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President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010 (ACA). The goal of the plan is to significantly increase the number of individuals who have medical insurance.
It is that time of year again – college and high-school kids are looking for practical, hands on work experience. Lured by the possibility of future “real” employment or at least a way to beef up the resume, these students are willing to work for free. According to a 2012 Time Magazine article, there are about 1.5 million internships in the U.S. each year, and it is estimated that up to one-third of them are unpaid.
What is Workplace Violence?
This month we are exploring a lighter topic although one that I’m sure everyone can relate to- Office Taboos. I know HR people can relate to this topic because sometimes we are asked to intervene in rather difficult and sometimes embarrassing situations.
Marijuana has been with us a long time. Its earliest recorded use dates back to the third millennium BC. It is estimated that 162 million people use marijuana on an annual basis, and 22.5 million use it on a daily basis. Now, 5000 years later, the citizens of the State of Colorado have legalized its use.
Yes, it is true. We get some fun and entertaining questions during the holidays. Here are a few:
For many of us the fall and winter months mean that the vacation season has come to an end. For some employers, it means people are finally back in the office - ready to get some work done. For some employees, it means a long wait until springtime and next year’s vacation.
You have probably heard the news. For tech employers there is a labor shortage. And to make it worse, the Big Boys (Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc.) are hiring - seriously hiring.
Most of us are only good at a few things. I’m a decent tennis player but horrible golfer, decent plumber (around the house) but terrible electrician.
401(k) plans have been a staple of our retirement planning since 1978 when they were first created. There are over 72 million Americans who have self-directed 401(k) plans, over 3 trillion dollars!
In the Human Resource Management business we often find ourselves assisting companies who experience firsthand the complexities of human behavior - usually cases of difficult employee behavior. We are often asked the rhetorical question “why did he do this?” or sometimes a client will describe an employee’s behavior and then ask us to “fix” it.
Employers are not legally required to have handbooks. Arguments against handbooks range from “it will be out of date as soon as we publish it,” to “I don’t want to be obligated to do things a certain way,” to “that is for bigger companies.” Why then do so many companies continue to invest the time and effort into creating and maintaining an employee handbook?
"I hope I made the right decision.”
I must admit I was intrigued after watching CBS' reality show "Undercover Boss." The show basically follows high level CEOs as they go "undercover" in their own companies to discover what it means to be a rank and file employee.
Every year at this time, our phones ring with questions such as "How long do I have to keep these personnel files?" or "Do we really need to hang on to these time cards?"
Hundreds of thousands of military veterans will soon re-enter the civilian workforce. It's time for the private sector, companies both big and small, to step up and provide this group with employment opportunities. Military veterans are well-disciplined, trained, dedicated and hard working. They deserve our support.