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Health / Safety / Risk Mgmt

In this section you will find resources specific to policies and practices to assist you in reducing the extent and the severity of work-related injuries and illnesses including whether or not they are regulated by government standards.
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Are Employees Eligible for FMLA Leave When A Natural Disaster Strikes?

Natural disasters like the kind we recently have witnessed in the flood-ravaged areas of the southern United States raise a host of issues for employers.  Some wonder whether they are required to pay their employees during suspended operations; others are unsure whether and to what extent health benefits should be offered.

Read more: Are Employees Eligible for FMLA Leave When A Natural Disaster Strikes?

Background Checks and Employment Screening: What’s New?

Employers have done some form of background checks or employment screening for decades. In the early days, it was mostly reference checking and resume verification. In the 1980’s and early 1990’s things started to get a lot more formal as vendors and providers began to offer pre employment screening as a service you could outsource. Prior to that, it was the risk manager or human resources department that did the background checks.

Read more: Background Checks and Employment Screening: What’s New?

In Plain Sight: Hidden Wastes which affect the viability of your HR organization Part 3

In the previous part to this series we began to look at the various types of wastes which could be hidden within your organization. In part 3 we continue that review with a look at the next three types of wastes.

Waste or Muda #4: Waiting

Waiting of any kind means that the process has slowed down.

Read more: In Plain Sight: Hidden Wastes which affect the viability of your HR organization Part 3

Background and Reference Checks - Using Consumer Reports: What Employers Need to Know

Your advertisement for cashiers nets 100 applications. You want credit reports on each applicant. You plan to eliminate those with poor credit histories. What are your obligations?

You are considering a number of your long-term employees for major promotions. Can you check their credit reports to ensure that only financially responsible individuals are considered?

 

Read more: Background and Reference Checks - Using Consumer Reports: What Employers Need to Know

Departing Employees and the Stored Communications Act: Employers Beware

Departing employees sometimes access workplace computer systems to obtain information for purposes of using it in competition with their employer.  Sometimes they use the internet at work to send emails concerning their post-employment plans.  And while employers have many tools and tactics at their disposal to investigate their computers and related systems, these investigations are fraught with pitfalls for the incautious employer.

Read more: Departing Employees and the Stored Communications Act: Employers Beware

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US investment in the Netherlands from 2000 to 2010 was nine times more than US investment in China during the same period. US investment in the UK was more than seven times more, and in Ireland nearly three times more, than in China. (Source: Transatlantic Economy 2011

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