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How to play nice in the FMLA and ADAAA sandbox

I recently read a story about a college faculty member who sued her employer for violating her rights under both FMLA and ADAAA. The story caught my eye because it shows the potential for both federal entitlements to exist in the same space and the challenges in trying to administer them. Separate but similar I […]

The importance of documenting employees’ job functions

Wouldn’t it be great if life came with clear pre-written expectations? Fortunately, jobs usually do. Developing job descriptions, however, isn’t always a clean-cut process. Many employers struggle with developing job descriptions, as they think it’s not worth the time or effort. However, developing a job description is an important aspect of a company’s approach to […]

Writing job descriptions: three questions to help ensure success

Coming up with a list of all the necessary requirements for an employee to perform a job might not sound too difficult. Take, for example, an employee who works in manufacturing. Heavy lifting is likely an important part of the job, and belongs in the job description. But, how much do they have to lift […]

How to have “the talk” about an employee’s health condition in the workplace

Talking to an employee about his or her health condition in the workplace can be tricky. I often hear from managers that this is one of the hardest parts of their job. While it can be a difficult task, I would argue that it’s one of the most important. As an HR manager or senior […]

Success story: creating a supportive and inclusive workplace

Employees can become injured. It’s a common fact of life. Getting employees who have been injured back to work in a way that is safe and helps increase their productivity is what’s not always as common, but extremely important. It’s also critical that these employees aren’t labeled by any limitations they may have in their […]

Success story: moving from feeling powerless to empowerment

Health complications can greatly impact an employee’s ability to work. Some health issues are physical in nature, and therefore, more visible. However, some health issues aren’t as apparent and can still limit a person’s ability to focus at work. Mental health conditions often affect thinking, mood, behavior and how an individual socially interacts with others. […]

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