EntertainHR - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 23:41

Inspired by The Hunger Games trilogy, some employers may feel the urge to pile the employees onto a bus, head off site, and pit coworker against coworker in some form of physical competition under the guise of “team building.” Savvy employers are always looking for new and better ways to motivate the troops, solidify relationships,...

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Give thanks for those who help bring success to your business

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather cools, the leaves turn a beautiful array of colors, and the holiday season is here. This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, gathering with friends and family to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives. It’s more than just turkey and football or another paid vacation day. It’s an...

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Social media in the spotlight

Technology for HR - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 05:02

by Kara Shea Like it or not, social media is here to stay. During the first quarter of 2014, Facebook had more than 1.23 billion monthly users, and usage of other social media websites like Twitter and Instagram continues to increase. The proliferation of mobile devices has added fuel to the fire. In fact, studies show that individuals who...

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Employers await effects of Executive Order on immigration

Human Resources News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:35

While political wrangling over President Barack Obama’s newest Executive Order rages, employers need to understand the impact the immigration order will have on their workplaces. Obama announced what he’s calling the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions in an address November 20. A fact sheet from the White House says the order will...

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The naked truth about nude celebrities in your workplace

EntertainHR - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:34

Celebrities lately seem to be having a hard time keeping their clothes on. Whether it’s one of the Kardashian sisters baring her bottom or Keira Knightley baring her bosom, you can hardly look at any social media site these days without being assaulted by celebrities in various degrees of naked-idity, as Radar O’Reilly once called it. While...

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Don’t let fear keep you from achieving your goals

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” I came across that question in a book the other day, and it really got me thinking. I firmly believe there are many things we don’t try because we’re convinced we won’t succeed. The thinking goes, “Why even go down that road if I know it’s not going to...

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Putting tests to the test: Exploring personality assessments and discrimination

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 18:59

A quest to find and hire the best applicants prompts many employers to look for ways to quickly eliminate all but the most promising candidates. When online job postings unleash a flood of applications, many employers turn to software that includes personality testing as a way to reduce the amount of valuable time needed to pore over resumes.  A...

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Sign of the times: Jill Abramson, the New York Times, and pay equity

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 18:57

by Mark I. Schickman The New York Times is the second largest newspaper in America, with about two million papers sold each day. It’s also the liberal beacon of American journalism, with solid-gold progressive credentials. Still, it took the paper 160 years to hire Jill Abramson as its first female executive editor in 2011.  In May,...

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California at epicenter of rise in disability access cases against small businesses

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 18:54

by Matthew A. Goodin In addition to allowing disabled employees to sue their employers for discriminating or refusing to provide reasonable accommodations, both federal and California law allow disabled persons to sue businesses and places of public accommodation for failing to comply with a myriad of accessibility requirements, such as having...

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Marriage equality comes to Arizona (and 16 other states in 2014)

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 18:52

by Dinita James On October 17, 2014, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne issued a directive to the state’s 15 county clerks that they could begin immediately issuing licenses for same-sex marriages. With that letter, Arizona became the 30th state to permit same-sex marriage and recognize same-sex marriages celebrated in other states and...

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Personal desktop printers: convenience or reasonable accommodation?

Technology for HR - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 05:00

by Edward O. Sweeney Most employers know that technology can make it easier for employers to assist disabled workers to fully participate in their workplaces. Most employers also realize that employees’ requests for reasonable accommodations require them to engage in the interactive process and that employees may be required to provide...

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Rochester ban-the-box law to take effect November 18

Human Resources News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:12

by Edward O. Sweeney Rochester, New York, will become the latest city to restrict employers’ ability to ask applicants about their criminal history when its ban-the-box ordinance takes effect November 18. Since many employers are hesitant to hire applicants with criminal histories, states and cities have begun passing laws that restrict employers...

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A scar is born

EntertainHR - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:11

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the other night, the host and Matthew McConaughey competed to see who could throw the most footballs at the other guy’s face. Not his physical face, of course, but glass plates printed with each guy’s face. Toward the end, McConaughey steps in front of Fallon as he is about to throw, and I...

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A few lessons learned from recent events

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald Respect and appreciate those who help you succeed. For my birthday in September, my wife gave me tickets to a James Taylor concert, which we attended last night. It was fascinating to watch a man whose career has spanned my entire lifetime perform the classic hits he penned decades ago. With his quirky sense of humor and what appeared...

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Protect your company with an effective social media policy

Technology for HR - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:14

by Joseph Godwin The use of social media has become extensive in the workplace, and as a result, workplace social media policies are gaining attention. Workers’ continued exchange of “personal” information brings risks to employers. Examples include employees posting pictures of themselves contaminating food or pictures of...

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New circuit ruling complicates same-sex marriage issue

Human Resources News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:45

The issue of how employers should handle same-sex marriage got a bit murkier November 6 as a divided appeals court panel broke with rulings from four other U.S. circuit courts of appeals by upholding state bans on same-sex marriage. A three-judge panel from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the 2-1 decision, which allows bans on same-sex...

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New Massachusetts law requires paid sick leave

Human Resources News - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:59

Voters in Massachusetts approved a law in the November 4 election that requires certain employers to provide paid sick leave. The law takes effect July 1, 2015. Under the law, Massachusetts employers with at least 11 employees must provide paid sick leave. Employees will accrue paid sick leave beginning July 1, 2015, at the rate of one hour for...

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Oregon employers shouldn’t freak out over new marijuana law

Human Resources News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:08

by Calvin L. Keith On November 4, Oregon voters passed Initiative 91, which legalizes recreational marijuana in Oregon. With Oregon joining other states that have approved recreational marijuana use, Oregon employers may be wondering what the new law means for their drug policies. The short answer is not much. Initiative 91, which will take effect...

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Election means at least four more states will see higher minimum wages in 2015

Human Resources News - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:04

by Tammy Binford Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota said yes to increasing their states’ minimum wages as they cast their ballots November 4. Illinois voters said the same thing in a nonbinding vote. Here’s a look at the new state minimum wages, according to Ballotpedia: Alaska: The state minimum wage will rise from $7.75...

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A tribute to a true entrepreneur

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 19:00

by Dan Oswald At the end of the year, BLR’s founder, Bob Brady, will be retiring from the company he started 37 years ago. Last week we celebrated Bob’s achievements with a party attended by friends, business associates, and current and former BLR employees. It was a wonderful tribute to a man who has touched the lives of so many during his...

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