Cybersecurity Act of 2015: Should your business share information?

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:18

by Shawn A. Morgan In December 2015, Congress passed the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 as part of the $1.1 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Act. The law goes beyond merely strengthening America’s cybersecurity. One of its provisions, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), creates a means for private-sector employers and the...

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Don’t lose sight of what’s really important

The Oswald Letter - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:14

by Dan Oswald Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important in life. We get wrapped up in our work and let everything else suffer. As we allow our work to take over our life, it might be our workout routine that gets forgotten or a hobby that fades away. And if you can handle the extra 10 pounds or you weren’t all too passionate about the...

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Olympics and the power of positivity and unity

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 13:47

They did it again. The Olympics sucked me in. I am an admitted hard core sports fan when it comes to my professional teams, but like most people I’m not usually watching swimming, beach volleyball, or [fill in the blank with virtually any other summer Olympic sport] in my free time. However, I always get […]

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Don’t leave older workers out of retention plans

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 06:58

Employers nowadays may feel bombarded with advice on how to retain millennial employees. Those younger workers have the reputation of moving from job to job, so employers wanting to get the most from the investment they make in their youngest employees put a lot of energy into encouraging them to stay. But what about older employees—those who are...

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Don’t let Confederate flags lead to interoffice civil war

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 06:57

by Connor Beatty While enjoying a scenic drive along the Maine coast recently, I was startled to come across a giant Confederate flag prominently displayed in a house’s front yard. Less than a week later, a client contacted our firm to ask for advice in responding to an employee’s claim that a vehicle with a Confederate flag bumper...

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Premier teamwork: Soccer champs’ victory offers lessons for HR pros

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 06:55

by Peter Lowe They were a rag-tag group of has-beens, rejects, and journeymen. They were hired at low wages and with even lower expectations. A recently fired 64-year-old Italian was hired to manage them. They enjoyed a 138-year history, yet no history of success. The odds of the team winning the championship were 5,000 to 1. Yet in May, the...

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Preventing discrimination against Muslim and Middle Eastern workers

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 06:53

by Anna C. Lukeman In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has warned employers to be proactive and take measures against discrimination aimed at those who are or are perceived to be either Muslim or Middle Eastern.   In her statement to address this issue, EEOC Chair...

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Employers may be required to accommodate unhygienic employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 06:51

by Deanna L. Forbush Most employers have several policies explaining their expectations for employee appearance and hygiene. The policies generally include topics such as appearance, dress, disruption of the workplace, health and safety, and interaction with other employees. Appearance and hygiene policies are generally published in an...

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‘Man up’: Sex discrimination claim goes to trial based on supervisor’s comments

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 06:50

by Stephen W. Jones The 8th Circuit recently reversed an Arkansas federal district court’s decision to dismiss a store manager’s sex discrimination claims. The appellate court indicated that a trial must be held to determine whether a district manager who allegedly made certain sexist comments to the store manager was a decision maker...

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Give me your John Hancock: authenticating electronic signatures

Technology for HR - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 09:15

by Billy Hammel Your company decides to shift to a paperless workplace, and you e-mail new employees a copy of your company’s arbitration agreement and ask them to type their names on the last page and e-mail it back to you. Two years later, three of the employees sue you for alleged wage and hour violations. You try to compel...

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eTeam: Finding the leader to take you from idea to profit

EntertainHR - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 09:06

Books are supposed to be my bailiwick here at the blog and after several posts on anything but, I figure it’s time to return to that groove. This week I want to focus on new businesses, or “startups,” if you prefer.  If you’re starting a business and have grand plans for future growth, you really […]

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U.S. Supreme Court puts transgender bathroom case on hold

Diversity Insight - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 11:06

by Rachael L. Loughlin The case of the Gloucester County, Virginia, transgender high-school student fighting to use the restroom that matches his gender identity has been making its way through the federal court system for more than a year. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the matter, adding yet another twist to the high-profile...

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Olympics offer important lessons for all of us

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 12:04

by Dan Oswald I was watching the 2016 Summer Olympic Games with my family over the weekend. I can’t help but get caught up in everything they represent. There is a certain amount of patriotism that comes with each Olympics as we cheer on the athletes from the United States. I’m sure there are moments we can all remember from past Olympics that...

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Facebook posts doom worker’s unemployment comp claim

Technology for HR - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 09:00

by Kassie McKie Shiffermiller An employee of a long-term care facility called in sick to work but went to Las Vegas instead of resting at home. Her gamble earned her an all-expenses-paid trip to the unemployment line. Was she able to recover unemployment benefits?   No bluffing on legitimate injury On November 20, 2015, Amanda Rempfer-Houston...

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You can’t change who you are just by flipping a switch

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:21

by Dan Oswald You are who you are. I’m in my 50th year. I am who I am. If I were to take a personality test, it would tell me largely the same thing it would have told me 10 or even 20 years ago. Sure, things happen in our lives that can cause our personalities to change a bit, but largely I’m the same person I was a decade or two ago. The...

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Brilliant (but not bedazzled) baristas

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 08:56

A ton of us are drinking coffee. I have a paper cup full of “life juice” next to my keyboard as I write this post. Coffee is not the reason I get out bed, but it is certainly a large contributor to me not staying out for the rest of the day. And, consistent with our […]

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OSHA publishes final rule on electronic reporting of injuries

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 09:09

by John Hall The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its final rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit accounts of all injuries and illnesses at their facility. This is the same information employers are already required to record on their injury and illness forms. OSHA has noted that analyses of...

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Ariana Grande’s online antics result in job loss at the White House

EntertainHR - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 08:15

Newly leaked e-mails reveal that pop sensation Ariana Grande lost a gig performing at the White House based on a video circulated online last year. The surveillance footage taken at a California doughnut shop showed Grande licking a tray of doughnuts and saying, “I hate America.” The footage was later picked up by TMZ and […]

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Tools or toys? Study shows how much employees value latest technology

Technology for HR - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 06:00

Want to make your employees happy and satisfied with their jobs? A new study from software giant Adobe says staying up to date with the latest and greatest technology can go a long way toward keeping people enthusiastic about their work. In fact, the research shows top-tier tech is more appealing to employees than popular perks such as free food,...

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Court approves accessing former employee’s private e-mails on company computer

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 09:15

by Steven L. Brenneman Can or should your IT pros unearth from a company-owned computer an employee’s personal e-mails sent using her personal e-mail account? A recent decision provides employers some guidance. Computer imaging After Lois Owen left her job at Professional Consultants Inc. (PCI) in July 2013, she filed a complaint with the...

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