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Can My Employee Take a Vacation While on FMLA Leave?

HR Question: I currently have an employee who is out on FMLA leave due to their own serious injury.  Multiple employees have come to me sharing the employee’s Facebook post where she is sitting on the beach – clearly on vacation. The employees are upset and demand that she be fired. Can my employee take […]

How Is The Tri-State Area Handling Unemployment Job Search Requirements?

HR Question: I’ve heard that some states are opting out of federal unemployment programs and/or reinstating unemployment job search requirements. How are Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana defining unemployment requirements in the Tri-State area? HR Answer: At the onset of the pandemic, states were given additional funding through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to aid […]

What are the Advantages of Financial Wellness Programs?

Question: I’ve been hearing a lot about employers offering financial wellness programs as a benefit for employees in 2017.  What is a financial wellness program and what are the advantages of offering this benefit to my employees? Answer: Financial wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular as an employee benefit.  A 2016 Aon Hewitt report found that […]

Dealing With Workplace Gossip

Question: Our office struggles with workplace gossip. It tends to breed negativity between our employees and hurts our culture of teamwork. What tips do you have for dealing with employees who love to gossip and complain? Answer: Communication is always a good thing, right? Typically, the answer to this is a resounding, “Yes!” However, when […]

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Five HR Strategies To Promote Stronger Business Partnerships

Question: My company has been a slow adapter to letting HR move out of the ‘watch-dog’ role to a more strategic approach.  Are there things that I can do myself, even without their support, to make small changes in my HR strategies and show the value of such a changed role? Answer: Obviously, having the […]

How to Conduct an I-9 Audit and Correct Form I-9 Mistakes

HR Question: I’m doing an internal audit of our I-9 Forms, and I want to make sure I’m doing it right. So far, I’ve run into some problems. Some forms are incomplete, I don’t have an I-9 for all employees, and I think that a document provided for one of them is fake. What should […]

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