Cybercrime not just tech department’s problem; HR also has role to play

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:02

With headlines about data breaches, ransomware, viruses, and other cyberthreats becoming routine, it seems no one is immune, especially now with the rise of the “internet of things”—all those devices capable of accessing the internet and collecting and exchanging data. Today’s malicious hackers have no shortage of opportunities to wreak...

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Don’t get hung up on: off-duty cell phone use and the FLSA

Technology for HR - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:23

by Angela N. Johnson Company-issued cell phones and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs are now ubiquitous. As employers are more frequently communicating with not only supervisory but also hourly employees through mobile devices, class action lawsuits over unpaid “cell phone work” are on the rise. The trouble is that off-duty...

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Magnum, SMH

EntertainHR - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:03

Who could possibly sully the sainted memory of Thomas Magnum, fictional private investigator and iconic 1980s bon vivant? All 45 of these guys, apparently.  Here’s a quick hit in case you don’t want to follow the link: Bachelor partygoers decided they would take in a baseball game in Detroit between the Tigers and the Chicago White...

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Why your company needs an antibullying policy

HR Hero Line - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:00

by Joe Godwin Bullying in the workplace is a common occurrence that’s often ignored or overlooked by management. Sometimes it may be ignored because, unlike sexual harassment, there’s usually no legal requirement that an organization have an antibullying policy. It also may be overlooked because leaders take a hands-off approach,...

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‘Made in my image’ is wrong way to assemble a winning team

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 10:24

by Dan Oswald If you’re going to hire someone, why not hire someone made in your image? Let’s face it—you’ve been successful. You’ve climbed the management ranks. You must be doing something right. So, who better to add to your team than someone just like you? Someone who acts like you. Someone who thinks like you. Someone who even walks...

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Employers look to ‘culture of inclusiveness’ in era of expanding LGBT rights

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 07:00

Inclusiveness, civility, respectful treatment: Those are all concepts getting a lot of attention as employers struggle to cope with what seems like an increasingly divisive culture often threatening to bleed over into the workplace.  A changing legal landscape also must be considered as employers strive for productive and nondiscriminatory...

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With HR’s help, employee network groups can improve retention

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 06:56

From the employer’s perspective, employee network groups can boost engagement and retention—or they can create divisiveness. To ensure the former, employers need to be involved from the start. By adopting a policy and welcoming network groups, businesses can encourage members to have positive effects in the workplace, according to Ray...

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When words used in a disciplinary report suggest implicit bias

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 06:54

by Barbara J. Koenig Implicit bias is an unconscious preference for or an aversion to a person or a group of people. In other words, we may have an attitude toward others or stereotype them without conscious knowledge of what we’re doing. If we act in accordance with our implicit bias, we may be discriminating against a person or a group of...

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Top 10 employer mistakes in accommodating disabled employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 06:52

by Matthew A. Goodin Even experienced HR professionals have a difficult time with requests for reasonable accommodation from disabled employees. This process is even trickier if the employee needs a leave of absence as an accommodation because of the intersection of different laws that govern leaves of absence. Below are some of the most common...

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Stage is set for SCOTUS to rule on Title VII and sexual orientation

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 06:50

by Ryan B. Frazier Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, state and federal laws have been enacted to prohibit employment discrimination against individuals on the basis of their race, ethnicity, age, disability, religion, and gender. Until recently, virtually none of those antidiscrimination laws covered employment discrimination based on...

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What should you do when employees are addicted to prescription drugs?

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:00

by Jonathan R. Mook Addiction to prescription drugs, especially opioids, has become a crisis in this country. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear about the mounting number of shattered lives and tragic deaths attributed to this growing epidemic. Employers are feeling the brunt of the crisis as employees are increasingly becoming addicted...

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Are you taping me? Audio and video recording in the workplace

Technology for HR - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 08:03

by Shannon Kane Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) guarantees employees the right to “act in concert” for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection. The Second Circuit (whose ruling apply to all Connecticut, New York, and Vermont employers) recently affirmed a decision and order in which...

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Employers need to make preparations as DACA sunset nears

HR Hero Line - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 06:00

President Donald Trump’s announcement of an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has prompted uncertainty not only for those benefiting from the program but also for their employers.  The program has benefitted an estimated 800,000 young people, known as Dreamers—undocumented immigrants brought to the United States...

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Train ‘em up

EntertainHR - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 14:02

If you’re a poor soul who’s followed enough of my posts to spot patterns, you’ll spot one here. Maybe I’m a broken record, maybe I’m simple-minded, or maybe I really like baseball.  Baseball speaks to me. The U.S. is still a blip in the long course of human history. We cobbled together our identity from […]

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Invisible battle against postpartum depression: Survivor speaks up

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:16

Note from Dan Oswald: The following, shared by Elizabeth Petersen, who is president of Simplify Compliance’s healthcare division, is a highly personal story about a struggle she faced. I believe her willingness to share it shows courage on her part. It contains a great lesson for all of us. There are certain subjects that I, as a man, cannot do...

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Need to boost productivity? Go to war against workplace distractions

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:00

Ever stop to consider just what your employees do all day? If they’re like a lot of today’s workers, they’re fitting in their core work around a host of distractions and interruptions.  A Harvard Business Review report from March 7, 2016, cites a study showing that the average worker checks email 74 times a day. Add instant messages, phone...

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DTSA whistleblower must do more to gain immunity

Technology for HR - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 06:00

by Stefanie M. Renaud On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) became law. The DTSA allows companies to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation in federal court and seek remedies to recover trade secrets stolen by employees. To get the benefits of the DTSA, employers must inform employees who sign confidentiality or...

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Trump administration pumps the brakes on new OSHA rules

HR Hero Line - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 06:00

by Eric J. Conn President Donald Trump was carried into the White House on promises (or threats) of rolling back government regulations. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year, his now former senior policy adviser, Steve Bannon, framed the president’s agenda in terms of “deconstruction of the administrative...

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In honor of Labor Day, some time sheet tips to beat FLSA off-the-clock claims

EntertainHR - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 07:16

Ah, Labor Day. Family barbecues, a trip to the beach, your last chance to wear white, time spent napping and binging on Netflix, or just a simple day of relaxation. However you spent the long weekend, I hope you enjoyed some rest from your labors. As an employment lawyer and a mother, the word “labor” […]

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Employers can play vital role when natural disaster strikes

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:00

When natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey strike, work may not be the first thought for those hurt and those wanting to help, but it’s not far down the list of concerns. Getting back to work is an important part of getting back to normal for many storm victims. And those not in the path of destruction often want to join their coworkers and...

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