February 2016

HR Strategies goes above and beyond in managing customized HR solutions for companies that are motivated to reduce costs by using HR Outsourcing. As a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), HR Strategies becomes your Payroll Processing Company and Workers' Compensation Outsourcing, handles your Employee Benefits, provides Human Resource Consulting, works with you on Human Resources Regulatory Compliance, and provides Human Resource Training, as well as many other related HR responsibilities.

Our professionals enable small business owners to focus on their core competencies, rather than focusing on running payroll, providing employee benefits, or the many other facets of human resource administration. We allow business owners to concentrate on their passion, without being distracted by countless human resources responsibilities.
And The "Excuzzie" Goes To . . .

HR Stories From The Front Lines

Hollywood has its annual "Razzie Awards" -- saluting the worst in film. Humankind has the Darwin Awards -- honoring those who died in exceptionally stupid ways. Not to be outdone, Human Resources now has the “Excuzzies” – recognizing the most absurd and over-the-top excuses employees have provided to employers.

The nominations are in and the polls are open. Read on to hear the top 3 excuses of 2015 and cast your vote. Be sure to read next month’s newsletter to learn the results.

Read more.

Stay Up to Date on the Latest Employment Legal Updates

Affordable Care Act Information Reporting Deadline Extended by the IRS
“Rules Prohibiting Workplace Recordings Are Unlawful,” Says The NLRB
DOL Pushes Up Anticipated Release Date of New Overtime Rule
Guidance Issued Regarding Accommodating Employees With HIV
Even Mickey Mouse Can Be Sued For Discrimination
Retaliation Claim Based on the Mistaken Belief of the Employer?
“Sexual Orientation Bias Barred By Title VII,” Says EEOC

Illinois: Reach of Illinois’ Equal Pay Act Expanded
New Mexico: New Mexico Employers Are Not Required to Accommodate Employee’s Lawful Medical Marijuana Use
North Carolina: North Carolina’s Industrial Commission is Targeting Worker Misclassification in 2016
Texas: Impact of Texas’ New “Open Carry” Law on the Workplace

Got Milk, Will Pump … But At Work?

Brain Teaser

An employee has just returned from pregnancy leave and is requesting time and space to “pump” at work. You’re not sure what this entails or how this is going to impact your business – not to mention the comfort level of your other employees.

Which of the following accommodations are you required to offer?
  1. You have to give her several paid breaks throughout the day lasting 30 minutes or more.
  2. You must provide a private area for her to “pump” -- someplace other than a bathroom.
  3. You must provide her unpaid time off to go home up to three times in an 8 hour shift to feed her baby.
View the answer.

Everyone Is Depressed Sometimes ...
Why Should I Have to Provide Reasonable
Accommodation For Depression?
Manager Training

A-to-Z Resort has an employee (Nancy) with increasingly poor attendance. Nancy seems to be absent more often than she shows up to work. Management wants to terminate her for poor attendance. One day before the termination meeting, Nancy tells Judy, the HR Director, that she is depressed and cannot come into work for the remainder of the week.

This is all too familiar to employers. Read more to learn how to properly manage this employee’s request. Read More.


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