employment law, Human Resources Training

FMLA: Issues and Solutions

FMLA

A whopping $21 billion. That is the estimated value that organizations incur from lost productivity, continued health benefits, and labor replacement as a result of managing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) incorrectly. $300,000 is the average cost of lawsuits that have resulted from wrongful terminations.

Given these astounding facts, does it require emphasis that grasping of the right information is imperative, and the only real remedy to such heavy costs? It is only when employers arm themselves with the proper and full information about the various aspects of the FMLA and its applications that penalties can be avoided. The more informed an organization is about the law, the better it can protect itself from its repercussions and make more cost-effective decisions.

However, this comes with a few challenges, mainly because FMLA hardly works in isolation of other laws, the combined application of which can be quite confusing. Lack of harmonious application of the FMLA with other laws has resulted in more than half of all employers being granted unverified time off.

Want to get a lucid understanding of the FMLA and the ways by which it works with other laws, and prevent heavy penalties? You need enrolling at a valuable webinar that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is organizing on February 25.

Setting the various confusions around the FMLA at rest is Michael Haberman, co-founder of Omega HR Solutions, Inc., who will be the expert at this webinar. Please register for this course at TrainHR .

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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Understanding what constitutes a ‘serious health condition’ under the FMLA is a primary area of knowledge that an organization should have. The expert at this session will help participants get an idea of this concept.

Michael will also offer insights into what a company should do to file an unfair labor practice charge, which has an interplay between the FMLA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

These apart, there are other seemingly grey areas of this Act about which the participants may have doubts. What can be done to identify and address potential abuse of FMLA leave, and how FMLA interacts with other similar medical and disability-related leave statutes are among these.  Michael will offer clarity on these areas, and will also offer tips and tricks for implementing a few best practices. He will take questions from the participants of this webinar relating to any aspect of the FMLA and will try to answer them.

This webinar is of great benefit to personnel who are required to apply the many aspects of the FMLA. These include HR Managers, CFO’s, Office Managers, and VPs of HR.

At this course, these areas will be covered:

  • Serious Health Condition
    • Inpatient Care
    • Continuing Treatment
    • Chronic Conditions
  • Abuse
    • Authentication/Clarification
    • Re-Certification
    • Second Opinions
  • Interplay Between FMLA and Related Statutes
    • ADA
    • Title VII
    • FLSA

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About the speaker: A consultant, speaker, writer and teacher; Michael brings several years of experience in dealing with the challenges of human resources in the 21st century. His consulting and services company offers complete human resources solutions.

Mike is the author of the Human Resources blog found at OmegaHRsolutions.com, which has been recognized as a top human resources related blogs. He has also been named a top Digital Influencer in Human Resources. In addition, Mike has presented numerous webinars on various HR related issues including wage and hour compliance, rewards, culture, social media use in HR, practical futurism for HR departments and more.

Human Resources Training

Datafication of HR: Making The Transition from Metrics To Business Analytics

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HR metrics are an invaluable tool for evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of a number of core functions in the organization. HR metrics help the organization to assess the value and contribution of the organization’s core, its human capital, in achieving the business objectives, in a measurable manner. It should ideally help turn the organization’s focus on how management and compliance practices eliminate risks and raise productivity from both an individual and collective standpoint.

However, for HR metrics to serve this purpose, it should never be designed in a one-size-fits-all fashion. This is quite understandable, because the dynamics and peculiarities of each organization vary from those of another. HR metrics should not only be tailored to the needs of each organization’s unique needs; they should provide data with which the organization can evaluate human capital outcomes.

Ronald Adler, the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., will, at a webinar being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, explain what factors to take into consideration when building HR metrics that are strategic, operational, and transactional.

Please log on to TrainHR to register for this session.

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At this valuable ninety minute session, which is being organized on November 22, Ronald will explain the ways of putting in place HR metrics that help identify legal and statutory non-compliance, which may result in fines, penalties, debarment, and lost business opportunities. These HR metrics are also designed to help organizations measure their worth as an employer and the ability to attract and retain top performers.

More importantly, Ronald will help organization how to transition the HR metrics to Business Analytics, which will help it to assess the various risks it is up against. He will explain the role of HR related Key Compliance Indicators (KCIs) for use as an element of a continuous audit process that provides assurance of compliance.

The expert will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Gain an understanding of key HR metrics
  • Be able to identify and assess the strategic and operational impact of HR metrics
  • Learn the role of metrics in measuring and communicating value
  • Review the basics of using HR metrics in assessing human capital related risks
  • Learn how HR metrics improve strategic and operational decision making

 

HR Professionals, Internal and External Auditors, Risk Managers, CEO’s, and CFO’s are among the personnel that will benefit from this session.

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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.

Human Resources Policies

Piercings, Tattoos and More: Dress Codes For the Workplace – Legally Compliant Policies and Guidelines

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As the workplace undergoes many changes, the dress code is one of the areas in which HR is confronted with a host of questions such as: Does the workplace allow only formal dressing? Does it allow semiformal dressing? Does it have a different dress code for different positions? And, as the Millennials enter the workforce, does the company allow tattoos and piercings from its employees?

Organizations should remove any ambiguity about all these issues. The ideal way of doing this is to make a formal dress code in a written form and publish it with the stakeholders, such as the employees and management. The absence of the dress code can lead to unnecessary quibbling between the management and the employees. Many employees may like to dress in a certain way which management might oppose. Where there is a clearly stated dress code, there is no scope for such misunderstanding or potential conflict. A written workplace dress code is also immensely useful where employees take the organization to court over this issue.

Given the importance of the dress code as a means to avoiding unpleasant confrontations between the employees and the management, it is necessary to understand the elements of a proper dress code that the organization will put in place. How do organizations understand the dynamics of a legally valid and compliant dress code?

This understanding will be offered at a webinar that is being organized by TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for the human resources areas. Susan Strauss, a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying, will be the speaker at this session, which is being organized on June 10.

Please log on to http://bit.ly/2YLqJmU to register for this webinar.

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At this session, Dr. Strauss will help participants explore the reasons and benefits for having a dress code for the workplace. The aim of this learning is to help promote a dress code that is reflective of the organization’s culture and which shows it in a positive tone. She will highlight the importance of instituting a dress code that is safe and comfortable for the employees. The topic of what is considered appropriate for different generations will also be taken up at this session.

Dr. Strauss will also take up and clarify on delicate issues such as tattoos, makeup for women, jewelry, grooming and religious symbols will be taken up for discussion at this webinar.  she will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Reasons to have a Dress Code
  • Your rights as an employer to establish a dress code as a condition of employment
  • What to include in your dress code?
  • Defining business, business casual and casual
  • Professionalism: customer contact positions
  • Morale and respect among coworkers
  • Safety: office and manufacturing positions
  • Uniforms and logo wear
  • Piercings, tattoos and hair
  • Perfume and cologne
  • Hygiene
  • Cultural and religious considerations and other exceptions
  • Younger generation’s preference for informality
  • When companies have been taken to court about “dress”: discrimination cases related to sex or gender, religion, or race?
  • When does dress make a positive or negative impact on performance?
  • Designing a policy which corresponds to your business.

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About the expert: Dr. Susan Strauss conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. The popularity of these exercises can be gauged from the vast spectrum of sectors that her clients hail from: business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

She has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters, and journal articles on harassment, bullying, and related topics. She appears on television and radio programs and is frequently interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.

 

 

 

 

Human Capital, human resources management, Human Resources Policies

Building Salary Budgets and Merit Matrices in Today’s Economy

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TrainHR, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of human resources, is organizing a webinar on the topic, “Building Salary Budgets and Merit Matrices in Today’s Economy”, on March 6. Teri Morning, founder and President of Hindsight Human Resources, will be the speaker at this 60-minute session.

Please log on to http://bit.ly/2DuSdnN to enroll for this webinar.

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The rationale for salary raises is that the employee must have performed to expectations or exceeded them. Another criterion that triggers and justifies a raise is the employee’s exemplary attitude, work ethic, skill, and integrity at work. HR and management should decide the quantum of raise for an employee based on these criteria, plus the other important one, which takes the budgetary allocation for this exercise, into consideration.

Since the salary outlay is often the biggest chunk of expense for most companies, they need to use this resource very adeptly and wisely. The extra budgetary allocation for salaries should lead to more results by bringing about increased efficiency and improved skills from the employees.

This is the result that the concept of Merit Based Compensation (MBC) should bring about in the company. So, it is imperative for management and HR to understand how to make MBC work for the company in a just and effective manner.

Clarity on how to make Merit Based Compensation and Merit-based Performance Matrix work

This is the learning this webinar will impart. Teri will show how linking performance or other parameters mentioned above, or not linking, will drive home the message to employees about what management expects from them and what kind of work or attitude gets rewarded and what doesn’t.

Teri will also show what role a Merit-based Performance Matrix (MBM) can play in this process. Its full definition, namely merit-based, pay-for-performance matrix, should give an idea of what this concept means: MBM can be seen as an indicator for managers, HR and supervisors, using which they could suggest pay increases that are both fair and are supportive of the organization’s business objectives. The Merit-based Performance Matrix links performance with the market rate for pay in a particular sector.

This session is particularly useful for personnel that deal with performance and pay, such as CFO’s, HR Managers, HR Generalists, Plant Managers, Business Owners and CEO’s, Compensation Professionals and Benefit Professionals.

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About the speaker:

Teri Morning is the founder and President of Hindsight Human Resources. An SHRM-certified Senior Certified Professional, Teri has consulted with employers on their problems and trained managers and employees for over 20 years, during which she has met and worked with employees from all types of businesses.

During these two decades and more, Teri has acquired human resource and training experience in a variety of fields, including retail, distribution, architectural, engineering, consulting, manufacturing, public sector and both profit and non-profit companies.

HR compliance, Human Resources Training

What is the Main role of HR compliance?

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Knowing what to do in increasingly complicated employee situations can be difficult for even seasoned managers, especially if a manager has never had training. For a new manager these problems are intensified.

Further exacerbating the problem is that managers often inherit a dysfunctional department and/or are promoted to supervise those with whom they once were coworkers. In an increasingly complicated world of employee compliance in which HR struggles just to keep abreast of new developments not teaching managers the basics can be costly. After all it’s the managers who interact with employees on a day to day basis and every day is an opportunity for problems to arise that a manger was never trained how to address. Even routine situations such as denying a seemingly simple request for a few days off can blow up into claims of a denied request for protected leave.

 

From a business perspective, training managers in the basics of HR compliance basics of employment law, how to write documentation and how to use the tools of employee development is the cheapest thing an employer can do to stave off unwarranted employment claims.

From a manager’s perspective managing from Day One is the most important thing a manager can do for productivity purposes, compliance reasons, employee development and engagement and also to safeguard their own career.

From an HR perspective, training managers of the basics of HR compliance can help to defend against a whole host of unwarranted employment claims, including those that often begin from miscommunication, misinformation, and mismanagement.

 

important role of HR Compliance:

  • Dealing with employee complaints
  • Preventing harassment, bullying and general dysfunction

Know more about HR Compliance  https://www.trainhr.com/control/w_product/~product_id=702306LIVE/