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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Give your people a cause they can believe in

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 09:46

by Dan Oswald The United States won its freedom in the Revolutionary War when a ragtag army made up of state militias from the colonies defeated the mighty British Empire. How could this have happened? At the time, Great Britain was the world’s super power, with the strongest military and a navy that was recognized as the best in the world. It...

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Harvey Specter on human resources

EntertainHR - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 09:09

It is challenging to make an attempt at wit and entertainment after the news of the brazen act of violence in Nice, France during a Bastille Day celebration last week. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nice, France as they deal with this horrific tragedy.    Season 6 of Suits aired on USA […]

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Understanding strengths, weaknesses of bipolar employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 06:59

Disabilities of all types pose challenges for employers and employees alike. As employers struggle to find ways to help employees with disabilities do their jobs, they also must fulfill obligations created by laws designed to prevent discrimination and violate privacy. Like other disabilities, bipolar disorder presents its own unique...

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Stress at work: defining the line between motivation and an abusive workplace

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 06:58

by Celeste Duke In the movie Glengarry Glen Ross, Blake is a trainer sent by corporate to motivate a sales team. In addition to offering helpful gems like the acronym ABC to remind the salesmen that they should “always be closing,” he repeatedly berates them and calls them names while bragging about his own success. He tells the team...

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EEOC issues new guidance on leave of absence and ADA accommodations

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 06:55

by Paige Hoster Good On May 9, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new guidance document addressing the intersection of employer-provided leave of absence and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This document doesn’t create any new EEOC agency policy or propose any new law. Rather, it consolidates current...

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EEOC issues bathroom guidelines for transgender employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/17/2016 - 06:54

by Charlie Plumb Last summer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its “Best Practices: A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers.” In a nutshell, the OSHA publication stated that transgender employees should have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity rather than to their...

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At the epicenter of life, death, and work: 4 tough questions for employers after Dallas

Diversity Insight - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 13:24

by Michael P. Maslanka Dallas has been my home for 32 years. Currently, I live and work downtown. The murders of the five Dallas police officers took place just a few blocks from my home. Neighbors in my building heard the firefight as it unfolded. I am a law professor, and three of my students are police officers. I have thought of them a lot...

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Appellate court examines authenticity of e-signature

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 03:31

by Michael Futterman and Jaime Touchstone A hospital group petitioned to compel a physician to arbitrate his wrongful termination and retaliation claims based on an arbitration clause in his electronically signed employment documents. The physician denied signing the arbitration agreement and challenged the authenticity of the e-signature. The...

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Headline news: Policies, procedures essential tools in fight against sexual harassment

EntertainHR - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 09:04

Last week, former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson slapped Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes with a wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Ailes made “sexually charged comments” to Carlson, including comments about her body and requests for what could be considered quid pro...

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Every single employee is essential to your success

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 09:40

by Dan Oswald “Will it really make a difference?” “Will anyone care whether I do it or not?” “Who would notice if I didn’t show up?” These are questions that aren’t unfamiliar in the hallways and break rooms of our businesses. They are being whispered (or screamed in frustration) by employees who are questioning the impact they...

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Chipotle finds itself in agua caliente with NLRB over social media policy

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 09:59

by Amy McLaughlin Chipotle, which has seen its share of difficulties lately, recently experienced more trouble after its managers confronted an employee about work-related posts he made to his Twitter account. Chipotle’s mistake serves as an important reminder of the importance of communicating with employees when you update your social...

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Another Period: trial by idiot

EntertainHR - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 09:51

The sophomore season of Another Period is now in full swing with last night’s episode having quite a bit of fun with the judiciary. If you haven’t already caught this gem of a comedy, it is an American period sitcom spoofing both reality shows and Downton Abbey. The show follows the outrageous lives of the […]

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Responding to a data security breach: Are you prepared?

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 09:41

by Billy Hammel If you have never had to respond to a data breach, consider yourself lucky. However, odds are, your data has been compromised and you simply don’t know it yet. There are simply too many ways in.  In the past, data breaches “only” led to embarrassment and the loss of customer and employee trust. Now a lot more...

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Facebook foes: Employee’s online comments were not misconduct

Technology for HR - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 06:00

by Steve Jones The Arkansas Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employee who was discharged for off-duty Facebook posts didn’t engage in misconduct and was therefore entitled to unemployment benefits.  Background Ana Martinez worked at Yours Truly Consignment Shoppe from July 2012 until March 27, 2015, when she was fired. In late...

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Great expectations? Let’s tip off with reasonable expectations

EntertainHR - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 14:11

Expectations are a funny thing. They can be good in that they set forth an objective measure for expected performance, goals, and standards of conduct. On the other hand, they can turn bad if they are unreasonable or prone to differing or subjective interpretations. Watching the NBA draft last week, I was struck by how […]

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Good managers listen more than they speak

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 09:52

by Dan Oswald A well-known cellular network’s ad once asked, “Can you hear me now?” The famous line is one we all seem to ask. We wonder if anyone is listening. We’re talking, but does anyone hear us? We all want to be heard. We have ideas, thoughts, and comments, and we know they’re good. We know they need to be voiced, but more...

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What Supreme Court’s split decision on immigration reform means for employers

Diversity Insight - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:12

by Jacob M. Monty President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration were not upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Some of your employees are probably disappointed and unsure of how to move forward. The disappointment they are experiencing and displaying doesn’t mean they are undocumented workers, and you shouldn’t assume they are. Here...

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Company not liable for employees’ snarky Facebook posts about customer

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 08:15

by Elijah Yip Is a company liable if employees post offensive messages about a customer on social media? With all the snarky content floating around on social media, the floodgates of litigation could swing wide open if the answer is “yes.” Fortunately for employers, the federal district court in Hawaii recently rebuffed an attempt...

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