Do you know your Klout Score? Social media and the hiring process

Technology for HR - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:31

by Harold Pinkley The innovative folks at Zappos have eschewed the traditional job application/interview/job offer process for a social media-driven process on a company platform. Zappos’ approach is very up to date, but does it push the envelope to the point of bursting it?   Getting a job at Zappos, the world’s first...

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What are you afraid of?

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald It sounds like a childhood taunt. “What are you afraid of?” If you close your eyes for a minute, chances are you can go back in time and recall a situation in which you were asked that exact question. Someone was trying to push you into doing something you really didn’t want to do—daring you to push beyond your comfort...

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Labor Board gets an F for its treatment of A-List

EntertainHR - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:39

Celebrities … they’re just like us. Which is to say that they now have a reason to be ticked off at the National Labor Relations Board too. A recent decision by an NLRB administrative law judge tells Hollywood’s A-listers they get no special treatment under the labor laws. The MUSE School, founded by Titanic director James Cameron, is an...

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Colorado employers have new official employment verification form

Human Resources News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:17

Colorado employers now have an official form from the state Division of Labor that should be used to verify that all employees hired after October 1 are legally eligible for employment. Colorado law already requires all public and private employers to verify and document the legal employment status of all employees hired after January 1, 2007. That...

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Negative online reviews and ‘rhetorical hyperbole’

Technology for HR - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:55

by Matthew A. Lafferman In the past, we reported on developments in court cases in which businesses sued a poster of a false and damaging online review. Importantly, not all negative online reviews will result in liability for the person posting the review, as a recent opinion by a Virginia trial court demonstrates. In this case, the court...

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A blooper of historic proportions

EntertainHR - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:37

Downton Abbey recently made headlines with what some are calling “the water bottle seen around the world.” In an uncropped version of a publicity photo, Lord Grantham and Lady Edith are seen standing in front of a stately mantel upon which a bottled water is perched looking hilariously out of place. Turning an amusing blooper into a...

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OSHA seeks more comments on injury and illness tracking

Human Resources News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:49

by Judith E. Kramer The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the comment period for the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. Comments will be accepted through October 14. The proposal, published on November 8, 2013, would amend the agency’s record-keeping regulation to add...

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Federal contractor ‘pay transparency’ rule up for comment

Human Resources News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:08

by Tammy Binford The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a proposed rule aimed at ensuring that employees of federal contractors are allowed to discuss their compensation. The proposed rule, which was published in the September 17 Federal Register, gives interested parties until December 16 to submit comments. The rule’s language...

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New Hampshire social media privacy law takes effect September 30

Human Resources News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:30

by Jeanine Poole New Hampshire employers need to be reviewing their policies regarding employee use of social media and electronic equipment now that a new law protecting employee privacy is set to take effect September 30. The new law prohibits New Hampshire employers from requesting or requiring current or prospective employees to disclose some...

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Some extra points about fantasy football and your workplace

EntertainHR - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:30

Although the actual games have been overshadowed lately by the off-the-field misbehavior of some of the players, the NFL season opened last week. And if you listened closely enough, you could almost hear HR managers and small business owners across the country yelling at their employees, “Get off your fantasy football website and get back to...

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Chick-fil-A founder was embodiment of servant leader philosophy

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the phrase “servant leadership.” While servant leadership is a concept I’ve heard about many times in the past, I wasn’t sure where it originated, so I did some research and found that the phrase was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay he first published in...

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Design firm’s DIY social media approach not ‘liked’

Technology for HR - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:03

by Kelly Smith-Haley Blogs. Posts. Tweets. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock since Y2K, you know the use of social media has exploded. Companies are increasingly using social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn not only to promote their own products and services but also to gain exposure for their employees. Likewise,...

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Study shows need to address unintended consequences of diversity efforts

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:59

For years now, employers have focused on the benefits of workplace diversity. They can point to studies showing how work groups in which men and women of all ages, races and ethnicities often outperform less diverse groups.  Sometimes the quest for diversity stems from a desire to capitalize on the talents of all kinds of employees. Other times...

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Clarity amidst confusion: handling mental disability claims

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:58

by Allison B. Wannop One of the most difficult issues employers deal with is how to accommodate an employee with a mental impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Mental impairments can include depression, anxiety disorders, and psychiatric disorders that affect employees’ attendance and performance. Employers may have a...

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Revisiting gender identity discrimination

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:56

by Lauren Moak Russell We have addressed the issue of gender identity discrimination several times. As transgender individuals enter the mainstream of popular culture and employees become more comfortable disclosing their gender identity, employers can expect to see this issue arise with increasing frequency. The following is some guidance on how...

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Secretary of labor speaks at major federal contractor conference

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:54

by Emily L. Bristol To focus on the importance of the federal contractor community’s role in President Barack Obama’s commitment to enacting change with the “power of the pen,” Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez spoke in early August at the 2014 National Industry Liaison Group’s (NILG) national meeting in Washington, D.C....

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Active duty military employees are on leave, not inactive

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:50

by Jane Pfeifle An employer’s failure to include a deployed servicemember on a list of employees when it sold its assets may be a violation of the benefit provisions of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).  Facts Jonathan Dorris, a floor hand for TXD Services and a member of the Arkansas National Guard,...

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Informational privacy getting a bit less cloudy

Technology for HR - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:04

by Elijah Yip For organizations that handle sensitive information, one of the concerns with using cloud computing services is ensuring that such information is kept confidential in the cloud. Does the fact that a cloud vendor can access your information destroy its confidential status? It’s a legitimate question because in some contexts,...

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New Massachusetts law provides leave for domestic violence victims

Human Resources News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:57

by Susan Fentin Employers in Massachusetts with at least 50 employees are now required to allow employees who are victims of domestic violence to take up to 15 days of unpaid leave within a 12-month period to deal with the violence. The law, which went into effect August 8, also allows leave for covered family members of domestic violence victims....

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Caught AND recorded in the act

EntertainHR - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:08

E-mails, audio recordings, and video surveillance. This trifecta of evidentiary support was put front and center in two disturbing incidents from the sports world that made headlines in the past week. Earlier this week, Atlanta Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson stepped down, stating his intention to sell the team, because of a 2012 e-mail...

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