4th Circuit ruling favors transgender student

Diversity Insight - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:44

by Rachael Luzietti After the Norfolk federal district court refused to order the Gloucester County School Board to grant the student’s request, he appealed to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Virginia employers). Recently, the appeals court reversed the district court’s decision and issued a ruling favorable to...

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Cooling hot political buttons

EntertainHR - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 08:16

During every political campaign, I am reminded of the notion that if we speak about our co-workers or subordinates in the manner in which the American voter speaks about political candidates, we should expect some remediation by our superiors or human resources. For example, if we question the legitimacy of an employee’s birth certificate,...

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Can I track my employees? Do’s and don’ts of employee monitoring

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 09:16

by Michael J. Moore Employers often want to know whether their employees are performing their assigned tasks when they’re outside the office. Is a salesperson actually meeting with a prospective client, or is he at his house playing video games? Is a homecare aide visiting a hospice patient, or is she streaming live movies on the Wi-Fi at...

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DOL’s new overtime rule comes with unintended consequences

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:34

by Dan Oswald Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new rule that requires anyone who makes less than $47,476 to receive overtime pay. When a colleague suggested I consider this topic for my blog, I was reluctant. I’m not an expert on wage and hour issues. We have many people much more qualified than I to discuss the impact of...

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No bluff: Wright demands equal pay on House of Cards

EntertainHR - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 09:38

Actress Robin Wright, who plays the formidable Claire Underwood on House of Cards, is the latest in the entertainment world to speak out on equal pay. According to a recent interview, Wright demanded equal pay after statistics showed that her character was just as popular (if not more so) than that of her male costar, […]

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Legal ‘wrist watch’: Plan for challenges created by wearable devices

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 08:10

by Elijah Yip Some of your employees probably have wearable devices like the Apple Watch, the Android Wear smartwatch, and Fitbit bracelets strapped to their wrists. Wearable devices are showing up in the workplace more and more. With that trend come a slew of legal concerns. Here are some of the legal issues created by wearable devices. ...

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ABC, Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, and lessons on parting ways with key employees

EntertainHR - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 06:45

What Kelly Ripa lacks in size, she makes up for in attitude. At just 5’3″, the petit daytime talk show star measures but a fraction of the size of her former co-host, Michael Strahan, himself a former New York Giants defensive end and Super Bowl champion. But Ripa’s actions since news broke of Strahan’s planned...

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Getting over the hump: Why BLR was lucky enough to survive

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 09:54

From Dan: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience once again is Robert L. Brady, the founder of Business and Legal Resources (BLR). This week, Bob talks about BLR’s...

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Gender diversity in the workforce: What’s holding women back?

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:59

A number of well-intentioned corporate executives—with their eyes squarely on the bottom line—are taking action to increase gender diversity at all levels of their organizations. Confident they’ll see a payoff, those top managers are making sure women’s ideas contribute to their organizations’ strategic thinking. Despite strong efforts,...

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Sex stereotyping, same-sex harassment, and transgender issues in the workplace

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:57

by Amanda Shelby We typically think of sex discrimination and sexual harassment as involving two employees of the opposite sex, but that unlawful activity can occur between employees of the same sex, too. Although federal law doesn’t explicitly recognize gender identity or sexual orientation as protected characteristics, several states and...

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Caregiving responsibilities, temporal flexibility, and the gender wage gap

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:55

by Kelly Boehner We often hear that women earn approximately 77 cents for every dollar men earn. That statistic comes from data in the 2010 American Community Survey, an annual survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The statistic means that if you calculate the median annual income for all men and women who work full-time for an entire year,...

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Prayer breaks present difficult religious accommodation issues

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:50

by Steven T. Collis Recent news stories describe the tension between Muslim workers seeking multiple prayer breaks at specified times throughout their workday and employers that need those workers on the assembly line. Many Muslim employees have walked off the job, claiming their prayer break requests have been unlawfully denied. With so much...

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The wrong way to diversify a workforce

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 07:49

by Lynn M. Mueller According to the 8th Circuit, three officials of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department who were seeking a diverse workforce violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they rejected a white male sergeant in favor of a black female sergeant for a transfer to an equivalent position with materially different...

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The challenge of managing employees’ social media use

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 09:41

by Francine Esposito Employees’ social media use can undoubtedly be damaging to their employer, especially when workers publicly post embarrassing comments about the company, disparage competitors, unknowingly disclose or even purposefully attempt to steal confidential information, threaten or harass others, or engage in any undesirable...

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Where’s that Goat?

EntertainHR - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:32

Wow, is this tough. I really don’t know whether I can get the words out. Still, I know it’s true, so I have to say it—so, here goes . . . no, no . . . wait. OK, take a breath, calm yourself, and just let people know what’s on your mind: The Cubs are […]

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Dredging: the invisible—but critical—task of all managers

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:31

by Dan Oswald When I was a little boy, I had a book that was filled with pictures of heavy equipment. Like many boys, I was fascinated by the large bulldozers, cranes, and trucks. There was one piece of equipment that intrigued me because I had never seen anything like it. It was a grab dredger. A grab dredger has a large clamshell bucket on the...

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Is your website accessible to all job applicants?

Technology for HR - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 09:47

by Nat Bessey and Peter Lowe If your organization has a website that’s used by the public, you should be aware that you could face a discrimination claim if it isn’t accessible to disabled users, particularly if they’re blind. In the last six months, operators of websites have increasingly been sued or threatened with lawsuits...

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Westeros might have benefited from recent trends in paid family leave

EntertainHR - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:18

Game of Thrones, one of my favorite shows, most recently returned for its sixth season. Don’t worry, no spoilers here if you haven’t seen the first couple of episodes of this season. However, if you haven’t noticed, one of the recurring themes for characters in Game of Thrones appears to be daddy issues. In fact, […]

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Rolling the dice: the day I started BLR

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:32

From Dan: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience is provided by Robert L. Brady, who founded Business and Legal Resources (BLR) in 1977. In 1978, he launched his...

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You’re doing it wrong—the proper way to approach creative thinking

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:51

by Dan Oswald Fifty years ago, NASA asked Dr. George Land to develop a creativity assessment aimed at helping the space agency identify and hire the most creative engineers and scientists. The test proved successful for NASA, and in 1968, Land decided to use his assessment to test the creativity of 1,600 4- and 5-year-olds who were enrolled in a...

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