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Month: July 2016

Strategic Management of Vacation Requests

Strategic Management of Vacation Requests You want to support employees by providing the opportunity for work/life harmony, but you also have customers to service and a business to run. Sometimes it is difficult to juggle multiple vacation requests around popular vacation times, especially during the summer months and other holiday times throughout the year. Below we have provided a few tips,...
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Community Service Projects

Community Service Projects It may come as a surprise to find that many job seekers take a company’s community service outreach programs into account when applying for and accepting jobs. If all things are equal, a highly desirable job candidate could decide between your company and a competitor based on your work in the community. A recent Newsweek survey stated that nearly 76 percent of whit...
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Administering Unusual Hourly Schedules

Administering Unusual Hourly Schedules When recruiting for unusual hourly schedules, such as graveyard or on-call shifts, it’s important to sell the position in the right way. Some people prefer unusual schedules because of their sleep habits, their family’s needs, or their recreational habits; but not everyone can be successful working odd or irregular hours. Here are a few keys to succes...
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Why the Difference Between a Job and a Career Should Matter to Employers

Why the Difference Between a Job and a Career Should Matter to Employers It usually matters to employees whether they’ve been working a series of unrelated jobs or whether they’re advancing along a promising career path, but should this difference matter to employers? Absolutely. Employees working what they see as a job, as opposed to a career, often have lower satisfaction and less commi...
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Navigating the FMLA and ADA: Employer Obligations and Opportunities

Navigating the FMLA and ADA When an employee has a medical condition and needs some leave time or other job adjustments, they are often protected by two separate and distinct federal labor laws: the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The purpose of this article is to explain how these two pieces of legislation interact and to describe some best ...
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401(k) Basics

401(k) Basics A retirement plan shows that you are invested in the futures of your employees and gives employees the opportunity to plan ahead and care for their financial futures. The 401(k) is a type of retirement account, aptly named after its section description in the IRS tax code (26 U.S. Code § 401(k)). This code section allows you to provide employees with an option to receive their earni...
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Nine Ways to Keep Your Office Green

Recycling is not a new concept, but the ways in which we can recycle are increasing faster than ever. Everything from printer toner to food waste can now be properly reused, recycled, or composted. Recycling in the office just takes a little extra encouragement and dedication. Here are some simple suggestions to keep your office green: Offer paper recycling. Put a paper-recycling recep...
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Five Hot HR Topics in 2016

The new year tends to bring new HR trends and topics to the forefront. In this article, we’ll look at five topics we expect to dominate HR-related conversations in 2016: health care reform, marijuana in the workplace, proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, minimum wage increases, and paid sick leave trends. Health Care Reform Reporting for the Employer Mandate begins this year. ...
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