People Management Laws & Policies

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Have you heard of GINA? The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is still fairly new in the world of employment law, but the protections afforded to employees under this law are important for your company to be aware of and understand. Read on to learn how you can protect your company and your employees under GINA.

Dress Code

Does your company have a dress code? Does it do what you need it to do? There are several options and a great deal of flexibility when determining the best dress code for your organization and the culture you are trying to create. Read on for help!

Favoritism

It’s wonderful to have great chemistry with people who report to you. How could anything possibly be bad about that? When can the lines between effective relationship building and carrying it a step too far become blurred? See below for tips on how to avoid the favoritism trap.

HIPAA

Understanding HIPAA is an essential part of being compliant in the workplace. As an HR professional, you will come across sensitive information, including medical information. Read below to learn more about the industry standards relating to HIPAA so you can continue with confidence that you are doing things right.

HR Audit

Most of us have an unnatural fear of the word “audit.” However, when talking about HR, auditing is helpful. By auditing your processes periodically, you ensure that you are up to date and minimize the chances of a major issue coming up in a Department of Labor audit.

Drug-free Workplace

Of course you want your employees and workplace to be drug-free, and your employee handbook should present your expectations and policies around drug use. But companies who contract with federal agencies are legally bound to comply with the Drug-free Workplace Act of 1988. Read on to learn how to do so.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

As a new HR professional you might see the word OSHA a lot in the news. You might hear myths about how OSHA will “shut down” businesses and cause headaches for HR. This article will help you learn about OSHA and dispel its myths, enable you to be compliant with OSHA standards and provide your employees with a safe, happy workplace.

Unions

As an HR professional, it is important to be prepared for any challenge that may present itself. One of these challenges may come in the form of working with a labor union. It’s crucial to understand the laws and practices behind unions in order to avoid lawsuits, strikes and ethical violations. This article will talk about unions, their history, HR responsibilities concerning them, and general tips on working with labor unions.
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