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Don't Cut Legal Compliance Training

February 5, 2009
Commentary: A recession is exactly the wrong time to cut the budgets for training in support of legal compliance issues. In addition to preventing management mistakes that may give rise to legal claims after a negative job action, training can provide an important affirmative defense. Should a company be taken to court, every training dollar spent can be cited as proof of a good-faith effort to comply with worker protections.
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Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations Are Now in Effect

February 5, 2009
All human resources professionals and managers who are involved in administering FMLA leaves will need to be informed and trained about these new regulations, since they deal with a wide range of issues that can arise in the course of administering FMLA leaves. Notably, the new regulations add two new FMLA leave entitlements that employers will want to incorporate into their policies.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What Is the Secret to Switching to Paid Time Off

January 22, 2009
We would like to convert from a traditional paid time off arrangement (separate sick, vacation, personal days) to a PTO (it’s all one except for holidays) arrangement. I’ve heard about the pros and cons of such an arrangement. But I can’t find definitive tips on the process of a conversion. So, my question is: How should we do it?
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Are You Ready for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

November 26, 2008
When President George W. Bush signed legislation to expand the protections afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it broadened the definition of ‘disabled,’ triggering important changes for employers. Being informed of these changes—and in compliance with the new law—is a must for employers and HR.
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