Nobody’s perfect: Unconscious bias at work

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 11:08

by Lisa Chapman Royse Law Firm, PC Whether you work in an office or not, you should care about harassment in the workplace. It can be verbal or nonverbal, and the perpetrators often aren’t fully aware of the negative implications behind their words or actions. Whether we’re on the receiving end of the harassment or the ones making the comments,...

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Need to boost productivity? Go to war against workplace distractions

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 05:00

Ever stop to consider just what your employees do all day? If they’re like a lot of today’s workers, they’re fitting in their core work around a host of distractions and interruptions.  A Harvard Business Review report from March 7, 2016, cites a study showing that the average worker checks email 74 times a day. Add instant messages, phone...

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DTSA whistleblower must do more to gain immunity

Technology for HR - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 05:00

by Stefanie M. Renaud On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) became law. The DTSA allows companies to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation in federal court and seek remedies to recover trade secrets stolen by employees. To get the benefits of the DTSA, employers must inform employees who sign confidentiality or...

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Trump administration pumps the brakes on new OSHA rules

HR Hero Line - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 05:00

by Eric J. Conn President Donald Trump was carried into the White House on promises (or threats) of rolling back government regulations. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year, his now former senior policy adviser, Steve Bannon, framed the president’s agenda in terms of “deconstruction of the administrative...

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In honor of Labor Day, some time sheet tips to beat FLSA off-the-clock claims

EntertainHR - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 06:16

Ah, Labor Day. Family barbecues, a trip to the beach, your last chance to wear white, time spent napping and binging on Netflix, or just a simple day of relaxation. However you spent the long weekend, I hope you enjoyed some rest from your labors. As an employment lawyer and a mother, the word “labor” […]

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Employers can play vital role when natural disaster strikes

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 05:00

When natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey strike, work may not be the first thought for those hurt and those wanting to help, but it’s not far down the list of concerns. Getting back to work is an important part of getting back to normal for many storm victims. And those not in the path of destruction often want to join their coworkers and...

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Starbucks employee spills the beans on workplace harassment

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 07:04

by KrisAnn Norby-Jahner On the heels of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) call for public comments on revised workplace harassment enforcement guidance, a Starbucks barista filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her employer. The lawsuit implicates a variety of employment concerns, including coworkers exchanging...

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Diversity and inclusion: America’s CEOs are showing the path forward

Diversity Insight - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:10

by David S. Fortney and H. Juanita M. Beecher We should honor—not attack—those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. —Intel CEO Brian Krzanich upon his resignation from the American Manufacturing Council The summer of 2017 has shown that American business is committed to, and prepared to defend,...

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New I-9 does not change sticky compliance issues

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 05:00

by Lori Chesser and Elizabeth Van Arkel On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an updated I-9 employment eligibility verification form to replace all prior versions. The new I-9 must be used by all employers starting September 18, 2017. The new version contains relatively minor technical corrections. ...

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HR issues that arise when natural disasters hit

EntertainHR - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:34

Natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey, raise a host of issues for employers, regardless of whether these employers have a direct presence in the affected areas or whether they have employees residing in or telecommuting from them. Sometimes employers are forced to close or are able to remain open in some capacity, but employees are not […]

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Don’t put off until tomorrow what you SHOULD do today

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 09:31

by Dan Oswald Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” It’s good advice for all of us. Last month, I lost my brother-in-law in a tragic accident. He was just 47. Last week, I lost a friend, also in a tragic accident. He was only 55. Ironically, both were doing something they loved when they lost...

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Reeling from recordkeeping? Sound strategy makes the task manageable

HR Hero Line - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:00

A seemingly vast array of laws requires employers to create and store an equally vast array of records, and keeping up with the task is enough to make anyone’s head spin. The chore is less daunting, though, with some advice and a plan. Ryan A. Olson, an attorney with the Felhaber Larson law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, advises employers that...

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Miami judge rules that Winn-Dixie’s website violates ADA

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 07:22

by Tom Harper After a bench trial in Miami, U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., entered an order on June 12, 2017, in which he found that Winn-Dixie’s website violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because it wasn’t accessible to a vision-impaired customer. For years, disabled individuals have been visiting Florida...

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Gambling on independent contractor status? Stack the deck in your favor

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 05:00

by Gary S. Fealk Smart businesspeople are adept at finding ways to reduce their costs. However, cutting costs associated with employment by using independent contractors is a big risk unless you take great care to make sure you aren’t misclassifying employees as independent contractors.  What’s all the fuss about? Various...

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Solar eclipse guide for employers

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:31

Today’s solar eclipse is expected to be an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with people from all over flocking to the path of totality.  While this will likely mean considerable economic benefits from tourism, it is also expected to be quite costly for employers.  According to an estimate by outplacement company Challenger, Gray...

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Resources for Humans: - Mon, 10/17/2011 - 14:25

What really motivates people at work? Is it money? Is it recognition? Not according to Daniel Pink. Pink, in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, maintains there are three things that truly motivate us: Autonomy – the freedom to choose task, time, technique, and team Mastery – the desire to get better and better at...

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Hot List: Wall Street Journal’s Bestselling Hardcover Business Books

Resources for Humans: - Mon, 10/17/2011 - 10:38

The following is a list of the bestselling hardcover business books as ranked by the Wall Street Journal with data from Nielsen BookScan. 1. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis. The Vanity Fair writer and author of The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine and Liar’s Poker gives a guided tour through some of the...

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Hot List: Bestselling “Organizational Behavior” Books on Amazon.com

Resources for Humans: - Mon, 10/03/2011 - 09:37

Amazon.com updates its list of the bestselling books every hour. Here is a snapshot of what is hot right now, October 3, in the “Organizational Behavior” section of the “Business and Investing” category. 1. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss.  Ferriss isn’t shy...

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More on “As We Speak: How to Make Your Point and Have It Stick”

Resources for Humans: - Wed, 09/28/2011 - 09:20

Employment law attorney Mike Maslanka of Dallas takes a look at the chapter on having difficult conversations with employees from  As We Speak: How to Make Your Point and Have It Stick by Peter Meyers and Shann Nix. Previously, I wrote about As We Speak: How to Make Your Point and Have It Stick by Peter Meyers and Shann Nix, but it’s so...

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Hot List: Wall Street Journal’s Bestselling Hardcover Business Books

Resources for Humans: - Mon, 09/26/2011 - 08:44

The following is a list of the bestselling hardcover business books as ranked by the Wall Street Journal with data from Nielsen BookScan. 1. StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths by Tom Rath. Are you unsure where your true talents lie? Do you feel that you are both a...

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