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Understand basics of complying with GINA genetic information law

The Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, enacted in 2008, prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their genetic information. It also bans harassing employees based on their genetic information and protects employees from retaliation for exercising their GINA rights.

Job descriptions done right: Start with a clean sheet of paper

Properly done, the task of writing a job description gets the hiring process off to a good start. Here’s some advice that can help.
Compensation & Benefits

Benefits for terminally ill worker: How can we help?

Q. A 26-year-old employee has terminal cancer and can’t work any longer. Our company is small and doesn’t offer health insurance, and she is not covered on an individual policy. Is it a correct protocol to lay off this employee so she can receive unemployment and other benefits, such as Medicaid?
Employee Relations

Stay out of court: 6 steps to setting up an in-house dispute resolution process

An alternative dispute-resolution program lets you identify and address problems while they’re still manageable and before they land in court. Here’s a six-step process for establishing an ADR program.
HR Management

Polish presentation skills to sell your ideas

When selling your ideas, you need to be prepared to deliver a top-notch presentation. Here are some ways to sharpen those skills.

Disability accommodation isn't working? It's OK to fire if employee can't do the job

Sometimes, a disabled employee simply cannot perform his or her job to the standards you legitimately expect. If you make reasonable accommodations and work with the employee to find a way for the employee to successfully perform the essential functions, you have done all you are required to do.
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