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Reflections on the Pillars of Wellness

March 13, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Oprah, the Harvard Business Review, and even the National Guard are all talking about the “pillars” of wellness, and when Oprah had guest Kathy Freston, author of Quantum Wellness, on her show in 2011, you knew you would be hearing more about pillars. Six years later, the trend continues when it comes to reflecting on these aspects as part of building a robust workplace wellness program. Kathy Freston said there were eight: 1. Meditation 2. Conscious eating 3. Exercise 4. ...

Attention HR Professionals – SCAM Alert!

February 28, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



There is a scam hitting HR professionals, targeting employee tax information.  The emails appear to be real emails from a company executive, asking HR to send them W2’s or other employee tax information.  A second email follows, stating the executive is working from home, and to send the W2’s to their home email address.  In reported circumstances, the initial email looked like it came from the actual work address, when in reality they were from remote countries.  If you get an email like this, please call the appropriate ...

Workplace Behavior Series: Navigating the Landscape in 2017

February 27, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Civility. It seems like such a simple thing, and while we all try to be on our best behavior there is always room for improvement.  Most people finds themselves having one or two moments of uncivility. It may have been unintentional such as being late for a meeting or being a willing participant in office gossip. Conversely, it may have been intentional such as being derogatory towards an individual. The fact is it happens to all of us at one time or another. That is why now more than ever it is extremely important to establish, encourage, and ...

Employers must post 300A – February 1st

January 30, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Employers must post 300A injury/illness summary form February through April OSHA is reminding covered employers to post OSHA's Form 300A which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2016. The summary must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2017, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.  Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid ...

Employment Law Wrap Up – A Review of 2016

January 09, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



Last year was a busy year in the areas of Human Resources and Employment Law.  Here is a brief summary of some of the recent changes in both Ohio and Federal employment laws in 2016.   December 19, 2016: Governor Kasich signed a bill restricting Ohio’s municipalities from establishing minimum wage requirements that exceed the State’s minimum wage.  This is in direct response to the effort to raise Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15/hour, and similar efforts in other cities.  While this could be subject to legal challenge, ...

Resolution 2017: Moving Forward

January 02, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Tis the season for resolutions! I know many of you are exhausted from the holidays and the word ‘resolution’ brings up an internal groan, but it doesn’t have to. Resolutions can be a very positive experience and a successful one if you start in the right place. In the gray winter months with a culture that praises being critical and at times cynical, personal reflection can often go negative quickly, focusing on your flaws and mistakes. But starting and staying negative in your reflection ...

OSHA Rule Regarding Post-Accident/Injury Drug Testing

December 07, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



On May 12, 2016, OSHA published final rules that, in part, addressed retaliation against employees who report work-related injuries or illnesses.  Employers were initially concerned because of language in the preamble to the rule, which implied that mandatory post-accident/injury drug tests could be construed to violate the new anti-retaliation provisions.  A lawsuit was filed by several businesses in Texas seeking to block implementation of the rule.  The judge issued orders twice delaying the rule, pushing the original August effective date back to November, and then December 1, 2016.   On November 28, 2016, the ...

Change Management: Why do they resist?

December 06, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



According to Peter Senge in his book, The Dance of Change, “most change initiatives fail”.  Two independent studies in the early 1990s, one published by Arthur D. Little and one by McKinsey & Co., found that out of the hundreds of corporate Total Quality Management (TQM) programs studied, about two thirds “grind to a halt because of their failure to produce hoped-for results.” Even without hearing the statistics, most of us know firsthand that change programs fail.  We have seen enough “flavor of the month” programs rolled out from top management to last a lifetime.  Therefore, how ...

The Grateful Employer

November 18, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog



Thanksgiving is upon us, and what better time is there to tell your employees how grateful you are for them. From a simple spoken "thank you," to generous bonuses and everything in between, research shows that employees who are recognized and thanked for their contributions are more satisfied with their job, more likely to report that their workplace is "fun," and less likely to leave. Here are some free/inexpensive ways to quickly show your appreciation: Send out an employee-wide email noting appreciation for specific employees. Note your appreciation in a newsletter or social ...

Election Day Reminder for Employers

November 07, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog



Election Day is finally upon us!  There a predictions of a heavy voter turnout on election day.  What does that mean for employers in Ohio? In accordance to Ohio Revised Code, Section 3599.06, No employer, his officer or agent, shall discharge or threaten to discharge an elector for taking a reasonable amount of time to vote on election day; or require or order an elector to accompany him to a voting place upon such day; or refuse to permit such elector to serve as an election official on any registration or election day; or indirectly use any force ...