Agency proposes clearinghouse for commercial driver drug tests

Human Resources News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:05

by Charles S. Plumb The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed a new rule that would create a database of commercial drivers’ drug test histories, making it easier for employers to find a job candidate’s past drug test results. The comment period is open until April 21. Under the current rules, employers that hire commercial...

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Got an 800-pound gorilla? It might be time to confront him

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald One of the national hotel chains, in an attempt to attract business travelers, advertises that if you stay at its hotels, you’ll be able to take on “the 800-pound gorilla in the room.” The ad shows Regional Manager Amy, after spending a night in one of the hotels, being able to tame the chest-pounding 800-pound gorilla the next...

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Men don’t [take] leave

EntertainHR - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:47

At least that’s what former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason and radio talk show host Mike Francesa believe. Their critical comments of New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy, particularly those made by Esiason, recently created a storm of controversy that extended beyond just the sports world. Murphy missed the first two games of the 2014...

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The NLRB and social media — why you need to care

Technology for HR - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:13

by Karen McAndrew Regardless of whether your workforce is unionized, you need to pay attention to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent aggressive stance on employer policies and discipline related to employees’ use of social media sites.  Labor law background While we most often think of the NLRB as the governing...

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Northwestern’s appeal of football ruling claims NLRB ignored evidence

Human Resources News - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:52

Northwestern University’s appeal of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling claims an NLRB regional director ignored evidence that the school’s scholarship football players are students—not employees—and relied too much on the testimony of a single player. On April 9, the private university located in Evanston, Illinois, asked the...

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Governor Walker friends Facebook users, bars employers from trolling employees’ accounts

Human Resources News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:03

by Saul C. Glazer The question of whether employers can require applicants or current employees to divulge social media passwords has been hotly debated both from a legal and a moral standpoint. On April 8, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill protecting nonpublic social media accounts. This bill, which takes effect April 10, prohibits an...

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NLRB to hear stakeholders on ‘quickie’ election rule

Human Resources News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:29

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is set to hear opinions on its proposed changes to the rules governing union representation elections during hearings on April 10-11. The meetings can be seen in their entirety at The hearings will begin at 9:00 a.m. (ET) at the Board’s Washington, D.C., offices. Speakers had to...

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Maryland Legislature passes bill to raise minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2018

Human Resources News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:47

by David M. Stevens On the final day of its legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to dramatically raise the state’s minimum wage. The bill, which was supported by Governor Martin O’Malley and is expected to be signed into law, calls for a staggered increase in the minimum wage over a period of four years, with the...

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New executive actions target equal pay for women

Human Resources News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:42

President Barack Obama is once again using executive action related to the pay American workers earn. A White House fact sheet says the actions are aimed at fighting pay discrimination and strengthening enforcement of equal pay laws. In one action, Obama signed a presidential memorandum instructing Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to establish new...

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United States reaches cap on H-1B visas in five days

Human Resources News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 09:39

It took just under a week for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to take in enough H-1B visa petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2015, which begins on October 1, 2014. The USCIS announced April 7 that it received sufficient petitions to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 visas under...

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First of all a teacher

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald Vince Lombardi once said, “I think coaching is teaching, see? So I don’t think there’s any difference whether you teach on the football field or whether you teach in the classroom. They’re both exactly the same. It’s a question of . . . a good teacher puts across what he wants to his pupils. Whether it’s done on a football...

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Prepare for e-discovery of data on employees’ personal devices

Technology for HR - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:43

by Elijah Yip Suppose an e-mail from your company’s in-house attorney instructs you to preserve all documents related to an ex-employee who is threatening to sue the company for wrongful termination. In the days before smartphones and cloud storage, that would have been a relatively limited exercise: Paper documents would be set aside,...

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Veronica Mars: Return to Neptune

EntertainHR - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:34

Thanks in large part to a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, legions of ”Marshmallows” and I recently got to enjoy new adventures of Veronica Mars on the big screen. Although Veronica left the small screen back in 2007, that did not stop my favorite private detective from diving right back into action (and danger) in the film...

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April 25 date set for Northwestern football union vote

Human Resources News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:35

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has scheduled an April 25 union representation vote for Northwestern University football players. Spokespersons in both the Chicago and Washington, D.C., NLRB offices confirmed that the April 25 date has been set but didn’t have more information such as which players will be eligible to vote and when...

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Treasury Department finalizes rule on hiring women, minorities

Human Resources News - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:07

by Judith E. Kramer The U.S. Treasury Department has issued a final rule requiring that any entity that enters into a contract with the department make good-faith efforts to include minorities and women in its workforce. The new rule goes into effect April 21. The requirement grows out of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which states that covered agencies...

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14 qualities and attributes of great leaders

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald Marvin Bower joined McKinsey & Company in 1933 and served as the management consulting firm’s managing partner from 1950 to 1967. In 1997, he published a book titled The Will to Lead: Running a Business with a Network of Leaders, in which he shares his perspectives on leadership. One of Bower’s beliefs is that a...

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She ‘tweeted’ what?!

Technology for HR - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:49

by Tony G. Puckett You may be familiar with some of the legal and HR issues involving social media use by employees. However, one social media platform offers an illustration of the many evolving legal, HR, and public relations issues that employees’ social media posts present for you. That platform is Twitter, the use of which has even...

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Connecticut’s minimum wage will jump to $10.10 per hour in 2017

Human Resources News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:52

by Jonathan C. Sterling On March 27, Governor Dannel Malloy signed a law that will increase Connecticut’s minimum wage in each of the next three years. The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 per hour in 2017. You may remember that just last year, a law was passed to increase the minimum wage to $8.70 beginning January 1, 2014. The 2013 law also...

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Comment period nears end for NLRB ‘quickie election’ rule

Human Resources News - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:31

by Lauren E.M. Russell April 7 marks the end of the comment period for proposed rules from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would shorten the time needed to hold union representation elections. This latest effort is the second time the NLRB has broached the subject of what foes call “quickie elections.” The first set of rules was...

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If Bill Cosby is wearing a garish sweater, this must be 1980s TV!

EntertainHR - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:41

A few weeks ago, I saw a news story about how the last of the baby boomers are turning 50 in 2014. “Wow, that’s old,” I thought, until I realized that I’m 53. Then, as if I needed any further reminders of my elder statesmanship, one of the legal assistants in our office, a 20-something, accused me of “making up” the fact that there used...

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