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Your Employee Might Need Leave…Now What?

What is Required When Implementing Leave of Absence Policies?
By Charlotte Altamirano, HR Consultant

Navigating leave of absence policies at the workplace can be tricky – so tricky that the HR world is calling leave policies the “New Bermuda Triangle.” These policies can spark a lot of questions for employers and employees, such as:

  1. Who is eligible?
  2. What are the employer’s legal requirements?
  3. How does a serious health condition come into play with FMLA and ADA?

The Bermuda Triangle is known for its mystery, but leave policies don’t have to be! Starting with some quick facts helps demystify employer obligations.

Workers’ Compensation (WC) applies to all employers and employees.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to any business with 50 or more employees. Employees are eligible for FMLA when they meet all three of the following criteria:

  • They have worked for the employer for at least 12 months
  • They have at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the 12-month period immediately preceding the leave
  • They work at a location where the employer has at least 50 employees within a 75 miles radius

If an employee is eligible for FMLA, they are able to take up to 12 workweeks in a 12-month period of leave.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to any business with 15 or more employees.

Employers need to be ready to handle each leave policy individually, even though the policies may overlap. Some of the most important considerations for employers include:

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Do You Need to Audit Your I-9s?

Have You Ever Scribbled or Used White-Out on Your I-9s? Then Read This!
By: Melissa Marsh, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

At HRinDemand, we often help our clients ensure that their I-9 files are in order. It’s so easy to unknowingly make mistakes, and many small businesses do. We see Form I-9 mistakes such as:

  • Section 1 not being completed correctly by employees
  • Employees not dating or using their birth date for the signature date (don’t ask me why, but it happens a lot!)
  • Employers not recording the work authorization documents properly in Section 2
  • Failure to enter the hire date in Section 2
  • Using white-out
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Updated 2018 Labor Law Bulletins – Are You Compliant?

Two Updated State of Nevada, 2018 Annual Labor Law Bulletins
By: Melissa Marsh, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Have you updated your labor law postings to comply with the State of Nevada’s recent 2018 Annual Bulletins? It is required that all employers post information about a variety of requirements in a conspicuous location in each workplace. On April 1, 2018, the State of Nevada published two updates that require posting. Find links to both Bulletins below – go to the link and print the bulletin to post in your workplace.

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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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