HR White Papers
White Papers from leading HR experts provide great insight and research on timely relevant HR topics.
As with all legislation designed to protect workers and enhance the workplace, the Family and Medical Leave Act has fallen victim to abuse by workers at virtually every level. The result for many employers has been a workforce that is actually less healthy on the job, somewhat less productive overall, and determined to use sick days for things that have nothing to do with personal or family medical matters. This white paper covers several key ways to prevent or at least discourage abuse of this key piece of legislation. Human resources professionals stand to gain in several significant ways by restructuring the way the office works, enhancing productivity and boosting overall employee attendance as a result. For those who are new to the legislation itself, or those human resources professionals who have long suffered at the hands of this law, preventing abuse is both a proactive way to improve office life and a great way to protect employees from their own potential for bad decision-making.
There are many liabilities as well as advantages of a company dress code. This white paper will focus on the liabilities of the dress code because of the negative implications that these liabilities may possibly have on workforce productivity as well as litigation against the company. The white paper will also focus on how a human relations employee can more easily navigate the shark infested emotional waters of the personal feelings of the employee.
Whether you are the owner of a law firm, an HR manager or a safety and risk management specialist, at some point in time the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will probably come in to conduct an inspection at your place of work. OSHA should not be thought of as "bad," however, the penalties that can be implemented for violations can be financially devastating to your company. Download this white paper to learn how to properly handle an OSHA inspection.
This white paper addresses the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, on payroll taxes. This paper will address the background of the Act as well as the current payroll tax implications as well as those that take effect in the future.
Organizations of every size must continually strive to design and implement efficient means of delivering human resources support services to their employees. Providing timely access to company policies, procedures and benefits guidelines is equally important for administrators and employees. Moreover, the administration of employee benefits programs is in a constant flux due to rapidly changing laws and regulations. Human resources professionals are faced with the challenge of delivering effective support services with less personnel and financial resources. It is well known that a poorly designed or administered benefits program negatively affects employee satisfaction and retention. This white paper provides an introduction to benefits portals.
This white paper is a resource aid for HR professionals who want to create an effective employee attendance policy. You will find tips and best practices solutions to use as a guide that is adaptable to your company culture. A truly successful employee attendance policy should include the specific dynamics of your company.
This white paper provides a guide for HR professionals, attorneys, and safety and risk management professionals who are actively engaged in the workers’ compensation process. Discussion includes the employers’ responsibility regarding workplace safety, as well as defending and denying claims. Employers will understand the necessary framework for gathering evidence to defend claims and responding to fraudulent claims.
Employers looking to deploy a Workers' Compensation handbook likely know exactly where to go to find the existing law, but they may not be aware of the best practices to execute when turning the law into a sensible handbook for company employees. In general, though, there are some key sections and blocks of content that should appear in every workers' compensation handbook, no matter the state where the employer is based or the location where the employee is working. Following these best practices will make the handbook easier to use, and it will clarify whether or not employees can expect to file a valid claim under the state compensation program or whether their grievances are best addressed by pursuing another legal avenue outside the workers' compensation framework.
When adding a flexible spending account to any employee health care plan, benefits specialists need to keep in mind the annual contribution limits of this option. They also need to be aware of procedures like the "use it or lose it" rule, and the various types of FSA accounts that they'll be charged with administering to their team of employees. With a firm understanding of how these programs work, the potential for legal issues and conflicts throughout the year will be greatly reduced, while utilization of these key savings account will likely increase among the broader workforce.
The IRS now closely scrutinizes compensation paid by non-profit organizations. Understanding and complying with the lengthy IRS regulations can enable charities to avoid "intermediate sanctions" including excise taxes on employees and board members.