Glossary of HR Terms starting with Alphabet N

National emergency strike: A strike that would affect the national economy significantly.

Needs analysis: A method of analyzing how employee skill deficits can be addressed through current or future training and professional development programs, as well as determining the types of training/development programs required and how to prioritize training/development.

Negative emphasis: Type of interviewer bias; involves rejecting a candidate on the basis of a small amount of negative information.

Negative reinforcement: An individual works to avoid an undesirable consequence.

Negligent hiring: A common-law tort; defined as the hiring of an employee whom the employer know or should have known, based on the employee’s background, posed a risk to others in the workplace.

Negligent referral: Negligent referral is defined as the failure or an employee to disclose complete and factual information about former or current employee to another employer.

Negligent retention: A common-law tort; defined as the retention of employees who engage in misconduct (wrongful acts) both during and after working hours.

Nepotism: Favoritism shown to relatives by individuals in a position of authority, such as managers or supervisors or practice of allowing relatives to work for the same employer.

Netiquette: Refers to Internet use rules of conduct, involving respecting others privacy and not doing anything online that is offensive, annoying or frustrating to other people.

New Hire: A worker added to an establishment’s payroll for the first time.

No-lockout clause: Contract stipulation that the company agrees not to lock out workers during a labor dispute for the life of the contract.

No-strike clause: Contract stipulation that the union agrees not to strike during the duration of the contract.

Nominal group technique: A consensus planning tool used to identify the strengths of an organization, department or division, whereby participants are brought together to discuss important issues, problems and solutions.

Non compete agreement: A contract restricting an employee from obtaining employment with a competitor within a specified industry, distance and/or time frame.

Non compete covenants: Agreement that prohibits an individual who leaves the organization from competing with the employer in the same line of business for a specified period of time.

Non contributory plan: Pension plan in which all the funds for pension benefits are provided by the employer.

Non directive interview: Interview that uses general questions, from which other questions are developed.

Nondisclosure agreement: A contract restricting an employee from disclosing confidential or proprietary information.

Nondiscrimination: The practice of not discriminating against members of disadvantage or protected groups in hiring practices, policies, benefits or conditions of employment.

Nonexempt employee: An employee who does not meet any one of the Fair Labor Standards Act exemption tests and is paid on an hourly basis and covered by wage and hour laws regarding hours worked, overtime pay, etc.

Non piracy agreement: Provisions stating that if the individual leaves the organization, existing customers and clients cannot be solicited for business for a specific period of time.

Non qualified deferred compensation plan: Income deferral benefits offered to a select group of management or highly compensated employees.

Non subscriber plans: Worker’s compensation plans set up by employers/industries in place of their state’s compensation plan.

Nontraditional employment: Used to define occupations or specific fields where women typically comprise less than 25 percent of the workforce.

Normative forecasting: A method of projecting future needs in order to determine what developments will be required to meet those needs.

Notice: In wrongful discharge cases, this doctrine is used to determine whether or not an employer gave an employee adequate advanced notice of the potential consequences if a specific behavior or conduct was not improve upon.


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