Take time to recognize accomplishments in 2017

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:13

by Dan Oswald I’ve said before on these pages that I don’t do a great job of celebrating our company’s successes. It seems that as we achieve a goal, I immediately look to the next opportunity or focus on a problem area that needs attention when I should be recognizing and congratulating everyone involved in our success. Maybe I need to take...

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False assumptions, ill-advised questions just a few hiring hazards to avoid

HR Hero Line - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 05:23

Ever finish interviewing a job candidate and wonder if you’ve asked enough questions—or maybe asked too many? Worse, do you wonder what problematic questions others involved in the hiring process may have asked? The human resources department probably trains managers on the do’s and don’ts of interviewing, but in spite of that training,...

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Trashing customers online: It hit the fan and your employee threw it

Technology for HR - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:58

by Jo Ellen Whitney You’ve heard the nightmare stories: Some employee tweeted or posted something that embarrassed his employer or shined the spotlight on the company and drew it into the national debate over social and political issues. In one recent example, ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill tweeted that fans of the NFL...

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Holiday season and winter weather: employer mini survival kit

HR Hero Line - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 05:09

by Shawntel Hebert The month of December is here, and depending on your industry, you may find your company in a very busy or fairly slow period. Whether you’re busy or slow, December also brings holiday festivities and the onset of winter weather. In the midst of planning for holiday staffing and preparing for inclement weather, employers...

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Coaching reVOL-UTion: Schiano, Currie, and what school’s lawyers are analyzing right now

EntertainHR - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 08:01

The Tennessee coaching search has produced high drama over the past two weeks. For Vol fans like myself, it has felt at times like absolute torture and at other times like just a little bit of torture. “Vol-nation” was in better spirits after the hiring of Phillip Fulmer as Athletic Director was announced, and many are pleased with...

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Make sure your time is spent on what is most important

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:05

by Dan Oswald Time is a limited resource. No matter how hard you try, you can’t pack more hours into a day. There are 24 hours each and every day, and there is simply nothing you can do to change that. Time just rolls on. How often do you catch yourself wishing you had more time to do something? How often do you find yourself saying there...

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But my employees aren’t unionized! A trap for the unwary

HR Hero Line - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 05:18

by William J. Evans “But my employees aren’t unionized!” is a frequent exclamation uttered by employers when they learn they’ve been charged with violating their nonunion employees’ Section 7 rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). It’s a surprisingly little-known fact that the NLRA applies...

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Recent developments in employment-related social media law

Technology for HR - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 09:13

by Thomas J. Lloyd III The legal issues surrounding the interplay between employment and private social media engagement is continually evolving. In view of some of recent developments, we are revisiting the issue and examining recent case law on the subject. Is it legal to regulate workers’ social media use? Recently, I’ve been...

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Holiday party tips for employers

HR Hero Line - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:00

by Bonnie M. Boryca The end of the year brings various obligations for employers, along with the opportunity to spread holiday cheer to employees, whether it’s through end-of-year bonuses, time off from work, or company-hosted holiday parties. Unfortunately, examples of litigation arising out of holiday parties are not hard to find....

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Daddy’s Home 2—fisticuffs in the workplace

EntertainHR - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:37

While the holiday season can be a time of great joy and celebration, it also can be loaded with stress. Indeed, the pressures of preparing for the holiday and spending an inordinate amount of time in close quarters with friends and family can bring long-simmering feuds and frustrations to the surface. This concept is handled […]

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Make a strong push to achieve 2017 goals

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:44

by Dan Oswald Typically, coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and staring Christmas squarely in the eye, I would be writing about taking the time to appreciate family and friends. It’s a time of gathering with those closest to you at holiday parties and meals. It’s a time of celebration and thanksgiving. Instead, today, I have a...

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How to stay off the DOL’s naughty list during the holiday season

HR Hero Line - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 05:07

by Julie A. Moore Even without the eggnog fog and the distracting visions of sugar plums dancing through everyone’s heads at this time of year, the holidays can be a tricky time for complying with employment laws related to wage and hour and leave issues. Here are some FAQs we typically see from HR professionals each year during the...

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Exploring how HR can inspire thankfulness in employees

HR Hero Line - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 05:00

Flexible schedules, freedom to telecommute, professional development opportunities—those are all things that foster gratitude in the workplace. And as the Thanksgiving holiday finds people across the country pondering what they’re thankful for, human resources professionals can use the occasion to consider how to make organizations the kind of...

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Employer justified in terminating employee over two offensive Facebook posts

Technology for HR - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:39

by Anna Matsuo In a nonprecedential decision, the 3rd Circuit agreed with a lower court’s dismissal of a former employee’s retaliation claims. Victoria’s Secret terminated the employee after she posted two offensive pictures on her Facebook account.   Facts Mindy Caplan worked as a district manager for Victoria’s...

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Embracing change may not be easy, but it’s essential

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:11

by Dan Oswald The Greek philosopher Heraclitus declared that “change is the only constant in life” 2,500 years ago, yet we still have an amazingly difficult time accepting it. Few people like change. Even fewer embrace it. Which makes leading change in an organization exceedingly difficult. The fear of change is really a fear of the unknown....

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New research urges a rethinking of 4-year degree requirements

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 06:00

When designing a recruiting and hiring process, few employers would intentionally build a system that automatically excludes qualified candidates. But new research indicates that’s what sometimes happens with employers seeking middle-skills workers. Such a system hurts not just the jobseeker but also the employer hoping to attract and retain...

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Unconscious bias training helps fuel diversity efforts at industrial gas company

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:55

Despite a strategy to promote an inclusive culture in your organization, unconscious bias could be undermining your efforts. That is why some companies proactively address unconscious bias through training.  Take Praxair, Inc. This global industrial gas company worked with a third-party training vendor in Fall 2014 to create content for...

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Adventures in extreme workplace team building

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:53

by Michael P. Stafford Does your company have a workplace morale problem? Do you want to foster improved collaboration and cooperation among employees as they work together to solve a problem? Have you ever considered addressing those concerns by simulating life-threatening crisis situations? And no, I don’t mean the annual company fire...

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Deciphering the feds’ changing position on LGBT employment protections under Title VII

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:53

by Molly DiBianca In a memo issued on October 4, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally declared that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit discrimination based on transgender status. The memo directly conflicts with the position of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which has long argued that...

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EEOC alleges medical exams and questionnaires violate ADA, GINA

Diversity Insight - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 05:50

by Courtney Bru The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) limits employers’ ability to make disability-related inquiries or subject employees to medical exams. You may not take those actions until after you’ve offered the applicant a job. Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, you may ask about medical conditions or require a...

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