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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.

HR News Update

BREAK TIME Rest periods of short duration (normally 5 to 20 minutes) are counted as hours worked and must be paid – to be non-compensable, break time must be at least 20 minutes or longer. Meal period under Department of Labor regulations is 30 minutes or more – meal periods are not hours worked when …

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