HR Real Talk

22 Jun 2017
Q&A: We have an employee who has an illness covered by the Americans with Disability Act. … Would it be reasonable to demote her …?

Question: We have an employee who has an illness covered by the Americans with Disability Act. The employee provided us with a letter from her doctor stating that she needs...

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14 Jun 2017
Q&A: What is the purpose of a performance improvement plan? Can’t we just terminate employment for poor performance?

Question: What is the purpose of a performance improvement plan? Can’t we just terminate employment for poor performance? Answer from Emily, PHR: The use of a performance improvement plan (PIP)...

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08 Jun 2017
Q&A: We rehired a former employee. Do they need to fill out the new hire paperwork again?

Question: We rehired a former employee. Do they need to fill out the new hire paperwork again? Answer from Marisa, PHR: The company has some discretion here as to whether...

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01 Jun 2017
Pregnancy, maternity leave and how telecommuting is changing the game for women.

Technology Means Pregnancy is No Longer a Career Breaker Maternity leave is often a nightmare for both women having to put their careers on hold for a year or so...

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Forced Vacation?
31 May 2017
Q&A: Can an employer legally make their employees use their accumulated vacation hours?

Question: Can an employer legally make their employees use their accumulated vacation hours? [ap_spacing spacing_height="40px"] Answer from Sarah, PHR, SHRM-CP: Yes. An employer can tell an employee that they need...

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24 May 2017
Q&A: What do you advise regarding screening social media accounts during the hiring process?

Question: What do you advise regarding screening social media accounts during the hiring process? [ap_spacing spacing_height="40px"] Answer from Emily, PHR: We strongly recommend against reviewing a candidate’s social media accounts...

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23 May 2017
Increase your chances of being contacted for your dream job.

Increase your chances of being contacted for your dream job. HR Talent Solutions by HR Girlfriends offers a FREE service to you as a job seeker — RESUME CRITIQUE! This...

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17 May 2017
Q&A: We want to hire an administrative assistant. Can we classify this person as an independent contractor during a 90-day try-out period … ?

Question: Question: We want to hire an administrative assistant. Can we classify this person as an independent contractor during a 90-day try-out period and then, if they work out, hire...

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13 May 2017
Engagement Starts With You

I was honored to be the keynote speaker at EBG’s invitation only breakfast on April 27th. The opportunity reminded me that whenever I am in the room with other HR...

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11 May 2017
Q&A: A non-exempt employee, forgetting that a meeting offsite had been cancelled, clocked in … do we have to pay him for this time?

Question: A non-exempt employee, forgetting that a meeting offsite had been cancelled, clocked in at the office and then drove to the meeting. He was halfway to the location before...

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