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Christine Batten, PHR

Christine Batten, PHR
Christine has over 20 years of HR related experience with a background in labor and employment law. She manages FrankAdvice, the premium HR service provided to business clients of FrankCrum. FrankAdvice offers senior-level HR advice on all aspects of the employer/employee relationship and includes a vast library of employment-related documents including various forms, policies and handbooks. Christine also manages the Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) claims process for both the FrankCrum corporate office and the client companies.

Recent Posts

3 Things Employers Should Know About Hiring Youth Workers

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on May 17, 2018 2:00:00 PM

The summer is upon us, and in Florida, that means tourists and sunshine (and of course a thunderstorm a day). It’s the time of year when many employers seek to hire seasonal help – and they look to youth workers, especially in retail. Just keep in mind, workers under 18 are subject to stricter federal and state work and safety rules.

Under federal law, you need to keep track of the ages of all workers under 18, and some states require special paperwork such as work permits.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act Definition for Employers

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Navigating employment law can be a challenge for many employers, but compliance with laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is critical to avoiding legal woes. Many employers aren’t sure what these federal laws entail or whether they apply to their business, so we’re going to break down what you need to know, starting with the Americans with Disabilities Act definition.

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Topics: HR policies

The Importance of a Comprehensive Employee Onboarding Process

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to the onboarding process, some employers think onboarding means the same thing as orientation, but it’s really much more than that. The onboarding process is an opportunity to make an impression on a new hire and is often the moment that a new employee decides whether he or she is going to remain engaged with, or even keep working for the company.

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Topics: Human Resources

Pre Employment Background Check: Best Practices

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Hiring employees is no simple task. There are resumes to sift through, interviews to schedule and stacks of paperwork to manage. Once you’ve nailed down a list of potential candidates, the list of hiring-related tasks just gets longer! One of the main components in the hiring process is the pre employment background check.

Criminal record checks are a part of this process and can be an effective component of hiring. After all, you want to be sure your staff represents your company well.

EEOC: What Employers Need to Know About Pre Employment Background Checks

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Topics: Hiring Employees, HR policies

How Workplace Culture Plays a Role in Sexual Harassment

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Workplace culture is the environment that surrounds everyone at work—a system made up of shared beliefs, values and processes. Although it’s not something you can see or touch, workplace culture has a strong influence on people, relationships and expectations. A workplace culture encompasses the life experiences and behaviors of each employee, therefore, workplace culture can certainly play a role in preventing or encouraging sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Topics: Human Resources

Signs of Workplace Bullying and What to Do About It

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Mar 20, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Workplace bullying may be more common than you think, so it’s important both employers and employees recognize the signs and know what to do about them. Unlike bullies on the playground or in school, bullying at work is less physical and more psychological.

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, “workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is: threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, or work-interference, i.e. sabotage, which prevents work from getting done.” 

Bullying can occur amongst employees (more common) and between employees and their supervisors. Signs of workplace bullying include:

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Topics: Human Resources

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