HR Maverick

Carol Eliason Nibley

Carol Eliason Nibley, SPHR, GPHR and Principal Consultant at PeopleServe, has more than 25 years of experience in human resources, most recently serving as Vice President of Human Resources for a technology company in Utah County. Carol has taught HR certificate courses at Mountainland Technical College and in other settings for more than 12 years.

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Employment Eligibility Verification

Many HR folks find the employment eligibility verification process to be a hassle. Read on to find out why it’s important and how you can incorporate best practices to simplify this obligation.

Compensable Factors

An exceptional employee regularly outperforms other team members but is paid less than those who have more seniority in the company. How can companies reward employees more equitably for their contributions? Perhaps re-evaluating compensable factors is a good starting place.

Compa-Ratio

You are tasked with analyzing your company’s pay practices and making recommendations to ensure everyone is being paid equitably and competitively. Where do you begin? Consider starting with a compa-ratio analysis.

Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

Many folks land a position in human resources planning to learn on the job. If you’re one, are you trying to decide if an HR certification is worth the time and effort? This article introduces the PHR certification, the most popular of all HR certifications.

Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)

Do you have HR responsibilities in a multinational company? Would you like to learn strategies to successfully implement practices that support global HR initiatives? Read on to find out if the GPHR certification will help you master global HR responsibilities.

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

Why would a senior HR professional invest in an advanced certification if they already have an executive position, a PHR, or an advanced degree? Is there a significant benefit to obtaining a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification? Read on to find out why the SPHR certification is an asset worth the investment.

Negligent Retention

Do you know that your company can be liable for the actions of your employees if they cause harm to other employees or third parties? Find out what negligent retention claims are and how they can be avoided.

Negligent Hiring

When you’re trying to fill an essential role quickly, it may be tempting to skip background checks and screenings. Read on to see why this is never a good idea and how to protect your company from charges of negligent hiring.

Human Capital Metrics

Have you ever wondered if your recruiting efforts are cost-effective? Perhaps you want to know if a new rewards program is reducing employee turnover or a training program is increasing employee productivity. Human capital metrics, also known as HR metrics, help employers make decisions by tracking operational measures and evaluating business success.

Contingent Workers

Is your company struggling to find and retain talent? Do you have budget limitations that prevent you from filling all critical open positions? One alternative to fill a talent gap is to use non-traditional staffing methods. Contingent workers can help.

Employment Types

Your company needs extra help and looks to you to find it. Do you need temp workers, freelancers, part-time employees, or something else? Seasonal staffing fluctuations, employee work preferences, and productivity needs are but some of the reasons companies hire different types of employees. It’s up to you to know the difference and make the right choice.

Compensatory Leave

How do you pay people who work overtime: in wages or in comp time? How about an employee who asks to earn comp time? What seems like a casual arrangement at your company may be breaking the law. Continue reading to learn more about compensatory leave and the circumstances in which it can be used to benefit both employees and employers.

HR Certifications

Do you have an HR certification? What if you already have a great job without a certification? Which HR certification is best? Let’s explore the reasons why an HR certification can be valuable and which certifications may be best for different stages of your career.

Employee Suspension

Sometimes employee suspension becomes necessary after serious accusations have been leveled against an employee. This gives company personnel time to investigate claims and make a thoughtful decision while removing a potential threat from the workplace. This article gives insight into when this becomes necessary, and how to implement it well.

Company Core Values

Do companies really adhere to their stated core values? What’s the purpose of creating core values if no one takes them seriously? Skepticism about company core values is reflected in questions like these, but research shows that the most successful companies embrace the concept of creating and aligning behaviors to their core values.

Overtime

Do you know the requirements for paying overtime to your employees? This article will explore some of the important facts you need to know about overtime and overtime pay.

Company Mission

“TED: Spread ideas” and “PayPal: To build the web’s most convenient, secure, cost-effective payment solution,” are two of many well-known statements associated with an organization. These two examples describe what these companies do and are examples of strong mission statements.

Imputed Income

An employee is given a company car and is told he can use it for personal errands when not on company time. Are there tax implications for such a benefit? Learn what benefits are taxable and how to properly account for them.

Final Paycheck Laws

Whether an employee is leaving because they quit, were laid off, or were terminated, emotions are probably running high. If they demand immediate payment of their final check, do you know how to comply with state law as well as company policy? Read on to learn what you need to know to stay stress-free and confident in these situations.

The Duties Test

Failure to pay overtime to qualified employees risks costly legal consequences. How do you know when and to whom you need to pay overtime? The FLSA Duties Test is a tool you need to be familiar and comfortable using. Let’s look at how to use it.

Interview Note Taking

Distinguishing top candidates for open positions is the most important job of an interviewer. While some candidates may stand out in terms of qualifications and personality, all candidates deserve an equal chance to compete for a position. Remembering who said what after interviewing several candidates can be nearly impossible. By taking notes during the interview, the interviewers can later score and rank the candidates in order to make a final selection.

Video Screening Interview

You’ve posted a job opening, and now it’s time to screen the responses. Traditionally, this has been done by reading resumes and ranking the promising candidates. What if there was an inexpensive, time-effective, easier and more productive way to accomplish this step? Consider the video screening interview.
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