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PHR/SPHR

PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide

by Sandra M Reed and Anne M. Bogardus
The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) reflect the evolving industry standards for determining competence in the field of HR. Serving as an ideal resource for HR professionals who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge.
This new edition is must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.
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PHR Study Guide 2017

PHR Study Guide 2017: PHR Certification Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Think all PHRŪ/SPHRŪ study guides are the same? Think again! With easy to understand lessons and practice test questions designed to maximize your score, you'll be ready.
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Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice

by Joep P. Cornelissen
  Academically grounded, it covers the key concepts, principles and models within corporate communication by bringing together academic knowledge and insights from the subject areas of management and communication
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FMLA Implementation

August 10, 2007 - A recent report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has found that nearly 40 per cent of human resource (HR) professionals have experienced problems with implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act 1993 (FMLA). The survey of 521 companies from all sectors suggests that original intention of the FMLA, to secure the position of employees needing unpaid leave for serious personal reasons, has not been followed consistently and inappropriate leave has been authorized as a result.

Mike Aitken, director of governmental affairs for SHRM commented:

"This new SHRM study reaffirms the need for clarifications and improvements to FMLA."

The survey found that requests for FMLA leave have increased in the last five years, particularly for episodic conditions (ongoing injuries or illnesses, and/or non-life threatening conditions). The main reasons for taking leave were:

  • medical (59 per cent)
  • family (38 per cent), and
  • an episodic condition (38 per cent)

The number of organizations offering job-protected leave in excess of FMLA regulations has fallen from 59 per cent in 2003 to 44 per cent in 2007.

Respondents agreed that the FMLA can have a negative impact on employee absences (63 per cent) or productivity (55 per cent) and business productivity (54 per cent). Sick time is offered by 55 per cent of organizations as part of a paid time-off plan that includes vacation and personal days, while 37 per cent offer sick time as a separate benefit. Nearly nine out of 10 organizations assigned work normally undertaken by an employee on FMLA leave to other employees.

Organizations found administration of intermittent FMLA leave and determining the costs incurred in the process of compliance represented the biggest challenges. Many HR professionals commented that the timing of leave requests (e.g. linked to weekends or good weather) raised suspicions that the system was being abused.

Susan R. Meisinger, president and chief executive officer of SHRM said:

"The FMLA is long overdue for a check-up to ensure it serves the best interests of our employees' health and well being. The SHRM study provides insight into what front-line HR professionals are encountering and highlights the need for change."




Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization

Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding; although poorly understood, subject to narrow definitions, and with limited best practice understanding or management rigor. Consultants Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have worked with leading companies on it, and they've synthesized their work into a ready to use system.
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The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals

by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of "people" issues.
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