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Posts by Joe Boone

Do Counteroffers Make Sense?

Countering a competitor’s offer won’t keep an employee for long if other issues aren’t resolved When an employee decides to take another job, should an employer make a counteroffer, usually in the form of a pay increase, in the hope of retaining that employee? For many companies, the answer is yes. A 2018 survey of…

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The Deceptive Complexity of Criminal Background Checks

In order to conduct a compliant criminal background check, employers ordinarily must comply not only with the federal Fair Credit Reporting (FCRA) Act, but also state and local laws. This includes not only ban the box laws, but also laws that impose additional restrictions and requirements beyond when a criminal background check can occur. Not…

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Prepare for EEOC Onsite Visits

HR professionals whose companies have pending Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges against them should be ready for the possibility of an EEOC onsite visit and should turn the visit into an opportunity to show how the company complies with anti-discrimination laws. A site visit to follow up on an EEOC charge signals that this…

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Who’s The Boss? Limiting Your Liability For Employee Misconduct

Here are some ways to reduce your exposure if your employees get you sued. Whether harm arises from an accident with a company vehicle, an assault in a customer’s home, or harassment of an employee by a co-worker, the victim — or, more accurately, the victim’s attorney — is going to want to go after…

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The Fraudster Down the Hall

Employees are stealing from their own companies, and they are taking much more than just paper clips and Post-it notes. Occupational fraud—sometimes called internal fraud—is globally costing businesses the equivalent of billions of dollars annually, according to a new global report. The methods used by the culprits vary. Some skim cash from the reserves or…

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Employers and Workers Disagree on Being ‘Too Old’ to Work

Aging-friendly workplaces take steps to promote inclusion of older employees Many employees plan to work past age 65, but will their employers help them to do so? In many cases perhaps not, as employers and workers don’t agree about how friendly the workplace is to older employees, according to a new study from the nonprofit Transamerica…

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Reasons Given for Termination Are Critically Important

Proper documentation is an important component of human resource management, an employer victory in a discrimination case shows. In circumstances involving termination, documentation can be of critical significance. Stating the reasons for a termination can, depending on the circumstances, play a pivotal role in the ultimate outcome of a lawsuit. In this case, the employee had…

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When Employees Leave: Conduct Comprehensive Exit Interviews

Give workers the opportunity to return company property and provide feedback This is the first in a three-part series of articles on what to do when employees leave the business. Today’s article explores how employers should handle exit interviews. The exit interview can be a useful way for employers to protect their property, identify any…

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OFCCP Issues “What Contractors Can Expect” Guidance

On August 2, 2018, OFCCP issued a new publication entitled “What Contractors Can Expect .” The publication coincided with OFCCP Acting Director Craig Leen’s well-received presentation at the National Industry Liason Group’s national conference in Anaheim, California. OFCCP had promised the “What Contractors Can Expect” publication in its May 1, 2018 Town Hall Action Plan . The document…

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