HR: Some Great Resolutions for 2017
Feb08

HR: Some Great Resolutions for 2017

Hey, how are your new year’s resolutions going…? If, like many out there, your new leaf didn’t quite last into February, don’t fret! If you’re in the States, now is a good a time as any to tackle of a couple of compliance issues that will keep your year on the right track. With everything else that comes with the New Year and end-of-year paperwork (like those W2s and Form 1094s and 1095s), now is a good...

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The Confusion Over What is a “Probationary Period”
Aug08

The Confusion Over What is a “Probationary Period”

So many candidates encounter the line: “You will be under probation for the first 90 days of your employment.”  But, does the new employee or the employer REALLY know what that means? Let’s start with a little history… The “probationary period” was started as a way for employers to deal with Unions and their rules governing new employees.  This short, introductory period was established to allow the employer to terminate a union...

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Compensation – why are wage and hour suits on the rise?

The federal government’s added emphasis on enforcing wage-and-hour laws mixed with workers’ contempt for being asked to work longer hours without increased pay during the recession has turned into a dangerous cocktail for employers. Some scary stats for you to digest: The number of wage-and-hour lawsuits that reached federal court increased 15% between 2011 and 2010. Last year, 7,008 wage-and-hour suits, many of them class actions,...

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Bring Back The Pink Slips!

Back in the days of the Personnel Department, the “pink slip” was a notice included with the employee’s paycheck notifying them that their employment had ended, either by termination or layoff.  No one knows when this practice came into being, or how it was even labeled with the color pink.  Even Peter Liebhold, a curator at the National Museum of American History, spent ten years searching for literal evidence of the pink slip as a...

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Is Your Organization Ready for The Bring Your Own Device Approach?

More employees than ever before are using personal devices for work purposes so they can get more done in less time. And given that the BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) approach helps organizations cut costs and increase productivity, it’s not surprising that employers are on board, too. In fact, a Gartner survey predicts that by 2017 half of employers will formally require their employees to supply their own device for work purposes;...

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Long-Term Disability: Should A Company Pay For Health And Dental Benefits?

Minimize claims experience by employees on long-term DI Health and dental benefits are a critical piece of many employee compensation packages. But if an employee needs to go on long-term disability (DI), should a company have to continue to pay for his or her group health and dental benefits? If these benefits are continued during the long-term disability leave, any amount claimed by the employee figures into the insurance renewal...

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Stacy Glass From HR Options Discusses Business Consulting, Team Work and Superman

Our latest interview is with long time friend of The HR Gazette and all-round awesome HR pro, Stacy Glass. Stacy is a Senior Human Resources Consultant with HR Options. The Toronto-based HR guru has a wide range of human resources experience, including expertise in appropriate hiring practices, employment contract creation and enforcement, addressing employee relations issues with counseling and disciplinary actions, ensuring company...

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“Stuck with Canada”? Understanding what this means from a HR perspective

In July 2013 an established US company was seeing an increased demand for their product in Canada. The demand became so great that they required someone on the ground in Canada to service their customers. That’s when I met Sandie, the company’s Human Resources Manager. Sandie handled their U.S. Human Resource functions with ease. She knew all the fine print of US legislation and everything you could know about employing in the U.S. So...

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