Quality begins with the people you manage

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald The other day, I was driving through a small town and saw a sign on the side of a building that read, “Nobody ever regrets buying quality.” That got me thinking about quality. Did the proprietor of this business have it right? Does no one ever regret paying for a quality product or service? We all talk about quality—quality...

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NLRB gives thumbs-up to Facebook’s ‘Like’ function

Technology for HR - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:20

by Amanda Shelby The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) gives employees the statutory authority to act together “to improve the terms and conditions of employment or otherwise improve their lot as employees.” Traditionally, that “protected concerted activity” has taken the form of in-person conversations or meetings....

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Voters in four states to decide on minimum wage hikes

Human Resources News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:06

Voters in four states—Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota—will decide on minimum wage increases when they go to the polls on November 4, and Illinois voters will make their opinion on the issue known in a nonbinding vote. Information on state ballot measures from Ballotpedia indicates: Voters will decide whether to increase...

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Halloween tips to avoid a total nightmare

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 07:16

It’s that time of year again. Time for Halloween and all the candy, cheesy ghost stories, and inappropriate costumes that come with it. While Halloween can be fun and exciting, the fallout for employers can be all fright. Office Parties. Halloween falls on a Friday this year, which may make more employers inclined to allow employees to wear...

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Gone Lawsuit

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:04

[Note: Major spoilers ahead. If you have not seen/read Gone Girl, and wish to do so, please do NOT continue.] This past weekend my wife and I got to see David Fincher’s latest film Gone Girl. While I am a fan of Fincher’s work, I had not read the novel Gone Girl and had successfully avoided any spoilers related to the movie or book’s ending....

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Should you pay your employees in bitcoin?

Technology for HR - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:12

by Jordan Goldberg A defense attorney from Houston, a sheriff from Kentucky, and two Maine political candidates walk into a bar and pay for their drinks—in bitcoin. More and more large companies are accepting the much-hyped (and much-derided) bitcoin, an online crypto-currency, either as a form of payment for goods or as a way of paying their...

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Measuring the impact of your diversity and inclusion investments

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:59

Diversity, inclusion, metrics. In the world of human resources, those are buzzwords to be taken seriously. But to truly make a contribution to an organization, HR needs to analyze the meaning of each one. Mary L. Martinez, director of diversity and inclusion practice at APTMetrics, Inc., advises organizations on how to benefit from diversity and...

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What employers need to know about immigration reform

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:55

by Christine D. Mehfoud Turn on the news. Open the paper. Click on cnn.com. For months, if not years, immigration has been one of the top stories. Specifically, immigration reform: Will immigration reform happen? When will it happen? And what will it look like if it does happen? As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, the immigration reform...

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Employee flatulence is no laughing matter

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:53

by Mark M. Schorr Q Have you ever dealt with an extreme case of employee flatulence disrupting the workplace and causing coworkers to get sick and vomit? We have a situation right now in which a disabled employee is on a mix of medications that causes extreme flatulence. There have been numerous employee complaints, and more than one coworker has...

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Policies designed to protect employees may do more harm than good

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:51

by Jeremy M. Brenner The law prohibits discrimination against employees and applicants based on a number of protected statuses. Employers often implement policies that are intended to benefit workers but actually cause illegal systemic discrimination. Unfortunately, no matter how genuine an employer’s good intentions are, they typically do...

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Don’t wait for someone to give you permission—take action

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald It’s not uncommon for me to say, “I’d rather hire someone who will ask for forgiveness than someone who must ask for permission before taking action.” If you’re going to accomplish anything in life, you must be willing to act. And when you do, things don’t always turn out exactly as you would like. Sometimes you must step...

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Employee’s snarky Facebook post causes ADA trouble for employer

Technology for HR - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:29

by Elijah Yip In the last few years, we’ve seen how employees’ private social media activity can lead to employer liability for violating a variety of employment laws such as the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now...

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Did I say that?

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:22

Satya Nadella’s job was tough enough from the start. He followed Microsoft lifer Steve Ballmer and founder Bill Gates into the CEO role at a time when the company is looking to keep its businesses rolling in the face of a changing industry, slower PC sales, and serious pressure on its bread-and-butter Windows and Office products. Overall, the...

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Voters to decide on Anchorage collective bargaining ordinance

Human Resources News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:36

by Tom Daniel When voters in Anchorage go to the polls in November, they will decide the fate of a local ordinance that reins in the collective bargaining rights of municipal employees. A referendum to repeal the local ordinance known as the Responsible Labor Act will be part of the November 4 ballot. The ordinance, proposed by Anchorage Mayor Dan...

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BLR Launches Professional Development Network for Hospitality Industry HR Leaders

Human Resources News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:50

BLR® – Business & Legal Resources, a leading provider of employment law compliance and training solutions for HR, has launched a new professional network called HR Executive Roundtable ...

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Employers should review policies on same-sex couples in wake of Supreme Court decision

Human Resources News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:04

by Tammy Binford With the U.S. Supreme Court deciding not to take up a case to settle the same-sex marriage issue on the national level, employers need to understand how the Court’s decision affects their policies. As it opened its new term on October 6, the Supreme Court declined to review one of seven cases from five states up for...

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Politics and religion aside, Truett Cathy still great example of servant leader

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald I recently wrote about servant leadership, mentioning that it has long been a concept that intrigues me. I used as an example—in part because of his recent passing—Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A. My choice for an example wasn’t universally embraced by those who read the entry. Many of the negative comments I received...

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Breaking Bad: Disciplining employees for off-duty conduct

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:25

You can hardly get through your morning coffee these days without seeing another story about some athlete, model, or actor who abused his wife, trashed her Beverly Hills hotel room, or went all Archie Bunker in a racist Twitter rampage. Usually, high-profile celebrities are bound by employment contracts that require strict adherence to...

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Union access to employer’s e-mail systems: Are times a-changin’?

Technology for HR - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:50

by Jeff Sloan and Eugene Park Besides having the liberty to invoke the words of seers like Bob Dylan, one of the more fascinating pastimes in our work as labor lawyers is observing the ebb and flow of labor law policy. And there’s no better example of the potential drift from one end of the spectrum to another than Purple Communications,...

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Final rule on minimum wage for contractors released

Human Resources News - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:43

by Tammy Binford Federal contractors can now take a look at the rules they will have to follow when an Executive Order that requires a $10.10 per hour minimum wage for workers on federal service and construction contracts takes effect. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the final rule on October 1. The rule implements Executive Order...

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