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Unravelling the FMLA

The FMLA was enacted with the purpose of helping qualifying employees keep their jobs while being able to attend family exigencies. There is some misunderstanding as to its provisions, though.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which is governed by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) agency, is an attempt by the federal government to augment the policy of leaves for certain kinds of employees. It offers select employees of covered employers to take unpaid leave for certain… Continue

Added by kate smith on November 16, 2018 at 6:41am — No Comments

OSHA - A Brief Understanding

OSHA consists of a slew of regulations pertaining to safety at the workplace. Based on the kind of work they do, organizations need to put respective guidelines in place to ensure safety of their workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a United States agency that has the purpose of ensuring safety at the workplace for men and women by creating safety standards. The United States Department of Labor (DoL), under which OSHA comes, oversees the implementation…


Added by kate smith on November 15, 2018 at 4:28am — No Comments

Pre-Employment Testing is a Good Tool for Assessing Future Hires

If administered properly, pre-employment testing is a good means of ensuring that the organization gets the right candidate

In simple terms, a pre-employment test is an assessment an organization carries out to test the suitability of the candidate for the selected role. It is done to ensure that the candidate has the potential to fulfil the expected role. It is done to get a feel of how a candidate could fare if given the job.

What are the Kinds of Pre-Employment…


Added by kate smith on November 14, 2018 at 5:33am — No Comments

Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) - a brief understanding

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is a US Department of Labor (DoL) agency that is tasked with the administration, regulation and enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Now, what is ERISA?

A brief understanding of ERISA is necessary to get some idea of what EBSA means and does.

ERISA, a federal law, establishes a few minimum standards for pension plans in the private sector. It does this by…


Added by kate smith on November 13, 2018 at 4:22am — No Comments

Effective business leadership strategies involve grooming leadership

For a business organization to grow beyond the mundane, building solid business leadership strategies is an imperative. These are more important than anything else in the organization, because it is these business leadership strategies that build organizations more than anything else. Good business leadership strategies involve having the ability to look ahead and anticipate change and convert challenges into opportunities and learning from its mistakes.

Sound business and leadership…


Added by kate smith on November 12, 2018 at 6:06am — No Comments

What are the benefits and challenges of job rotation for employees?

Job rotation is simple to understand: as the name suggests, it is shifting the work of employees from time to time, on a temporary basis. Job rotation is a strategy that human resources employ from time to time in some organizations with the intention of bringing in some results. Job rotation is carried out within some job functions in a few situations. Let…


Added by kate smith on November 9, 2018 at 6:48am — No Comments

It pays to have a sound Contingent Workforce Management plan in place

Most organizations plan and recruit the workforce it needs for its functioning. Many a time, even with the best of efforts and planning, a regular workforce may not be able to deliver the organization's needs and requirements. To supplement the regular workforce, many organizations think of having a contingent workforce in place.

What is contingent workforce management?

A contingent workforce is a team of freelancers or consultants, which the organization may tap into…


Added by kate smith on November 7, 2018 at 6:02am — No Comments

Leadership Excellence Essentials

"Leadership" is perhaps the most talked about term in many circles today, not just in corporate ones. People talk about leadership in politics. One talks about leadership in sports, in technology, in the military and where not. What does it take to excel at leadership? What are the essentials of leadership excellence?

Leadership excellence essentials boil down to what kind of organization the leadership creates and what it leaves behind. These are the two ends of leadership excellence…


Added by kate smith on November 6, 2018 at 6:07am — No Comments

Handling Offensive Behavior Investigation Needs Tact

Handling and investigating offensive behavior at office has to take important factors into consideration. HR has to be sure its investigation preempts any retaliatory action from investigated employees.

Conducting an offensive behavior investigation at the workplace is quite a challenge for HR. A gauchely done investigation can trigger a backlash in the form of employee retaliation. So, how does HR carry out this balancing act?

It has to be admitted that there is perhaps no…


Added by kate smith on November 5, 2018 at 7:32am — No Comments

Health Care Reform has important updates for 2015

Healthcare reform or Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or the more popularly known Obamacare, was passed in 2010 with the intention of overhauling the American healthcare scenario. From the time of its enactment, the ACA has been getting amended from time to time. One of its updates came about in 2015. By industry standards, the updates suggested are considered routine and not significant.

Highlights of the health care reform for 2015

January 1, 2015…


Added by kate smith on November 2, 2018 at 6:18am — No Comments

HR Documentation is a Vital Aspect of Organizations

Key Takeaway:

HR documentation is of vital importance to organizations. Unless its nuances are mastered organizations can fall into embarrassing and damaging pitfalls.

HR documentation is one of the most important aspects at the workplace. The habit of HR documentation is usually imbibed into HR professionals from early on in their careers. But what does HR document?

HR documentation resonates with the spirit of the dictum, Verba volant, Scripta manent, meaning…


Added by kate smith on October 31, 2018 at 8:32am — No Comments

Compliance risks are a challenge for HR

HRcompliance risk is a topic of concern and challenge to HR. HR compliance is a basic requirement for any organization’s HR, because HR, like all other departments, has to be compliant with its own set of areas in which it has to be in compliance.

The reason for compliance risks

Many of HR's activities are such that they are actionable, meaning they are…


Added by kate smith on October 30, 2018 at 8:20am — No Comments

Strategies for Filling Up Difficult Positions

Filling up routine or in-demand positions is not a very difficult task for an HR professional in any organization. The real challenge lies in how the difficult positions are filled. During times of bountiful employment opportunities, that is, when the job market is thriving, positions that are appropriate for organizations are easy to come by.

Also, some skills are almost always required in the job market or may attract positions because of factors such as high pay or a high-growth…


Added by kate smith on November 2, 2017 at 3:10am — No Comments

A Workplace Wellness Program that satisfies Diverse Generational Workforce

Wellness programs at the workplace, as we all know, are crucial to ensuring the wellbeing and health of the employees in an organization’s workplace. But today’s wellness programs have their own unique challenges. This is a kind of challenge that has never been faced by HR in the past. What is so different about today’s workplace wellness?

We have the Millennials entering the workplace. So, why should this fact make workplace wellness a different matter altogether? Well, for the first…


Added by kate smith on October 26, 2017 at 2:58am — No Comments

Statistics and Compensation are deeply related to each other

Pay is basically about statistics, as it is designed and administered around math. Math, as we all know, is vital to all aspects of pay, right from the structure to the analysis of data.

The importance that statistics has in compensation can never be understated. When devising and analyzing concepts relating to pay, such as pay ranges, pay survey data, individual and group pay rates, and other elements of a compensation program; knowledge of statistics is a…


Added by kate smith on October 25, 2017 at 2:31am — No Comments

Change can only be brought about by Instilling the Mindset for it

That change is the only constant has been repeated ad infinitum and implanted into the minds of everyone in management from the boardrooms to the cafeteria over the years. Almost everyone seems to be aware of this, at least in theory. Unfortunately, when it comes to adapting and implementing change; most managers and other levels of staff seldom put this idiom into practice the way it should be. Most organizations, even very well-known ones, and managers, fall short for lack of…


Added by kate smith on October 24, 2017 at 2:39am — No Comments

Optimizing Telecommuting for Higher Productivity

As the 21st century workplace evolves with the enormous changes being brought about by technology; the virtual workplace is now a reality. As more and more employees and organizations adapt telecommuting and remote working; managers have to bring in changes into their mindsets. Like all new introductions; this activity too, comes with challenges, but these can be overcome with some thoughtfulness, practice and persistence.

Organizations that manage their telecommute policy…


Added by kate smith on October 23, 2017 at 3:13am — No Comments

Thorough Proofreading Finesses Documents, Raises the Organization’s Reputation

Proofreading qualifies for being both a process and an art. It finesses and trims important documents and gives them shape and proper form. It is essential for creating a good impact. It is necessary to cut out the errors that could cause embarrassment to the presenter. Sound proofreading, when combined with strong vocabulary; also helps to insert the most appropriate word in the right place in a document.

Proofreading is a must for almost all kinds of documents that are used in a…


Added by kate smith on October 19, 2017 at 2:17am — No Comments

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as a means to build Greater Team Effort

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is considered the world's most popular personality test. The main reason for its popularity is the empathetic and comprehensive nature it takes. Many organizations, as well as important social areas such as family, marriage, and career counseling continue to deploy it for the in-depth perspective it offers the assessor in understanding the assessee.

Generally, when we assess others; we fail to take the unique situation that led them to taking a…


Added by kate smith on October 18, 2017 at 2:16am — No Comments

Managing Work Smoothly without getting Ruffled

It is not an exaggeration to say that those in managements have their hands full during almost any working day. Dashing to finish tasks makes it chaotic for managers and other employees to stay focused on their core work. As a result, their work gets delayed or its impact gets diluted. They are forced into a situation where work keeps piling up and their daily routine gets chaotic. This becomes more pronounced in the backdrop of a changing work environment.

The result of being…


Added by kate smith on October 17, 2017 at 2:03am — No Comments

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Unravelling the FMLA

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