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BLR is a leader in helping organizations and their employees to reduce safety, environmental, and employment compliance-related legal exposure, stay on the right side of law, and achieve their full potential.

We offer best-in-class compliance product and services that includes news, information & analysis, best practice guidance, employee training and turn-key tools delivered in a wide range of formats from online applications, live events, and websites to books, CD's, video, posters, and newsletters geared to organizations and industries of all sizes.

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2015 Payroll Tax Update: New Forms, Healthcare & 401(k) Mandates, Benefits & More

Effective January 1, an estimated 10 million employees will pay more Social Security payroll taxes for the coming year due to an increase in the taxable minimum—up to $118,500 over the previous amount, $117,000. Employers should take steps now to notify affected employees and adjust their payroll systems to ensure compliance.
Aboveground Storage Tanks: How To Effectively Manage SPCC Requirements

Learn best practices for managing SPCC requirements for aboveground storage tanks.
Accommodating Your Pregnant Employees: What The March Supreme Court Ruling And EEOC Guidance Really Mean

Can you accommodate certain employees with light duty during periods of temporary disability, but not pregnant employees under the expanded ADAAA definition of disability? That’s NOT recommended in light of the Supreme Court’s March decision in Young v. UPS. Essentially, the Court devised a test that effectively takes away your right to do that.
Active Shooter In The Workplace: Respond With A Survivor's Mindset And Reduce The Risk Of Devastating Consequences

Make the right preparations ahead of time to help eliminate active shooter incidents and significantly reduce their impact on the workplace.
ADA And OSHA Compliance: How To Align Your Accommodation Obligations With Safety Regulations

It may be your company that is required to accommodate employees with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—but it’s often the job of the safety professional to understand how to incorporate fulfillment of this obligation into safety programs. If you can’t identify your current responsibilities, your facility may be at higher risk for noncompliance with the ADA.
ADA, FMLA, And Workers' Compensation Summit: Meeting HR's Intersecting Leave Law Obligations

In February, the EEOC sued a disability support services company in Arizona for unlawful discrimination on the basis of its inflexible leave of absence policy, seeking lost wages and compensatory and punitive damages. And UPS is dealing with a class action lawsuit over its inflexible leave policy, as the EEOC claims it violates the ADA by allowing only a 12-month leave of absence and fails to provide disabled employees further reasonable accommodations for their disabilities.
Advanced OSHA Recordkeeping: Exploring Nuances Of Keeping Injury And Illness Records Under Newly Revised Reporting Rules

New OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements went into effect January 1, 2015. And, as part of your ongoing strategy to ensure a comprehensive and compliant safety program, you need to understand the nuances of the rule’s key terms and reporting deadlines.
Advances in Fall Protection: Guidance & Regulation for General Industry-ANSI Z359, Proposed OSHA Subpart D & I, and More

Learn about recent developments on fall protection and best practices in how to evaluate existing programs to determine improvement opportunities.
Advances In Fall Protection: Interpreting And Applying ANSI Z359

ANSI Z359 is a national voluntary consensus fall protection equipment standard for general industry. According to many safety experts, it is the benchmark standard that has been used in many fall protection programs, including references by OSHA. It is a family of standards that address a wide range of fall protection areas, including requirements for personal fall protection arrest systems, comprehensive managed fall protection programs, positioning and travel restraint systems, and assisted-rescue and travel restraint systems.
Arc Flash Hazards And NFPA-70E: How To Protect Your Employees And Stay In Compliance

Learn how to protect your employees from arc flash hazards and apply the NFPA 70E standard.
Are Your Employees Working The System?: Learn How To Recognize, Combat, And Prevent FMLA/CFRA Abuse

Learn the steps you can legally take to prevent FMLA/CFRA leave abuse.
Asbestos Operations And Maintenance Programs: Strategies For Ensuring Employee Protection And Federal Compliance

Learn the most cost-effective and compliant ways to administer your asbestos operations & maintenance program.
Assembling A Pay Grade System: The Step-By-Step Process For Getting It Right

As you review budgets, you may consider changes to your pay structure to get maximum value from employee compensation. Maybe you want to adjust pay ranges, re-rank jobs, shift positions around, review internal structure, or add variable pay systems into your compensation mix.
Auditing Your Safety Management System: How To Spot And Correct Shortfalls To Optimize Performance

Most safety managers know that developing and implementing a comprehensive safety management system (SMS) and program are just the beginning. Once your safety systems have been established, it’s critical to ensure that they perform as expected. To do so, a thorough evaluation, including some form of auditing, is required.
Background Checks Demystified: Research Applicants And Employees In Compliance With Federal Law

When hiring new employees, conducting background checks is generally a matter of course. After all, it’s not illegal to ask about an applicant’s background or to require a background check. You want to know who’s working with you, right?
Benchmarking & Slotting Jobs: How To Seamlessly Mesh The Two To Optimize Compensation Success

It makes sense for HR to establish benchmarks for your organization’s base pay levels and to compare your levels to others in your recruiting area and industry. If what you’re offering isn’t stacking up to your competitors, you’re likely to lose talent to other organizations.
Best Management Practices For Solvent-Contaminated Wipes: EPA Makes Your Job A Little Easier With Recently Issued Final Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided a final response to requests to simplify Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations for handling industrial wipes.
Beyond FMLA Basics: How To Conquer Complex FMLA-Tracking Challenges

FMLA is one of the most complicated federal laws for HR to navigate, and knowing the basics only gets you so far.
Bipolar Disorder, Depression, And Other Conditions: What California HR Professionals Can and Can't Legally Do

If a California employee identifies as having bipolar disorder, should you request a doctor’s note? What rights does he or she have under the ADA, FEHA, and other laws? What qualifies as reasonable accommodation? What about CFRA leave? Similarly, how should you respond when employees disclose other mental health conditions, such as depression?
Building A Safety Culture: Strategies For Supervisors To Effectively Coach For Safety Improvement

Taking your safety program into the stratosphere of excellence requires thoughtful, strategic supervisor safety coaching. When you invest in your supervisors, you’re better able to take your safety program to the next level
California Leave, Disability, And Workers' Comp Laws: How To Master The Treacherous Triangle

"What happens when various leave laws and workers’ comp rules overlap? How do I staff a position while an employee is on pregnancy leave? What gets precedence when?"
Combustible Dust Safety: How To Eliminate Fire And Explosion Hazards In Your Ventilation System

Combustible dust-related safety and health issues are receiving increased attention. As a result of a number of high-visibility explosions, OSHA and state agencies have focused more resources on industries where combustible dust is a health, safety, and explosion concern.
Common Electrical Safety Mistakes: Best Practices For Avoiding OSHA Violations And Citations

Get an assessment of the FY 2013 electrical violation categories and learn ways to use the information to improve overall electrical safety compliance.
Compensation Audits For Federal Contractors: How To Analyze Pay and Limit OFCCP Compliance Risks

The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforces the affirmative action and equal employment compliance rules that federal contractors and subcontractors must operate under. And it's more serious than ever about investigating compensation practices for evidence of discrimination.
Compensation Metrics: How To Analyze Pay And Make Better Decisions

If you’re an HR professional trying to make smart decisions about your organization’s compensation structure, you need hard numbers, and know how to use them.
Compensation Metrics: How to Gather and Calculate Key Data so You Can Pay Appropriately

Learn which metrics you need to accurately evaluate the effectiveness of your compensation program.
Confined Spaces In Construction: Preparing For OSHA's Final Rule Implementation To Ensure Compliance

Prepare now for OSHA's final rule on confined spaces in construction to ensure compliance.
Construction vs Maintenance: Understanding When OSHA Construction Rules Apply To Your Work

Knowing when to apply general industry regulations or construction industry regulations can be tricky. For instance, you might think of your organization as purely a manufacturing operation that must comply with the general industry safety regulations, 29 CFR 1910. But that assumption isn’t always correct, because the way in which OSHA defines “construction” may actually change your compliance obligations when performing a specific task.
Data Security Breaches: HR's Critical Role In Minimizing Risks

Data breaches at your company are very likely a question of when, not if. Just ask Target. Home Depot. Anthem. And maybe most damaging from an HR standpoint, Sony, where personal and embarrassing email messages were made public.
Differentiating Pay For Performance: A Step-By-Step System For Defining Your Needs, Metrics, And Goals

As the economy continues to improve and jobseeker confidence has top performers looking around, you need to make sure your organization stands out when it comes to your compensation packages.
Drafting ADA-Compliant Job Descriptions: Must-Have Tips To Avoid Lawsuits

Job descriptions are a helpful and necessary part of everyday life at most workplaces. When used correctly, they keep everyone on track and motivate employees. The well-written job description can serve as an employer’s protection when it comes to ADA-related lawsuits. But poorly drafted job descriptions have the potential for causing a legal stir.
Drafting An Emergency Action Plan: How To Ensure Worksite Compliance With OSHA's EAP Standards

Nearly every organization must have an emergency action plan (EAP) in place to get employees out of harm’s way as quickly as possible in a disaster. The EAP may be simple and straightforward as in the case of a small office with no manufacturing, or it could be quite complex—for instance, in the case of a company with an extensive and large manufacturing operation.
Drugs And Alcohol In The Workplace: Key Policies To Address Abuse While Ensuring ADA And FMLA Compliance

Every company, large or small, will likely have to face an issue with an employee who has a drug or alcohol problem at some point. And, these problems involve all employee levels in the company—from entry-level positions all the way up to the CEO. Unfortunately, many employers wait until the problem arises before considering policies to address what will happen when the situation occurs—when an employee may be considered under the influence due to the misuse of prescription drugs, for example.
EEO-1 Reporting Deadline: HR's Step-by-Step Guide to Ensuring Compliance

Learn the required steps for EEO-1 data reporting before the September 30 deadline.
EHS Metrics: How To Track Safety Performance Using Leading And Lagging Indicators

Tracking performance is critical to continual improvement and success, but in the area of safety, many organizations have struggled to identify measurements that have a strong correlation to successful safety performance.
Electronic Recordkeeping: What To Save, What To Delete, And Everything In-Between

Learn the latest e-recordkeeping rules and regulations that affect what you should save and what you should delete.
Employee Perks: How To Enhance Your Compensation Strategy To Boost Job Satisfaction And Engagement

True or False: Offering perks can reduce employee turnover and improve engagement?

True! Companies like Google, Netflix and LinkedIn recognize perks as an important HR strategy, and every HR professional knows that engaged employees are more loyal and productive. But what perks can you use to find and retain these kinds of employees? For many workers, job satisfaction isn’t built on pay alone. It’s built on the culture, benefits, programs, and total compensation including perks.
Employee-Driven Safety: How To Grab Workers' Attention, Harness Their Buy-In, And Achieve Safety Excellence

Achieving safety excellence requires you to involve employees in every aspect of safety—from the initial development of your safety program to their day-to-day performance. If your employees aren’t engaged, you may experience higher rates of work-related injuries and illnesses than you might expect from programs of even the highest quality.
Employees With Bipolar Disorder: HR's Legal And Practical Accommodation Roadmap

Know your obligations for legally and practically accommodating employees with a bipolar disorder.
Employees With Lifelong Illnesses: Your Rights And Obligations In Managing Absences And Providing Accommodations

Learn practical tips for accommodating employees who suffer from lifelong illnesses, conditions, and injuries.
Energize Your Safety Meetings: Strategies For Engagin Your Team And Motivating Safe Behavior

Are you putting your employees to sleep with your safety meetings or toolbox talks? It’s time to wake them up—or the consequences could be disastrous.

There’s a reason insurance companies promote regular safety talks and why OSHA loves them so much. When properly used, safety meetings can demonstrate your organization’s genuine efforts to promote a safe workplace, and can educate workers on appropriate responses to unsafe situations.
Exempt, Non-Exempt, Or Contractor: How To Classify Workers And Avoid Costly Mistakes

Could some of your overtime-exempt employees really be entitled to it? Are you sure?

HR managers must be diligent in determining if an employee is properly classified exempt or non-exempt or as an independent contractor under federal and state law. Then, there are requirements for pay, deductions, and meal and rest breaks, to avoid costly lawsuits and ensure fair labor practices.
First Aid Or Medical Treatment? Ensure Proper Recording And Comply With OSHA's New Injury And Illness Recordkeeping Requirements

OSHA’s new injury and illness recordkeeping rule went into effect in January 2015, and many safety professionals have lingering questions about the practical application of additional reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
Fundamentals Of Market Pricing: How To Interpret Salary Data And Make Better Offers

Employers need to know what the market rate is for every position to stay competitive in the labor mark
Hazardous Chemical Risks In The Workplace: Best Practices For Compliance With OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits

OSHA permissible exposure limits (PELs)—regulatory limits based on an 8-hour time weighted average (TWA) exposure on the amount or concentration of a substance in the air—are in place to protect employees from the exposure of hazardous substances.
HR Recordkeeping: Practical Strategies For Maintaining An Accurate And Efficient Records Trail

Learn what to keep, what to toss, and everything in-between with this interactive how-to webinar for HR professionals.
HR's Place At The Executive Table: Key Steps To Boost Your Stock And Add Strategic Value

Executive leadership wants and needs an HR business partner who adds to the bottom line. The bad news, according to the Harvard Business Review, is that HR is not delivering.

Getting meaningful recognition and adding strategic value to your organization requires much more than executing administrative and compliance duties. If you want career growth, you need to connect in a meaningful way with the CEO and other top executives. But how?
HR's Roadmap For Workplace Depression: Legal And Practical Strategies For Improving Employee Mental Health

Employees are working harder than ever, face multiple demands, and can have trouble balancing their personal and professional lives. Personal issues don’t leave employees in the parking lot, and work issues may follow them home. Symptoms of employee depression include a lack of interest, being late or frequently absent from work, abusing drugs or alcohol, bouts of exhaustion, and decreased productivity.
Injury And Illness Prevention Programs: How To Develop An Effective IIPP And Comply with Cal/OSHA's Most Frequently Violated Standard

According to a Rand Corporation study, injury and illness prevention program (IIIP) violations occur in about 25% of all California workplace health and safety inspections. The report also notes that since the IIPP requirement went into effect in 1991, it’s been the most frequently cited standard in California workplace health and safety inspections nearly every year.
Internal And External Equity: How To Create A Fair And Balanced Compensation System

Underneath all the complex formulas, dollar signs, and decimal points, compensation is really about how people are valued. So fairness is of critical importance.

Humans are competitive creatures. We can’t help compare what we’re making to what others make, both in the cubicles next to us and at your competitors across town. Determining the right balance between internal and external equity is a key aspect in developing a compensation strategy for your organization in which people feel valued.
Interns And Seasonal Help: Making The Grade With Your FLSA Obligations

Misclassifying employees as unpaid interns or mismanaging the compensation to which paid interns may be entitled under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can result in massive financial liability. For instance, last November, magazine publisher Condé Nast agreed to pay $5.8 million to settle a suit from former interns. And in March, media giant Viacom agreed to pay $7.2 million to its former interns.
Job Hazard Analysis: Best Practices For Managing, Evaluating, and Prioritizing Your Assessments

Most safety professionals are familiar with the process of job hazard analysis (JHA) and many have been able to apply the method successfully to reduce potential hazards inherent in a job—resulting in the reduction of accidents, first aid cases, and near misses.
Layoffs And Reductions-In-Force: Legal Pitfalls To Avoid When Identifying, Selecting, And Notifying Candidates

Layoffs and involuntary reductions in force are no fun for anyone involved. But what can be far worse are the legal penalties for mishandling a workforce reduction. Selecting the wrong employees or groups of employees can result not only in damage to your organization's reputation, but can also lead to costly class action or wrongful termination lawsuits.
Leading Safety Indicators: New Strategies For Tracking And Improving Safety Performance

Tracking performance is critical to continual improvement and success, but when it comes to safety, many companies struggle to identify measurements with a strong correlation to successful safety performance.

Organizations often make the mistake of relying exclusively on lagging indicators, such as incident rates, lost or restricted workdays, or workers’ compensation costs. While these can be useful and valuable indicators, they only provide an “after the fact” reactive view of your safety program.
Management Of Change: How To Ensure Compliance When Chemical Safety And Security Standards Evolve

On August 1, 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13650—Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. The EO is designed to enhance the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce risks associated with hazardous chemicals to facility workers and operators, communities, and responders.
Managing Your Safety Meetings: Easy Ways To Keep Them Productive, Informative, And Engaging

Successful professionals know organizing safety meetings to be as productive, informative, and engaging (PIE) as possible boosts the effectiveness of a company’s safety program. But how?
Mastering Wage Garnishment Administration: Tips And Strategies For Multi-State Employers

Learn your compliance obligations when creditors' wage attachment orders and IRS tax levies show up on your doorstep.
Merit Increases: How To Balance Budgets And Bumps In Performance-Based Salaries

Workers want more money, or they may walk! That’s an important reality to keep in mind as you plan employee compensation. But the other reality is that you must maintain a financially healthy compensation budget from year to year. Plus, you must provide workers with expectations on how they can meet goals that will make your business more productive and yield higher pay for them.
Nanomaterials Safety And Health: Strategies For Engineering Out Hazards During Production And Downstream Use

If your organization uses or makes products that contain nanomaterials, taking a second look how exposure could affect employees and consumers can help you protect them from serious injury or illness.
Near Miss Reporting Programs: Best Practices For Using Data To Uncover And Correct Safety Hazards

The wide base of the “accident pyramid” represents near-miss or close-call events, while the narrower tip represents severe, serious incidents. If you can identify, minimize, or eliminate the near-miss events, you are better able to control and eliminate the more serious events above the base. So, why isn’t near-miss reporting a staple in every safety program?
New ACA Compliance Updates: How To Satisfy Employer Shared Responsibility Information Reporting Requirements

The ACA’s employer shared responsibility provisions apply to all applicable large employers (ALEs). An “ALE” for a calendar year is an employer that employed an average of at least 50 full-time employees per month during the preceding calendar year. An employer’s status as an ALE for a calendar year is determined by taking into account full-time employees and full-time equivalents.
Obesity, Inflammatory Impairments & More: ADA And Leave-Related Obligations For Chronic Conditions

Learn how to determine when an employee condition is considered chronic and protected under the ADA
OFCCP/EEOC Update For Federal Contractors: Strategies For Ensuring Compliance With Section 503 And New EEOC Initiatives

2015 ushers in an unprecedented number of new obligations for federal contractors, ranging from self-identification for disabled applicants to new guidelines for pregnant employees – each raising the prospect of new and more numerous accommodation requests.
Operational And Financial Metrics For HR: How To Measure Progress Of Strategic Margin And Growth Goals

The demands on HR professionals go far beyond benefits and staffing support. The fast pace of technology coupled with increased complexity in market and customer penetration requires an integrated, collaborative approach to developing and managing the human resources of your organization, in concert with the operational and technological resources critical to the needs of the business.
OSHA Citations: When And How To Contest Them To Maximize The Benefit To Your Company

It can be a paralyzing moment when an OSHA inspector knocks at your door. How should you react? Should you welcome the inspector in or lock the door and get your lawyer on the phone? Your response at this critical stage in the inspection process can set the tone for a smooth or a bumpy ride, one that’s wrought with OSHA citations and costly penalties.
OSHA Increases Use Of General Duty Clause: How To Avoid Enforcement And Costly Penalties Amid The Agency's New Norm

There are so many OSHA regulations, but many employers do not realize that when there is no specific standard, OSHA will use the General Duty Clause (GDC), Section 5(a)(1), of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970 to cite employers.
OSHA's Revised Rule For Electric Power Employers And Contractors: How To Adapt Fall Protection And PPE Programs To Comply

April 1, 2015, marks the “kick in” date for OSHA’s final rule revising the 29 CFR1910.269 and 29 CFR 1926 Subpart V standards for electric power generation, transmission, and distribution. The revised regulations primarily affect employers that construct, operate, maintain or repair electric power generation, transmission or distribution installations. These companies include electric utilities, as well as contractors hired by utilities.
Paid Sick and Family Leave: How To Manage PTO In Compliance With Expanding Employee Protections

Do you offer paid sick leave to your employees? If not, you could soon have no choice but to. Mandated paid sick leave is gaining support and in many places across the country laws are already in effect requiring employers to provide paid time off for worker illnesses.
Pay Grades and Job Value: How To Correctly Assemble All The Pieces Of The Compensation Puzzle

Learn how to overcome common pay grade challenges and establish effective benchmarks at your organization.
Preventing Slips, Trips, And Falls: 10 Steps To Successful Incident Investigations And Corrective Actions

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), slip, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. In fact, OSHA reports that slip trip, and fall accidents account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of fatalities.
Productivity vs. Safety: Strategies For Balancing Safety Priorities With Production And Quality Goals

When an organization does not balance safety, quality, and production objectives, the likelihood of success in any of these areas is likely low.

Sure, you may see growth or improvement in one area but if it comes at the expense of the other two, you will likely lose that gain—and may lose even more. A holistic approach is the key to a sustainable safety program, and can help you achieve higher rates of production and quality, lower cost, boost employee morale, increase efficiency, lower accident rates, lower worker's compensation costs, and raise employee involvement in safety.
Return-To-Work Programs: The Key To Minimizing Lost Workdays

There are a number of ways to effectively manage employee injuries and illnesses, comply with associated OSHA recordkeeping/reporting requirements and satisfactorily meet all workers’ compensation requirements. And, one of the more successful approaches—especially from a cost and productivity perspective—is to implement a comprehensive return-to-work (RTW) program.
Safe Use And Storage Of Flammable Liquids: Strategies For Protecting Workers And Your Facility

Most facilities, even light manufacturing and offices, use flammable liquids. The amount of materials may vary but even in office environments, you will find some flammable materials that are used for cleaning, building maintenance, or equipment repair.
Safety Responsibility At Multi-Employer Worksites

Who “controls” contractors at your worksite? Are you sure? There was a time when most worksites had one single employer who was responsible for assuring the safety of a homogenous workforce. Nowadays, you would be hard-pressed to find a worksite where all employees worked for a single employer.
Safety Risk-Takers: How To Legally Discipline Employees Who Ignore Workplace Safety Obligations

Learn how to develop and implement a clear and effective enforcement strategy that includes infraction discipline.
Safety Training For Non-English-Speaking Workers: How To Overcome Language Barriers And Master Your Toolbox Talks

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires you to present your safety training “[i]n a manner or in language that is understandable to employees.” Those responsible for the safety of employees with limited proficiency in English understand how tough it can be to meet that requirement.
Salary Surveys: Strategies For Gathering And Analyzing Pay Information

Outsourcing custom salary surveys can get expensive, so sometimes you need to update and refresh your salary structure by digging in and surveying your own landscape.
Step-Based Pay: How And Why Employers Are Implementing This Salary Structure

If you've been reviewing your payroll and have started thinking about incorporating a step-based system, that is, a compensation structure with a standard progression of pay rates within the pay ranges established for a given job, you're not alone. Many employers combine incentive performance pay with a step based system to drive engagement and control payroll budgets. But when you do, you will want to do so armed with as much data and information as possible.
Strategic Decision-Making For HR: Best Practices For Achieving Effective Solutions

As an HR professional, you're constantly making decisions. Some may seem relatively inconsequential, while others have a huge impact on your organization. Are you using the best tools to arrive at a constructive, positive solution that will benefit your organization and its goals? Do you have all the information you need to come to a decision? Can you predict what the results of your decisions will be? How are you managing the risks of your decisions
Supervisors' Union Avoidance Playbook: What Management Should And Shouldn't Do When Organizing Is On The Table

If your workplace is not currently unionized, pay close attention: April 14, 2015 is the effective date of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) final ambush election rules. More than ever, you need to have sophisticated union avoidance strategies in place to counter this dramatically shorter election timetable.
Terminations: How To Navigate The Minefields Leading Up To And Following Discharge

Discharges are necessary for a variety of reasons, including poor performance, budget-driven layoffs, harassment or other egregious conduct, and more. All discharges should be navigated with careful consideration and adequate preparation to minimize potential legal liability.
The DIY Compensation Makeover: How To Primp, Plump, And Prioritize Your Compensation-Based Initiatives

A step-by-step guide to updating market data, adjusting pay structures, and getting expert guidance in basic compensation techniques.
The Social Media Sourcer's Apprentice: Success With Using Online Tools For Recruiting

The reality facing more and more hiring managers is that you have to do more with less. Social media tools like LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter offer a savvy recruiter the opportunity to find and onboard candidates quickly and inexpensively... but only if you know what each tool can do, what it can't, and more importantly, how to develop a genuine network for your company and brand.
The Supervisor's Role In Safety: How To Prevent Incidents By Supporting Day-To-Day Management

Your front-line supervisors must be fully committed to ensuring a safe work environment and be properly informed on how to actually achieve this to prevent incidents and injuries. This truth equally applies for success in quality, efficiency, and production. The supervisor is the critical lynch pin.
Top 10 Construction OSHA Violations: How To Sport And Correct Dommon Deadly Site Hazards

OSHA’s top ten lists may have some variance annually but they usually tie together the most important hazards that should be addressed, especially when it comes to construction worksite hazards.

Consider that in in 2013, there were 796 deaths in the construction industry, according to OSHA, which accounted for 20.3% of all work-related deaths. The four top causes—commonly referred to as the “Focus Four”—account for 468 construction related deaths: falls (294), struck by object (82), electrocutions (71), and caught in/between (21).
Total Reward Statement Secrects: Retain Your Best Employees With Powerful Comp/Benefits Communication

You make a huge investment in your workforce every payday, but are you getting your money’s worth? And do your employees understand the real value of their rewards, from pay to benefits, from bonuses to perks that foster work/life balance?
Understanding Mobile Apps For Safety And Onsite Training: On-The-Go Technology Opportunities And Challenges To Master

There’s been an explosion of EHS mobile applications (“apps”) over the past few years. The available apps cover many of the traditional programs areas, including inspections, behavior-based safety (BBS) observation management, audits, learning and training, regulatory tracking, emergency and weather related activity, safety data sheets (SDSs), and job safety analysis (JSA)/job hazard analysis (JHA).
What Not To Wear: How To Fashion And Enforce Rule On Tattoos, Piercings, Dress, And Body Expression

How your employees dress makes a statement about your organization, but dress codes are loosening up as piercings and tattoos become more commonplace. As summer approaches and clothing gets lighter (and shorter), you need to balance the need for employees to look professional while permitting self-expression, which can help with recruitment and retention.
Winning Compensation Scorecards: What And How To Measure For Effective Results

Are you applying accountability and logic to back up your compensation decisions? Without an effective compensation scorecard in place, you run the risk of having to strong-arm your organization into making responsible and equitable choices.
Workers 'On Demand': How To Avoid Legal Risks That Come With Contingent Employees

Smart employers rely increasingly on contingent labor. Of more than 3,300 organizations surveyed recently by Deloitte, half said the need for contingent workers will increase over the next three to five years.

This on demand workforce trend presents an opportunity for you to adapt quickly to changing needs and handpick proven innovators and technical experts when they’re needed most. But employing a contingent workforce comes with legal risks.
Workforce Segmentation: The Smart Compensation Strategy That Works For Your And Your Talent

Once upon a time, compensation had a one-size-fits-all mentality. This job title gets that salary range. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

But organizations that view comp through that simple lens increasingly fall behind in capturing and retaining top talent and miss gaining a competitive edge. The smartest organizations are getting specific about how they plan and spend their compensation dollars by targeting segments of their workforce in different ways to spur maximum results in specific business objectives.
Workplace Depression: Your ADA And FMLA Obligations Explained

Medically speaking, “mental illness” describes a variety of disorders ranging from mild anxiety to more serious conditions, such as major depressive disorder, that significantly interfere with major life activities. Legally speaking, HR's obligation to provide leave or other accommodation depends on whether an employee’s mental illness is a “serious health condition” or a “disability.” And you're expected to sort through all the different definitions and standards to determine if you need to reasonably accommodate employees who fall into this ambiguous category.
Workplace Investigations From Complaint To Closure: A Step-By-Step Guide For HR

Learn how to conduct an investigation from complaint to closure with this interactive, fast-paced webinar for HR professionals.
Workplace Investigations From Complaint To Closure: Step-By-Step Instructions For The California HR Pro

As an HR manager, you’re legally required to thoroughly investigate every complaint of unlawful conduct that crosses your desk, be it serious or laughable. While you need to investigate in a timely manner, you run the risk of cutting some key corners if you act too quickly. But you can’t risk keeping the guilty party on your payroll and creating even greater liability.

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