HR Basics: Which Employees Are Eligible to Take FMLA Leave?

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By Eric B. Meyer The Family and Medical Leave Act allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period for a variety of reasons, including for one’s own serious health condition. An employee with a serious health condition can take FMLA leave if the employee satisfies…

When You’re Off on Monday, Remember the First Labor Day That Almost Wasn’t

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Labor Day was born out of the first nationwide labor movement in America at the turn of the 20th Century. As the Industrial Revolution opened the door to mass production and larger workforces, it also gave employees vast strength in numbers, allowing for organized labor. Around the time this was happening, the idea…

Just What Really Is “Top Talent,” Anyway?

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post. The business community (and that definitely includes HR folks) talks a lot about “top talent.” We gab about how to attract top talent, develop top talent, engage top talent, and retain top talent. We even talk…

Would You Drop to the Floor If Shooting Broke Out In Your Workplace?

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By Howard Mavity With depressing regularity, we receive calls asking for guidance in evaluating and responding to potential workplace violence threats. The threats are rarely serious but in this era, one can never ignore concerns. There are no easy formulas to determine if a threat is genuine. If you review the factors that…

Achieve Great Goals By First Slowing Down to Speed Up

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Regardless of how fast your company is today, the marketplace expects and rewards being faster and more nimble. Current success proves that correct choices were made yesterday. A competitor’s game-changing innovation or their faster response to a market shift — anticipating a client’s need before the client does, for example — can mean…

Late for Work 111 Times Because of Breakfast, He Got to Keep His $90,000 Job

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By Eric B. Meyer Earlier this year, I shared the most unique late-to-work excuses. “I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time” did not make the list. However, according to the Associated Press, a New Jersey teacher used that excuse to explain away the 111 times…

HR Basics: 4 Common Hiring Mistakes You Really Need to Avoid

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Employees are one of the most important assets to a business, so that’s why hiring the right candidates is crucial to a business’ success. You want your employees to complement one another because bad hires can cause disruption in business, job dissatisfaction and high turnover. According to a Dice article (titled The Cost of Bad Hiring…

You’re Not the Boss of Me? Well, the NLRB May Disagree

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By Gregory D. Hanscom With a few key strokes last month, the National Labor Relations Board, in a 3-2 decision down party lines, wiped away years of precedent and re-wrote, or, in its words “refined,” the definition of a joint employer. In a ruling that will, if upheld through inevitable appeals, significantly impact…