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Ditch the Drama®

 

Drama-filled, energy-zapping interactions live in every organization. The victim / villain / hero dynamic may fill seats in the box office, but in business it kills productivity, neutralizes innovation and obstructs growth.

That’s why we’re delighted to bring you Ditch the Drama®, a dynamic half-day learning experience created by our friends at StartHuman. It offers real-world examples, with drama-busting techniques and tools to boost productivity, provoke innovation and empower growth.

With Ditch the Drama®, you’ll be able to:

  • Avoid the 3 biggest pitfalls that keep interactions dysfunctional
  • Recognize when you and others are in the drama triangle
  • Move from drama-enabling to drama-busting
  • Shift perspectives—even in the stickiest of situations

Ditch the Drama® learning event will be held on:
Friday, October 6, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lunch is Included!

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CHECK AGAIN: Are You Using the Correct Form I-9?

What You Need to Know About the New Form I-9
By:
Caty DeLone, HR Consultant

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of the Form I-9 that must be in use by all U.S. employers by September 18, 2017. It is important to note that this is the second version of the form to be released in less than 12 months. Although the changes to the form are subtle, it is important to familiarize yourself with them and ensure that you are utilizing the proper version of the form by the required date.

What Has Changed?

  • An update to the List of Acceptable Documents was made to now include as part of List C, the Department of State’s Form FS-240 Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
  • Changes have been made to the language within the instructions that describe when the Form I-9 must be completed.
  • The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has now been changed to the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
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New Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act

Are You in Compliance with the New Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act?
By: Melissa Marsh, M
A, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Did you know that Nevada employers have a new legal obligation to pregnant employees? On June 2, 2017, the Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (SB 253) was adopted and it applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Notice requirements under this bill went into effect on June 2, 2017, and the remainder of the Act becomes effective on October 1, 2017.

The Act requires that employers must give certain notices to all employees and additional notices to pregnant employees within a specific timeline of learning about the pregnancy.

According to labor attorney, Molly Malone Rezac with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.:

there are three specific times when notice must be provided:

  1. The employer shall post the notice in a conspicuous place at the place of business of the employer that is located in an area accessible to employees.
  2. The employer shall provide the notice to all new employees.
  3. The employer shall provide the notice (again) to an employee, within 10 days after the employee notifies their immediate supervisor that they are pregnant.
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Working with an HR Consultant Can Be Cost Effective

HR Consultants: A Cost-Effective Option for Small Businesses
By: Melissa Marsh, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

What does HR mean to you?

As a small business owner or operator, Human Resources or HR, probably equates with finding employees as quickly as possible and getting them on task right away.

What about after employees are hired?

Then, HR means dealing with small issues that pop up—and, then, turning to the Internet to educate yourself on tricky situations and hoping for the best.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Is it possible to use an HR consulting company in a cost-effective way?

HRinDemand is constantly searching for and implementing easy-to-use tools for our clients. For instance, small businesses don’t need a large, full-blown Employee Handbook. HRinDemand offers an Employee Rulebook for those employers with less than 10 employees—and it is half the cost of a full employee handbook. This way, small businesses can comply with pertinent regulations and appear professional, knowledgeable and organized from the first day a new employee starts work.

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What’s in Your Personnel Files?

5 Best Practices for Storing Employee Information
By: Caty DeLone, HR Consultant

The personnel file is often overlooked as simply a necessary storage unit for your employees’ information. But did you know that an employee’s personnel file is considered a legal document? Should an employee ever question your company’s actions in a court of law, the personnel file can be your greatest ally or threat, depending upon the information contained within it.

The questions then arise: What information should and should not be kept in an employee’s personnel file? How many files should HR maintain for each employee?

Below are five best practices to keep in mind when managing personnel files:

Practice 1: Privacy

Keep all personnel information in a locked and secure place to ensure the privacy of your employees. Your employees trust HR to keep information—such as their home address, social security number and birthdate—confidential, and it is imperative to maintain that trust.

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