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How Do We Know When It's Time to Hire an HR Director?

November 29, 2011
How many employees should we have before hiring a human resources manager? Our company is at 60 employees and has acquired a new company with 80 employees. It has turned around since the economy and expects to add to staff and have additional acquisitions. However, we have no HR staff and don't know how many employees is the “right” number to justify hiring one. (This would be the sole HR position in this company—no subordinates). Right now we are implementing HR policies with the assistance of outside consultants. —Anxious to Grow, aerospace, USA
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OSHA Tightens Its Fall Protection Rules

November 17, 2011
The new directive states that all residential construction industry employers must protect their workers who are engaged in work at six feet or more above lower levels by conventional fall protection systems or by other fall protection measures.
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How do We Sustain Collaboration Between Business Units as Our HR Function Moves to a Different Floor?

November 11, 2011
As part of an expansion, our company plans to shift the human resources and finance departments to different floors, away from the business. We're not changing our HR focus or team structure, but I'm worried we'll lose the tight interaction HR has with business units. Another concern: if HR becomes a destination, instead of a quick Q&A in the hallway, employees and managers may feel less comfortable approaching us. How do we sustain our collaborative culture during this transition?
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