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Benefits planning: upcoming compliance deadlines and year-end planning
(October 22, 2014)
Now that fall is in the air and school has started, we thought it would be a good idea to summarize some of the key health and welfare benefit deadlines that are approaching.  Read on

Be wary when employees 'volunteer' to work through lunch
(October 17, 2014)
When workers volunteer to attend work-related meetings during their lunch break, are they dedicated employees eager to go the extra mile, or do they signal a legal problem? That’s an issue recently put to a group of attorneys who focus on employment law matters. Their advice: Be careful. Read on

Office politics: why you shouldn't care who likes Ike
(October 15, 2014)
With another round of contentious elections upon us, employers should brush up on federal, state, and local laws related to political affiliation discrimination.  Read on

Workplace communication: It's more than just talking
(October 10, 2014)
Everybody knows the importance of effective communication in the workplace. Achieving it, though, can be tricky. Some people speak without listening. Others find themselves too distracted to understand what someone else is trying to say. Written communication often gets bogged down in jargon and misinterpreted. And those are just some of the problems that can inhibit genuine communication.   Read on

Voters to decide on Anchorage
collective bargaining ordinance

(October 9, 2014)
When voters in Anchorage go to the polls in November, they will decide the fate of a local ordinance that reins in the collective bargaining rights of municipal employees.   Read on

BLR launches professional development network
for hospitality industry HR leaders

(October 8, 2014)
BLR® – Business & Legal Resources, a leading provider of employment law compliance and training solutions for HR, has launched a new professional network called HR Executive Roundtable | Hospitality. The group will facilitate the sharing of best practices, benchmarking data, experiences, and cost-saving ideas among senior Human Resources leaders in restaurant, lodging, and travel verticals. Read on

10 FMLA tips for HR professionals
(October 8, 2014)
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be one of the most daunting employment laws HR has to deal with. There are very specific rules and procedures that must be followed to ensure that both employee and employer are protected. Recently, employment law attorneys from Holland & Hart in Billings, Montana, presented an FMLA Master Class for Business and Legal Resources (BLR). Here are the top ten tips from that class. Read on

Employers should review policies on same-sex
couples in wake of Supreme Court decision

(October 7, 2014)
With the U.S. Supreme Court deciding not to take up a case to settle the same-sex marriage issue on the national level, employers need to understand how the Court’s decision affects their policies. Read on

Cursing, fighting, and screaming could be protected under the NLRA
(October 3, 2014)
Too bad workplaces don’t come with the technology that allows employers to replace curse words with the bleeps so often heard during profanity-laced tirades on television. Then, maybe, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) wouldn’t be called on to settle disputes such as one that occurred after a bikini contest at a Hooters restaurant in California. Read on

Final rule on minimum wage for contractors released
(October 2, 2014)
Federal contractors can now take a look at the rules they will have to follow when an Executive Order that requires a $10.10 per hour minimum wage for workers on federal service and construction contracts takes effect. Read on

Multitasking hinders productivity
(October 1, 2014)
Multitasking increases worker productivity, right? That is at least common wisdom. It seems that if we can do two, three, or even four things at once, we are accomplishing more in less time. Research on the human brain is pointing decidedly in the other direction, however. According to one recent study, multitasking can reduce productivity by up to 40 percent.  Read on

Looking ahead: Report offers glimpse of workplace in 2022 and beyond
(September 26, 2014)
Trends shift and societal pendulums swing, but lasting change manages to take shape anyway. Futurists may have a tough time predicting what tomorrow’s workplace will look like, but that doesn’t keep them from trying. A new report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is giving human resources thinkers a lot to consider as they plan how to capitalize on the change to come. Read on

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