Give Me a Break! Are Meal and Rest Periods Required?

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 8:30:00 AM

Meal and rest periods can promote efficiency among your employees and can improve performance by allowing workers to step away from their duties and clear their heads. It may surprise you to learn, however, that only 1 in 5 employees actually takes a lunch break, according to a survey by Right Management. Whether it’s because workers feel pressured to perform, employers set unrealistic work goals or the office culture generally frowns upon meal breaks, many employees are working through their lunch hours.

 

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Alcohol and Office Holiday Parties: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Liability

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 8:30:00 AM

Office holiday parties can build morale, offer opportunities for more casual interactions among workers, and reward employees for a productive year—but did you know they can also be a source of liability for your company?

 

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Implementing a No Smoking Policy for Your Workplace

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 8:30:00 AM

Tomorrow is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. The ACS is marking the event by encouraging smokers to use November 15th to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.  

 

Smoking and Your Employees 

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What Employers Need to Know About Texting and Driving

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 8:30:00 AM

This week is Drive Safely Work Week. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of worker fatalities year after year, and distracted driving dramatically increases the risk of such crashes.

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Youth Employment—Back to School with 5 Q&As for Employers

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 8:30:00 AM

September marks "back to school" time for many youths, some of whom may be on your payroll. Youth employment is heavily regulated by federal and state law, including restrictions on work hours during the school year, and employers may be subject to significant penalties for violating the rules. Need a quick lesson? The following Q&As can help get you started with federal law:

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7 Strategies for Dealing with Workplace Bullying

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 8:30:00 AM

Bullying is often associated with school children and adolescents, but it can occur in the workplace as well. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, at least 35% of adult Americans have experienced some form of workplace bullying. Victims of workplace bullying may experience significant physical and mental health problems, and the consequences can be costly for employers, too:

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Remembering 9/11 by Encouraging Pro Bono Service at Your Workplace

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 8:30:00 AM

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the tragedies of September 11. More than one million Americans are expected to serve in their communities in honor of 9/11 this year as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Last year, more than 1,000 businesses took part in the effort as well.

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Nursing Mothers and the Workplace—What Employers Should Know

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 8:30:00 AM

Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Month? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes several ways in which breastfeeding may contribute to a more productive workforce:

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Does Your Employee Wellness Program Comply with HIPAA?

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 8:30:00 AM

If you're like many employers, you may be trying to combat rising health care costs by encouraging your employees to adopt healthier lifestyles. Perhaps you subsidize more nutritious food choices in the employee cafeteria, offer a reward to workers who quit smoking, or provide premium discounts to employees who meet a certain cholesterol or blood pressure target. These incentives are often a win-win for both the employer and the employee, but did you know that such programs may be subject to the nondiscrimination requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)? 

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Keeping Top Talent at Your Company: 7 Strategies for Retaining Employees

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 8:30:00 AM

A new study released by the not-for-profit organization WorldatWork reveals that companies are increasingly worried about retaining top talent, particularly as the economy starts to improve.

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