How long should we retain former employees’ e-mails?

Technology for HR - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 10:00

by Reggie Gay Q We are contemplating deleting the e-mails and e-mail accounts of employees who no longer work for our company. Are we required to keep former employees’ e-mails/e-mail accounts, or may we delete them as soon as someone is no longer employed by us?  A Your question raises two separate issues: (1) a former ...

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How to win by losing strategically

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:13

by Elizabeth Petersen This contribution is the second in a two-part series from BLR Executive Vice President Elizabeth Petersen about business lessons learned through sports. Rugby has taught me innumerable life and business lessons, and today I pay homage to the nameless French Canadian who taught me how to lose strategically. But first, an...

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Peter Dinklage takes on Elf

EntertainHR - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 11:25

It’s December, which means that those of us holiday fanatics can decorate and watch Christmas movies to our hearts’ content without shame.  Of course, I won’t tell anyone if you already had your tree up in November (like me) or if you never took it down from last year.  One of my favorite Christmas movies […]

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Watch out for Web accessibility requirements under the ADA!

Technology for HR - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 05:12

by Leanne C. Mehrman and Todd Sehhat Did you know that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses the accessibility of websites for disabled individuals? Last spring, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was expected to release clarification about businesses’ obligations under the website accessibility provision of the ADA, Title...

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Mila Kunis’ open letter on gender bias at work

EntertainHR - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:18

Many people know actor Mila Kunis for her role in the TV series “That ’70s Show” and her film roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the drama Black Swan. Kunis has recently been in the headlines for her open letter on sexism in Hollywood and the workplace entitled, “You’ll Never Work in This Town Again…” […]

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Guard the front door: Don’t accidentally give thieves access to your computer systems

Technology for HR - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 05:01

by Sam Karson If you follow the latest cybersecurity news, you are certainly aware of the Apple-FBI legal dispute in California. The dispute concerns purported “back doors” into iPhones as well as attempts to “hack” secure mobile devices. While the federal government’s dispute with Apple has been resolved (for now), the threat of...

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Hottest gift this holiday season? Work-life balance

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:53

by Dan Oswald Thanksgiving is behind us, and the holidays are in full swing. Most of us feel busier than ever this time of year. With parties to attend, gifts to buy, and anticipated travel for the holidays, there certainly is a lot going on. How do we find time to get everything done and still do our jobs? Work-life balance, prioritizing between...

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Do you think you could possibly read this? If it’s not a problem?

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 11:12

by Elizabeth Petersen By way of introduction, my name is Elizabeth Petersen, and I’m the executive vice president of BLR’s healthcare division. And my personal “fun fact” is that I played and coached rugby for 12 years. Although I’m unofficially retired from the sport, I still very much identify as a rugby player. The sport taught me...

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Be prepared even if taking the wait-and-see approach

EntertainHR - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:53

My son is addicted to movie trailers. Don’t get me wrong, I love movie trailers myself, but my son takes it to another level. I recently checked the YouTube history on the iPad we permit our kids to use and found that instead of playing games on the multitude of kid-friendly applications we downloaded, my […]

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Want to add diversity by hiring veterans? Make sure policies don’t get in the way

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 05:00

This month’s celebration of Veterans Day may have sparked interest among employers to recruit and hire veterans. After all, many employers tout the diversity of thought and skills employees with military experience bring to the workforce. Too often, though, policies and a lack of understanding throw up barriers to bringing veterans on board. ...

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Are coworkers out to get paranoid employee?

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 04:59

by J. Steven Massoni Mental impairments are some of the most challenging disabilities to accommodate. Read on to learn about how one company managed a difficult situation with an employee who suffers from a mental health disorder and how your company should respond in similar circumstances.  Imagine this Kenneth Tyler has worked for the company...

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EEOC announces new strategic enforcement priorities

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 04:58

by Leslie E. Silverman The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) broke new ground in late 2012 with the release of its first Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) publicly identifying its top enforcement priorities. Since that time, the EEOC’s enforcement and litigation program has largely focused on the priority areas laid out in the...

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DOJ and EEOC release ‘Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement’ report

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 04:57

by Sean D. Lee On October 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a joint report aimed at helping law enforcement agencies across the country recruit, hire, and retain diverse workforces.  The comprehensive report, “Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement,” presents...

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EEOC Richmond office, Mexican Consulate tackle national origin bias

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 04:56

by Jayna Genti As part of its multiyear Strategic Enforcement Plan, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made protecting immigrant, migrant, and other vulnerable workers a national priority. Because it has found that “many of these workers are unable or afraid to assert their rights under federal law,” the EEOC has instituted...

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Onionheads everywhere rejoice as NY federal court protects their ‘religion’ under Title VII

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 04:50

by Brent E. Siler The title of this article isn’t a typo or a joke. It’s a literal statement of holding in a recent federal case before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, which found that an employer’s conflict-resolution program, which its creator dubbed “Onionhead” or “Harnessing...

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Social media woes: handling employee who criticizes your company on YouTube

Technology for HR - Sun, 11/20/2016 - 00:16

by Reggie Gay Q One of our employees has posted a negative YouTube video about the company. Can we ask him to take it down?    A For many years, employers have had policies prohibiting certain conduct, such as engaging in insubordination, using profanity, discussing wages, criticizing the company, and depicting the company in a bad light....

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ESTA to begin collecting social media data

Technology for HR - Wed, 11/16/2016 - 17:13

by Jesse Goldstein The federal government recently announced that individuals using the electronic travel verification system for travelers to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will be asked to provide social media identifiers. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which has been mandatory since 2009,...

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Active listening allows you to hear what is being said

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 14:46

by Dan Oswald When I was in elementary school, it wasn’t unusual for my report card to come home with a note from the teacher at the bottom that read something like, “Danny is well-behaved, but he must learn not to talk so much in class.” I somehow escaped the “Danny” moniker by middle school, but that’s a story for another day. I...

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Office Christmas Party–strategies to avoid the legal fallout

EntertainHR - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 13:41

You may be wondering why I selected to write about a movie that is not yet in the theaters.  Truthfully, I do not need to see the movie to write about its relevance to HR issues. In fact, all that’s necessary is to read the title—Office Christmas Party. Yes, we are in Human Resources. What […]

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Clicking your way to enforceability: Court enforces ‘clickwrap’ noncompete

Technology for HR - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 13:05

by Elijah Yip You’ve heard the buzz about Pokémon GO and decide to give it a try. After installing the game on your phone and moving past the initial splash screen, you’re presented with the game’s terms of service, which you may “Accept” or “Decline.” Just a single click stands between you and...

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