Company laptop not fair game in employee’s personal injury lawsuit—for now

Technology for HR - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:04

by Kelly Smith-Haley March Madness is almost over, which means employers everywhere have been dealing with the headaches caused by increased Internet traffic and decreased productivity. However, not even March Madness can cause the heartburn employers experience when they hear the words “electronic discovery” and “forensic imaging.” Read...

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ADA and Batman—by Robin

EntertainHR - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:21

Recently, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the new Batman movie to focus on his recovery following recent treatment for alcoholism. His reason for stepping down was due to his belief that he was unable to give the directing role the focus and passion it requires.  Alcoholism and drug addiction present complicated issues under the […]

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Uber says it’s time to stop tolerating ‘brilliant jerks’

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:43

by Dan Oswald How much are you willing to put up with from a talented employee? That’s a question that, as a manager, you’re bound to face sooner or later. It’s a question the Uber board of directors is faced with right now. Arianna Huffington, an Uber director, is leading a search for a new executive to serve under cofounder and CEO Travis...

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Doctored e-mails doom employee’s race discrimination, retaliation claims

Technology for HR - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:30

by James M. Leva An employee who was found to have altered his coworker’s e-mails to bolster his discrimination claim failed to show that his employer’s investigation “was so plainly wrong that it could not have been its real reason” for terminating him. Facts Forthright, an arbitration program administrator, employed...

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Predicting success is hard

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:22

by Dan Oswald How good are you at picking winners? If you’re one of the 70 million Americans who filled out a bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, you probably have a sense of how hard it is to predict success. You think you’ve done your homework. You do your research, looking at win-loss records, points scored, and common...

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Will and Grace reunited

EntertainHR - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:01

Ever since the cast of Will and Grace reunited for a mini episode encouraging all of us to vote in 2016, the Internet has been in a frenzy about the possibility of a revival 18 years after the show first aired. In January, the news broke that NBC has ordered a 10-episode limited revival series […]

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Dealing with the unseen: Tips for traversing legal terrain of hidden disabilities

Diversity Insight - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:59

Work can be stressful for anyone, and employers are wise to ease the burdens when possible in the interest of maintaining productivity and the general well-being of the workforce. But disabilities can complicate the issue, especially when the disability isn’t obvious.  Human resources professionals may be well aware that the Americans with...

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Walking the line between hiring only authorized workers and violating the discrimination laws

Diversity Insight - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:58

by Elaine Young Here are two situations in which you must avoid discrimination while fulfilling your obligation to hire only authorized workers.  Situation #1 ABC Resort is a beautiful, large new resort in the Utah mountains. Some of its managers heard about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids a few years ago at other resorts and...

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Political discrimination: when politics and the workplace meet

Diversity Insight - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:57

by Luke Draisey It’s likely that 2016 was a year that most people won’t soon forget. It was a year marked by international turmoil, celebrity deaths, and unprecedented political disunity. We saw Great Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union, the genesis of the Zika virus, and the deaths of several cultural icons,...

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EEOC provides guidance on mental health conditions in the workplace

Diversity Insight - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:55

by Howard Fetner The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a resource document explaining the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions. The document explains that applicants and employees with mental health issues are protected from discrimination and harassment based on their conditions, may be...

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Comments and tweet using variation of ‘n’ word are protected speech

Diversity Insight - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:50

by Michelle Lee Flores Actor and writer Marlon Wayans’ use of the term “nigga,” his comments referring to an actor’s “afro” and comparing him to a black character on Family Guy, and his tweet, including a side-by-side photo comparison of the actor and the Family Guy character, were all protected speech, according...

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How (not) to handle negative social media posts

Technology for HR - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 09:00

by Molly DiBianca I frequently get calls from employers that want to know what to do in response to a negative social media post. The offending post could be an unfairly negative review on Yelp. Or it could be a rant by an ex-employee on the company’s Facebook page. What to do in response (and what not to do) is a tricky question that has...

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What’s in a name? Bias in the workplace

EntertainHR - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:46

As Shakespeare wrote, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But there is in fact much to a name—a name can convey a sense of identity, culture, and family history. Recently, a series of viral tweets illustrated how much something as simple as a name could affect an […]

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Nurture employees’ passion to achieve success

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:53

by Dan Oswald Life is too short to do something you hate. It’s a simple statement that’s hard to dispute, but shouldn’t all of us expect more than not to hate what we do? I think so.  It isn’t enough not to hate your job. Most of us will spend more than 10,000 days at work during our lifetime. That’s more than 80,000 hours of work and a...

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Crushin’ it: being cybersecure in 2017

Technology for HR - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 14:59

by Shawn A. Morgan I sure could use an “Atta boy” or a big ol’ high five. I’d love to hear “You’re killin’ it, dude.” It’s been a long time. —Brad Paisley “Crushin’ It”    Every employee wants to hear compliments about his work. But are you “crushin’...

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Our Brand is Crisis … prevention and management

EntertainHR - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 13:16

Alleged communications with Russian officials, an Attorney General recusal, and claims of impermissible wiretapping. Guess you could say it’s been an active past few days in the world of U.S. politics. Heck, it’s been a flurry of activity for a while now, and more is certainly to come, starting with the revised executive order regarding...

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Recent sexual harassment claims are call to action for men

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:09

by Dan Oswald C’mon, guys. We’re better than this! The recent string of incidents regarding sexual harassment and discrimination is disturbing and sad, and it should be embarrassing to all men. It’s the alleged bad behavior of men in the workplace—at the expense of women—that’s at the center of the stories.  In the past few weeks,...

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You can look, but don’t touch: reviewing employees’ personal e-mails

Technology for HR - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 09:09

by Justin H. Lessner It is no secret that employees regularly use e-mail at work for a wide array of reasons. Employers that believe they have a right to access an employee’s personal e-mail simply because it was accessed by the employee at work are in for a rude awakening. Any employer considering reviewing an employee’s personal...

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And the winner, uhhh….

EntertainHR - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:42

Everyone else is writing about it, so we may as well discuss it, too.  Unless you’ve been living in a cave, by now you are well familiar with the enormous gaffe at the end of the Oscars on Sunday night. For those of you walking out of your cave, here’s a quick rundown:  Warren Beatty […]

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Which three fictional characters best describe you?

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:14

This week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, Simplify Compliance’s executive vice president of strategy and revenue. by Elizabeth Petersen Dan Oswald has graciously allowed me to take over his blog again, and I thought we’d kick off our week by playing a game that’s been making the rounds on social media: Which three...

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