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Recruiting and Retention
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including suggestions on creative recruiting strategies and attracting different generations. MORE >>

Ethics
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including advice on dealing with romantic, inter-office relationships. MORE >>

Employment Law and Immigration Law
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including whether or not to include medical questions on applications, and information on short-term disability. MORE >>

Diversity
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including advice on new ways to promote cultural diversity and the difference between "minority" and "diversity." MORE >>

Benefits and Compensation
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including ways to ease employees' financial stresses and how to deal with attendance problems. MORE >>

Workforce development
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including advice on implementing peer review systems and effective training programs. MORE >>

Recruiting & Retention
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including advice on how to cut down on turnover at your company, and checking the credit history of job candidates. MORE >>

Ethics & Issues
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including advice on terminating a vice president, and handling employees who send derogatory emails. MORE >>

Employment & Immigration Law
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including rules for laying off employees, and how nonprofits can help an employee get a green card. MORE >>

Diversity
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including observations on new trends for diversity work, and how to address personal bias in the hiring process. MORE >>

Benefits and Compensation
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including when to offer an employee a flexible schedule, and when to offer benefits to part-time employees. MORE >>

Workforce development
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions, including how to help older workers adjust to being managed by those young enough to be their children. MORE >>

Recruiting and retention
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions on getting and keeping good employees, as well as how to judge candidates who apply for multiple positions. MORE >>

Ethical issues in the workplace
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions on ethical issues, including what to do when an employee is viewing pornographic websites at work. Also: Suggestions on how to terminate a problem employee. MORE >>

Hiring candidates with green cards, more
Our HR experts answer your employer-related questions on immigration law, including what to do when hiring a candidate with a green card and what the different types of visas are for foreigners working in the country. MORE >>

Questions on employment law
Our Human Resources Experts answer your questions related to Employment Law in Massachusetts, including what the requirements are for minors to get working papers in the state. Also: What can employers ask an existing employee about medical conditions? MORE >>

Questions on diversity
Our HR experts answer questions about diversity in the workplace. Also: What is Human Resources' role in managing diversity? MORE >>

Definition of full-time employment
Is there anything that shows the average number of hours to be eligible for full-time employment status? Also: Does the Department of Labor permit employers to compensate exempt salaried employees for overtime on an hourly basis without losing their exempt status? MORE >>


Policy regarding alcohol consumption on premises
Can you refer me to a policy that allows for alcohol consumption on work premises for special occasions when allowed by senior management? Also: Should firms consider hiring their clients' sons or daughters? What are the best practices of other companies? MORE >>

Questions on Immigration law
Our HR experts answer questions about immigration law. Also: What are the pros and cons of sponsoring an employee for a greencard? MORE >>

Questions concerning employee termination
Does Massachusetts law require an employer to state a reason for firing an employee? Also: Can an employee be terminated while she is pregnant?MORE >>

Dealing with bad behavior, poor job performance of a minority employee
How protected are minorities when an individual's performance and behavior are poor? Also: Diversity expenditures in large firms, and ways to internally promote diversity. MORE >>

Job posting requirements
Are there legal requirements to post the position for a certain length of time? Also: When a prospective employee is untruthful, and recording and reporting exit interviews. MORE >>

When to document conversations
Before promising confidentiality, let the employee know that you are obligated to handle this as a formal complaint. Also: Male and female employees traveling together... Dealing with an unstable employee. MORE >>

Convincing superiors of your human resources plan
The HR plan should focus on, and be aligned with, the strategic and business context of the company. Also: Professional HR certification training... sexual harassment training for multiple locations... dress policies for casual Fridays. MORE >>

Working abroad for a US company
A US company that employs an employee in a foreign country is not required to complete an I-9 for that person. Also: Work authorization status, H-1Bs, and green cards... Compensating a non-resident alien intern... Hiring foreign nationals. MORE >>

Calculating benefits for start-ups. . . Developing a structured compensation program. . . Guidelines for executive bonus plans. MORE >>

Calculating benefits for start-ups. . . Developing a structured compensation program. . . Guidelines for executive bonus plans. MORE >>

Metrics convince management to move on diversity
Our NEHRA HR Expert details which metrics will convince senior management of the value of a diversity initiative. Also: Tips and resources for cross-cultural training. . . Getting started in HR, diversity. MORE >>

In-house recruiter should not sacrifice quality hires
While 'time to fill' is the recruiter's key metric, the real challenge, says our HR Expert, is to meet this goal without sacrificing quality. Also: Measuring cost per quality hire. . .'Cutting edge' practices in recruitment. . .Running CORI checks. . .Think beyond bonus to other retention tools.


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