Tis the Season for 5 Holiday HR Issues

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Tis the Season for 5 Holiday HR Issues

Tis the season for several HR and compliance issues associated with the holidays. Here are five (5) holiday HR issues that you should revisit as the holidays ensue.

1. Holiday decorations

Holiday decorations tend to make their way into the workplace and employees' workspaces this time of year. What an employer allows in terms of decorations in the workplace is up them, but they should not discriminate and should be consistent and reasonable with their policies. 

Organizations need to be particularly careful with religious decorations, however. Refusal to accommodate an employee who wants to display a religious holiday symbol or decoration to commemorate a holiday should be considered very carefully as these can be minor religious accommodations that are protected under law and generally acceptable.

Additionally, according to the EEOC, holiday decorations should not be avoided just because someone objects to them, but organizations should ensure that all holiday decoration displays are reasonable and non-disruptive.
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The Rules for Paying Interns Changed: Here’s What You Need to Know

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Up until January 5, 2018, when employers needed to determine whether the internships they would offer qualify as paid or unpaid, they would turn to the long held 6-part test that was officially enacted by the Department of Labor (DOL) as of 2010. Amidst a number of high profile legal cases brought by unpaid interns against their employers (some of which initially favored the interns in their verdicts), several courts recently found the 6-part test was too rigid.
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You Want to Be a Great Workplace. So Now What?

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You Want to Be a Great Workplace. So Now What?

It is true that becoming a “great workplace” doesn’t happen overnight. But instead of getting overwhelmed by a seemingly endless list of programs and offerings (and money...being “great” must cost so much money!) that so called “great workplaces” should all have, let’s take a look at what it means really to be “great”—with a few practical bite-sized pieces that you might be able to tackle at your organization right now sprinkled in for good measure.
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5 Ways to Make Compensation Reports Work for You

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Unless you are the Compensation Specialist in your HR Department, chances are you aren’t exactly thrilled when a compensation project comes across your desk. In the abstract, the idea of paging through hundreds of pages of compensation data tables or searching through complex (expensive) compensation databases can seem like an arduous and fruitless task.
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Reward & Recognition Program Quiz: 6 Questions for HR to Answer

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Reward & Recognition Program Quiz: 6 Questions for HR to Answer

1. What is the end goal of your reward and recognition program?

  1. Improve employee engagement
  2. Reduce voluntary turnover
  3. Reward top performers
  4. All of the above

This is a tough one to start with, but we start here because hopefully this question is also where your organization started when setting up the program. In the broadest sense all of these options (yes, the answer should be D) point towards one fundamental goal—motivating employees to do their best work at your organization.
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Is Your Compensation Data Reliable?

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Is your Compensation Data Reliable?

Compensation data is an essential element in organizations' efforts to competitively recruit and retain top talent. This data is used to ensure market competitiveness in employment offers, and provides a foundation for complete compensation strategy reviews. Be careful about the data you use for compensation decisions. It should come from credible compensation surveys.
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