Employee Handbook, Human Resources Training

Employee Handbooks: 2019 Updates

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The employee handbook illustrates the nature of employer-employee relationships in an organization. Despite its importance to the organization-it sets out all that the employees can and should expect from their employers and eases employees into their respective roles in the organization-it is still a highly undervalued document in most organizations.

Being the guarantor of the organization’s commitment to the employee; the employee handbook instils a sense of realism in employees about what to expect from their organization. For this reason, the employee handbook should be relevant, precise and rightly worded.

When there is a mismatch between what the organization states in the handbook and what the employees perceive of it, it leads to confusion and worse, legal confrontations between the two sides. An ambiguously worded handbook gives the employee the chance to challenge it legally during times of an unlawful termination.

The importance of having a correctly designed and presented employee handbook is best illustrated in a recent memorandum from the General Counsel of the NLRB, which says such employee handbooks can violate the law and can have a “chilling effect” on employees’ activities.

All the vital aspects of an employee handbook, such as its components, its constituents, the elements that need to be kept in mind while drafting it, the legal safeguards that they need to guarantee, and many more issues concerning employee handbooks will be explained in a lucid manner at a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, on September 6.

Ronald Adler, the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., will be the expert at this session. Please do enroll for this learning by visiting  https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/employee-handbooks:-2019-updates-702548LIVE?wordpress-seo

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These are some of the functions of employee handbooks:

  • They enhance the employment brand
  • They are vital in recruitment and retention
  • Employee handbooks enhance employee relations, employee morale, and productivity
  • With employee handbooks, there is uniform and consistent application, interpretation, and enforcement of organizational policies and rules
  • They help to protect the organization against claims of improper employee/supervisor conduct
  • Employee handbooks bring down the organization’s exposure to employment related liabilities

In the course of explaining these and other aspects of employee handbooks, including what is new for 2019, Ronald will cover these areas at this webinar:

  • Key employee handbook issues in 2019
  • A review of the NLRB’s recent memorandum on employee handbooks
  • How organizations can reduce the gap between policy issuance and effective implementation
  • Review the basics of employee handbook development
  • Discuss the expanding purposes and scope of employee handbooks
  • Learn the dimensions of critical handbook policies
  • Understand the framework of employee handbook audits activities

Personnel that deal with employee-employer relationships will gain immensely from this webinar. These include HR Professionals, Risk Managers, Internal Auditors, In-house Counsel, CFO’s, CEO’s, Management Consultants, and other individuals who want to learn how to use develop and implement employee handbooks.

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About the Expert:

Ronald Adler is the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., a veteran owned, human resource management consulting firm specializing in HR audits, employment practices liability risk management, HR metrics and benchmarking, strategic HR-business issues and unemployment insurance. He is a co-developer of the Employment-Labor Law Audit (the nation’s leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment tool.

A certified instructor on employment practices for the CPCU Society, Ronald has conducted continuing education courses for the AICPA, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Institute of Management Consultants, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

 

 

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Time Management

Time and Task Management Effectiveness: Working Smarter Every Day

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Managing time…well, this should be one of the foremost challenges that modern man has faced. Today, with all our gadgetries and reminders which keep beeping to remind us of our nearly every task that we do, right from waking up to going to bed, the challenge to beat time has increased.

But what we need to do is to understand that here, smart work, rather than hard work, is the solution. One can work hard, but managing tasks within the stipulated time requires a person to be smart and think on her feet and move on to the next task. Failure to finish tasks at the allocated time results in building up a queue that will grow on and on, becoming menacing every time you look at it.

How does one handle tasks and complete them by the allocated time? This requires just smart working and nothing else, least of all a magic wand. The ways by which to adapt this smart attitude and get tasks carried out without generating a pipeline of uncompleted tasks will be the learning a webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is going to teach.

This session, which is being organized on August 7, will have Chris DeVany, the Founder and President of Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide, as the expert. Please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/time-and-task-management-effectiveness:-working-smarter-every-day-702506LIVE to register for this webinar and understand the ways of handling time in a more optimal manner.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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The core of this learning is that the more one puts off the important tasks, the more difficult it will become to carry them out later. The pressure of having to weigh the importance of the next important job burdens the mind. This makes the impending task a lot more complicated than it is because the worker is under greater pressure to complete it than is required.

The worst sin for any person, that too for an employee, is procrastination. Far from preventing completion of a task, postponement will only make the task reappear as a monster later. Chris will show how to complete assigned tasks within designated timeframes to ensure that the work goes on smoothly. He will show how employees, instead of dreading the burdensome task, can actually enjoy working on it.

He will cover the following areas at this session, which is useful to managers such as CEO, Senior Vice President, Vice President, Executive Director, Managing Director, Regional Vice President, Area Supervisor and Manager:

  • Self-Evaluation How Do You Manage Your Time
  • Concentration and Focus
  • Planning to Succeed
  • Decision Making and Prioritizing
  • Getting Organized
  • Establishing Boundaries to Create Balance
  • Setting SMART Goals

At the end of this learning, the participants will be able to:

  • Achieve better results through more effective planning and clarifying objectives
  • Delegate effectively and free yourself for bigger tasks
  • Set group goals and priorities
  • Eliminate the time wasters
  • Handle interruptions and distractions
  • Say no to unreasonable demands
  • Redirect your efforts to the most important and valid tasks
  • Make sure there is time in the day for you
  • Learn strategies to improve concentration and increase your efficiency

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About the speaker: Chris’ organization focuses on management and organization development. Chris has published numerous articles in the fields of surviving mergers and acquisitions, surviving change, project management, management, sales, team-building, leadership, ethics, customer service, diversity and work-life balance, in publications ranging from ASTD/Performance In Practice to Customer Service Management.

His book, “90 Days to a High-Performance Team”, published by McGraw Hill and often accompanied by in-person, facilitated instruction, has helped and continues to help thousands of executives, managers and team leaders improve performance.

 

Workplace Wellness Program

Optimizing the Health Message with Wellness Champions

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It goes without saying that a wellness program is the centerpiece of employee welfare. Isn’t it crucial for organizations to understand what kind of wellness programs are best suited for its employees?

It is very important to have the right people involved in a wellness initiative. It should come with the right support systems. If these are missing, the organization will realize that the messages it sends concerning wellness can lose their meaning or intent. When communication is not up to the mark, the whole wellness program falls flat and becomes a dud. It fails to elicit participation from the required employees.

It is thus important to ensure that wellness programs bring together likeminded people by offering them the opportunity to fulfill the same mission.

The ways by which organizations can send out the right message concerning wellness programs, how they can bring the right people towards such programs, and all other aspects of a wellness program will be the learning a webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is offering.

Meaghan Jansen, who owns the Canada-based Employee Wellness Solutions Network (ewsnetwork.com), will offer valuable insights into this topic at this webinar by being its expert. To enroll for this webinar, which is being organized on August 8, please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/optimizing-the-health-message-with-wellness-champions-702498LIVE.

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Meaghan will show the means by which a wellness program can be optimized. These include ensuring that the right people are in place to help spread the message, sharing wellness memos, helping to facilitate team challenges, brainstorming on program design, and helping execute the strategy. These are some of the ingredients to making the wellness program a success. These measures can increase the participation rates, which help in making the workplace a more engaged one.

At this webinar, which is of sixty minutes’ duration, Meaghan will cover the following areas:

  • Who is a Wellness Champion?
  • How do you Recruit Wellness Champions?
  • What are the Main Roles?
  • How does a Wellness Team Motivate?
  • Peer Influence Support

This learning session is aimed at the benefit of personnel that are part of a wellness program, such as human resources, wellness champions within a workplace, person responsible for coordinating internal wellness program, executive leaders and employee benefits consultants/brokers.

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About the expert: At her Canadian employee and corporate wellness company, Meaghan and her husband present ways of optimizing and messaging wellness programs all over the world.

She is an interest group leader with the International Association for Workplace Health Promotion, a presenter for American College of Sports Medicine and an advisory board member of the Canadian Academy of Lifestyle Medicine.

payroll best practices

Multi-State Payroll Compliance

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Knowledge of how the payroll laws work in different States is a must for employers that employ people in more than one State. Why is this so? It is because this is the only way to show compliance with the laws, failing which these companies can attract heavy penalties.

This valuable knowledge will be imparted at a webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is organizing on August 12. At this webinar, Dayna Reum, Payroll Tax Manager at PetSmart Inc., will be the expert, and will offer thorough knowledge of this topic.

Please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/multi-state-payroll-compliance-702480LIVE to register for this event.  This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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The areas that constitute the main learning of this webinar include withholding rules, reciprocity and residency definitions. The expert will facilitate better understanding of the laws in each State and the tax guidance on how to determine taxation when employees live in one State and work in another. She will also explain what laws apply when employees that work in multiple States travel to other States for work. Also offered at this webinar is an understanding of other state laws that affect payroll.

At this valuable sixty-minute webinar, Dayna will cover the following areas:

  • Residency
  • Reciprocity Agreements
  • Resident/Non-Resident Withholding Rules
  • Evaluating taxation for multiple states
  • What wages are subject to taxation?
  • Withholding compliance issues
  • State Unemployment Insurance
  • Traveling Employees
  • Administrative Concerns
  • HR Concerns
  • Local tax residency rules
  • Case Studies

Those who will benefit from this learning include payroll professionals, human resources, accounting personnel, owners, employee benefit professionals, lawmakers, CFO’s, and attorneys who are dealing with payroll process.

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About the expert: Being experienced in the payroll field for over 15 years, Dayna specializes in payroll basics, global/cultural awareness, immigration basics for the payroll professional, multi-state and local taxation and quality control for payroll, international and Canadian payroll.

 

Career Development, Human Resources Training

Transition from Peer to Supervisor

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A promotion may be the reward for an employee’s dedication, hard work, passion and discipline or much else. However, while it instils a feeling of great positivity in the employee who gets promoted, the same cannot be said about the colleagues she supersedes in getting promoted! The envy, the unease and the cantankerous feeling that a promotion could arouse in the rest of the team is not the best of feelings to encounter.

Yet, if the promoted colleague has to work with those same colleagues, it calls for adapting an altogether different outlook. The promoted employee has to motivate these jealous teammates and take them along, a challenge by any stretch of imagination.

How does the newly promoted employee do this? How does she ensure that every one of the uncomfortable team members is in the boat with her? This is the crucial learning a sixty-minute webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is going to teach.

Tonia Morris, Founder of Simply HR, LLC a consultant and management firm, will be the expert at this webinar, which is scheduled for August 6. Kindly visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/transition-from-peer-to-supervisor-702535LIVE to enroll for this valuable session.

This webinar has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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The critical role communication plays in preventing and resolving many of the issues arising in managing a team which the supervisor was a part of, will be explained at this webinar. The ways in which boundaries need to be set, the ways by which to make communication effective, the manner in which to build trust and respect, and choosing the right manner in which positive feedback can be offered to peers and colleagues, are some of the topics that the expert will take up at this session. Tonia will help the newly promoted supervisors understand the ways by which to overcome their most pressing issues.

She will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • How to Communicate more Effectively as a Supervisor
  • When to be Flexible and when to Stand Firm
  • Steps to Build Trust and Gain Respect
  • How to Develop your Own Personal Management Style
  • How to Set Boundaries with Coworkers/Peers
  • How to Deal with Uncomfortable Situations
  • How to Motivate Others to Achieve Results.

This webinar is aimed at benefiting Managers, Supervisors, Leaders, Human Resource Professional and Shift Leaders or Team.

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About the speaker:

Tonia Morris, who calls herself “your Generational Connector”, owns her speaking and training company. An accomplished speaker, Tonia offers leaders training solutions that cultivate a generationally-inclusive work place.

She has partnered with organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Oracle, Spelman and Kennesaw University to name a few, to bring training solutions for engaging Millennials in the workplace, working with leaders to transform their cultures by attracting, developing and retaining a workforce that is generationally inclusive.

With more than 20+ years of progressive HR experience, Tonia provides keynote speeches, lunch-and-learns, and workshops for organizations and associations across the Southeast.

 

HR compliance, Human Resources Training

HR Compliance 101 – for Non HR Managers

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Why is HR compliance an absolute must for organizations? One can think of at least three core perspectives when answering this question:

Business: Seen from a business perspective, managers that are trained in the basics of HR compliance carry a proper understanding of the areas related to HR and business, such as employment law, the ways of writing documentation and of how to use the tools of employee development. When one considers the astronomical amounts that noncompliance with HR laws attracts, training non-HR managers can be the least expensive exercise for an employer to offset any unwarranted employment claims.

Managerial: Being compliant with HR practices and law is extremely important from a manager’s perspective. Why? Because being compliant with HR practices is necessary to ensure that the organization increases productivity, stays legally compliant, ensures employee development and engagement, and also safeguards the manager’s own career.

Human Resources: HR training for managers is also important from an HR perspective itself. It is only through proper and professional HR compliance training that can help managers understand how to protect the organization against many unwarranted employment claims, the cause of most of which is miscommunication, misinformation, and mismanagement.

Complete understanding of the elements of HR compliance

TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, will offer complete understanding of the elements of HR compliance, especially for non-HR managers, at a webinar it is organizing on Aug. 2.

TrainHR brings Teri Morning, founder and President of Hindsight Human Resources, as the speaker at this sixty-minute session. Please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/hr-compliance-101—for-non-hr-managers–702483LIVE to register for this webinar. This course has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

The cost of lack of training can be very high for organizations

What happens when an organization fails to train managers about HR compliance? It can be disastrous for the experienced and new manager alike, especially when they have assumed charge of a dysfunctional department and/or are promoted to supervise those with whom they once co-worked. Sometimes, a simple exercise such as not following the right procedures while sanctioning leave can invite legal action against the employer. This is just one instance in which HR compliance training is vital. The organization can face innumerable such occasions that could potentially land them in a legal spot of bother

At this session, the expert will cover the following areas:

  • Basics of the Big Four of employment compliance- Title VII, FLSA, FMLA, ADA
  • Managing from Day One – Using the 4 tools of a manager; coaching, performance reviews, performance improvement plans and discipline
  • The 12 elements of documentation
  • What to do if someone is struggling doing their job for whatever the reason – having a process
  • Inheriting a dysfunctional department – avoiding the pitfalls
  • Preventing harassment, bullying and general dysfunction
  • What to do with employee complaints.

Front line managers, department Managers, new HR persons, anyone promoted into a management position or managers who were promoted from within their companies, are some of the personnel who will derive immense value from this webinar.

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About the speaker: During the over twenty years she has spent in human resource and training, Teri has gained experience in a variety of fields, including retail, distribution, architectural, engineering, consulting, manufacturing (union), public sector and both profit and non-profit companies. She loves to consult with employers on their problems and trained managers and employees, and meeting and working with employees from all types of businesses.

Human Resources Training, workplace Harassment

New EEOC Report: Workplace Harassment Prevention Not Working-Harassment Continues to be a Problem

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If you are a human resources manager whose workload is preventing you from examining workplace harassment laws closely and staying abreast of the latest developments and updates to the existing laws, it is time for a serious rethink. Why? Simply because the 2016 findings of the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission are far from flattering insofar as the role of HR managers in preventing workplace harassment is concerned.

Being unable to stay current with the latest regulations is no excuse for HR managers to avoid implementing the harassment-related laws and standards that are expected of them by the regulatory agencies. No matter what reasons may be preventing HR managers from understanding these laws and implementing them; the consequences of this negligence are too stark to ignore: non-implementation of the harassment prevention laws, and a range of undesirables such as abuse, absenteeism, turnover, loss of productivity, and resignations. This is in addition to the emotional turmoil such employees have to undergo, which will impact their productivity and prospects adversely.

A webinar from TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, will impart the crucial learning pertaining to how HR in organizations have to be aware of the laws and regulations concerning workplace harassment. This is the only means by which HR can avoid heavy lawsuits being slapped on the organization by employees who are victims of workplace harassment.

At this webinar, the expert, Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying, will set the tone for a clear understanding of these laws, the obvious result of which is the avoidance of landing the organization in nasty legal situations. Please visit https://www.trainhr.com/webinar/new-eeoc-report:-workplace-harassment-prevention-not-working-harassment-continues-to-be-a-problem–702339LIVE to register for this ninety-minute webinar, which is being organized on July 19.

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

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The main objective of this webinar is to help participants get clarity on the rumors and misinformation that ensue whenever well-publicized cases of harassment surface. For instance, a notorious piece of news that an employer had been fined an additional million dollars only because it did not carry out harassment training did the rounds recently. Dr. Strauss will help the participants examine such news with a pinch of salt.

She will also offer understanding on the grey areas pertaining to whether an HR manager can be personally sued in a case of discrimination. In the course of this webinar, she will fulfil these objectives:

  • Review protected class discrimination and harassment
  • Identify the EEOC’s 2016 findings
  • Update information on new discrimination & harassment court decisions related to GINA, ADAAA, Pregnancy, and Title VII
  • Discuss the Affirmative Defense (AD) & your responsibility to reduce liability via AD
  • Differentiate between bullying and protected class harassment
  • Explore HR & management’s legal and ethical responsibilities in prevention and intervention of bullying and harassment
  • Describe the legal requirement of conducting an Accommodation Meeting
  • List the employment laws required for an organization’s wellness program

At this webinar, which is aimed at benefiting HR Specialists, HR Managers, Directors, Managers and supervisors of any department, Dr. Strauss will cover the following areas:

  • Review of the legal elements of discrimination and harassment law
  • List of protected classes (for example, in MN there are 15 including state and federal laws)
  • Specific requirements for compliance with GINA, ADAAA, and the PDA with discussion of recent legal cases for each
  • In depth discussion of the need for “accommodations” for ADA, religion, and pregnancy
  • Steps of an Accommodation Meeting and follow-up
  • Discussion of the nexus of bullying and harassment
  • What these changes in case law mean for employers
  • Training and policy requirements

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About the expert: Dr. Strauss has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She has been featured on television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.

Dr. Strauss has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in human services and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development.