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Are the media and politicians perpetuating a tragedy to serve their own needs?

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald Against my better judgment, I’m going to address the tragic death of Michael Brown. Any time an 18-year-old boy dies, regardless of the circumstances, it’s a tragedy. And yes, I believe he was just a boy despite legally having reached adulthood. I have a son who is just months away from his 18th birthday, and to me, he’s clearly...

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Dinging distracted drivers

Technology for HR - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:35

by Molly DiBianca More and more employers are adopting bring your own device (BYOD) policies. BYOD policies eliminate the need to give employees a smartphone or tablet for work-related purposes. Instead, employees bring their own devices and use them for both work and personal purposes. Here’s what employers should know about this growing...

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Drug-free healthcare facility law takes effect in New Hampshire

Human Resources News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:22

by Gregory L. Silverman A New Hampshire law taking effect August 25 requires healthcare employers to take action against substance abuse in their facilities. The new law requires all hospitals, home healthcare providers, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities,...

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OFCCP updates guidance on gender identity and transgender discrimination

Human Resources News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:58

by Tammy Binford On August 19, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a new directive related to its decision to update its enforcement actions regarding gender identity and transgender discrimination. On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it would update its enforcement protocols and guidance to...

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Nebraskans to vote on minimum wage hike

Human Resources News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:55

by Bonnie Boryca After an attempt to pass a minimum wage increase in Nebraska came up short in this year’s legislative session, the issue is set to go to voters in the November election. The Nebraska secretary of state’s office has announced that it has verified enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot. The proposal calls for the...

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4 leadership lessons learned from ‘Dead Poets Society’

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald With the recent tragic death of comedian and actor Robin Williams, my family and I decided to watch one of his many great films over the weekend, Dead Poets Society. The movie is about a group of boys at a private prep school. It’s there that they meet Professor Keating, their new English teacher, who is played by Williams. Keating...

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Beware of contacting employees through social media

Technology for HR - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:51

by Taylor Chapman A plethora of issues can be brought about by employees’ use of social media. A recent Virginia federal court decision highlights some of the potential unintended consequences that may arise when you communicate with your employees through social media.   Croy’s employment with Panera Mark Croy worked for Blue...

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Learning from tragedy–depression and mental health in the workplace

EntertainHR - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 22:21

This past week, the entertainment world lost one of its best and brightest to an apparent suicide. Robin Williams, who brought laughter to so many for so long, took his own life at the age of 63. So much has been written about his talent over the past week that it’s difficult to understand or accept how such a thing could have happened. But,...

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How friendly is your workplace to working moms?

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 18:59

The story of how parents juggle work and family is a familiar tale. Parents strive to be attentive to their children’s needs while getting to work on time, focusing on productivity, and staying late at least occasionally. They do all that while working out child care and making school and children’s activities mesh with work schedules. Making...

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The good, the bad, and the ‘feo’ of the American workplace’s Latinization

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 18:58

by Glianny Fagundo The American workplace is becoming more diverse. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calculated that 14.8 percent of the U.S. labor force was Hispanic in 2010. That number is expected to jump to 18.6 percent by 2020—which translates to roughly one in five workers. While many see such diversification as a positive...

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EEOC issues updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 18:57

by Kevin McCormick On July 14, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its “Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues.” This is the first comprehensive update the EEOC has provided on the subject since 1983. The guidance supersedes the earlier EEOC publication and incorporates significant...

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Top 10 tips for dealing with substance abuse in the workplace

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 18:55

by Michelle Lee Flores There is clear agreement that substance abuse—whether it’s alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs—adversely affects employers and their businesses. Some estimate the loss of productivity for U.S. employers has been as much as $200 billion annually! General concerns for safety at work, injuries on the job,...

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‘Sex-plus’ discrimination claims are still viable

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 18:54

by Rachel E. Burke The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed the issue of whether a “sex- plus” claim of discrimination, in which a former employee claimed that she was discriminated against specifically for being an African-American female, can be made under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case is...

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6 tips for legally using social media to build your workforce

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:55

by Elijah Yip Online retailer Zappos recently announced that it will no longer use job postings to recruit employees. Instead, it’s creating its own social network on which jobseekers can interact with current employees to attract recruiters looking to fill job openings. Zappos’ new hiring tactic might not suit every organization,...

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New Jersey joins states with ‘ban the box’ laws

Human Resources News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:35

by Jeffrey A. Gruen New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed the state’s “ban the box” legislation, meaning that most employers will be prohibited from asking applicants about their criminal histories until the conclusion of the first job interview. The legislature passed the Opportunity to Compete Act in June, and Christie signed it on...

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The role of leadership in creating transgender-inclusive workplaces

Diversity Insight - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:55

by Dr. Jamison Green Corporate leaders agree that diverse and inclusive workplaces are more productive, versatile, and adaptive in a changing marketplace. But often, when managers think of gender diversity, they think only about gender parity between men and women, or about opening traditionally male occupations to women, or vice versa. Creating a...

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Find quiet time alone to think

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald You don’t spend nearly enough time simply thinking. Before you take offense to that statement, consider how much time you spend talking, responding to e-mail, even reading—my guess is that you spend more time doing any one of them than you do thinking. Why do so many people claim they have had some stroke of genius while in the...

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San Francisco ‘ban the box’ ordinance starts August 13

Human Resources News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 09:19

by Andrew J. Sommer and Alka Ramchandani San Francisco’s new “ban the box” law, titled the Fair Chance Ordinance, will limit the timing and scope of inquiries into an applicant’s or employee’s criminal history when it takes effect August 13. In addition to banning inquiries into criminal history on job applications, the ordinance also...

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OFCCP to issue proposed rule for federal contractors’ collection of comp data

Human Resources News - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 15:42

by Federal Employment Law Insider The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the issuance of the long-awaited proposed rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to submit an annual Equal Pay Report on employee compensation to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The rule is scheduled to be published in the...

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E-mail, age discrimination, and conspiracy

Technology for HR - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 09:26

by Mekesha H. Montgomery The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky recently ruled that a supervisor’s statement that he would replace an employee with an “ass-kicking bad ass” wasn’t evidence of “personal bias.” Despite the ruling in the company’s favor, the case illustrates how an...

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