Proposed rules on contractor ‘blacklisting’ order published

Human Resources News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 13:32

by Judith E. Kramer The controversial proposed “blacklisting” regulations implementing President Barack Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order have been published in the May 28 edition of the Federal Register for notice and comment. The proposed regulations were issued by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council. The...

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Think before clicking ‘Send’—did you just create an e-contract?

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:50

by Edward O. Sweeney E-mail is a great tool. It allows parties to correspond and exchange information in minutes (or seconds). It certainly saves time. On the flip side, the ease and speed of e-mail and the informal manner in which people correspond in the digital age has a real downside. In a recent case, an appellate court was asked to...

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Appeals court keeps hold on Obama’s immigration orders

Human Resources News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:42

No quick resolution is in sight to the uncertainty surrounding President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. On May 26, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift a temporary hold on Obama’s actions, which were designed to ease deportation worries for millions of undocumented immigrants who have...

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Fire up the paper shredder: DOL issues new FMLA forms

Human Resources News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:50

Time to head to the paper shredder. The expired Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) told you to keep using have been replaced. As first reported by attorney Jeff Nowak in his “FMLA Insights” blog, the DOL recently issued new FMLA forms that don’t expire until May 31, 2018. Other than a change in the...

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Dirty Dancing: hot summer hiring considerations

EntertainHR - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:03

With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to pull out those warm-weather clothes and dust off my copy of Dirty Dancing, one of my favorite summer films. Who can forget the summer of 1963 when Baby performed her triumphant lift, Johnny taught us about standing up for others no matter what it costs us, and we all learned that no one puts Baby...

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‘Safe harbor’ available for Massachusetts paid sick time law

Human Resources News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:25

The Massachusetts attorney general has announced a “safe harbor” provision that may provide relief to at least some employers covered by the state’s new earned sick time law. The law, which voters approved in the November 4, 2014, election, takes effect on July 1, but the safe harbor gives some employers until January 1, 2016, to come into...

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Courts consider telecommuting as an ADA accommodation

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:00

by Jonathan R. Mook As electronic communications and the use of computer technology continue to grow, an increasing number of employees are telecommuting. Indeed, a recent survey by the Families and Work Institute reports that almost 40 percent of employers allow some employees to work from home on a regular basis. Some employers encourage...

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Mad Men ends: What have we learned?

EntertainHR - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:38

The seven-season-long nonstop drink-and-smoke-a-thon that was Mad Men has come to a close. Were you entertained? Were you satisfied? Better yet, did you learn anything? I will spare you my personal thoughts on the merits of the ending as there are countless commentaries available on the Web. (Really, it’s amazing how many there are.) Suffice it...

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Talent, drive, and success cannot be dictated by age

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald I recently wrote that we shouldn’t overlook the contributions the younger generation can make. In business, we often assume that experience equates with success and therefore conclude it’s unlikely that a 20-something can make a significant contribution. I think that’s complete hogwash, but so is assuming people can’t have a...

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Risk or reward? Ex-offenders present challenge to employers

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 17:59

In a quest for workforce diversity, employers go to great lengths to reach out to people of various races, ethnicities, genders, ages, and backgrounds. But they’re not so likely to reach out to those who have spent time in prison. Yet employers often express a desire to be good corporate citizens that “give back” to their communities. So to...

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Employers risk damages, civil money penalties for improper I-9 and E-Verify procedures

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 17:55

by Mary Pivec Employers face a high cost if they are accused of engaging in discriminatory employment verification procedures. The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Discrimination (OSC) in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made it a priority to pursue employers that allegedly misuse or abuse their...

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Here come the feds! POTUS, DOJ, DOL, and EEOC weigh in on LGBT issues

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 17:53

by Geoffrey D. Rieder Significant expansion of the antidiscrimination protections afforded to members of the LGBT community was accomplished in 2014 through executive action by President Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the attorney general (AG). The push for more protection of LGBT employees culminated in two lawsuits in which...

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Adverse employment action because of accent is illegal

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 17:52

by Joseph Cooper Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids discrimination on the basis of national origin in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, and job assignments. Because an employee’s accent or language skills are often associated with her national origin, employment decisions based on those characteristics are...

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EEOC releases FY 2014 enforcement stats

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/17/2015 - 17:51

by Christopher J. Pyles According to newly released statistics from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the state in which the most administrative charges were filed in fiscal year (FY) 2014 was Texas, which had more than 8,000. Where did your state rank?  Discrimination by the numbers In February, the EEOC released enforcement...

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Wrong place, wrong time: iPad documents employee’s dishonesty

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:10

by Kassie McKie Shiffermiller An employee tried to pull the wool over her employer’s eyes, but GPS tracking assisted the company in confirming that she was being dishonest. Because of her misconduct, she was terminated. Her initial award of unemployment benefits was later denied on appeal. GPS catches employee’s dishonesty Debra...

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Deflategate and the power of external investigations

EntertainHR - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:03

After more than three months of waiting, we finally got the investigative report regarding the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” incident that occurred during the NFL’s AFC Championship Game earlier this year. Was it worth the wait? Was the NFL’s subsequent punishment just? It’s pretty clear it depends on whom you ask. Authored by Ted...

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8 essential lessons I learned from my mom

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald A couple of days ago we celebrated Mother’s Day, and while one day each year clearly isn’t enough to honor our mothers, it does provide us with the opportunity to thank the women in our lives for everything they have done to love and support us. A number of years ago, I gave a speech titled “Everything I Need to Know About...

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Make sure your company e-mail policy passes the Purple test

Technology for HR - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 06:00

by Elijah Yip In 2007, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its Register Guard decision, which allowed employers to prohibit employees from using company e-mail to discuss the terms and conditions of their work with other employees or unions for purposes of “mutual aid and protection,” a right that is protected under...

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Proposed FLSA overtime regs go to OMB for review

Human Resources News - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 08:29

by Susan Prince The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime regulations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The new regulations will increase the number of employees nationwide who qualify for overtime. Employers, get ready because the changes will likely...

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A Word for the EEOC from Bob Kazamakis*

EntertainHR - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 09:31

Do I look like someone who would waste my own time? Robert California, The Office This post takes us back to “That’s What She Said,” Ford Harrison’s earlier and excellent chronicle of The Office. After Michael Scott’s departure for marital bliss with zany HR manager Holly Flax, Dunder Mifflin floundered about in search for a new captain....

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