Don’t waste your life thinking about what could have been

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/30/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. —Nelson Mandela Life is full of choices. Some big, some small. Every day we are faced with choices, and once we decide between Option A and Option B, we head down a new path. What occurs after we make the choice is a direct result of having made THAT decision. I was watching a...

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Can a court help you unsend an e-mail?

Technology for HR - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:26

by Connor Beatty We’ve all been there: a “reply all” that should have been just a “reply” or a “private” e-mail that was forwarded beyond your intent. In the modern workplace, where many employees send dozens—if not hundreds—of e-mails every day, it is very easy to make a careless mistake. ...

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Thank those who helped you dream big, and then pay it forward

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald Have you ever had someone encourage you to dream big? Someone who said you could be anything you wanted to be? Maybe you were lucky enough to have a parent or grandparent who convinced you that there are no limits. Or maybe a teacher or coach inspired you to consider opportunities that otherwise might have seemed beyond your grasp. It...

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Guarding against cybersecurity attacks is (not) as easy as ‘1-2-3′

Technology for HR - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 08:23

by Elijah Yip The Ashley Madison hack embarrassed millions of people—and not just because of their philandering ways. Users of the cheating website had their account information, including password data, dumped online. One group that decoded more than 11 million of the leaked passwords found a disturbing trend: ridiculously bad password...

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6 important ways to avoid playing the blame game

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/16/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald When the going gets tough, how long does it take for someone to ask, “Who’s to blame for this mess?” Unfortunately, the answer is not very long. We live in a world in which everyone wants to place blame. You don’t have to look any further than the Great Recession. Republicans blamed Democrats. Democrats blamed Republicans....

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Haunted by work

EntertainHR - Mon, 11/16/2015 - 09:21

This blog’s mission is to be witty, entertaining, and informative. That mission is difficult when the headlines are as sobering as what we’ve seen since last Friday in Paris. Before I launch into this week’s EntertainHR installment, I want to extend my sympathies to and express my solidarity with the people of Paris and, in […]

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Ivy League or State U? Employers considering educational diversity

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/15/2015 - 16:59

Once upon a time a resume touting a prestigious university would automatically land at the top of a recruiter’s stack. Conventional wisdom dictated that a degree from an esteemed school signaled the best-educated, highest-potential candidates. But now a desire for educational diversity may be changing the old way of thinking. Professional...

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Leading with emotional intelligence

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/15/2015 - 16:55

by Jimmy Daniel 75% of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including inability to handle interpersonal problems; unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict; or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust. —The Center for Creative Leadership It does not matter what your IQ is or how...

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The H-1B loophole: replacing American workers with foreigners to cut costs

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/15/2015 - 16:54

by Cristopher Willis Each year, the United States grants 85,000 H-1B employment visas, and every single one is highly sought after by American companies. These temporary work visas allow companies to hire international applicants with college degrees—often advanced—in a variety of fields, such as medicine and health care, engineering,...

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Human trafficking prevention and awareness law on the horizon

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/15/2015 - 16:53

by Elizabeth B. Bradley Do you know what lurks in your supply chain? Would you sign a certification subject to the penalties of perjury stating there is no human-trafficking-related activity anywhere in your company’s supply chain? For all federal contractors, the answer must already be “yes.” But new bills pending before Congress...

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Dealing with mental disabilities in the workplace

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/15/2015 - 16:50

by Jonathan Mook These days, the news is filled with stories of returning veterans who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental impairments and have problems adjusting to civilian life at home and in the workplace. The issues employers face when dealing with veterans and other employees with mental disorders were put on...

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Pay for off-duty e-mails

Technology for HR - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 07:41

by Jason Ritchie Q We have a group of very motivated, conscientious employees who frequently respond to e-mail messages after their normal working hours on nights and weekends. We do not ask or require them to do this because the e-mails could wait until they return to work, but they do it anyway. The workers are not exempt. Do we have...

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True change starts with the person you see in the mirror

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald In 1987, Michael Jackson released a song titled “Man in the Mirror.” The theme of the song is clear: If you want the world to be different, if you want it to be a better place, the change needs to start with you—the person in the mirror. The song included the lines, “I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him...

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Coworkers Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are dating! What could possibly go wrong?

EntertainHR - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 13:11

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with the news that Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, who work together as judges on The Voice, have begun dating. Workplace relationships, though fraught with hazard for HR professionals, are incredibly common, with 80 percent of employees reporting that they have been involved in, or have heard of, coworkers...

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Workplace surveillance in a world where everyone’s watching

Technology for HR - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 05:00

by Jo Ellen Whitney It’s a complicated world when every person with a cell phone is an amateur auteur and video is used for everything from stalking and revenge porn, to trying to find the truth of what occurred when there’s an automobile accident or violence involving the police.  Estimates of how many times a day you might be caught...

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Per Liar Liar, performing background checks on minors can be major issue

EntertainHR - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 09:30

Because I’m a lawyer and because my friends know I love movies, people frequently ask me to identify my favorite lawyer-related movies. My personal favorites are My Cousin Vinny, A Few Good Men, and Liar Liar. To the extent you agree or have lawyer-related movies you like as well, feel free to weigh in. As luck would have […]

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Log-in and log-off time: You may have to pay workers for booting up

Technology for HR - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 09:23

by Arielle B. Sepulveda Imagine this scenario: A group of your hourly employees works 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As a covered employer, you know your obligations under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). You know you need to pay time and a half for all hours your employees work over 40 in a workweek. You make sure they don’t work during...

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Tricks and treats and trial briefs

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/26/2015 - 22:37

Remember NBC’s The Office? I think some lawyers used to blog about it. Anyhow, one of my favorite episodes was “Costume Contest” where the Scranton employees threw a Halloween party at the branch office. The costumes in the episode were mostly tame, ranging from Justin Bieber (Ryan) to Lady Gaga (Gabe). Late in the episode Angela...

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Success rarely comes overnight—or from just one person

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/26/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald We live in a world of “What have you done for me lately?” And when we say “lately,” we mean today or this week. Our society suffers from an acute case of instant gratificationitis. Wall Street wants to see a return on its investment—now! It’s not necessarily concerned about seeing a company being built for the long haul. I...

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E-mail helps track coach overcome hurdles, win retaliation case on appeal

Technology for HR - Fri, 10/23/2015 - 05:00

by James D. Cockrum Based in large part on e-mail evidence, along with a delay in discipline, the Kentucky Supreme Court reinstated a jury verdict in favor of a former assistant track coach at the University of Louisville who claimed she was fired because she complained about discrimination. However, the coach lost her back-pay claim because...

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