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Human Resource Essentials: Your Guide to Starting and Running the HR Function, Second Edition

Lin Grensing-Pophal

2010, 275 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-58644-196-8

Item #: 61.16501-2


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Starting the human resource function in a company of any size can be a daunting experience. You must be concerned about a wide range of issues, from the operational (establishing policies and procedures) to the strategic (designing a competitive compensation and benefit plan). And chances are that if you’re faced with all of these challenges, you are probably an HR generalist. If so, then you will find that Human Resource Essentials: Your Guide to Starting and Running the HR Function is ideally suited to address your workplace realities.

From staffing, training, and performance management to compensation and benefits, policy creation and review, and management reports, this thoroughly revised best-seller offers the information needed to design the HR function. It provides easy-to-follow instructions for designing a foundation for a reliable and productive employee relations strategy.

New to the Second Edition:

  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- more commonly referred to as “health care reform”
  • The latest data on workplace trends and the economic downturn
  • Updates on the statutes and regulations that govern the employer-employee relationship
  • The critical connection between HR and ROI
  • The emergence of social networking in talent recruitment

And much more. 


 Praise for the Book


"An outstanding addition to every HR practitioner's bookshelf."--Paul Falcone, author of 101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems

"The enduring value of this work results from its scope and thoroughness, currency, and practicality."--Jim Jose, Ph.D., SPHR

"Up-to-date information on each of the HR disciplines, sample forms, and questionnaires make it a wonderful resource. A 'must buy' for HR professional—old and new."--Frances Hume, SPHR

 Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Essentials of Starting a Human Resource Function

Chapter 2. Staffing Plans and Legalities

Chapter 3. Recruitment, Selection, and Beginning Employment

Chapter 4. Performance Management and Ending Employment

Chapter 5. Training and Development

Chapter 6. Compensation and Benefits

Chapter 7. Rules, Communication, and Record-Keeping

Chapter 8. Workplace Safety and Security

Chapter 9. Management Reports

Chapter 10. Outsourcing and Consultants

Appendix A: Federal Requirements Affecting Human Resources

Appendix B: Federal Labor Laws by Number of Employees

Appendix C: Timeline of Health Care Reform Impacts

Appendix D: Resources and Reading List

Appendix E: Contributors



 About the Author


Lin Grensing-Pophal, M.A., SPHR, is an HR/communication consultant and business journalist with an extensive background in corporate communications and employee relations. Her firm, Strategic Communications, works with businesses to develop and implement strategic communication solutions for both internal and external audiences. Pophal is a prolific writer of business management and marketing articles for both general and trade publications and is the author of several books, including: Managing Off-Site Staff (2010), Employee Management for Small Business (2010), and The Essentials of Corporate Communications and Public Relations (2006).