Your HR Department 2009 Survey Results

October 29, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Each year we survey our readers to find out more about them – and let them find out more about each other. Most of you wear many hats and compared to previous years’ results a number of you appear to have added more in 2009. At the same time, many of you have fewer people in your department. It’s obvious from your answers to the essay question — how did your department change in 2009 and how do you expect it to change in 2010 — this combination of more duties and fewer hands is an incredible challenge.

One of the new questions we asked this year was about self-service HR functions. About one-third of survey respondents said their employee handbook and benefits information was a self-service function and offered online. Based on your answers to the essay question, this will continue to be a growing trend.

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HR Quiz: Telecommuting and H1N1 Flu

October 14, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has declared H1N1 influenza, commonly known as the Swine Flu, to be an epidemic. It seems like every national nightly news program brings more stories of outbreaks, school closings, and even deaths — and it’s just the beginning of flu season. What’s a conscientious employer to do?

Take the HR Hero telecommuting and H1N1 quiz to test your knowledge of the rights and wrongs of setting up a telecommuting program in the office.

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HRHero Training Survey Results

May 22, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

When it comes to training employees and supervisors, HR plays a significant role in most — if not all — aspects at many companies, according to the latest HR Hero survey. While this probably doesn’t come as a surprise to many HR practitioners, the level of involvement in all phases of training might.

Our survey, which was taken by more than 350 people, showed that by overwhelming majorities HR plays a significant role in deciding what training is needed, evaluating options and materials, scheduling training sessions, fulfilling supervisors’ and management’s requests for training, and often creating the materials and doing the training as well.

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Health Care Outlook for Employers

May 13, 2009 - by: HR Hero 1 COMMENTS

This week, President Barack Obama brought together Harry, Louise, and all the other major players in U.S. health care to begin focusing heavily on what can be done to reduce health care costs. So what can employers expect from the proposals and potential legislation? Check out the new free HR Hero White Paper, Health Care Outlook for Employers to get the big picture on the relevant laws and legislation affecting your health-benefit policies and a look at several of the different approaches being promoted in Congress.

This is the first time since in the early 1990s that major, sweeping health care reform has been proposed. The federal government issued several new regulations involving health plans during the Bush administration, from the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to final regulations for the Newborns and Mothers Health Protection Act (NMHPA) to numerous new notices from the IRS.

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Setting Up a Telecommuting Program and Managing Offsite Employees

May 01, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Telecommuting has gained in popularity in the past few years as employers look for ways to keep their businesses going during natural disasters and to help employees have a better work-life balance and cope with high gas prices. Telecommuting also can be a benefit to keep good employees when there isn’t enough money for raises or if pay cuts are necessary. But before jumping into a telecommuting program, employers need to look at the applicable employment laws and make sure supervisors are trained to manage offsite employees.

The benefits of balance: flexible workplace policies” offers an overview of telecommuting, compressed workweeks, job sharing and other alternative work options and the employment laws that apply. “What employers need to know about managing offsite workers” provides tips on the special issues surrounding telecommuting.

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Sick Employees and Crisis Management

May 01, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Find more articles and other resources for employers to deal with swine flu

Unless you have been trapped on a deserted island with no access to the media, you know that an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico has spread to countries across the globe. Is it something businesses should worry about or is it just a media-induced frenzy? The answer is probably “yes” to both questions.

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Bo Obama and Pets in the Workplace

April 17, 2009 - by: HR Hero 6 COMMENTS

I’m going to break with my usual business-oriented notes from the editor this week to write about something near and dear to my heart — dogs.

Bo Obama photo

Bo Obama photo from the White House blog

After months of anticipation and speculation, the Obama family finally got their new dog, Bo (pictured on the left), this week and introduced him to the world. While the White House is a home for the first family, it’s also a workplace for hundreds of people. Incorporating pets into the workplace can be tricky — just ask the reporter bitten by President Bush’s Scottish terrier, Barney.

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Changes to the Employers Forum on HRHero.com

March 27, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

The Employers Forum has always been a popular hangout on HRhero.com, but it was time to give it a facelift and incorporate the latest technology. We have upgraded the forum platform to vBulletin, which is used by many Fortune 500 companies. The new platform provides all you forumites with improved security, a better spam filter, and increased agility within the system.

Perhaps one of the best features about the new Employers Forum is we can now respond to user concerns and requests much more quickly.

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New Index Measures Unretirement

March 20, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

The changing attitudes and expectations of American workers regarding retirement have been measured in Sun Life Financial Inc.’s first “Unretirement Index.” Unretirement is defined as working at least 20 hours per week after reaching the age when one is eligible to receive full social security benefits.

The Unretirement Index measures consumer opinions toward five factors that impact retirement: the economy, personal finance, health, government benefits, and employer benefits. Sun Life’s research shows how attitudes are changing as the median age of Americans rises and more Baby Boomers prepare for decisions such as when to take social security and when to exit the workplace.

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New I-9 form effective April 3; H-1B visa deadline

March 20, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Two important deadlines are approaching for HR. On April 3, employers must start using the new I-9 form. Initially the change was set to happen in February, but the Obama administration delayed it and other unimplemented regulations to allow time for further agency review.

April 1 marks the beginning of the annual race for the H-1B visa lottery. In past years, the USCIS has gotten significantly more requests than it has H-1B visas to allow. Employers who want to apply for the visas must submit their requests on April 1 to have a chance at the lottery.

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