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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 2019-2020: PHR Certification Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Think all PHR/SPHR 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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How to Establish a Paid Paternity Leave Policy for Your Office

Paid Paternity Leave

September 26 2019 - Each year, over 3.8 million babies are born in the U.S. In the past, the new mom would receive paid maternity leave for a specific amount of time. This allowed the mom to recover from the birth, bond with her new baby, while still receiving a paycheck.

But, what about dad?

While paternity leave is something, some companies have offered for years, for others, it's a fairly new concept as more and more men are demanding fair time. Keep reading about paid paternity leave, what the law says and how to create this offer for your employees here.

Understanding Parental Leave Laws

The U.S. is one of the few developed countries that don’t have a paid parental leave law in place. However, there is something called the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which explains to employers can or can't do about unpaid leave for new parents.

According to the FMLA, companies with 50 or more employees must provide new parents with a maximum of 12 weeks of fully unpaid leave during a year. This law is applicable to all full-time workers, no matter their gender, as long as they have worked 1,250 hours for the employer before taking the leave.

Sometimes, a father may have to provide proof of paternity, which is possible by using a legal DNA paternity testing.

Tips for Creating a Paid Paternity Leave Policy

While unpaid leave is required, to provide your employees with more perks and to let them know they are valued, it’s a good idea to develop a paid paternity leave plan and some tips to do this are found here.

Leave Room for Flexibility

Creating a paid leave plan for your workers requires flexibility. While you can provide a written amount of time for the plan, also allow individuals to take the days or weeks when they like.

For example, new dads could begin working three to four days a week, rather than having to take complete weeks off directly after the birth of their baby. By doing this, it's possible for them to help their partners and get into a new routine with the new baby.

Consider Leave Share

Consider allowing your employees to share their paid leave time with each other. In most cases, this is a viable option as long as your employee's partner doesn’t receive paid leave from their employer.

Make it an Easy Transition

With the right transition program in place, individuals have a much easier time getting back to "business as usual," and there is a higher likelihood that the parent is going to return to work. There are some companies that even connect parents coming back to work with mentors who have gone through this process.

Another option is to provide the new father with the opportunity to work from home part-time. This allows them to spend time with their new baby while still earning a paycheck.

Create a Paid Paternity Leave Program for Your Office

Building a paid paternity leave program doesn't have to be difficult. However, it is something that businesses - even small businesses — should put time and effort into. By doing this, a company is going to provide a better working environment for their employees.

When it comes to human resources information, we have you covered. Check out some of our other tips and information to learn more.

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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