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Making bereavement leave human

kimberlyroden.jpgGrab your company’s Employee Handbook and take a look at the Bereavement Leave policy.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

It probably starts out by stating how the organization feels it’s important to recognize the need for employees to take time off in the event of the death of a family member.  So far so good, right?

Read more: Making bereavement leave human

Employer's Guide to Discrimination: Hiring and Managing Employees with Criminal Records

There is no federal law that directly prohibits employment discrimination based on a criminal record, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and some courts have ruled that discrimination based on a criminal record can be a form of race discrimination, and a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Read more: Employer's Guide to Discrimination: Hiring and Managing Employees with Criminal Records

Employers Guide to Pre-Employment Background Checks

When you are hiring employees, you might need more information on a candidate to make an informed decision.

The following list includes the types of information that employers often consult as part of a pre-employment check, and the laws governing access and use for making hiring decisions.

Read more: Employers Guide to Pre-Employment Background Checks

In Search of a Job: Criminal Records as Barriers to Employment

amy_solomon.jpgI am writing this letter…out of desperation and to tell you a little about the struggles of re-entering society as a convicted felon." Thus began a letter that made its way to me at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The letter came from a 30-year-old man who — in 2003, at age 21 — lost control of his car after a night of drinking, killing his close friend. "Jay" was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 38 months in state prison.

Read more: In Search of a Job: Criminal Records as Barriers to Employment

Are you prepared for a FMLA Audit?

Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) published an updated “FMLA Advisor” together with updated forms.  Shortly thereafter, the Branch Chief for FMLA, Diane Dawson, reported that the DOL expects to increase the frequency in which it will come on-site during FMLA investigations – an indication of increased involvement and activity

Read more: Are you prepared for a FMLA Audit?

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HCX Facts

Healthcare Costs grew a cumulative 138% between 1999 and 2010 and outpacing cumulative wage growth of 42% over the same period. Average employer costs for health insurance per employee hour rose from $1.60 to $3.35 during the 1999 to 2010 period. This almost 110% increase in average costs per hour was  much larger than the 39% increase in average employer payroll costs per hour for these workers  KFF

 

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