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Should you be an HR leader?

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:00
by Allison Gusmus Whether you are a salesperson or a CFO, you should be thinking about the people in your organization. You may think, “I’m in sales, why should I care about the people in my organization?” or “I’m the CFO, numbers are my thing, not people,” but you are dead wrong. It’s part of your job...
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False assumptions, ill-advised questions just a few hiring hazards to avoid

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 05:23
Ever finish interviewing a job candidate and wonder if you’ve asked enough questions—or maybe asked too many? Worse, do you wonder what problematic questions others involved in the hiring process may have asked? The human resources department probably trains managers on the do’s and don’ts of interviewing, but in spite of that training,...
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Holiday season and winter weather: employer mini survival kit

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 05:09
by Shawntel Hebert The month of December is here, and depending on your industry, you may find your company in a very busy or fairly slow period. Whether you’re busy or slow, December also brings holiday festivities and the onset of winter weather. In the midst of planning for holiday staffing and preparing for inclement weather, employers...
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But my employees aren’t unionized! A trap for the unwary

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:18
by William J. Evans “But my employees aren’t unionized!” is a frequent exclamation uttered by employers when they learn they’ve been charged with violating their nonunion employees’ Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). It’s a surprisingly little-known fact that the NLRA applies...
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Holiday party tips for employers

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:00
by Bonnie M. Boryca The end of the year brings various obligations for employers, along with the opportunity to spread holiday cheer to employees, whether it’s through end-of-year bonuses, time off from work, or company-hosted holiday parties. Unfortunately, examples of litigation arising out of holiday parties are not hard to find....
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How to stay off the DOL’s naughty list during the holiday season

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 05:07
by Julie A. Moore Even without the eggnog fog and the distracting visions of sugar plums dancing through everyone’s heads at this time of year, the holidays can be a tricky time for complying with employment laws related to wage and hour and leave issues. Here are some FAQs we typically see from HR professionals each year during the...
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Exploring how HR can inspire thankfulness in employees

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 05:00
Flexible schedules, freedom to telecommute, professional development opportunities—those are all things that foster gratitude in the workplace. And as the Thanksgiving holiday finds people across the country pondering what they’re thankful for, human resources professionals can use the occasion to consider how to make organizations the kind of...
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Thanksgiving: More than a day off work for HR

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:00
As the Thanksgiving holiday nears, many are pausing to reflect on what they’re thankful for in their personal lives. But the season also can be a time for people to consider what they appreciate about their work lives.  What should human resources professionals be thankful for? For starters, innovation that has brought about an elevation of the...
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Employers in limbo as government entities differ on meaning of laws

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:00
by Burton J. Fishman When the U.S. Supreme Court opened its new term on October 2, 2017, the legal world was knocked off its axis. In a rarely seen occurrence, the solicitor general, speaking on behalf of the United States, and the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took opposing positions on the same issue: the...
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Who’s lying? Avoiding retaliation claims can be tricky

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 05:00
It’s tough to make employment decisions when you can’t be confident that the facts are known. And facts are often hard to figure out with absolute certainty. Recently, a group of attorneys focusing on employment matters tackled a question from an employer about how to handle an employee who accused his manager of disability discrimination and...
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More than a hunch: making better hiring decisions

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 05:00
by Tracy Lindow Recently, I overheard a conversation between two department managers in the hallway of a client organization:  Manager A: “I will not be in our staff meeting today because I have to interview a candidate for the vacancy in my department at 9:00 a.m. If she shows up on time and has no criminal record, I am going ask HR to...
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Heaps of paper or storehouses of data? Exploring ways to keep HR records

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 05:00
No one disputes the importance of proper recordkeeping in the workplace. But what’s the best way to keep that information? In bulky paper files kept on-site or maybe entrusted to a vendor to be kept off-site? Perhaps an employer’s information, both routine and sensitive, should be kept in a digital format. And if electronic storage sounds...
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Conducting unbiased investigations: tips from the Russia probe

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 05:00
With the recent indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election is front-page news once again.  While most of the press and President Donald Trump’s initial tweets focused on whether Mueller could be fair and unbiased in his investigation, the most recent...
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High profile or not, sexual harassment claims require employer action

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 05:00
Sexual harassment—the subject has exploded in recent weeks as people from all walks have spoken up about a menacing workplace problem. Even though antiharassment efforts are a priority in human resources circles, recent revelations about the actions of some high-profile executives are likely to cause employers to ask the question, “Are we doing...
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Take this off your fall ‘to do’ list: EEO-1 delayed in part and suspended in part

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 05:00
by Brian Bouchard As you may have heard, we recently received some good news regarding the EEO-1 pay data collection that would have gone into effect in March 2018.  On August 29, acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Victoria Lipnic issued a statement indicating that the Office of Information and Regulatory...
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Training done right: Effective communication the key

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:00
Good training has always been important in the workplace, but today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world of work makes training more important than ever. Changing technology requires frequent skill updates for employees at all levels of an organization. And certainly supervisors need training on new laws affecting the workplace and refreshers on...
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I’m sorry, so sorry: how to apologize at work

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:00
by Molly DiBianca Humility is a virtue. For most of us, it doesn’t come easily. Owning up to a mistake at work can be a difficult task, particularly for employees who want to be good at their jobs and please those they report to. Nonetheless, apologizing is a reality of professional life and a recognition that no matter how hard we try,...
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Labor looks for love

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:00
by Richard I. Lehr —“I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places, lookin’ for love in too many faces, searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreamin’ of.” The song “Looking for Love,” written by Wanda Mallette, aptly describes the circumstances of organized...
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Make sure employees know what to do if ICE raids your workplace

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 05:00
by Lori Chesser You employ a large number of seasonal workers, many with temporary work visas, at several different sites. You also have a main office. You would like to train your frontline employees on what to do if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows up with a warrant for an immigration raid. What should you tell your...
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10 traits of an effective workplace investigator

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 05:00
by Ryann E. Ricchio Workplace investigations are of critical importance to employers for many reasons. Done correctly and thoroughly, an investigation can, among other things, resolve ongoing and future workplace problems, mitigate your organization’s liability, prevent third-party intervention, demonstrate good faith, and preserve...
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