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Labor and Industrial Relations

Labor Relations explores such topics as management-union relationships, remaining non-union, collective bargaining, the potential contribution of a union representative, the advantages of a represented work place and grievances

Americans With Disabilities Act - An Employer’s Responsibilities
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it unlawful for an employer with 15 or more employees to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability. The Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, which is similar to the ADA in many respects, covers employers with one or more employees; other states may similarly define different laws for workplace treatment of people with disabilities. This article addresses disability law issues relevant to employers.

COBRA Subsidy and Alternative Healthcare Options
Providing COBRA and alternative healthcare options for departing employees assures your employees that you care about them. Although the COBRA subsidy makes COBRA a more tempting, less expensive alternative for some employees, others may be better served by private insurance options. Learn about the COBRA subsidy and how employees can find private insurance while limiting the employer’s risk, and slowing the increase in administration fees and costs in your corporate healthcare spending budget.

Economic Stimulus Package and COBRA
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 (the "Act") was signed into law on February 17, 2009. This new law dramatically affects employers whose group health plans are subject to COBRA, which includes virtually all employers with 20 or more employees. As an employer who is potentially impacted by this legislation, prompt attention must be paid to the substantial requirements under the Act and its affect on COBRA.

Employment Contract
An employment contract is a legal document that contains the terms and conditions of your employment. Find out more about employment contracts.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee or potential employee in certain workplaces. The EEOC handles discrimination complaints. Learn more.

Family and Medical Leave Act
As most employers are now aware, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide twelve weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees within a 12-month period. The FMLA applies to private employers with 50 or more employees, and to all public employers. Learn the answers to several common questions you may have about...

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is a federal government agency, founded by Congress in 1935. The primary responsibility of the NLRB is to administer the National Labor Relations Act. The Act is the main law governing relationships between unions and private sector employers. Learn more.

Sick Leave Abuse: A Chronic Workplace Ill?
Do you find that your employees are missing-in-action on a more frequent basis during the summer and during the holiday seasons? Studies show you're right. Here is information about sick leave abuse and absenteeism, and what you can do about it.

Supervisor's Role in Managing Absenteeism
Did you know that almost two out of three employees who are absent from work are not ill? And, managing this absenteeism, like almost all labor relations, belongs too the front line supervisors.

What Is the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)?
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) protects the interests of wage earners, job searchers, and retirees. Learn more about its employer regulations.

We Serve Those Who Serve
This roundup of resources guides the human resources professional in their workplace requirements, obligations, and responsibilities to employees in the armed forces. Read about workplace requirements, obligations, and responsibilities to employees in military service.

Women and Work: Then, Now, and Future
Tired of reading about Carly Fiorina and other successful women who are the poster faces for the 'you've come a long way, baby' spin doctors? What is happening for other women in the workforce? Notably, what does the future hold for women and work?

LaborNet
LaborNet is a comprehensive site focusing on the care and promotion of all aspects of the labor movement both nationally and internationally. Site includes an up-to-the-minute news feature.

How to Encourage Attendance at Work
Attendance is critical in customer facing jobs. Poor attendance is disruptive to your work environment. Poor attendance saps employee morale, costs employers overtime, and reduces the engagement and motivation of the employees who show up for work. Poor attendance takes supervisory time and attention and often results in disciplinary action. You...

Hone Your Labor Relations Skills
Looking for ideas about how HR professionals can develop skill and dexterity in dealing with labor relations issues? Linda Irby provides four essential skills.

What Do Employees Who Work in Labor Relations Do?
Want to learn about what a Labor Relations Manager, the Director of Industrial Relations, and Labor Relations staff do? Here's a job description overview for staff members who work in Labor and Industrial Relations positions.

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