Stopping e-mail madness: Supervisor’s mention of leave sends FMLA claim to trial

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:17
by Michael P. Maslanka A recent case provides an example of a manager’s e-mail torpedoing an employer’s defense to a lawsuit. Let’s look at the facts and some solutions so that does not happen to you. The jaws of victory In 2012, Deborah Stewart started working as a banker for Wells Fargo. She was very experienced. However, she was unable...
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Avoid singing the blues: how employers can mitigate wage/hour liability

EntertainHR - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 08:49
In the last few years, there have been multiple headlines noting that celebrities are being sued for their (or their businesses’) failure to pay wages in accordance with applicable state and/or federal law. Two such recent lawsuits involved famous singers. First, Lady Gaga had a lawsuit brought against her by her former personal assistant,...
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Is someone watching me? Do’s and don’ts of workplace video surveillance

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:13
by Justin H. Lessner For many years, it has been common practice for banks, retail stores, gas stations, and other employers that regularly interact with the public to use video surveillance to prevent theft and ensure security. But what if an employer wants to use video surveillance in the workplace to monitor the conduct and performance of...
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Howard Stern’s day off : the danger of digging for details when employees call in sick

EntertainHR - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:39
Shock Jock Howard Stern took an unexpected day off from his radio show last week which prompted a firestorm of speculation on social media as to the underlying reason for his absence.  Although Stern’s absence was initially attributed to a “personal day,” many fans speculated that Stern’s sick father was the real reason he missed […]
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President Trump’s growing pains could benefit from business lessons

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:49
by Dan Oswald If he has learned one lesson in his four months as president, Donald Trump has certainly discovered that the scrutiny he receives as the “leader of the free world” and one of the most powerful people in the world is much greater than anything he has experienced previously. President Trump, long known for his publicity-seeking ways...
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Handling online employer reviews: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:45
by Alina Marciniak It happens. You perform a Google search for your organization and come across a poor online review by a former employee. Regardless of whether such public feedback is accurate, the issue of employer reviews has been growing more prominent for a number of years. Employer review sites like Glassdoor and Vault that allow...
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10-step plan for fair and balanced approach to preventing workplace harassment

EntertainHR - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:51
In less than a year, Fox News has lost its founder and one of its most well-known anchors due to widespread sexual harassment allegations. Fox News recently reported that 20th Century Fox paid $10 million in sexual harassment settlements in the first quarter of 2017 alone. How can Fox News be proactive in avoiding harassment […]
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My family and personal life are integral parts of who I am

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:01
This week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, Simplify Compliance’s Chief People and Strategy Officer. by Elizabeth Petersen Less than 10 minutes into the interview, I knew I was bombing. I was fresh out of college, interviewing for a “stretch” position as a program manager at a prestigious teaching hospital. I was a...
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Exploring answers to ‘mommy track’ dilemma

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:59
It’s May, the month with a special day set aside to honor mothers. Those sweet but sloppy gifts made by little hands delight moms on their special day, but then the workweek begins again, bringing with it the stresses of mixing work and family responsibilities. And if the workload at home and at work isn’t enough to deal with, many women...
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Service animal or pet? When Rover comes to work

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:55
by Erica E. Flores For decades, service animals were used almost exclusively to assist the blind and, in that role, were aptly known simply as guide dogs or seeing-eye dogs. But times have changed. Today, dogs and other service animals—including monkeys, parrots, and miniature horses—are being trained to provide a remarkable variety of services...
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Rural counties must reverse Millennial labor drain

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:54
by Dinita L. James Hillbilly Elegy: Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis is the nonfiction best seller by J.D. Vance, 31, of Middletown, Ohio, with roots in the hills of Kentucky. He has gained renown since the November 2016 presidential election as a Donald Trump “voter-splainer,” a tribune of the white working poor.  One thing...
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Distracted worker may be entitled to ‘disability’ accommodation

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:52
by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr. Q One of our workers has been with the company for about three years. From the outset, he has been an outstanding performer. About four months ago, however, he went through a divorce, which appears to have had a major impact on him, and he seems distracted. Both the quantity and the quality of his work have suffered...
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VA student’s transgender bathroom case will not pass ‘Go’ . . . yet

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:46
by Rachael L. Loughlin Transgender issues continue to be one of the hottest areas of the law today. Recent actions by the Trump administration backing away from the Obama administration’s forceful advocacy of transgender rights may have come as no surprise. Nonetheless, they certainly didn’t help clarify the law. In fact, if anything,...
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Employees’ electronic communications: Be careful what you dig for

Technology for HR - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:31
by Maggie A. Hanson Not only have technology and social media permeated political and pop culture, but they have also entered the workplace. Consequently, employers and employees are embroiled in a constant battle over Internet use in the workplace. Some employee Internet use is for legitimate business purposes, but a significant portion is...
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Master self-awareness to grow as a leader

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:35
by Dan Oswald How well do you really know yourself? It can seem like a silly question. You spend every day with yourself. You’re privy to all of your most private thoughts. Yet how well do you know yourself? The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote, “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is...
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Standing ovation for Adam Jones at Fenway

EntertainHR - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 08:47
Last Monday, the Orioles made headlines for more than just their 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.  Orioles player Adam Jones reported that Red Sox fans called him a racial slur several times and threw a bag of peanuts at him as he was entering the dugout. Police reportedly ejected 34 people, […]
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NLRB guidance regarding social media policies

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 09:45
by Elijah Yip On January 1, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released an advice memorandum (dated September 22, 2016) reviewing the social media policy in Northwestern University’s revised football handbook. The memorandum contains valuable guidance in an area full of uncertainty. The...
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Be relentless in pursuit of what you want most

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:20
by Dan Oswald In the blockbuster Disney movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow’s most treasured possession is his compass. This makes sense. Jack is a ship’s captain, and he needs his compass to do his job—navigate the high seas. The problem is that his compass doesn’t tell him which direction...
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Fox News & Bill O’Reilly—best practices for conducting internal workplace investigations

EntertainHR - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 03:47
Bill O’Reilly’s reign as a Fox News favorite came to an abrupt end amid a series of sexual harassment allegations against him. After the most recent allegations, Fox News hired large law firm Paul Weiss to conduct its internal investigation.    Workplace investigations are tough, and if your organization can’t afford (or simply does not...
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Effective decision making requires two brain systems

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:41
by Dan Oswald As a business leader, it’s likely you’re continually looking for ways to make better decisions. If so, you might want to take a look at the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman. Kahneman’s book is an interesting look into how people think and make decisions and the biases that affect us...
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