Uber class action ruling expected to have national implications

Human Resources News - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 13:11

A San Francisco judge’s ruling granting class action status to possibly thousands of Uber drivers carries implications that “go well beyond California,” according to an attorney closely watching the case. U.S. District Judge Edward Chen ruled September 1 that a group of Uber drivers in California can sue as a class as they argue that they...

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Cyber boogeyman—internal or external threat?

Technology for HR - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 09:28

by Jo Ellen Whitney Recently, everyone who is anyone has been hacked. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Sony Pictures, Anthem, Target, Home Depot, and countless others have experienced highly sophisticated external intrusions into their computer systems. It is starting to seem as though catching the attention of the bad guys is a...

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View your mistakes as a learning opportunity, not as a failure

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 13:18

by Dan Oswald Sometimes it’s not about how you win but how you lose. That was the lesson Coach Dave Belisle taught his Rhode Island baseball team last year when they lost 8-7 in a Little League World Series elimination game. This video clip shows the story of the team and the words the coach used following their devastating loss. Coach...

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Restricting employers’ use of credit checks and why Mr. Robot agrees

EntertainHR - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 13:23

If you’re like me, you don’t necessarily equate the USA network with riveting and innovative television. While the network has respectable ratings, I can’t help but tune out when I see a commercial for Suits, Graceland or Royal Pains (apologies to those fans of the show—I believe you, I’m sure they’re good). In fact, although many have...

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New NLRB standard exposes more employers to union, other pressures

Human Resources News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:36

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a new and broader standard of what constitutes joint employment by taking a stand that abandons a long-accepted standard in favor of one the Board claims better reflects “the current economic landscape.” The new view of joint employment will bring major change not just to employers using...

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Court ‘deactivates’ attempt to hide social media information from discovery

Technology for HR - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 13:56

by Elijah Yip Have you ever been tempted to delete a social media post that exposes you or your company to liability? A post that seemed like a harmless joke but now could turn into evidence in a wrongful termination lawsuit? Or a photo that could cast you in an unflattering light? If it ever crossed your mind that no one will notice if you...

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Appeals court revives new homecare worker rules on minimum wage, overtime

Human Resources News - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 15:26

A new rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requiring minimum wage and overtime pay for many homecare workers is set to take effect after a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The DOL instituted a rule in 2013 that removed the domestic service exemption for homecare workers hired by third-party...

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Choose the riskier path and follow your dreams

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald Comedian Jim Carrey is well known for his high energy and incredibly silly impressions and comedic routines. His movie roles have included characters such as Ace Ventura, the hapless pet detective, Lloyd Christmas, one-half of the Dumb and Dumber duo, and the Grinch from Dr. Seuss fame. When a colleague shared this clip from a...

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Human Resources lessons from NFL preseason football: employees returning to work after cancer treatment

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:16

For fans of Southeastern Conference football (and, I mean, who isn’t, right?), the name “Eric Berry” is one you don’t easily forget. Berry made his presence known as a defensive back for the Tennessee Volunteers from 2007-2009. Even though he played only three seasons in college, he was twice named a Defensive All American by unanimous...

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Navigating the maze of data privacy and cybersecurity laws

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:45

by Christine D. Mehfoud Welcome to the jungle. Although the next line from the 1987 Guns N’ Roses hit is “We’ve got fun ‘n’ games,” the patchwork of data privacy and cybersecurity laws facing companies today is anything but fun and games. Judging by the significant headlines of late (think Target, Sony, and...

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Continuously innovate to stay at the top of your game

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald I recently saw two photos that caught my eye. The first, from 2005, was taken when Pope Benedict XVI was introduced as the new pope. The second, taken in 2013, was from the unveiling of Pope Francis. While less than a decade had passed between the two events, there is a notable difference between the two crowds that jammed St....

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NLRB dismisses petition to unionize Northwestern football players

Human Resources News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 16:37

Just how the dismissal of the petition to unionize some Northwestern University football players will affect other representation issues before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is uncertain, but one issue the Board didn’t touch is whether scholarship football players should be considered employees. The NLRB announced on August 17 that it...

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OFCCP issues checklist on disability employment requirements

Human Resources News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 14:39

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a checklist designed to help contractors analyze whether their affirmative action plans meet the government’s requirements for ensuring employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The checklist is designed to help federal...

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Game of Thrones: Trial by combat

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 10:53

Winter is coming, but not soon enough for those of us eager for Season 6 of Game of Thrones.  While we wait, I’d like to rewind to one of my favorite episodes from Season 4 involving Tyrion’s trial for the murder of his nephew. As you may recall, Tyrion’s long-time rivalry with his sister, Cersei, comes to a head when she...

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Millennial women and work: Tackling the recruit and retain challenge

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 17:59

Employers can turn up reams of research on millennial employees. They’re generally considered well-educated, tech-savvy workers who crave flexibility and collaboration. But the research rarely focuses on millennial women in the workplace, so employers are left wondering just how they can most effectively recruit, motivate, retain, and get the...

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Preventing workplace bullying: Start with training and a good policy

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 17:56

by Sue Woods Generally, workplace bullying can be defined as repeated unreasonable actions directed toward an employee or a group of employees that are intended to intimidate, degrade, or humiliate. In some cases, workplace bullying may involve misuse or abuse of power by supervisors or managers. In other cases, it may involve a group of coworkers...

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Training too weird even for Austin

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 17:55

by Mark R. Flora Perhaps you have already heard about the recent firestorm created during a diversity training session for city employees in, of all places, Austin, the capital of political correctness. The training was actually held in March, but the uproar followed an article in the Statesman in May. The hue and cry was loud enough to be heard in...

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Long wait for Dodd-Frank standards turns out to be much ado about nothing

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 17:53

by H. Mark Adams “Much ado about nothing” is just one literary turn of phrase that comes to mind when considering the initial uproar over Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the long wait for its implementing regulations. Here’s some background to add some perspective to that...

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Interactions with Asperger’s: Discrimination, wrongful discharge claims go to trial

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/16/2015 - 17:51

Soon after an employee provided his employer with information about his Asperger’s syndrome, it informed him that his contract wouldn’t be renewed because “Your Asperger’s got in the way of your ability to interact with your boss, and we are tired of it.” Afterward, the employee brought claims of wrongful termination...

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Risky business: when your subordinate becomes your Facebook ‘friend’

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 07:23

by Susan Hartmus Hiser Q I am in a supervisory position at my company. I have a very good relationship with my team, and I often go out to lunch—and sometimes out after work—with some of the employees I supervise. I recently received a “friend” request” on Facebook from one of my subordinates. Is it all right for me to...

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