Wooden’s Pyramid of Success makes perfect sense in the workplace

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald I’ve been accused of too often writing about sports in this blog. I guess that’s because sports have been such a big part of my life as a participant, coach, and spectator—but also because I subscribe to the idea that sports imitate life. In sports, as in life, there is success and there is failure. And in sports, it’s often...

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Top 10 tips for a successful telecommuting program (Part 2: tips 6-10)

Technology for HR - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 06:00

by Matthew A. Goodin Telecommuting is one of the top benefits employees say they want. Many employers see that telecommuting programs can benefit the company’s bottom line, too. But not all jobs are created equal when it comes to working away from the office. Employers must be very careful when allowing nonexempt employees to telecommute as...

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The return of the quarterback evangelist

EntertainHR - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:02

With the NBA and the NHL heading into the playoffs and Major League Baseball’s 2015 season underway, one might think that the NFL would have a hard time breaking onto page 1 of the sports section these days. (For younger readers, that was a reference to something we used to call a “newspaper.”) Not so! Football fans in Philadelphia and the...

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Fake job references—what’s the world coming to?!

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald The other day I heard about a company that provides fake references for job applicants, renters, and others. And from what I understand, the length it goes to in order to “lie” on behalf of its clients is unbelievable—even if the references it provides are believable. This company will provide you with a reference from a person...

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Top 10 tips for a successful telecommuting program (Part 1: tips 1-5)

Technology for HR - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 06:00

by Matthew A. Goodin Telecommuting is becoming an increasingly accepted practice among employers, and it’s not just limited to employers in technology fields. Telecommuting offers benefits for employers and employees. For employers, it can be a means to lower overhead costs. For employees, it can be an attractive benefit because it may...

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Women at work: Exploring pay equity, making work and life mesh, and HR’s role

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 17:59

Nobody expects climbing the corporate ladder and earning a top-tier paycheck to be easy for anybody. But an array of statistics shows that fewer women than men get to the top rungs and that accounts for part of the reason women earn less.  Statistics showing that women make up half the workforce without achieving half the top-level positions...

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It’s time to get on the winning side of the sexual orientation issue

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 17:55

by Kylie Crawford, TenBrook Not long ago, I heard a story about George Wallace, Alabama’s governor in the 1960s and one of the leading advocates for Jim Crow laws and segregation. He is well-known for his “stand at the schoolhouse door,” where he attempted to prohibit two black students from registering for classes at the...

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Let’s talk about race: the death of Tony Robinson

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 17:54

by Saul Glazer The recent police shooting of Tony Robinson put Madison in the national headlines. Thankfully, unlike last year’s events in Ferguson, Missouri, the protests following Robinson’s death have been peaceful. However, the incident has once again put a spotlight on how we view race relations. This article discusses race...

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DOJ is the latest federal agency to extend Title VII protection

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 17:51

by Leslie A. Sammon Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination by all private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions with 15 or more employees. We are all familiar with Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination in the workplace. In recent years, the Equal Employment...

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Anatomy of an employment lawsuit: best HR practices to help you win

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 17:50

by Michael J. Modl Imagine you employ Rajesh Tank, an employee of Indian descent, as a regional VP. Other employees report that Tank engaged in unprofessional conduct that hurt team morale, showed favoritism toward certain employees, and pressured employees to hire a particular contractor. You investigate the allegations, find some truth to them,...

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EEOC calling for changes to ADA regulations related to wellness programs

Human Resources News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 14:40

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing how employer wellness programs can be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC announced the proposed rule on April 16, and it was published in the Federal Register on April 20. Members of the public have until...

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Fire Harry Crane

EntertainHR - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 01:04

Mad Men can be tough to watch for an employment lawyer. I was thinking of this while watching the show’s most recent episode, “New Business.” In a particularly cringe-worthy scene, Harry Crane propositions Megan under the pretense that he can help get her acting career back on track. Harry is a buffoon and a jackass, and I...

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Fast-food strikes, NLRB policies take center stage

Human Resources News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:48

A day after the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial “quickie election” rule took effect, low-wage workers across the country took to the streets in an effort to boost their pay and join unions. The Fight for $15 campaign, supported by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), set April 15 as the date for the latest...

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Spieth’s Masters win shows what young minds can bring to the workplace

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald I’m not a golfer, nor do I tend to watch golf on television, but I am aware that over the weekend, Jordan Spieth won the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. And with his victory came news of many of his other notable accomplishments: Spieth is just the fifth man, since the tournament was established 81 years ago, to lead...

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Free to be you and me

Technology for HR - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 06:00

by Molly DiBianca The intersection of Facebook use and the right to free speech is complicated. Complicated enough, in fact, that the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on the subject when it decides Elonis v. United States. The Court heard arguments in December 2014, and its ruling is being anxiously awaited by many, including public-sector...

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New Tennessee law allows workers to sue if fired for having guns in cars

Human Resources News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:56

Tennessee employees have a new option for suing their employer now that Governor Bill Haslam has signed a bill enabling workers to sue if they are fired for storing guns in cars parked in their employer’s parking lot. A 2013 law gave employees with handgun carry permits the right to store firearms and/or ammunition in vehicles in company parking...

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The spy who came in from the kitchen

Technology for HR - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 08:09

by Rachel Blue Offering workers the opportunity to work from home has many benefits for both the employee and the employer, but it can bring challenges as well. One challenge is handling trade secrets, which are defined as any information that gives some competitive advantage to a company, isn’t generally known, and can’t be obtained...

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NLRB proceeds with ‘quickie election’ rule implementation

Human Resources News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 08:53

by Tammy Binford As the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial “quickie election” rule moves a step closer to implementation, employers are being warned to be ready. On April 6, NLRB General Counsel Richard F. Griffin Jr. issued a 36-page guidance memo that outlines how new unionization efforts will be processed from the time a...

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Let spring be the time to renew your optimism

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald Spring has sprung—at least here in Nashville where I live. It has been a brutal winter for most of the country, making spring even more attractive. My colleagues in the Northeast—especially in the Boston area—have endured the worst winter they’ve seen in decades. To them all I can say is that spring is on its way! The...

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Workaholics: Drug testing

EntertainHR - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:09

The Comedy Central show Workaholics is currently in its fifth season of depicting a fresh (and hilarious) human resources nightmare week after week. The show is about three recent college dropouts (Blake, Adam, and Anders) who also happen to be roommates and coworkers at a fictional telemarketing company, TelAmeriCorp. To give you an idea of just...

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