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What's the real cost of employee absences?

July 30, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

A new study published by Mercer and Kronos reports that employee absences cost employers 35% of payroll cost. That's quite a bit of money for time not spent working. Plus most companies have some form of sick leave, vacation leave, and holiday time not to mention required l...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: employee absences, sick time, time off, unplanned absences Read More

Approach with caution- using the internet for recruiting

July 28, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Since  75% of HR professionals admit to Googling, Twittering and Facebooking in their quest to find out the dirt on a candidate let's consider what that really means. Who did you really find? There are several Kathryn Carlsons out there working in HR, you  are goin...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: EEOC, HR best practice, hr professionals, insight, recruiting, social media Read More

Happy Birthday ADA (Americans With Disablities Act)

July 26, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

  Happy 20th  Birthday to the ADA (Americans with Disability Act)! Since becoming the law on July 26, 1990 the ADA has protected the rights of the disabled including access to public places, enforcing non-discrimination and requiring "reasonable accomodation" in the workp...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: ADA, Americans With Disablities Act, Department of Labor, EEOC, HR best practice, HR compliance Read More

75% of HR professionals research candidates online- so what?

July 23, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

The recent events around the firing (and then the apology and new job offer) of Shirley Sherrod because of a highly edited blog clip and the excellent and fascinating article in this week's New York Time magazine that reports " 75 percent of recruiters and HR professionals ...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: HR best practice, HR using internet, New York Times, recruiting, social media Read More

Light at the end of the tunnel as employers start hiring again

July 19, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

While the unemployment rate remains over 9% (9.3% according to the last Bureau of Labor Statistics report ) there seem to be a bit of light at the end of the recession tunnel. The National Association of Buiness Economics reported that 31% of employers surveyed had adde...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: bureau of labor statistics, Department of Labor, employee morale, HR best practice, prospective employee, unemployment rate Read More

Truth in HR (or blogs you need to read besides this one)

July 15, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Ever wonder what HR people really think once they get past being politically, socially and corporately correct? Looking for some common sense in the HR process? Check out Punk Rock HR for some of the funniest but also most truthful HR commentary on the web. Laurie isn't afr...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: fistful of talent, HR best practice, HR compliance, punk rock HR Read More

How Does Your Benefit Plan Stack Up?

July 08, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

The Society for Human Resources (SHRM) released their new benefit report last week. In the report 98% of the employers surveyed reported offering health insurance, spending on average $7038 per employee on healthcare coverage costs. 75% of the companies reported offering so...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: benefit plan, employee benefits, HR best practice, human resources, mandatory benefits, voluntary benefits Read More

Yet another discrimation lawsuit and settlement in the transportation industry

July 06, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Because KPA offers HR compliance consulting and HR software we monitor all of the lawsuits and settlements brought by the EEOC. Frankly it is rather depressing to me (as an HR professional and as a person)  that 45 years after the EEOC was established there are still so man...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: employment discrimination, employment lawsuit, Enforcement, HR compliance, Investigation Read More

Employee Bill of Rights- Happy 4th of July!

July 02, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

In honor of the 4th of July holiday let's take a moment to celebrate our rights as citizens here in the United States and also discuss what rights employees have the workplace. Employees have the right (confirmed by a number of state and federal laws) to not be discrimin...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: benefit, employee morale, fair labor standards act, FLSA, HR best practice, HR compliance, Wage and Hour Read More

Meet with your Insurance Broker to Update Benefit Plans Before Fall Enrollment

July 01, 2010

Most open enrollment periods for benefits programs happen in the fall so use the summer months to get a head start. After researching what health care reform requirements will impact you, schedule a meeting with your insurance broker. Draw on the agent's expertise to walk th...

Posted in: Safety Culture, Tip of the Month Tags: benefit, compliance tip of the month, healthcare, healthcare reform, insurance Read More