more »

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One of the most important tasks that HR professionals have is to keep up-to-date with changes in rules and regulations affecting employment obligations. 2015 is expected to be a year of significant changes and decisions on many different legal issues that govern the employer/employee relationship. HR pros need to be aware of these four decisions… Read more »

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Keeping employees engaged helps to boost productivity and encourage worker longevity. Smart business leaders and skilled HR professionals know that giving employees the opportunity to provide feedback makes workers happier, which in turn makes them more effective and more likely to stay with your organization for the long haul.  Employee engagement surveys are one tool… Read more »

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The Affordable Care Act has ushered in many changes that HR professionals need to be aware of, from the imposition of a Cadillac tax on certain policies to new requirements for employee insurance coverage. One of the biggest changes, however, may be that the ACA has changed what full-time employment means. “Full time” was generally… Read more »

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HR employees have to fulfill many roles within an organization, from meeting recruiting needs to handling training and solving employee problems.  Skilled HR staff may make the job look easy, but the reality is that even the best human resources professionals may become overworked, overwhelmed and overtired.  Your business needs effective human resources management to… Read more »

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Human resources is an ever-changing field, with HR professionals and departments needing to respond quickly to changes in legal regulations, technology, and personnel demands. HR professionals and industry leaders who evolve and who adapt to the changing times are likely to thrive in their careers, and help make their companies more competitive in a global… Read more »

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As the economy begins to pick back up, your top performers may end up getting offers from other companies. In past downturns and recoveries, many talented people jumped ship, especially when they perceived there was more opportunity elsewhere. So what can you do to retain your best people? The key is to identify your top… Read more »

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As managers, we intuitively know that giving and getting honest feedback is essential to grow and develop, and to build successful organizations.  So why is it that many of us put off giving feedback to our employees?  Maybe it’s because there are so many ways to mess it up. Here are some common feedback mistakes:… Read more »