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Kathryn Carlson

Kathryn Carlson is the Product Director for KPA’s HotlinkHR, an HR management and compliance solution designed for auto dealerships. Kathryn has over 25 years of human resources management experience and is a certified HR professional (SPHR). Prior to joining KPA in 2009, Kathryn was a senior director of product management for ADP. For the past 9 years Kathryn has focused on developing HR software and HR compliance programs to improve efficiency, reduce risk, and ensure compliance for companies ranging from small businesses to international corporations. You can reach Kathryn at

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Maternity/Paternity Leave: Did you know that?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

maternity leave

When an employee expands their family they will have questions about options for maternity or paternity leave. Here are a few things to consider when an employee requests maternity/paternity leave.

FMLA: How and when you can Use It

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Most often, when your employees are sick or life takes its toll, taking paid time off is adequate; however, there are times when  employees needs to take extensive time off for more serious issues. This is when the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) comes into play. FMLA took effect in 1993, in an effort to balance work and life with medical needs.  FMLA includes many regulations and provisions, which can make it hard to understand. The following simple information can help you begin to understand FMLA.

Do You Accommodate Caregivers?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


With a growing population of caregivers (a relative or friend of a disabled individual who assists the individual with their daily living activities) managers are now faced with the task of accommodating employees who are caring for someone who is ill, disabled, or elderly. Currently, there is an approximate 6.59 million people who are acting as caregivers; it is estimated that the number of individuals over 65 will double in the next to seven to eight years, which means that caregiving will continue to grow, and the impact on businesses will be even greater.

Accommodating Pregnant Employees

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


As a manager you are required to offer your employees fair accommodations for their disabilities, but did you know that pregnancy can fall under the definition of a disability? The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA) has broadened the definition of a disability to include more temporary, less severe conditions, which affects pregnancy and women’s rights in the workplace. Many states have their own guidelines and rules regarding reasonable classification of a disability and reasonable accommodations.

Think Your Employees are Wasting Time? You’re Probably Right.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

wasting time

You may suspect that your employees are wasting time at work, but do you know how much? In early 2014, surveyed 750 people to find out all they could about employees’ time habits. They were able to narrow down how much time was being wasted, on what, and during which periods of the day and week.

Social Media Faces the EEOC

Thursday, March 20th, 2014


Last week four attorneys testified before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), beginning a discussion on how social media in the workplace affects the enforcement of equal employment opportunity laws.

Marketing Cars and Hiring Applicants: What do they have in common?

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

marketing cars

When you’re hiring you want the best possible applicants, but do you know how to get those applicants? How can you improve their quality? You already use social media to market your cars, did you know that you can use it to market your open positions as well?

Is Your Dealership Dress Code Policy Up-To-Date?

Friday, March 7th, 2014

dress code

The days are slowly getting warmer, which affects many things at your dealership, including the clothing choices that your employees make. Employee attire contributes to the overall look and feel of your dealership, employee morale, and can impact your reputation. Before things heat up, is your dealership dress code policy up-to-date?

Your Employee’s Social Media Usage

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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Due to the rapid growth of social media, employers and employees have fought to find a balance between social media and the workplace.

Individual employees can use their own social media activities as a powerful tool to promote your dealership, but how can you ensure what they say is positive?  Some employers attempted to require employees to provide access to their social media accounts, causing lawmakers to create legislation to ban these practices.

Performance Management Best Practices

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

best practice puzzle

To create an efficient and effective work place, performance management should be an ongoing, year-round effort, with daily interactions. (more…)