Facebook foes: Employee’s online comments were not misconduct

Technology for HR - 16 hours 44 min ago

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 start 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 if they are prone to differing or subjective interpretations. Watching the NBA draft last week, I was […]

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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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Learning from Orlando: addressing potentially violent employees

EntertainHR - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 10:08

In the nine days since Omar Mateen opened fire in the Pulse nightclub, killing 49 individuals and injuring several others, a report surfaced that Mateen’s violent nature and potential to do harm to others was readily apparent to at least one of his co-workers. According to the Los Angeles Times, Daniel Gilroy, who worked with Mateen for...

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Don’t let an unhappy employee bring down your workforce

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:07

by Dan Oswald We’ve all heard the quote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I’m a firm believer in this. Life’s too short to toil away in a job you hate. So, I’ve always encouraged my kids to pursue their passions and then figure out how to make a living doing it. My daughter has found her...

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Need workers? First lady touts talents of veterans and military spouses

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 07:00

As July 4 approaches, many employers are anxious to declare a holiday so their employees can enjoy the nation’s birthday festivities. But when the fireworks are over, they may be looking to hire the kind of talent so often celebrated on Independence Day—veterans and military spouses.  Many employers have come to appreciate the diversity of...

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Biased bias: when protected classifications intersect

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 06:58

by Connor Beatty If your company regularly interviews and hires qualified female applicants for all available positions, you may think the company is in a strong position to defend against gender discrimination lawsuits filed by rejected applicants. Similarly, if your company refrains from asking applicants about their age and interviews and hires...

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When worlds collide: religious freedom laws and LGBT protections

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 06:57

by Brent E. Siler When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning gay marriage last year, many people who oppose same-sex marriage for religious reasons began worrying that the newly recognized constitutional right to gay marriage would conflict with their right to religious freedom. As a result, several...

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U.S. women’s soccer team’s EEOC charge spotlights wage discrimination issues

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 06:57

by Amy Steketee Fox Pay equity issues have attracted significant attention recently in political debates, state legislatures, and courtrooms. The latest venue for the conversation: the fields dominated by the U.S. women’s soccer team. In late March, five prominent members of the team filed a wage discrimination complaint against their...

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EEOC aids national strategy to protect workers with HIV/AIDS

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 06:55

by Natalie B. Virden In 2010, the White House issued a National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States (NHAS). One step identified in the NHAS is to reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been utilizing its enforcement and litigation functions in recent years in...

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ADA and USERRA: Duty owed to employees who fight for country

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 06:50

by Brinton M. Wilkins Society has long understood that war can exact a heavy psychological toll on the soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, and coast guardsmen who serve in the military. During WWI, servicemembers came home with shell shock. The psychological difficulties military men and women face have been diagnosed as “combat stress...

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Scammers, posing as execs, go phishing for data

Technology for HR - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 11:28

by Dinita L. James Data security concerns are keeping more and more corporate executives up at night. The IRS isn’t helping employers rest any easier, and the insomnia is spreading from the C-suite to the HR department. On March 1, 2016, the IRS issued an alert, specifically addressed to HR and payroll professionals, warning them to...

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Take control of the way you spend your time

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:33

by Dan Oswald It seems as if we get busier every day. How often do you get to the end of the day and feel like you have more left to do than when the day began? No matter how much you’d like to change it, there are only 24 hours in a day. And just because you show up at work every day—even if you log more hours than anyone else—doesn’t...

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The show must go on: helping employees in crisis

EntertainHR - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:02

ORLANDO — The 70th annual Tony Awards were held on Sunday night to recognize achievements in Broadway productions over the past year.  The excitement and enthusiasm of the occasion were dampened, however, as many presenters and award recipients gave words of tribute to the victims of Orlando’s mass-shooting that occurred earlier that...

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Texas employers can use smartphones to document employee conduct

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 06:35

by Jacob Monty Although most employees are at-will and can be terminated without cause, employers often use progressive discipline to protect themselves from unwarranted discrimination or retaliation lawsuits. In other words, it’s wise not to cut off the lights without sending a late payment notice. Jurors will generally side with an...

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Success through rudeness and hostility

EntertainHR - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 09:15

Silicon Valley’s third season is in full swing on HBO, which raised a question in my mind: if Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin warranted an entire blog from the FordHarrison crew, isn’t the Hacker Hostel’s Erlich Bachman at least due his own post? My answer: Of course he is! For the uninitiated, Silicon Valley is a […]

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Apple-FBI battle shows importance of securing access to employees’ mobile devices

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:13

by Elijah Yip Digital privacy versus national security. That’s the issue addressed in scores of articles about Apple’s refusal to cooperate with the FBI in bypassing the security features of an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack. The fact that Farook’s employer...

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Ramping up at BLR: hiring key people

The Oswald Letter - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 09:52

From Dan: As a way to honor the individuals who have taught me critical life lessons about people and business, I’ve invited several to write guest columns to run in this space over the next few weeks. Today’s voice of experience once again is Robert L. Brady, the founder of Business and Legal Resources (BLR). This week, Bob talks about BLR’s...

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