Right-to-work bill on the march in Wisconsin

Human Resources News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:53

by Tammy Binford Wisconsin is on its way to becoming a right-to-work state. A right-to-work bill passed the state senate on February 25 and is expected to pass the assembly after that body takes it up on March 5. Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill as soon as it passes. The bill will likely have a negative impact on private-sector...

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Spouses of certain H-1B visa workers now eligible for employment authorization

Human Resources News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:01

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published final regulations that will extend employment authorization eligibility to spouses of certain nonimmigrant workers who are in the United States on H-1B visas. The H-1B, or highly-skilled worker, visa is the most commonly discussed and highly sought employment-based nonimmigrant visa. The...

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New rule extends FMLA rights to more employees in same-sex marriages

Human Resources News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:06

More employees in same-sex marriages will be able to take leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as a result of a new rule taking effect March 27. And while employers in states that recognize same-sex marriage already have been operating under a definition of spouse that includes legally married same-sex partners, employers in...

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Pay the lady

EntertainHR - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:16

Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Academy Awards, and people are still buzzing about her acceptance speech where she exclaimed: “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America!” Arquette will be pleased to know that the...

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Karma crumples rude commuter’s chance at a job

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald Have you ever wondered why good things happen to bad people? I know I have. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but I must admit that sometimes I scratch my head and wonder how someone with questionable character or who demonstrates unethical behavior seemingly ends up on top. The other day, I heard a story that made me...

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Living in a world of information overload

Technology for HR - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 05:00

by Jerry Glass One of the most difficult questions facing many employers is how to keep employees productive when they are continually bombarded with information. Whether it is a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop, we literally have become tethered to our devices. One of the most common questions I hear in public is, “Where is an outlet so I...

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Judge’s action sparks more uncertainty on Obama’s immigration orders

Human Resources News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 18:03

A temporary injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration is adding to the uncertainty surrounding immigration reform and its impact on employers. On Monday, a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction blocking Obama’s orders issued last November that would have eased deportation concerns for millions...

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Leaving our lives to fate isn’t the path to success

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald Over the weekend, I watched a movie with my wife. I won’t say which movie because my guy friends will make fun of me. But in my defense, this past weekend included Valentine’s Day. Anyway, the movie talked a lot about fate and destiny and got me thinking about how much of what happens to us is within our control. According to...

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Reality ‘bytes’: Employee sabotages electronic files and communication

Technology for HR - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00

by Kassie McKie Shiffermiller After learning that her position was going to be eliminated, an employee destroyed a large number of e-mails and files related to her job. Because the employer had a significant interest in having access to the e-mails and files, the employee was terminated for misconduct and denied unemployment benefits. ...

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Solid job descriptions can ease ADA worries

Diversity Insight - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 16:59

Good job descriptions are vital in keeping employers and employees on the same page, but they take on added importance when an employee with a disability needs help being productive. And for employers facing disability discrimination claims, job descriptions that clearly outline the essential and nonessential functions of the job can be crucial. ...

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Which comes first—the Apple or the egg?

Diversity Insight - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 16:58

by Mark I. Schickman Gender discrimination has been illegal for barely 50 years. Soon after the nondiscrimination law was passed, companies had to figure out how to address the gender gap and remedy the dearth of women in the workforce—especially in high-level career positions. Providing liberal leave benefits, on-site child care, women’s...

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Avoiding reverse disability discrimination claims

Diversity Insight - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 16:56

by Andy Rodman Q As part of my company’s diversity efforts, I would like to reach out to some disability advocate groups to try to fill a few vacant positions. I’m afraid that by doing so, I may be opening up the company to reverse discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Are my fears justified?  A First...

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Tribal hiring preference not national origin discrimination

Diversity Insight - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 16:53

by Nancy Williams Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 allows employers on or near an Indian reservation to give preferential treatment to Indians living in the vicinity. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken the position that this provision doesn’t permit preference for members of a particular tribe. In the...

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‘Transparent’ brings gender identity issues to forefront

EntertainHR - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:37

Amazon’s streaming series Transparent follows Maura Pfefferman (born Morton Pfefferman and played by Jeffrey Tambor of Arrested Development fame), a retired political science professor and parent of three adult children, as she finally reveals to her family that she has always identified as a woman. The show’s creator, Jill...

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Brian Williams scandal shows how quickly trust can be lost

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald A few weeks ago, I wrote about integrity—the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Then last week we learned that NBC News chief anchor Brian Williams appears to have been stretching the truth. His employer has confirmed that it is investigating Williams’ statement that he was in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003...

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“I’m Ron ******* Swanson”

EntertainHR - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 12:12

Ron Swanson is the man. If you’re not a Parks & Recreation devotee, I can’t recommend enough that you tune in if for no other reason than to enjoy his morsels of wit and wisdom. For the uninitiated, Ron Swanson is fictional Pawnee, Indiana’s, director of Parks & Recreation. He’s a crusty, deadpan, hard-core libertarian who objects...

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Avoiding liability when searching employee devices

Technology for HR - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 08:00

by Hunter Johnson When a company investigates a former employee for misconduct or because she is accusing someone of harassment or discrimination, one of the first places to look is the devices and electronic data the employee left behind. Company-owned devices are treasure troves of evidence of employee misconduct, particularly when employees...

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Paid leave among priorities in DOL budget proposal

Human Resources News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 13:39

A $2 billion paid leave initiative as well as millions for enforcement of laws on equal opportunity, wage and hour issues, safety, whistleblowing, and retirement security are among the priorities outlined in President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). On February 2, the DOL announced that the budget...

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Learning essential communication lessons from the Great Communicator

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald If you are like me and are interested in politics, you know Ronald Reagan was considered the “Great Communicator.” His effectiveness as a communicator was often credited to his career in radio, television, and movies. His detractors often said of his oratory skills, “He’s just up there acting.” But to me Reagan’s...

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Your liability for your employees’ defamatory e-mails

Technology for HR - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 08:00

by Rachael E. Luzietti A federal judge in Norfolk recently permitted an employee to proceed on defamation claims against her employer. The case arose out of defamatory statements made by a coworker and sent via intracompany e-mail to other employees. The judge’s decision highlights the potential liability you may face when employees send...

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