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Most Recent Questions in Human Resources

Question added to topic Human ResourcesJanuary 14, 2010

Are employees required to clock-out when going to doctors' appointments?

Workers compensation laws vary by state, so I cannot answer your question definitively. Though, most states have a website from which you can obtain information on what your state's workers... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJanuary 5, 2010

If an employee quits unexpectedly, can he be denied unemployment benefits?

Nothing definitive can be said such as whether something is possible or not when a state agency is involved in administering a program. Without knowing more facts, it does appear that this... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJanuary 5, 2010

Is a sick employee eligible for unemployment while he gets treatment?

The quick answer is no. I am assuming that this person was given all of his accrued/unused paid time off work prior to leaving your workforce, as that would have been the right thing to do.... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesJanuary 5, 2010

Should I reimburse my employees who deny their company-provided health benefits?

There really is no normal (or customary and usual) practice for these matters. Legally, you are not required to do anything. In fact, some companies actually require that employees who have... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesDecember 14, 2009

Is it a good idea to start an Employee of the Month program?

With a team full of unmotivated employees now is not your best time to start an Employee of the Month program. First, you need to figure out what is going on in your factory. I suggest you... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesDecember 14, 2009

Is a faux hawk hairstyle appropriate for a professional workplace?

It depends. Who is your target customer/client? Who is your most common customer? What is the dress code? A faux hawk hairstyle can easily be brushed back at work so that the employee would... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesDecember 12, 2009

How can I monitor my employees' time on social networking sites and personal phone calls?

There are one of two real issues here: 1. Is the employee accomplishing sufficient amounts or high enough quality in his work efforts? If not, deal with this situation on that level as a... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesDecember 12, 2009

Can an employee be let go after returning from a workers' compensation claim?

Not knowing in what state you do business, I cannot respond as knowledgeably as I would be able to do otherwise. Workers compensation laws are different in each state. You should not return the... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesNovember 11, 2009

Can entrepreneurs band together to reduce health insurance costs?

Some trade organizations may offer such an option for members. Originally, when Professional Employer Organizations (employee leasing) became fashionable, the advantages of PEOs--for smaller... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesNovember 11, 2009

Can an HR director ask me if I "need" the money when discussing a raise?

Compensation should be based on the market value of the work being done--value to the enterprise provided. Quantifiable factors such as education, experience, amount and type of supervision... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesOctober 17, 2009

Can your employer request to know where you are on off days?

Whether nonexempt employees must be paid for their on-call time depends on whether they are "waiting to be engaged" or are "engaged to wait" as defined by the U.S. Department of... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesOctober 16, 2009

Can my manager try to get me to quit?

To answer your actual question, yes your manager can try to get you to quit. He knows that if you quit, you will have difficulty collecting unemployment benefits whereas if he fires you, you... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesOctober 6, 2009

Can I be forced to babysit the bosses kids as a condition of my employment?

Wow. Talk about a no-win situation. There is no easy answer for your dilemma. Is this a privately held company? Does your boss have a boss? How much do you want to keep your job? You know the... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesOctober 6, 2009

Should my employer compensate me for denying their health-care benefits?

Your company has no obligation whatsoever to compensate you for using your wife's health insurance plan. Most spouses who are both eligible for medical insurance through their employers... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 24, 2009

What should I do when a threat has been made against me by HR?

Document, document, document. Keep detailed records of everything that happens and be sure to include dates and times. For now, you may make more waves by passing on a rumor. Then again, your... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 21, 2009

Can an employee be forced to take sick time?

Based on the fact that the company consists of first responders, I believe that this policy is legitimate. That is, it was not designed to save the organization money or otherwise take advantage of... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 12, 2009

How much maternity leave am I required to give my employees?

I will answer your question in the hopes that you live in one of the majority of states in the U.S. Back in the 1970s the law changed and required employers to treat pregnancy the same as any other... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesSeptember 12, 2009

Can an employer request that married employees waive their healthcare coverage?

The answer to this question is yes, they can do this. And no, they don't have to pay the employee anything extra for having waived coverage. This is a fairly new practice--devised by insurance... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesAugust 31, 2009

Can my job description be changed without notice?

Your employer has the right to make this change. Organizations evolve. While the company may have needed a UPS clerk and/or a UPS clerk II at one time, your manager has determined that the work is... (more)
Question added to topic Human ResourcesAugust 25, 2009

Can an employer pay two employees with the same job differently?

In a word, yes. Your employer can determine that the starting rate for a job will be lower going forward--that is for people new in the job versus those who have been doing it for a while.... (more)
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