Applying for Unemployment BenefitsPublished Mar 7, 2003
Provides guidance on ways an individual may apply for unemployment benefits, the information that is needed to apply and when individuals should apply for unemployment. Also, provides contact information for the Minnesota WorkForce Center.
Asking The Right QuestionsPublished Aug 8, 2011
In order to comply with the law and effectively compare candidates, interview questions must be both job-related and consistently asked of all candidates. Using a combination of different types of questions can help you to gather the information you need to effectively evaluate the candidate. Following are descriptions of various types of questions you can use to gather information.
Benefits: HR Reference Manual Ch. 5Published Oct 22, 2014
Find key considerations and concepts for options in leave benefits, other employee benefit programs and events such as tuition assistance or recognition programs, and insurance benefits such as health, dental, life, disability and long-term care. Understand benefits eligibility, benefits contribution structures, and requirements for offering continuation of benefits. Links to a self-audit checklist of benefit practices, model forms, agreements and policies.
City Employment Basics: HR Reference Manual Ch. 1Published Apr 18, 2014
Learn successful human resources practices that take into consideration legal requirements such as understanding your appointing authority and general public employment concepts like “employment-at-will.” Discover best management practices for effective recruitment, employee recognition and opportunities to develop new skills. Find brief introductions to applicable state and federal laws.
COBRA Flow ChartPublished Nov 21, 2006
Provides a chart to help evaluate if a retiree has the option to enroll in the City's medical plan during an open enrollment period if the retiree previously elected to not continue on the plan at the time of retirement.
Compensation: HR Reference Manual Ch. 4Published Aug 4, 2014
This chapter of the HR Reference Manual has been written to help guide Minnesota cities towards effective and legal compensation and benefits practices and policies.
Do Not Ask Questions for Pre-Employment InquiriesPublished Jun 8, 2014
When conducting pre-employment inquiries, they are some laws governing pre-employment inquiries. Provides a general summary of some questions cities should not ask during the pre-employment inquiry.
EEOC Guidance on Early Retirement IncentivesPublished Mar 27, 2003
The EEOC Guidance on Early Retirement Incentives provides guidance and instructions for investigating and analyzing issues that arise with regard to early retirement incentives.
Hiring: HR Reference Manual Ch. 2 Published Jul 22, 2014
Review in detail the two major goals of the hiring process: (1) recruiting and selecting the best qualified application for the job and (2) compliance with all applicable laws to model best employment practices so the city is able to defend itself if legally challenged. Contains links to many sample forms, letters and checklists for use in your hiring process.
Information on PromotionsPublished Aug 26, 2003
Provides some of the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods cities might use to fill vacancies.
Labor Relations: HR Reference Manual Ch. 6Published Oct 9, 2014
Learn how a city can maintain its management rights and engage in effective and legal labor relations and bargaining practices. Understand the basics of union organizing, negotiating union contracts, and working through mediation, interest arbitration, or strikes. Links to model contract language for a police unit and a city hall unit.
Medicare Part D: Employer Compliance ObligationsPublished Nov 1, 2005
This article discusses issues that cities should be aware of relating to the disclosure notice requirements to those individuals eligible for Medicare Part D, as well as action steps for implementation.
Model Classification and Compensation PlanPublished Nov 27, 2006
This model classification and compensation plan for smaller cities will help cities develop and maintain a plan that allows a city to achieve and maintain pay equity compliance.
Outplacement ConsultantsPublished Apr 1, 2004
Provides a listing of some Outplacement Consultants. Outplacement is the idea of providing current employees who are about to be laid off (or otherwise terminated) with assistance in obtaining new employment.
Personnel Policies: HR Reference Manual Ch. 7Published Mar 26, 2013
Learn about those public sector personnel practices that can be effectively managed, at least in part, by following well written policy language. Links to a comprehensive sample personnel policy to be used in conjunction with the chapter.
Sample No Hire and No Interview LettersPublished Jul 27, 2011
A city should make an effort to send letters out to all candidates who are not hired for an opening as soon as possible. Provides a sample no hire and no interview letter cities may use.
Sample Training and Experience Rating SheetPublished Aug 26, 2003
Provides a sample training and experience rating. The 100-point scale, called a training and experience rating, should be developed before the city advertises a position, or at least before the completed applications are reviewed.