High court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in higher education

Human Resources News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:04

Michigan voters’ right to prohibit preferential race-based admissions programs in the state’s university system was upheld today by the U.S. Supreme Court in Schuette v. The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary (BAMN), 572 U.S. ___ (2014). In the 6-2 opinion...

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UAW plans to take fight over VW vote to Congress

Human Resources News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:59

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has dropped its appeal of a union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but instead of giving up, the union says it will turn its attention toward Congress. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had scheduled an April 21 hearing in Chattanooga on the appeal of a February union election in...

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Hitting the trifecta: 3 things you need in your team members

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald In a recent conversation with an organizational psychologist, I was asked, “What are the top three things you look for in the members of your management team?” That’s a big and important question. Yet I was able to answer it quickly and easily: “Trustworthiness, compatibility, and talent.” The next sentence I uttered might...

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Employers urged to make diversity a business strategy, not just an obligation

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:59

As human resources teams strive to attract and retain top talent, they often turn their focus to the strengths that come from having a diverse workforce. But a new study suggests that a focus on diversity alone may come up short if companies aren’t also thinking about inclusion. The recently released Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2014...

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Steps to take toward gender equality

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:59

by Dinita James In the mid-1970s, I wore an ERA bracelet in support of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). I also had a button that displayed only two numbers and a symbol ― 62 ¢. The 62 cents signified the then-current national average of women’s earnings for every dollar earned by men. Some four decades later, the ERA...

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Rise in religious bias claims forces analysis of a multitude of sins

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:52

by Rodney L. Bean Claims of religious discrimination are on the upswing, leaving many employers scrambling to avoid liability for failing to properly manage the complicated interplay between faith and work. Of all the classifications protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, religion perhaps presents the most diverse range of...

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Untouchable? Disciplining employees for disability-caused misconduct

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:50

by Nikki Hall and Eugene Park HR professionals regularly implement employee discipline and are adept at navigating the waters of reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. Mingling those two issues, however, can sometimes pull an employer in opposite directions when it’s responding to, for example, a chronically tardy employee...

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Can you videotape your employees on the job?

Technology for HR - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:26

by Kimberly M. Foster In response to an inquiry from a U.S. senator, the California attorney general (AG) released an opinion in February on the lawfulness of an employer’s practice of videotaping its truck driving employees, allowing the videotapes to be inspected by a third party, and using the videotapes as grounds for imposing ...

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Method to their madness, but what if Freddie the freelancer had stolen Don Draper’s idea?

EntertainHR - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:38

I watched the opening scene of Mad Men (Season 7, Episode 1) and thought, “Wow, Freddie has really gotten his act together.” His Accutron pitch, so polished, so vivid, so moving. Don Draper himself could not have done better. Turns out Don couldn’t have done better, but only because it was revealed later that Don himself was...

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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 www.nlrb.gov/openmeeting. 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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