Wednesday, May 25, 2005

More H-2B Visas

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began to accept additional petitions today for H-2B work visas under a new law allowing more foreign seasonal workers...

The program changes come after Congress approved the Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2005, which provided a temporary exemption from a 66,000 visa cap for workers who were hired through the H-2B visa program in previous years. "

More details at HR.BLR.com

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Appearance Standards: Dress Codes and Tattoos

Ah the challenges of employing a seasonal staff that serves the public at a destination location. The Washington Post weighed in with an article on Dress Codes, warmer weather, and younger workers who are just following the trends picked up from celebrities. HRBLR.com also reports that "Thirty-six percent of Americans between the ages 25 to 29 have at least one tattoo. And 16 percent of all U.S. adults have at least one.". Read more about Tattoos in the workplace.

HR Policy Examples

The folks at About.com have put together a pretty good list of examples and samples for items such as:

  • Employee Handbooks
  • Health & Safety
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Absenteeism
  • Bereavement
  • and More

If pinning these down for your organization is coming up on your to-do list, take a look at About.com.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Cool Works Ranks 18th in Top Job Boards List!

The Electronic Recruiting News put out a list of top job boards, according to TopJobSites.com on May 10. Monster tops the master list of "General Job Boards" and we weigh in at 18 - a ranking we're proud of.

Take a look at the list.

Thanks for putting Cool Works on the map!

Monday, May 09, 2005

Termination - "How to Fire with Compassion and Class"

"Managers cite firing employees as the job they most hate to do. Sometimes, however, terminating a staff person’s employment is the best step to take for your organization. Sometimes terminating a person’s employment is the kindest action you can take for the person."

Read this piece by Susan M. Heathfield at About.com

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Department of Labor Audits

HR.BLR.com conducted a survey in which "...15 percent (of respondents) said they had been audited once, and 5 percent said they had been audited between two and five times. DOL audits are often productive: In 2004, the agency collected $197 million in back wages for more than 280,000 workers."

Read the full article to learn about what trigges a DOL Audit and what to expect.