It’s not about you!

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:30

by Dan Oswald Fifteen years ago, country singer Toby Keith had a number one hit with his song “I Wanna Talk About Me.” The chorus of the song goes like this: I wanna talk about me Wanna talk about I Wanna talk about number one Oh my me my What I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see I like talking about you, you, you,...

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NASCAR’s racing to defend race discrimination lawsuit—is your company ready?

EntertainHR - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 08:51

Earlier this week, news broke that NASCAR is being sued for alleged racial discrimination. NASCAR insists the case has no merit, but only time will tell the outcome. When the rubber meets the road, will your business be ready to defend against a race discrimination lawsuit? Fortunately, there are steps every business can take to […]

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Social engineering puts HR on front line of cybersecurity battle

Technology for HR - Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:08

by Daniel C. Nelson and John P. Hasman Some observers might think that our increasing reliance on technology has lessened the importance of the “human” in today’s workplace resources, but just the opposite is true. Although technology can help us work more efficiently, humans remain the central motor that drives all endeavors...

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From sports and entertainment to politics and social justice—when worlds collide in your workplace

EntertainHR - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:32

It’s everywhere. Whether you like it or not, you can’t escape it. While the topics of politics and social justice are undoubtedly important discussions to have in our country, the reality is that they now seem ever present. Consider, for example, two popular entertainment outlets many individuals usually go to in order to “escape” from...

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Tell workers it’s OK to recharge their batteries

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 11:56

by Dan Oswald Have you ever received a battery-operated gift only to discover you didn’t have the batteries required to make it work? If so, you understand the initial excitement that came with the gift and the corresponding disappointment of realizing that without the energy source, the gift was completely useless. So you run out and purchase...

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New EEOC guidance should remind employers to guard against retaliation

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 06:59

No employer trying to build diversity in its workforce is likely to get very far if its culture tolerates discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against employees based on race, gender, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Not only does such a culture work against recruitment and retention of diverse talent, it also...

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Employees’ food allergies are nothing to sneeze at!

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 06:56

by Stefanie M. Renaud Navigating the ins and outs of your obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar state laws can be a challenge for even the most seasoned HR professional. One situation that may be familiar to you is having an employee with food allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America,...

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‘No good deed’ for Microsoft, others in the high-tech sector

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 06:55

by Leslie E. Silverman There is a common refrain uttered by management lawyers, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Yes, it is cynical, but as employers in the high-tech sector are beginning to discover, it is often true. Currently, Microsoft is dealing with issues as a result of well-intended diversity and corporate social responsibility...

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EEOC revises national origin discrimination guidance for changing workforce

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 06:52

by Arielle B. Sepulveda The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released proposed enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination for public comment. Once finalized, the guidance will serve as a reference for agency staff when they investigate and litigate national origin discrimination claims as well as a resource for...

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ADA defense: Disabled worker poses direct threat to health or safety

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 06:52

by Steven T. Collis You know you can’t discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability. But what if you are convinced the person’s disability would create a significant risk of harm to him or others if he’s allowed to perform the intended job? The “direct threat” defense may help you avoid liability for a...

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Employee venting on social media? Employer’s options often limited

Technology for HR - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 13:53

Employees with a beef against their employer may not be content to just sound off around the water cooler—especially since it’s so easy for a sufficiently enraged worker to grab a smartphone and post a scathing outburst to social media. Tempting as it may be for the employer to demand that a rant be taken down, such an action can make a bad...

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North Korea has banned sarcasm. Whatever.

EntertainHR - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 09:46

In case you haven’t seen the news, no, the title is not a joke. The last word, however, is probably illegal now in North Korea (not that I worry much that this post is making it through the Hermit Kingdom’s web filters). First, a little background. North Korea’s government, as we all know, displays two consistent […]

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First step in fixing a problem is admitting you have one

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 10:58

by Dan Oswald It’s the evening of September 11, 2016, as I write this, the 15th anniversary of the attacks on our country that resulted in 2,996 deaths. If you’re like me, you remember both the horrific and the heroic from that day. I’ll never forget the scenes of destruction that resulted from the cowardly attacks on our country, but what...

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A story with legs: Fox News’ $20 million settlement provides warnings for employers

Diversity Insight - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 14:48

by Mark I. Schickman Fox News understands the life of a news story. It knew that former anchor Gretchen Carlson’s claims of sexual harassment against its former CEO and chairman Roger Ailes would draw headlines for months, as would the ultimate resolution of the claims. In news parlance, Carlson’s claims had “legs.” So, too, would reports...

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Taking ‘Stock’ of the attorney-client privilege: NY court denies client access to e-mails

Technology for HR - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:00

by Zachary D. Morahan and Caroline L. Myrdek For the first time, a New York appellate court has applied the attorney-client privilege to internal communications between a law firm’s attorneys and the firm’s in-house general counsel. What makes this case unusual is the court’s holding that a law firm’s client could not...

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What did Ryan Lochte do? 8 tips for waterproof investigations

EntertainHR - Tue, 09/06/2016 - 09:21

Despite the conclusion of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Ryan Lochte is still “under water” with questions still looming after Rio police reports that the American gold-medal Olympian fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Brazil. Lochte initially reported that he and three other U.S. swimmers—James Feigen, Jack Conger, and Gunnar...

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Classifying workers in the gig economy

Technology for HR - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 11:50

by Jacob M. Monty Thanks to technology, the “gig economy” has expanded beyond musicians. Companies such as ride service Uber, lodging connector Airbnb, and errand service TaskRabbit form the modern gig economy. Companies in the gig economy provide a business platform—generally a mobile app—to connect potential workers with...

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Step up and make a difference in someone’s life

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 11:20

by Dan Oswald Early last year, Yesenia Diosdado, just 11 years old, got off her school bus near her home in Lexena, Kansas. As the bus pulled away, Yesenia noticed that a three-car accident had occurred at a busy nearby intersection. Police and emergency workers were on the scene attending to the victims. Yesenia wandered over to join a small crowd...

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Hope Solo: too little, too late?

EntertainHR - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:45

Hope Solo’s derogatory comments about Sweden’s national women’s soccer team have earned her a six-month ban from U.S. Soccer and the termination of her contract. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati released a statement this week saying, “The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were...

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NLRB presses ‘Stop’ on Whole Foods’ ‘no-recording’ rules

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 10:31

by Elijah Yip Anyone with a smartphone has the ability to record sound and video, which can raise privacy concerns and allow the creation of a record of an incident or event without others’ knowledge. For those reasons, companies may prohibit employees from making workplace recordings. If your employee handbook contains such a rule,...

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