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Don’t Fish for Return-to-Work Medical Info Under the ADA

September 16, 2014
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The moral of this story is to confirm, but don’t fish, when seeking medical information from an employee returning to work following a medical leave of absence.
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What's the Tipping Point for Turnover?

September 15, 2014
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We may have an attrition problem, but I'm not quite sure. Our turnover is between 12 and 15 percent the last three years, but this year is ticking closer to 20 percent. This does not include involuntary terminations due to downsizing/restructuring. We know some turnover is due to market factors, and some due to cultural growing pains (we've doubled in size the last five years). From an analytic view, how could we determine if our turnover might present a future lingering problem?

—Starting to Worry, HR manager, software/services, Minnesota


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Do Your BYOD Employees Understand the Remote-Wipe?

September 11, 2014
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The employer must have the ability to remote-wipe an employee's BYOD device to remove its data.
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SHRM Releases Competency Ground Rules for New Certification Program

September 11, 2014
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The Body of Competency and Knowledge documents the nine behavioral and technical competencies on which the SHRM certifications are based.
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We Are Always Being Watched: Ray Rice and Workplace Investigations

September 10, 2014
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It is a brave new world of workplace investigations. He-said/she-said has been replaced by “let’s go to the tape.”
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Protected Activity Doesn’t Protect Against Poor Performance

September 9, 2014
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Protected activity does not per se protect a poor performer from termination, provided that you can demonstrate a history of treating similarly situated poor performers similarly.
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Pull Over the Potty Police

September 3, 2014
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Unless employees seem to be abusing bathroom rights, or breaks interfere with performance or production, let them be.
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Legal Briefing: Contractors and Control

September 2, 2014
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Employers cannot avoid an employer-employee relationship with an individual simply by calling the individual an independent contractor. The right to control work details is controlling.
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Let Us Vote on SHRM’s Certification Plan

September 1, 2014
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Any claim by SHRM that its new certification will be superior to HRCI’s, Howard Winkler writes, ignores the fact that a second certification will dilute the value of HR certification overall.
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The ADA and Employer Inquiries About Prescription Drugs

August 28, 2014
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Surprisingly, the ADA is silent on these issues. But the 6th Circuit federal court attempted to give us some answers.
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