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Most Recent Questions in Human Resources

Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 29, 2010

When terminating an employee, can I tell them the company will not fight unemployment filing?

Yes. In fact, I often recommend this course of action to my clients when they are firing someone for poor performance or for some other reason such as not being quite as capable in the role as... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 23, 2010

How do I attract top performers to my company?

I do entire seminars on how to effectively recruit and build a great team. It is not a one-sentence or one-paragraph subject. But here are the basic steps involved: Step 1: Start by really... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 20, 2010

Is it legal to fill a newly created position without posting it publicly?

There are only three scenarios that would require you to post or publicly advertise a job opening: 1. If you are a governmental agency required to publicly advertise job openings. 2. If you... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 10, 2010

How should I tell a qualified applicant that we can't hire him after a background check?

If the person was convicted of a sex offense, you can tell him the truth. After all, he knows that he was convicted and is a registered sex offender. You have a right to let them know that for... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 1, 2010

What are my obligations to an employee who I'm converting from full-time to part-time?

The best way to do this is to simply be prepared for the meeting and then to be straightforward but in a kindly fashion. Being prepared means having the reason for the cutback clearly defined... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesAugust 24, 2010

What's the best way to handle an insubordinate employee?

This employee is acting out an emotional reaction with behavior that is inappropriate for the workplace. He is attempting to transmit a strong non-verbal message. Unfortunately, you are unable... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesAugust 17, 2010

What's the best way to fire one of my employees?

Not knowing in what state your company does business, I cannot unequivocally tell you precisely whether you can simply terminate "for any reason or no reason" as is the case in Florida... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesAugust 3, 2010

What are my options if my employee was dishonest about being physical fit for his job?

If you have more than 15 employees, you are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act and Amendment Act. These laws require you to offer reasonable accommodation to someone who is disabled.... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJuly 12, 2010

What does "The waiting period is 30 days for all insurance plans" refer to?

In most cases, the actual verbiage turns out to be that the insurance for which you choose to enroll starts the first day of the month after your first 30 days of employment. However, it does not... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJune 8, 2010

Should I offer our younger, healthier employees a higher salary since they don't utilize their healthcare benefits too much?

Group health insurance premiums are calculated for each company on the basis of the demographics of the workforce and eligible dependents (age, location, etc.) and the history of claims made by... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesMay 17, 2010

Can not smoking be a condition for employment?

Yes, it can. In fact, many companies now are refusing to hire anyone who smokes. The reasons vary but, regardless, it is legal to not hire smokers. (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesMay 10, 2010

Can I cover a subcontractor on my company's workers comp insurance?

Most well-prepared contracts/agreements made by companies with contract workers include a requirement that the contractor carry sufficient insurance to cover him/herself and all of their... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesApril 11, 2010

What should I know about terminating an employee due to medical problems?

Legally, as your company is so small, you are not obligated to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act (15 or more employees). So, you do not have to provide reasonable accommodation for this... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesMarch 26, 2010

Is it legal to fire one employee but not another for the same breech of company policy?

What you describe is legal in an employment-at-will state, but not advisable. That is, the employer may terminate employees for any reason or for no reason in an employment-at-will state and most... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesFebruary 27, 2010

What should I do if I paid for an employee's eduction course and he quit soon after?

You cannot deduct the cost for the continuing education course from the employee's final paycheck unless your employee manual specifies that you do so routinely in such circumstances. Your... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesFebruary 27, 2010

How do you know it's the right time to hire your first employee?

Having started businesses of my own, I really understand how you feel. From my perspective, you and your husband need to do some strategic planning to set ambitious but realistic goals of what... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesFebruary 17, 2010

How can I motivate my employees?

In my opinion, the greatest motivator is a feeling of being valued. When an employee believes that she is valued by her employer, the employee values the employer in return. Additionally, you... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesFebruary 17, 2010

Can I confront an employee about interviewing for another job?

I cannot see any benefit you would derive from confronting this employee. What the employee did was not illegal or immoral. S/he is just doing what s/he believes is in his/her best interest.... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesFebruary 9, 2010

How do you handle an employee who posted a potentially threatening comment on a social media site?

Here is my advice: Put a policy into effect on all of these types of issues and FAST. - Personal Use of Cell Phones - Computers, and PDAs At Work - Video or Audio Recording Devices - Use... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJanuary 27, 2010

Is HR allowed to ask me what was discussed during an unpaid break?

From a conflict management perspective I can tell you that this situation is loaded with potential conflict. Asking an employee about any private conversation puts up a bunch of red flags.... (more)
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