DTSA gives employers new options to combat trade secrets theft

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 16:00

by Elijah Yip Whether it’s the secret recipe for your gourmet cupcakes or a unique process for manufacturing your best-selling product, trade secrets are a valuable company asset. When an employee leaves, there’s a risk she will take your trade secrets with her to a competitor or use them to start her own business. So what relief is...

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Donald Trump must have missed the mandatory training—making America harassed again

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 15:25

It has been just one week since the recording emerged of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. Since then, women have been coming forward accusing him of harassment and assault. The recording not only resulted in the loss of a number of key political endorsements, it resulted in Tic Tac denouncing him (which followed […]

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Drawing the line on tips: Where does it end?

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 12:00

by Dan Oswald Employee compensation is a complicated issue that can stir passion in people. Recently, the now-former CEO of Wells Fargo was taken to task by Congress for his company’s compensation practices, which many believe contributed to widespread fraud on the part of bank employees.  There are no easy answers when it comes to...

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Don’t let appearance policy trigger religious discrimination claims

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 07:06

Achieving a diverse workforce is a highly touted goal among employers. It’s a goal that drives recruiting as well as efforts to build company culture. But the details – the various policies and rules employers may adopt without considering risks—can be easy to overlook. One area not to be forgotten: dress codes and other appearance policies...

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How do ‘bathroom bills’ affect employers in other states?

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 07:00

by Joseph Godwin Much attention has been given recently to laws passed concerning transgender individuals’ use of public restrooms. Over the past few years, state legislatures have passed or proposed “bathroom bills” that generally require individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender listed on their birth...

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The digital natives are restless

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 06:58

by Mark I. Schickman Age discrimination threatens to be the most prevalent employment claim of the next decade. Baby Boomers are being forced out of the workplace in droves, while Millennials are reaching 40, the bottom rung of the protected class. Expect lawsuits from Millennials as they are squeezed between Baby Boomers reluctant to...

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Fair Chance Business Pledge offers new way to evaluate applicants with criminal records

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 06:57

by Kaitlin L.H. Robidoux The White House is urging businesses to take the Fair Chance Business Pledge and commit to providing individuals with criminal records “a fair chance to participate in the American economy.” The idea behind the initiative is that individuals with a criminal history have trouble finding employment, and many...

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Identifying accommodations for employee who can’t use the stairs

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 06:54

by Michael J. Spooner Q What is considered a reasonable accommodation for an employee who can’t take the stairs during emergencies or because of maintenance issues with the elevator?  A While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) doesn’t provide guidance regarding reasonable accommodations for an employee who is unable to use the...

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Not your stereotypical sexual harasser: encountering sex-based misconduct at work

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 06:50

by Stefanie M. Renaud With the announcement of Gretchen Carlson’s (and, subsequently, several other female employees’) complaints about Fox News head Roger Ailes and his ensuing resignation, sexual harassment has recently been in the news. Although Ailes’ conduct somehow slipped under Fox’s radar, most other employers know...

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If you think telecommuters aren’t covered by the FMLA, think again

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 08:09

by Stephanie Gilliam and Jennifer Anderson A lawsuit currently pending in federal court in New Orleans dispels any misconceptions employers might have about the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) coverage of telecommuters and employees who have no fixed worksite. Remote workers, telecommuters, and employees who work from home are not...

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Has your work become . . . well, work?

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:59

by Dan Oswald What is it you really love to do? Sometimes we lose sight of that and end up settling for something much less. If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion. —Mia Hamm What’s the saying, “Find something you love to do, and you won’t work a day in your life”? How many of us head...

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Hurricane season brings unique employer issues

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 09:09

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, evacuation orders are lifting and recovery efforts are in their early stages. Employers are facing a number of storm-related issues as they prepare to resume normal operations. Here are just a few of the questions employers are asking.  1.  Does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) require me to pay...

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Worried about employee engagement? There’s an app for that

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 09:09

The quest for an ideal employee engagement solution remains elusive. Employers are bombarded with countless studies warning of the toll disengaged workers take on an organization. High turnover, poor productivity, a toxic culture—all hits to the bottom line—are preached as the likely result of a disengaged workforce. So it’s no wonder...

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What we learned: talent placement lessons from UT football and U.S. Ryder Cup team

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/03/2016 - 07:33

Sports are about players making plays. Coaches and managers can break down film, scheme, and motivate all they want. But, when the game is on the line, execution is all that matters. As the ole ball coach said, “It’s not about the X’s and O’s, it’s about the Jimmy’s and Joe’s.” This truth was on […]

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Think before you click: cybersecurity guidance to share with workers

Technology for HR - Wed, 09/28/2016 - 06:00

by Daniel C. Nelson and John P. Hasman In our last blog post, we discussed current cybersecurity threats and HR’s important role in enhancing digital security. In this post, we explain some of the key elements of HR’s role.  Training and awareness Often, the words “training” and “awareness” are used ...

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It’s not about you!

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:30

by Dan Oswald Fifteen years ago, country singer Toby Keith had a number one hit with his song “I Wanna Talk About Me.” The chorus of the song goes like this: I wanna talk about me Wanna talk about I Wanna talk about number one Oh my me my What I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see I like talking about you, you, you,...

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NASCAR’s racing to defend race discrimination lawsuit—is your company ready?

EntertainHR - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 08:51

Earlier this week, news broke that NASCAR is being sued for alleged racial discrimination. NASCAR insists the case has no merit, but only time will tell the outcome. When the rubber meets the road, will your business be ready to defend against a race discrimination lawsuit? Fortunately, there are steps every business can take to […]

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Social engineering puts HR on front line of cybersecurity battle

Technology for HR - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:08

by Daniel C. Nelson and John P. Hasman Some observers might think that our increasing reliance on technology has lessened the importance of the “human” in today’s workplace resources, but just the opposite is true. Although technology can help us work more efficiently, humans remain the central motor that drives all endeavors...

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From sports and entertainment to politics and social justice—when worlds collide in your workplace

EntertainHR - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:32

It’s everywhere. Whether you like it or not, you can’t escape it. While the topics of politics and social justice are undoubtedly important discussions to have in our country, the reality is that they now seem ever present. Consider, for example, two popular entertainment outlets many individuals usually go to in order to “escape” from...

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Tell workers it’s OK to recharge their batteries

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 11:56

by Dan Oswald Have you ever received a battery-operated gift only to discover you didn’t have the batteries required to make it work? If so, you understand the initial excitement that came with the gift and the corresponding disappointment of realizing that without the energy source, the gift was completely useless. So you run out and purchase...

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