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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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Sick Day Entitlement Survey

April 5 2008 - The latest survey of sick days in the U.S. found that time off policies are continuing to evolve with a number of states and cities exploring mandatory paid sick leave.

Policies vary from state to state but the Benefits USA 2007/2008 survey of more than 5,400 benefit plans conducted by Compdata Surveys found that U.S. employers offer an average of 8.4 sick days for exempt workers and 7.6 days for non-exempt.

Two municipalities, Washington D.C. and San Francisco currently mandate paid sick leave. Washington D.C. has a number of exemptions including:

  • employees who have been at their jobs for less than a year
  • employees who have worked less than 1,000 hours in total for their current employer
  • waiters and bartenders

California has recently introduced a bill to guarantee paid sick days for all workers. The bill is modeled on San Fransisco legislation and would allow employees to accrue a minimum of one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

Other states exploring mandatory paid sick leave include:

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • Minnesota
  • Colorado
  • Wyoming
  • Alaska

Amy Kaminski, manager of marketing programs for Compdata Surveys said

"In particular, small organizations should be aware of pending sick day legislation for their cities and states. While most large companies have sick day policies in place, smaller organizations are less likely to, as they are often more vulnerable to unplanned absences. "

The survey also showed that 57.2% of organizations allowed employees to carry over sick days although 70% placed a cap on how many days could be carried over. As well as time off for personal illness, 16.7% of surveyed organizations granted leave for family illness with an average maximum of 43.7 days.



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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