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Does all This Stuff Need to be in the Employee Handbook

If you’ve been reading our blogs for a while, then you know we love a good ol’ fashioned employee handbook. Here at Abel, we have a whole team dedicated to crafting the perfect handbook for your company. A handbook that includes all …

Harassment: Not Just a Buzzword, Its Liability

The continued momentum of the #metoo movement has made workplace harassment a buzzword not just thrown around by your surly HR rep, but one that we are all acutely aware of. However, the term shouldn’t be relegated to just a buzzword given …

It’s Almost Holiday Time: HR Pitfalls to Think About (Awareness stage, small biz)

Big-box stores already have Christmas decorations out among the Halloween décor, so this is a reminder that it is time to start planning the annual holiday party. The time-honored tradition of the company holiday party is an opportunity to not only thank …

What is the Key to Employee Retention?

A staggering 3.5 million Americans quit their job EACH MONTH in 2008—marking the highest rate of turnover since the oh-so-fun recession of 2001, according to a recent report from the National Bureau of Labor Statistics. Further, analysts believe that the trend will …

Analyzing the Dreaded Task of Benefits Shopping

Each year, you get the notice that it’s time to select your benefits offerings for the year. And each year, you probably put it off until the last possible moment for a variety of reasons: It’s overwhelming, it’s boring, it’s not a …

FMLA: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?

As we’ve mentioned before, HR professionals love to use acronyms. One that you might hear getting tossed around a lot is “FMLA.” But what is it? Who can use it and under what circumstances? And how on earth do you go about …

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution to HR?

Before we dive in to how the fourth industrial revolution is going to change the face of HR, let us first discuss what an industrial revolution represents, and how we are already up to the fourth iteration! Now, in general, a technological …

Is the Annual Review Going the Way of the Dodo?

In the last year, buzz has emerged suggesting that there is no place in business for the performance review. We’ve read the articles, we’ve reviewed the data, we’ve even chatted about it internally, and we’re on the fence, so we figured we’d …

Saying Goodbye is Hard; Make it Easier with a Plan

In addition to the fact that baby boomers are retiring in droves—with estimates from Deutsche Bank suggesting that 10,000 Americans reach the standard retirement eligibility age of 65 each day—the real issue is that the folks who are leaving aren’t exactly the …

HR is as Happy as the Least Happy Employee

Is a happy employee superior to a melancholy one? Well, if all the studies are to be believed—and there are many on the topic—the answer is a resounding yes. A happier employee is more engaged, and thus has a greater sense of …

Your Employees are the People in the Neighborhood

Giving back to the community is an important aspect of being a business owner. In addition to encouraging your employees to support local causes, you can also give back in a significant way by supporting your employees who volunteer in the area, …

How is the Cannabis Landscape Affecting HR?

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have taken steps to decriminalize the use of marijuana. While 10 states—Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington—and our nation’s capital have adopted laws legalizing recreational cannabis use, the other states …
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