Earlier this year, President Obama called on Congress to enact a federal law requiring businesses to offer seven days of paid sick leave to workers, but the proposed law is unlikely to pass in the current political climate. Nevertheless, advocacy for paid sick leave has increased at the state level, and some of these efforts are proving successful.
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I’ve heard some companies have employees who are dating sign some sort of agreement. Is it something we should have?
Answer from Ophelia, one of our HR Pros:
An agreement regarding the dating relationship is not required. Many employers use them, however, because they can help set expectations and reduce liability. I generally recommend that employees sign a Consensual Relationship Agreement if they enter into a romantic relationship with each other.
Can we give an employee a written warning for three unrelated concerns at once?
Answer from Jessica, one of our HR Pros:
Yes, you may issue simultaneous warnings to an employee. For example, if an employee is routinely tardy, underperforming, and insubordinate, you could address these issues in a single meeting. That said, it’s usually more effective to address issues as they arise than to save them for a later conversation.
Millennials, just like any generation, have a unique set of skills and expectations that are the result of the era they grew up in. This infographic helps you understand these traits and other benefits of hiring millennials as they are already a significant portion of today's workforce and the numbers are only growing.
One of our employees has asked for an accommodation. Her desk currently faces a wall, and she has asked to move, claiming that for medical reasons she needs to be able to see at a farther distance whenever she looks up. Is it appropriate to ask for medical documentation before considering her request?
Answer from Jenny, one of our HR Pros:
A Mechanical Engineer typically plans and designs product applications and assembles project teams. Your chances of successfully attracting and retaining a Mechanical Engineer as a new employee will be much greater if you give careful thought to the duties of the job and communicate these expectations to a prospective employee. Written job descriptions are an important aid to this communication.
Are we able to include a dress code policy in our employee handbook that specifies requirements for facial hair/hair length?
Answer from Rebecca, one of our HR Pros:
As summer is just around the corner, a common question we receive is whether it is acceptable to engage unpaid interns. Assuming the organization in question is a for-profit company, this is an area in which to exercise extreme caution.
The Chief Information Officer typically directs, plans, and manages the company's Information Systems policies to assure the development and implementation of data processing, computer operations, and related functions (communications, office systems, production activities, etc.). Your chances of successfully attracting and retaining a Chief Information Officer as a new employee will be much greater if you give careful thought to the duties of the job and communicate these expectations to a prospective employee.
Unfortunately, employees do not always perform to the highest standards, whether that be failing to perform all the essential functions of their position or being the perpetrator of workplace harassment. This form helps document the issue at hand, giving you a place to note which policy was violated and list any previous violations.
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EMPLOYEE NAME AND DATE OF INCIDENT