Patriots scandal shows it takes only one bad action to put integrity on the line

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And right now, the smoke is billowing out of New England. That’s because, once again, the New England Patriots are embroiled in controversy over alleged cheating. If you haven’t heard about “deflate-gate,” you haven’t been watching the news. The day after the Patriots defeated the...

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Get ready for Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

Human Resources News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:20

by Tammy Binford Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up the issue of same-sex marriage, employers are weighing the impact a ruling will have. On January 16, the Court announced that it would consider four cases from each of the states in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. On November 6,...

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And the Oscar goes to … tips for evaluating employee performance outside of Tinsel Town

EntertainHR - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 09:30

Awards season is upon us and soon all of Hollywood will gather to celebrate its most talented actors and actresses, as determined by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Who will win the Oscar?  While this question is being volleyed about and fiercely debated among Internet pundits and armchair critics, the nominees themselves wait...

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Face your setbacks and come out a survivor

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald The 2007 book Lone Survivor tells the true story of a failed Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan from the viewpoint of the only person who survived, Marcus Luttrell. The book—and later a film of the same title—recounts the details of a mission gone wrong and the battle for survival. Here’s the definition of “survivor”: a...

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Employee’s Facebook posts land employer in court

Technology for HR - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 05:00

by Amanda M. Jones An employee allegedly posted discriminatory comments about a customer on his Facebook page, and other employees allegedly joined the conversation on social media. After the customer discovered the alleged posts, he sued the employees and their employer. A federal judge in Hawaii recently ruled that the customer’s...

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Tech giants exploring gender gap within their ranks

Diversity Insight - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 16:59

What gives? The number of women graduating from college each year passed the number of men marking the same achievement years ago, but women remain underrepresented in the college majors sought by technology employers. That surely accounts for part of the gender gap afflicting tech employers, but corporate culture also is often seen as a...

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Better with age: legal issues with the aging American workforce

Diversity Insight - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 16:55

by Allison B. Wannop It is undeniable that the American workforce is getting older or, shall we say, more mature. In The Aging U.S. Workforce, the Stanford Center on Longevity estimates that by 2020, workers 55 and older will make up a quarter of the U.S. labor force, up from 13% in 2000. As the Baby Boomer generation hits retirement age, employers...

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New HHS website provides tips for accommodating lactating employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 16:53

by Kate DeForest A lesser-known provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers that are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to provide a private area for mothers to nurse or express breast milk during the workday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is making the requirement known with a new website from...

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Sundown to sundown: when employers must accommodate Sabbath-observing employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 16:52

by Gregory L. Silverman Religious accommodations in the workplace can be challenging for employees and employers to navigate. In our increasingly diverse and religiously pluralistic society, an employee’s religious practices may conflict with practices in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from...

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Grocer need not accommodate F-bomb in aisle 7

Diversity Insight - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 16:42

by Kelly Smith-Haley Most employers know they have to make reasonable accommodations for an otherwise qualified employee with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But you may not know that the task of determining what qualifies as a reasonable accommodation doesn’t fall solely on you. A recent court decision reminds...

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Obama takes steps toward requiring paid sick leave

Human Resources News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:46

by Tammy Binford Is it a sensible plan to boost productivity and give workers the help they deserve, or is it an unaffordable, unfair mandate on already overburdened employers? President Barack Obama’s announcement of a push to pass a paid sick leave law is likely to garner both reactions. Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama and chair of...

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Workplace success isn’t a spectator sport

The Oswald Letter - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:12

by Dan Oswald The great Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, once said, “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.” Robinson certainly wasn’t content to be just a spectator, and neither...

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South Dakota same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

Human Resources News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 08:08

by Jane Pfeifle On Monday, a federal judge in Sioux Falls ruled that South Dakota’s constitutional and statutory prohibition on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution. Six same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against the governor, the attorney general, the secretary of the South Dakota Department of Health, and other public officials...

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Now showing at a workplace near you

EntertainHR - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 08:45

The air is bitterly cold, especially here in Minnesota. The kids are back in school, and the Christmas decorations have all been put away. For followers of pop culture, those signs can mean only one thing: Now you finally have time to see all those prestigious, blockbuster movies that came out in late 2014. Business owners and human resources...

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Make sure smartphones mean smart business: Beware of wage-and-hour hazards

Technology for HR - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 08:30

Ever wonder if your nonexempt employees are sneaking a peek at work email off the clock? Ever suspect their bosses of pressuring them to respond to calls and emails after the workday ends? If those thoughts keep you up at night, it’s time to make sure your employees’ smartphones aren’t putting your organization at risk of violating wage and...

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Vermont’s layoff warning law to take effect January 15

Human Resources News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:25

by Jeff Nolan The substantive notice requirements of Vermont’s new law requiring warnings before mass layoffs takes effect January 15, meaning the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) isn’t the only law requiring certain employers to notify employees of an impending plant closing or mass layoff. The Vermont...

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Lack a social media filter? Try this decision tree

Technology for HR - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 08:55

by Kylie Crawford TenBrook It has come to my attention that many people do not have an internal filter when posting on social media. To assist those individuals, I am sharing a decision tree I use to decide whether I should post something on social media.  Did you sleep well last night? Yes: Proceed to Question 2. No: Reconsider posting...

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BFOQ FTW

EntertainHR - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 21:03

YOU are a seasoned HR pro.  YOU understand the difference between Internet slang–omg, imho, lmao–and the Title VII defense of BFOQ.  We must discuss the BFOQ exception–bona fide occupational qualification–in the wake of the Abu Dhabi adventures of actress, singer, and ex-Biebs girl Selena Gomez.  ICYMI (see what I did...

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Legal knots untied: Same-sex marriage soon to be lawful in Florida

Human Resources News - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 13:32

by Robert J. Sniffen and Jeff Slanker Effective January 6, 2015, same-sex marriage will be lawful in Florida. On December 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend the postponement of a federal district court’s decision that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The district court judge postponed his order until...

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Does use of social media make companies more susceptible to lawsuits?

Technology for HR - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 05:00

by Alka Ramchandani Every year, thousands of employers use LinkedIn and other social media sites to search for that perfect hire. Employers may come across information that suggests a potential employee is part of a protected class or has violated a company policy. What information can you legally use to ensure compliance with social media...

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