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November 2018

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Lynette Weatherford
MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP                

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November  Contents
  • Vote on 40-hr Workweek for ACA Coverage
  • OSHA Announces Revisions to 2016 Guidance on Drug Testing and Safety Incentive Programs 
  • The Importance of Soft Skills in the Hiring Practice
  • Happy Work Anniversary, Grace!
  • Have an HR Need?
  • HR Tips of the Week
  • Career Opportunities
Vote on 40-hr Workweek for ACA Coverage

Are you confused on what defines a full-time employee under current ACA? There is movement to further define a full-time worker and lift penalties to employers with 50 or more employees on not covering employees working less than 40, but more than 30 hours per week. Read more.
OSHA Announces Revisions to 2016 Guidance on Drug Testing and Safety Incentive Programs

In 2016, OSHA issued guidance that had the effect of discouraging employers from engaging in routine drug testing of all persons involved in workplace incidents, citing that doing so may cause employees to avoid reporting workplace injuries. However, on October 11th OSHA clarified, "Most instances of workplace drug testing are permissible under 1904.35(b)(1)(iv)." The following are examples of permissible drug testing:
  • Random drug testing.
  • Drug testing unrelated to the reporting of a work-related injury or illness.
  • Drug testing under a state workers' compensation law.
  • Drug testing under other federal law, such as a U.S. Department of Transportation rule.
  • Drug testing to evaluate the root cause of a workplace incident that harmed or could have harmed employees. If the employee chooses to use drug testing to investigate the incident, the employer should test all employees whose conduct could have contributed to the incident, not just employees who reported injuries.
OSH'a new guidance supersedes previous guidance provided in 2016. Click here to view the guidance on drug testing and safety incentive programs in full. Should you need your policies reviewed or revised, feel free to contact HR Advantage. 
The Importance of Soft Skills in the Hiring Process
The need for soft skills exists in every function in the workplace. Companies who wish to remain ambitious will employ people with such skills such as critical thinking, creativity, the ability to negotiate, etc. to stay above the competition. It has been proven that such skills can help identify the source of the problem, get inside the mind of a customer, and can be the origin for a company's future focus. The benefits of finding talent with soft skills are substantial.

This  article by Frank Connolly highlights the importance of soft skills in the hiring process.

If you would like assistance in matching an individual with optimal skills with a position that you have available, or how to recognize a candidate with soft skills, please contact HR Advantage at 877-894-0202 or email info@hradvantageweb.net.
Happy Work Anniversary, Grace!

We would like to recognize our very own Grace, our Business Intern for her two year anniversary with HR Advantage!

Grace is one of our greatest assets with keeping up on our Social Media, special projects, client relations and representing  HR Advantage at conferences.
Thank you Grace for all that you do!
Have an HR Need?

HR Advantage helps companies with their human resources needs. If you are seeking HR assistance please fill out our brief survey  here .

We value your feedback.  If we've helped your company with an HR problem or issue, leave us a review.
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   Career Opportunities
HR Advantage offers executive recruitment of candidates in C-Suite, Sales, and Administrative positions for our clients. Our firm offers concierge services to both the employer and candidates, helping to assure the perfect match. Additionally, we have a database of thoroughly vetted, qualified candidates who are ready to begin working today.

HR Recruiter
$40-$50K + Full Benefits
Kansas City Area (Lee's Summit, MO)   

This professional will be responsible for performing the recruitment of staff of all levels from entry-level to management. Such duties include circulating position opportunities internally and externally through social media, job fairs, colleges, career centers, and other means in addition to performing pre-screening of incoming applications, setting up interviews, and assisting with job offers and on-boarding. Must have
prior recruitment, or staffing experience, knowledge of employment law, and excellent communication skills. Prefer 3+ years experience in HR performing recruitment, or within staffing industry with BS degree in related field. Send resume to info@hradvantageweb.net.

Senior Accountant
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Warsaw, MO   

Will be responsible for bookkeeping and accounting tasks.  Requirements include at least five years of bookkeeping experience. AP and AR, as well as financial statement experience required.  Bachelor's degree preferred. Send resumes to candida@hradvantageweb.net.  

All placement fees for these positions are  paid by the employers.  No fee is ever charged to an applicant.

Submit confidential resume/credentials to  info@hradvantageweb.net


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