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Employee Relations

Retaliatory Firing: Don’t Fire Whistleblowers, No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

April 24, 2013 by Kathryn Carlson

Employees have a right to report alleged non-compliance to federal and state agencies without fear of retaliatory firing or demotion- no ifs, ands, or buts. A violation of an employee’s protected conduct of reporting potentially illegal or dangerous circumstances, the Depart...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management, OSHA Tags: Department of Labor, HR compliance, OSHA, retaliatory firing, whistleblower protections Read More

Tis the Season for an HR Reminder

December 12, 2012 by Michele McMann

Now is the time of year when many employees are getting ready to party hard at the company holiday party. Yet, company polices do not end when the party begins. Therefore, employers should remind employees about guidelines for appropriate behavior, and how company polices ar...

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State by State: Are Employers Required to Give Time Off to Vote?

October 29, 2012 by Tamara Lischer

There are 13,000 different voter districts in the United States and each one has its own rules and regulations. As HR administrators and employers, the important thing to know is whether or not your  state  requires employers give their employees time off for voting. Most do,...

Posted in: Employee Relations Tags: employers, time off to vote Read More

51% Of Employers Have Hired Applicant With Criminal Record

October 18, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

According to a new survey by Career Builder , 51% of employers have hired an applicant with a criminal history. Since more than 92 million individuals have a criminal history on file in state databases, according to the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics , e...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: background check, criminal history, criminal record, hiring criminals Read More

Comp Time Isn't a Gift

July 25, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

All too often I have heard an employer say to employees “we offer comp time”. Unfortunately private sector employer cannot substitute “comp time” for overtime or in lieu of wages. This is the law despite numerous studies that show employees would welcome the idea and since t...

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Service Advisor Exemption Update

July 18, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

A House Appropriations Subcommittee voted today to reinforce that service advisors, the frontline employee-salespersons in the service department, remain exempt from overtime pay requirements. In 2011, the Department of Labor (DOL) attempted to reverse its own 1978 opinion a...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: exempt status, NADA, national automobile dealers association, service advisors Read More

Beyond FMLA, Should Employers Have Unpaid Leave Policies?

July 18, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

Generally under federal and some state laws employers with more than 50 employees must offer unpaid leave. The FMLA* for example entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of...

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NLRB Publishes Examples of Legal and Illegal Social Media Policies

June 21, 2012

If your company cares about its online reputation and proprietary information, then chances are that you have a social media policy to guide employees about what they can and can't say about the company on facebook, twitter, and other social media outlets. Most companies ha...

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NADA Workforce Study Deadline Extension

May 01, 2012

NADA has extended the deadline to participate in the workforce study to May 15, 2012. All members who take the survey will receive at no charge the Basic Report comparing their individual dealership to the regional and national industry as well as the Driven Management Gu...

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NLBR Postpones Posting Requirement for Employee Rights Notice

April 25, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

As of April 17th, 2012, the deadline for employers to post the Employee Rights Notice has been postponed due to legal action. The April 30 deadline is now on hold pending appeal by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in response to a ruling by the Court of Appeals for t...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: employee labor law, Employee Rights Notice, labor relations board, national labor relations board Read More