Topics: Human Resources

How to Proceed When an Employee Candidate Discloses an Injury Requiring Months of Rehab

How to Proceed When an Employee Candidate Discloses an Injury Requiring Months of Rehab Today Federated Insurance is sharing one of our “HR Questions of the Month” regarding employment-related practices liability issues. Question: Our firm is in the process of interviewing candidates for an associate position. We have held phone interviews with several candidates and selected some of them for in-person interviews. One of the candidates selected for an in person interview has shared the following information with us: Thank you for confirming. Before we meet, I'd like to disclose a recent injury. Approximately 3 weeks ago while playing recreational basketball, I suffered a ruptured Achilles and subsequently had surgery performed. I have been using PTO from work since the injury and will be on doctor ordered leave for at least the next week or two. An Achilles rupture is a very serious injury and I will be facing anywhere from 4-6 months of rehab going forward. The description of the position seems like such a great opportunity that I didn't want to pass up the offer for a phone interview. I hope this will not hinder the process but I wanted to make sure you knew my situation up front. We have mentioned to all candidates that we seek to have the new position filled in the next 4 weeks. If the person is on medical leave, I'm not sure they will be able to come in to our office for an interview. How would you suggest we handle this situation? More

6 Telltale Signs That Your Job Postings Are Terrible (And How to Fix Them)

If you haven’t been impressed with the caliber of job candidates that have been inquiring about your jobs, the first thing you should do is evaluate your job postings. If you don’t believe it, just try scrolling through a job board and reading some of the generic, boring, and uninspiring listings that are out there. It’s not easy to spot the ones that you’d apply to versus those that sound awful. To do some job description soul searching, start by making sure your listings don’t fall into the following categories. More

Revamp the Job Interview Questions You Use at Your Truckstop

If you’re using the same tired questions at every job interview, it may be time to mix it up a bit – and find out more than you ever thought possible about a potential applicant! More

When and How Should You Remove a Disciplinary Write-Up from Personnel Files?

Today Federated Insurance is sharing one of our “HR Questions of the Month” regarding employment-related practices liability issues. Question: An employee was written up for calling out sick but the employee had a doctor's note excusing them from work. What is the legal way to withdraw a write-up from an employee's file? More

Labor Update: New Overtime Legislative Strategy; Joint Employer Update with Subway Restaurants

NATSO and its allies in the labor community have begun advocating for legislation that, rather than repealing the DOL's new overtime rule would phase in the new salary threshold incrementally. NATSO will continue urging policymakers to repeal the new law, but the chances of President Obama signing such legislation are slim. The lobbying efforts in favor of such legislation, however, helped prompt Democrats to introduce the modified bill. More

Reasonable Accommodation – Or Not?

Today Federated Insurance is sharing one of our “HR Questions of the Month” regarding employment-related practices liability issues. Question: An employee came back from the chiropractor with a handout of specific ergonomic measurements for her work station, stating that the employee’s back problem - a previous condition – is being exacerbated by what she is doing at work. The company’s office is state of the art, and designed with ergonomic considerations. The employee sits at a station to type, and turns her head to address patients, versus turning her chair and whole body. The employee also wants to have the computer screen higher, despite the desk and screen currently being set at the proper height. The company feels that the issues are caused by the employee not using the equipment properly, versus facilities that are being provided. What does the company need to document or purchase now, to ensure it does not get a future claim for the employee’s back issue? More

House Committee Approves Spending Bill; Provisions Would Block Harmful Labor Initiatives

The House Appropriations Committee on July 14 approved the fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill with provisions that would prohibit the Labor Department from enforcing several labor initiatives opposed by the travel plaza and truckstop industry. More

House Subcommittee Approves Spending Bill; Would Block Harmful Labor Initiatives

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services approved a fiscal year 2017 spending bill with provisions which would block several labor initiatives that stand to hurt the travel plaza and truckstop industry. More

Six Ways to Engage Millennials Shared at The NATSO Show

Millennials are a crucial part of the workforce, making up about 38 percent, and the key to attracting and retaining this generation depends heavily on employee engagement. “If you can engage them, they are more likely to stay with your organization and be committed to your organization,” said Nate Dvorak, a consultant at Gallup. “Their openness to new job opportunities reduces by 30 percent if they’re fully engaged workers.” Encouraging employee engagement benefits the entire organization. “As you increase the level of engagement in a specific work team, their productivity increases as well,” Dvorak said, adding that engaged employees have 37 percent lower absenteeism, 25 percent lower turnover, 60 percent fewer quality defects, 12 percent higher customer metrics, 18 percent higher productivity and 16 percent higher profitability over the lowest engaged employees. Dvorak has found several key ways employers can engage millennials in the workforce. He shared his thoughts based on feedback from 25 million employees over the past five years during The NATSO Show 2016. More

House Committee Passes ADA Reform

The House Judiciary Committee on July 7 approved H.R. 3765, “The ADA Education and Reform Act,” which would rein in the number of frivolous lawsuits filed against businesses under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). More