Can we ask references about an applicant’s previous use of sick time? We’d like to get a sense of their reliability.
Answer from Rebecca, SPHR:
I strongly advise against making any inquiries into their history of calling in sick. Asking about absences
Question: Do we need to investigate rumors of harassment even if no one has made a complaint?
Answer from Emily, PHR:
Yes, I recommend you investigate. A company always has some inherent liability in relation to discriminatory or harassing comments or behavior.
Why should I become certified?
What HR certifications are available?
HRCI offers several human resource certifications. The PHR (Professional in Human Resources) and the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) have been available for decades. The PHRca (Professional in Human Resources, California)
An employee of ours has gone on FMLA leave to care for a family member, and she asked us via email to tell her co-workers the reason she’s taking time off. Is this okay?
Answer from Margaret, PHR, SHRM-CP:
In general, when
Can I ban cell phones at work? How about audio and video recordings?
Answer from Kara, JD, SPHR:
Thank your for your questions. They bring up issues that have been the subject of recent litigation, so it's a great time to be
We’d like to start giving cost of living raises to employees on their anniversary dates. What’s the best way to calculate these pay increases?
Answer from Ophelia, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP:
When the information is available, employers typically use the consumer price index
Question:Is it okay to wish our employees a happy birthday on our company social media page?
Answer from Angela, PHR:
There’s no law against it, but some employees may feel that announcing their birthday violates their privacy. While it’s great that you
Our HR person received an email from the CEO requesting copies of employee payroll records, but the CEO did not send this email. Could this be a phishing scam?
Answer from Eric, SPHR, SHRM-SCP:
Yes, this is probably a phishing scam. Inform
We have employees that submit timesheets. Is it mandatory that they sign them?
Answer: Eric, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, one of our HR Pros says...
It is not a requirement that timesheets be signed. We recommend that employees acknowledge that their time records are