What the Las Vegas Strip massacre means to employers

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 04:00

by Deanna Forbush The current Google Doodle says it all. The Doodles generally express recognition of a special day, such as the celebration of a holiday, an anniversary, or the life of a famous artist, pioneer, or scientist. Since last Sunday’s horrific Las Vegas massacre, however, the Google Doodle is a simple mournful black ribbon....

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5 reasonable accommodation pitfalls to avoid

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 03:59

by Brent E. Siler Litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been on the rise in recent years and will likely continue to increase. One area of ADA compliance fueling the increase is the duty to reasonably accommodate employees’ disabilities. While most employers are aware they have a duty to accommodate the...

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Be sure your people know “why” they’re important

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 09:42

by Dan Oswald Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. His experiences in the German concentration camps gave him a unique perspective on the importance of purpose in a person’s life. While in the concentration camps, Frankl lost nearly everything. His father and mother died in the camps, as did...

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Bringing on new employees? Don’t let applications, interviews trigger legal woes

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 05:10

Most human resources professionals and others involved in hiring know how to steer clear of the most obvious off-limits questions on job applications and in interviews. Asking about someone’s race, national origin or ancestry, gender, religion, age, disability, etc. can quickly raise red flags related to unlawful discrimination. But less obvious...

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‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order has high-tech and other employers concerned

Technology for HR - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 07:00

by James E. Morrison and Michael P. Nowlan The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. employers to hire and employ for up to six years foreign workers with a bachelor’s or graduate degree in a specialty field that requires theoretical or technical expertise and highly specialized knowledge, such as IT, finance, accounting,...

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What’s your salary? Apparently none of my business

EntertainHR - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:00

We all know that movie stars make a ton of money. I mean, a ton of money. How much? Well, last month Forbes published its list of the world’s highest paid actresses and actors for the previous year so you can see for yourself. There are certainly some surprises on the list. No offense, but […]

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Develop these 5 skills to foster innovation

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 09:11

by Dan Oswald At our company, one of our core values is innovation. We believe creativity and progressive thinking are critical to our success. I happen to share the opinion of former Ford CEO Mark Fields, who said, “Without innovation, I strongly believe companies die over time.” In 2017, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) conducted its 20th...

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Cybercrime not just tech department’s problem; HR also has role to play

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 05:02

With headlines about data breaches, ransomware, viruses, and other cyberthreats becoming routine, it seems no one is immune, especially now with the rise of the “internet of things”—all those devices capable of accessing the internet and collecting and exchanging data. Today’s malicious hackers have no shortage of opportunities to wreak...

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Don’t get hung up on: off-duty cell phone use and the FLSA

Technology for HR - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:23

by Angela N. Johnson Company-issued cell phones and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs are now ubiquitous. As employers are more frequently communicating with not only supervisory but also hourly employees through mobile devices, class action lawsuits over unpaid “cell phone work” are on the rise. The trouble is that off-duty...

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Magnum, SMH

EntertainHR - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:03

Who could possibly sully the sainted memory of Thomas Magnum, fictional private investigator and iconic 1980s bon vivant? All 45 of these guys, apparently.  Here’s a quick hit in case you don’t want to follow the link: Bachelor partygoers decided they would take in a baseball game in Detroit between the Tigers and the Chicago White...

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Why your company needs an antibullying policy

HR Hero Line - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 05:00

by Joe Godwin Bullying in the workplace is a common occurrence that’s often ignored or overlooked by management. Sometimes it may be ignored because, unlike sexual harassment, there’s usually no legal requirement that an organization have an antibullying policy. It also may be overlooked because leaders take a hands-off approach,...

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‘Made in my image’ is wrong way to assemble a winning team

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 09:24

by Dan Oswald If you’re going to hire someone, why not hire someone made in your image? Let’s face it—you’ve been successful. You’ve climbed the management ranks. You must be doing something right. So, who better to add to your team than someone just like you? Someone who acts like you. Someone who thinks like you. Someone who even walks...

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Employers look to ‘culture of inclusiveness’ in era of expanding LGBT rights

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 06:00

Inclusiveness, civility, respectful treatment: Those are all concepts getting a lot of attention as employers struggle to cope with what seems like an increasingly divisive culture often threatening to bleed over into the workplace.  A changing legal landscape also must be considered as employers strive for productive and nondiscriminatory...

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With HR’s help, employee network groups can improve retention

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 05:56

From the employer’s perspective, employee network groups can boost engagement and retention—or they can create divisiveness. To ensure the former, employers need to be involved from the start. By adopting a policy and welcoming network groups, businesses can encourage members to have positive effects in the workplace, according to Ray...

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When words used in a disciplinary report suggest implicit bias

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 05:54

by Barbara J. Koenig Implicit bias is an unconscious preference for or an aversion to a person or a group of people. In other words, we may have an attitude toward others or stereotype them without conscious knowledge of what we’re doing. If we act in accordance with our implicit bias, we may be discriminating against a person or a group of...

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Top 10 employer mistakes in accommodating disabled employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 05:52

by Matthew A. Goodin Even experienced HR professionals have a difficult time with requests for reasonable accommodation from disabled employees. This process is even trickier if the employee needs a leave of absence as an accommodation because of the intersection of different laws that govern leaves of absence. Below are some of the most common...

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Stage is set for SCOTUS to rule on Title VII and sexual orientation

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 05:50

by Ryan B. Frazier Since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, state and federal laws have been enacted to prohibit employment discrimination against individuals on the basis of their race, ethnicity, age, disability, religion, and gender. Until recently, virtually none of those antidiscrimination laws covered employment discrimination based on...

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What should you do when employees are addicted to prescription drugs?

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 05:00

by Jonathan R. Mook Addiction to prescription drugs, especially opioids, has become a crisis in this country. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear about the mounting number of shattered lives and tragic deaths attributed to this growing epidemic. Employers are feeling the brunt of the crisis as employees are increasingly becoming addicted...

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Are you taping me? Audio and video recording in the workplace

Technology for HR - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 07:03

by Shannon Kane Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) guarantees employees the right to “act in concert” for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection. The Second Circuit (whose ruling apply to all Connecticut, New York, and Vermont employers) recently affirmed a decision and order in which...

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Employers need to make preparations as DACA sunset nears

HR Hero Line - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 05:00

President Donald Trump’s announcement of an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has prompted uncertainty not only for those benefiting from the program but also for their employers.  The program has benefitted an estimated 800,000 young people, known as Dreamers—undocumented immigrants brought to the United States...

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