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HR Snapshot – Can I Ban Cell Phones and Audio/Video Recordings at Work?

Question: Can I ban cell phones at work? How about audio and video recordings? Answer from Kara, JD, SPHR:   Thank your for your questions. They bring up issues that have been the subject of recent litigation, so it’s a great time to be asking. To answer your first question: yes, you can limit or …

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HR Snapshot – How to Increase Pay Based on Cost of Living

Question: We’d like to start giving cost of living raises to employees on their anniversary dates. What’s the best way to calculate these pay increases?   Answer from Ophelia, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP:   When the information is available, employers typically use the consumer price index (CPI) to calculate cost of living increases. It measures the …

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HR Snapshot – Is it okay to wish our employees a happy birthday on our company social media page?

Answer from Angela, PHR:   There’s no law against it, but some employees may feel that announcing their birthday violates their privacy. While it’s great that you want to recognize your employees and celebrate with them, I recommend not announcing an employee’s birthday without first getting their permission. In the case of announcements on public …

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HR Snapshot – Is it required that employees sign time sheets?

Answer from Eric, SPHR, SHRM-SCP: It is not a requirement that timesheets be signed. We recommend that employees acknowledge that their time records are accurate, either by signing them or by some other submission and acknowledgment method or technology. Having employees review and approve their timesheets prior to submission allows for prompt correction of errors …

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Heat Illness Prevention

Excessive heat exposure on the job site is unsafe. Heat related illness not only makes you feel terrible, it can also harm your health, hurt job performance, increase injury potential and even cause death. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: nausea, fatigue, headaches, wet clammy skin

Risk Management News Update

OSHA UPDATE: New Reporting Requirements as of January 1, 2015 Employers are now required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours. All in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA.