Carol Reubel
Vice President, HR Consulting Services
360 Degree Review Use-Developmental or Performance ?
When we assist members with their 360 degree reviews, the conversation typically begins with how they intend to use the results. Should they be used as a developmental tool or an annual review for the individual? Our resounding recommendation is - developmental! While there are other good reasons, the most important one is - confidentiality. This process can only be successful if there is confidentiality involved for the peers and direct reports. If not, the feedback may be less effective as some likely will not feel comfortable being honest. 

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ERA's 19th Annual Employment Law Update & Review!

ERA's 19th annual Employment Law Update and Review is all about you. Staying abreast of the latest changes in employment law is critical to remaining the consummate HR professional. This valuable day with legal experts provides tremendous insight into the latest laws, rulings and practical interpretations that allows the executive or HR professional to perform a difficult job confidently, avoid expensive litigation, and keep personal knowledge up-to-date. 
Earn 7 credits for SHRM-CP/SCP and HRCI Recertification .  Get your credits earlier this year!

Cincinnati | March 6
Columbus | March 21

Substance Abuse and the ADA
Danny L. Caudill, Esq.
Learning and Compliance Consultant

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects workers from discrimination based on a qualifying disability or a perceived disability-including alcoholism and past illegal drug use. That said, employers don't have to accommodate any alcohol or illicit drug use in the workplace. They simply must be careful not to discriminate against workers with a history of substance abuse, who are no longer using.

Does Your Company Need an FMLA "Checkup ?"
Michelle Pinsky, MILR
HR and Compliance Consultant

We receive all kinds of questions on the hotline. But I have to say, the number one topic continues to be FMLA! The basic eligibility rules under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) seem pretty straightforward right? If an employee worked for the company for more than 12 months, has logged more than 1,250 hours in the past 12 months, and is employed at a worksite where the employer employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles, he or she is entitled to leave. So what is so confusing?

Results from HR Beat on Recruitment and  Referral
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Tax Reform Employee Bonus and Raise
In response to the latest tax reform, we have seen a number of large employers announce they will be awarding a raise or bonus to their employees. Based upon the impact this tax reform will provide to employers, we wanted to ask members if they have given raises or bonuses to employees due to tax reform. Click here to take the latest ERA HR Beat Survey!

Assessing Outreach Efforts of Your Affirmative Action Program            
Before the new regulations for Veterans and Workers with Disabilities, companies were only expected to report on what outreach they were doing. With current regulations, companies must document outreach efforts and do an assessment of them. Do you know how to do this?

Click the link below to learn more about keeping your Affirmative Action Plans compliant! 
An employee asked, "Can I bring my peacock to work?" Do we have to allow this?

Because more people are using support animals, employers are receiving more requests from employees who want to use their animals in the workplace. The following are some of the issues these employers face and practical guidance to address them.

Learn more about how to make a distinction between service animal and emotional support animals.  

The 'I Want One Too' Era - Where's My Raise ?
Monique Kahkonen, SCP, SPHR
Vice President, HR Advisory Services

We've all heard about the companies who are providing one-time cash bonuses, boosting hourly pay rates, and even increasing matching contributions to employees' 401k plans because of the windfall expected from businesses paying less taxes in coming years.  Given this, a popular question from our members has been, should I be doing this too to keep pace with my competition?  Should we adjust our ranges given the current pay increases?  
OSHA Electronic Electronic Reporting Requirements
Compliance Update
John Valentine
Safety and Risk Consultant, RiskControl360
Between February 1st and April 30th 2018 all employers covered by the recordkeeping regulation must post a hard copy of their 2017 OSHA 300A in a common area of their workplace that employees can readily access and observe it. This requirement is nothing new for employers and has been required in years past. For employers of certain sizes and industries an additional requirement of electronic reporting has been added with a deadline of July 1st, 2018.  To determine your establishments' responsibilities in reference to the electronic reporting standard first determine which category below that your establishment belongs to.  

HRxpress™ - Ready. Set. Go.

Did you know that ERA offers a program that provides small business with a competitive advantage to staying HRsmart? HRxpress™ is a turnkey solution to ensure your HR processes are compliant.    We will help you meet your HR responsibilities and requirements... so you're READY, SET and can GO.  Click here to learn how HR xpress ™ can be an  effective, onsite solution to give you more time to do what really matters - growing your business!
Click here to learn more about HRxpress™. 

The School Employees Retirement Systems

The School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS) is the pension system for more than 237,000 non-teaching public school employees throughout Ohio. The organization's 180 employees are dedicated to providing outstanding service to their membership, and the organization believes that the investment in staff education and training is a proven way to continue that level of service.

Welcome New Members!
Abbruzzese Brothers, Inc., Lifestyle Communities, Home City Ice, South Community Inc., City Wide Maintenance of Cincinnati/Dayton, Genjigo FV LLC, CME Federal Credit Union and Trimble County Public Library.

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