Tesla’s CEO makes personal pledge for employee safety

EntertainHR - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:22
Tesla, an electric-automobile manufacturer, made headlines last month after Worksafe, a California-based worker advocacy group, released a report indicating that the injury rates at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing facility were higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015. For example, the report indicated that the rate of serious injuries...
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Does your organization suffer from ‘hiring snooze’?

HR Hero Line - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:00
by Samuel D. Kerr We’ve all heard the common saying “You snooze, you lose.” Put another way, if you don’t pay attention and do something right away, someone else will do it before you can and enjoy the benefit. Taking too long to complete the hiring process can have the same effect.  Laws that may come into...
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Why you should care about EAR, even if your company doesn’t export anything

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:00
by Sarah Franklin Many employers assume that because their company doesn’t export products overseas, they aren’t subject to export regulations. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR) apply not only to technology and products shipped outside the United States but also to any...
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Ivanka Trump, senators advance ideas on paid family leave

HR Hero Line - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:49
by Tammy Binford As the idea to make paid family leave mandatory continues to gain attention, employers may be wondering what various paid leave proposals might mean for their businesses. A June 20 meeting between first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and a handful of senators doesn’t draw a clear picture of what may be in store,...
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ATK curdles its executive transition

HR Hero Line - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 06:00
by Mark I. Schickman We wrote last May about the kerfuffle between ABC-TV and Kelly Ripa when the network moved Live! with Kelly and Michael cohost Michael Strahan off the show behind her back (see “Pop quiz: Will she be Ripa roaring mad?”). The diminutive Ripa and the global network have since kissed and made up, although the proof will...
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Dealing with hidden disability: Navigating protections for workers with addictions

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 07:00
Employers generally understand their obligations related to legal protections for people with disabilities. But not all disabilities are obvious, sometimes not even to those afflicted. Such may be the case when employees suffer from addiction to prescription drugs—a problem that’s been in the spotlight lately. And with good reason: The costs...
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Millennials will transform management practices

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 06:58
by Jimmy Daniel Millennials, also known as Generation Y, have surpassed Generation X and Baby Boomers to become the largest group in America’s workforce, according to Pew Research Center’s analysis of the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data. Not only are Millennials continuing to grow and dominate the workforce, but they are also starting to...
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EEOC maintains steady position on transgender employees’ rights

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 06:57
by JW Furman With all the attention given to President Donald Trump’s recent removal of the Obama administration’s protection for transgender bathroom access, it’s important to remember that the action applies only to public school students. For employers, the issue remains as unsettled as ever.  There’s no reason to...
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Disability bias verdict provides 4.5M reasons to check your policies

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 06:54
by Jeffrey D. Slanker A recent case from Central Florida highlights the importance of maintaining and properly implementing updated and compliant equal employment opportunity and antidiscrimination policies. The case involved disability discrimination claims, and a jury ultimately found in favor of the employee and rendered a $4.5 million verdict....
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Looking for solutions to the talent gap? Don’t forget legal concerns

HR Hero Line - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 06:03
Employers in an array of fields lament a shortage of talent. Sometimes employers are able to attract a flood of eager applicants, but few possess the skills and qualities needed. Other times, employers need people for special, short-term projects, and they don’t want to take on full-time, permanent employees to get the job done. No matter what...
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Take control of the Internet’s response to negative online comments

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:05
by Elijah Yip “Why did you fire my wife?” Bradley Reid Byrd posted that question on Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page when his wife was let go after working for the restaurant chain for 11 years. The post remained largely unnoticed for about a month until a comedian uploaded a screenshot of it to his Facebook page and his 2.1...
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Why employee engagement must be a priority, not an option

HR Hero Line - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 06:06
by Jimmy Daniel When it comes to your workplace, do you know how many members of your team are truly engaged? On average, U.S. companies have an engagement level of 32%. Basically, one out of three of your team members is engaged. Studies suggest that disengaged employees cost the U.S. economy between $400 billion and $600 billion a year!...
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Wonder Woman and the fight against unconscious bias

EntertainHR - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:31
Not only has the recently released Wonder Woman movie garnered mainly favorable reviews, but it has been highly successful at the box office, having made more than $200 million domestically in its first two weeks of release alone. From a purely movie industry insider perspective, the success of Wonder Woman is incredibly important to Warner...
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Recent visit to Apple Store raises questions about the company’s customer service

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:17
by Dan Oswald I recently had an experience that made me wonder, can a company become arrogant? We’ve all met arrogant people, but can a company be haughty or egotistical? Let me share the experience first, and then I’ll come back to my question. My son received a pair of wireless headphones for Christmas that had stopped working by May. They...
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Think your drug policy is sound? Better factor in changing marijuana laws

HR Hero Line - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 06:00
Not so many years ago employers emphasized the importance of drug-free workplace policies—policies that often included zero-tolerance provisions. But as marijuana laws have undergone significant change in recent years, it’s time to give a second look to policies that may not have been updated in years.  Peter Lowe, an attorney with Brann...
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‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends’: employers’ obligations in data breaches

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 08:01
by James P. Harris Most people loathe the annual ritual of filing their tax return. Compounding the unpleasantness, a number of people attempt to file a tax return only to be notified by the IRS that someone else has already filed a return on their behalf and collected their refund. Just recently, we have fielded calls from several employers...
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White House gone wild!

EntertainHR - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 09:19
These days, just about anyone with an Internet connection and some time on their hands enjoys a wonder of the modern age: binge-watching. One of the first, and still one of my favorites, is Netflix’s House of Cards. No matter how over-the-top the plot twists become, no matter how difficult it is to follow the […]
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Supreme Court preview? Breaking down Justice Gorsuch’s opinion in the ‘frozen trucker’ case

HR Hero Line - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 06:19
by Peter Lowe In April,  Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court late in the term. Because Gorsuch is known for adhering to the letter of the law, his confirmation was seen as good news for employers. As his first term comes to an end and the Court starts to release the bigger, headline-making opinions, now is a good time to learn a...
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Preds are on the power play! 4 lessons for creating ‘incredible’ work culture

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:56
by Dan Oswald You may have noticed that the Nashville Predators are playing in the Stanley Cup Final. Probably not a big deal to many, but it certainly is here in Nashville. This city is afflicted with Predators fever. There’s something magical about the Predators’ playoff run, and I think I know what it is. Sure, this is the team’s first...
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Workers and grief: What HR needs to consider when employees suffer loss

HR Hero Line - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 06:02
Knowing what to do when someone suffers the loss of a loved one isn’t easy, especially in the workplace, where some people are open about personal relationships and others strive for separation between their work and personal lives. But no matter an employee’s thinking, certain situations—particularly a death in the family—make explanations...
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