Human Resources

E-Scan Insights: Human Resources

July 09, 2009
Nearly 40% of credit unions plan to freeze salaries in 2009, up considerably from the 23% of credit unions that did so in 2008, reports CUNA’s 2009-2010 Credit Union Environmental Scan Report . This makes retention of value employees particularly challenging, even during these tough economic times. Many credit unions... READ MORE

Savings Interrupted: Warn Staff About Draining 401(k) Plans

June 29, 2009
By Sharon Severson Without question, these are serious financial times. As more people find themselves unemployed, underemployed, or otherwise strained to meet their financial obligations, they may be tempted to tap into their retirement savings. While borrowing from a 401(k) retirement account may seem like an easy path to fast... READ MORE

Make Negative Work Illusions Disappear

June 18, 2009
"Understanding how magicians create illusions on stage can show us how negative illusions are created at work,” says Brad Barton , author of “Beyond Illusions” and member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Blending the mystery of magic with the realities of the workplace, Barton will inspire people to take... READ MORE

Get a Grip on Compliance

June 17, 2009
LEAD STORY Say goodbye to compliance worries with tools from two CUNA strategic alliance providers. Compliance software from Verafin Inc., St. John’s, Newfoundland, helps you comply with the Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act, and Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act red flag rules. TraceSecurity Compliance Manager™ from TraceSecurity, Baton... READ MORE

Is Your CU Ready For a Pandemic?

June 17, 2009
Business continuity plans must address many risks, including H1N1 flu outbreaks. Valerie Moss Credit unions can experience a disruption in operations anytime, ranging in severity from a short-term power outage to a severe weather-related event such as tornado or flood. A disruption also may come from an infectious disease outbreak,... READ MORE

Loans & Employees: What To Do When Staff Default

May 28, 2009
By Judy Dahl Linda Amoroso Employers walk a fine line when disciplining employees for personal behavior. But what should a credit union do if an employee defaults on a credit union loan? “Our primary goal regarding any default is to immediately work one-on-one with the member—in this case, the employee—to... READ MORE

Employment Practices 'Trifecta' Fuels Litigation

May 28, 2009
By John Wallace Today’s economic realities, a record number of discrimination charges, and recent legislative changes are causing more credit unions to log time in court. As credit union leaders take important steps to manage their operations—staff reductions, benefit changes, or hiring new employees—these measures are fueling litigation more often... READ MORE

The 10 Comandments Of Meetings

May 20, 2009
James Collins For some people, the only draw to meetings is the doughnuts. Let’s begin with a little survey: Why do you attend meetings?   Because they provide opportunities for group decision making; To better coordinate between personnel on complicated projects; or Because meetings mean free doughnuts. The problem is... READ MORE

Should Big Brother Be Watching?

May 20, 2009
Judy Dahl CUs walk a fine line when disciplining employees for personal behavior. A group of credit union employees stopped at a bar after work. A scuffle with the establishment’s owner ensued, resulting in the group’s ejection. Because the employees wore shirts featuring their credit union’s logo during the skirmish,... READ MORE

He Did What? You're Fired!"

May 20, 2009
Karen Saul Pay close attention to the Supreme Court’s decision on retaliation. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids retaliation against employees reporting discrimination. The Supreme Court recently ruled that protection extends to employees who don’t initiate discrimination complaints but who divulge discrimination occurred when asked during... READ MORE

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