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HR Regulations: Handling Employees Who May Be Drunk at Work

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Feb 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

As an employer, you may sometimes find yourself in a situation that isn’t outlined in a guide book. For example, what if a worker is under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the job?

Believe it or not, it’s an issue that comes up often this time of year, specifically in northern states where a “winter depression” is common. But whether you run your business in the cold, or in the sunshine, you should know the proper way to handle an employee who may be drunk at work.

Here are our top four tips.

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Topics: Risk Management

[Upcoming Webinar] How to Conduct an Effective Workplace Investigation

Posted by Nannette Madera, PHR on Feb 15, 2017 12:36:25 PM

Part of running a business means dealing with personnel issues. When an employee comes to you with a harassment, discrimination, safety or any other type complaint, be sure to listen and investigate. Conducting workplace investigations is one of the most challenging HR duties, but also one of the most important. Some of the most common mistakes include: not taking the situation seriously, not conducting an investigation at all, failing to write a report, or failing to follow up with those involved. That sets employers up for trouble should that employee end up filing a lawsuit. On the other hand, conducting an investigation in a prompt, thorough, and fair way can be your first line of defense should a situation come back to haunt you.

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Topics: Webinar

How to Reduce Workplace Risk and Lower Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted by FrankCrum on Feb 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Many business owners face the challenge of keeping their employees safe, but having a safe workplace is smart business. Avoiding injuries not only helps reduce lost work time and workers’ compensation claims, but it also drives productivity and increases employee morale. Being proactive before an accident happens is the key to improving safety performance, and sustaining it over time.

Although every company is different, safety standards can benefit every type of organization. Creating a safety program is the first step to reducing workplace risk.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation, Risk Management

Ignoring HR Liabilities Can Cost You Big

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Feb 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you run a business, you know employment laws are meant to protect employees — not necessarily business owners. Over the years, the protections have multiplied and people are taking note. In fact, some are becoming more litigious as a result. So, in addition to the human aspect of managing people, policies and procedures, HR also involves managing risk.

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Topics: Human Resources

How to Recruit Top Talent, and Keep Them

Posted by FrankCrum on Feb 7, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Recruiting and hiring the best people for a business can be one of the most challenging endeavors business owners face.

It all starts with advertising a job opening, and then screening applications and resumes to determine if applicants have the experience and skills required for the position. Next, you must take time to interview qualified candidates and, finally, make a decision to hire — all hoping you’re making the right one. But if you don’t also hire people with customer service skills and a desire to make the business stronger, your business may suffer.

So, how do the most successful businesses recruit top talent and keep them happy? Here are our suggestions.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring Employees, Hiring

How to Prevent HR Compliance Mistakes

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Jan 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM

When you’re busy running a business, HR is probably the last thing you want to deal with. But learning to recognize issues, and prevent HR compliance mistakes, is key to preventing potentially serious mistakes. Not only will it save you the headache, but it can help protect your business against what could be very expensive legal claims. Sometimes, there are obvious red flags. Other times, the hints are more subtle.

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Topics: Human Resources