Time’s Up: I am woman, hear me roar

EntertainHR - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:04

“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make […]

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Sleep deprivation: Know whether it’s a performance problem or a disability

Diversity Insight - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 07:11

Employers striving for a diverse workforce take care not to discriminate against employees with a disability, but hidden disabilities can be tricky. Supervisors might think they’re dealing with performance problems when they really should be considering whether an employee has a disability protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ...

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Is there harm in asking? Questioning employees about their plans to retire

Diversity Insight - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 07:02

by Michele L. (Warnock) Brott Retirement decisions cannot be divorced from a person’s age. When asking questions about retirement, employers should be cognizant of age discrimination laws and the implications of making such inquiries.  Applicable laws Age discrimination is governed by both federal law and the laws in most states. The...

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Can they do that? Firing employees for off-duty conduct

Diversity Insight - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 06:55

by T. Harold Pinkley Participating in last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—an event that involved several groups usually identified as the “alt-right,” along with groups protesting the marchers—has proven to have unforeseen and unintended consequences, including job loss, for some of the people...

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DOJ reverses course on Title VII protections for transgender persons

Diversity Insight - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 06:54

by Angela N. Johnson On October 4, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum announcing the U.S. Justice Department’s (DOJ) new stance that transgender employees aren’t protected from discrimination under federal law. The announcement reflects a reversal from the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law...

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Discrimination against breastfeeding employee leads to jury verdict

Diversity Insight - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 06:48

by Rozlyn Fulgoni-Britton With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), federal law required employers with more than 50 employees to provide breastfeeding employees a private location, other than a toilet stall, where they can express breastmilk in privacya. And, of course, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) has prohibited discrimination...

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‘Royal’ additions: handling HR issues that arise due to marriage and childbirth

EntertainHR - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:26

I admit that, like many Americans, I am fascinated with the lives of the British royal family. That is especially true with respect to Charles and Di’s two young princes. I enjoy hearing news about Prince Williams’ adorable family, and I was excited to hear about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent engagement. In fact, […]

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Leave your mistakes in the past, but keep the lessons for the future

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:18

by Dan Oswald In just a handful of days, 2017 will be over. Another year in the books. I don’t know about you, but they seem to go faster as I get older. It’s like I’m speeding to a finish line that I don’t necessarily want to reach! But it’s like I say about birthdays, it sure beats the alternative. So I’m grateful to have another year...

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HR’s work not over when harassment investigation ends

Diversity Insight - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:41

As more and more people are coming forward with claims of sexual harassment in the workplace, employers have rightly focused on making internal investigations thorough and effective. But the work doesn’t end when the investigation is wrapped up. In fact, it may be just beginning, according to an attorney and a human resources expert who urge...

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Cure and punishment

Diversity Insight - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:40

by Mark I. Schickman In all of the attention recently given to Harvey Weinstein and his ilk, the focus has been on personalities and far too little of it on the systemic problem of ubiquitous sexual harassment. The discussion has been centered on punishment, with far too little said about the cure.  Weinstein himself presents a plain and...

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Language, inclusion, and diversity in the workplace

Diversity Insight - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:40

by Lauren E.M. Russell Employees’ use of a language other than English in the workplace presents many considerations in the employment law context. An individual’s language is tightly tied with race and national origin, which are protected categories under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and many states’...

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What EEOC’s recent lawsuit over parental leave means for employers

Diversity Insight - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:29

by Jessica A.H. Howell The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws when individuals claim workplace discrimination. Recently, the EEOC filed suit against a cosmetics company for implementing and administering parental leave benefits in a discriminatory manner based on sex....

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Oklahoma jury awards transgender worker $1.165 million in bias suit

Diversity Insight - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:20

by Charlie Plumb The courts, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hold differing views on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or sexual identity. Nevertheless, on November 20, an Oklahoma City federal court jury...

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Should you be an HR leader?

HR Hero Line - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 05:00

by Allison Gusmus Whether you are a salesperson or a CFO, you should be thinking about the people in your organization. You may think, “I’m in sales, why should I care about the people in my organization?” or “I’m the CFO, numbers are my thing, not people,” but you are dead wrong. It’s part of your job...

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What now? 5 steps to take if your probe doesn’t corroborate harassment allegations

EntertainHR - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:51

The avalanche of complaints emboldened by the #metoo movement shows no sign of relenting, and many caught in its crosshairs have been unceremoniously fired or forced to resign based on allegations of harassment. Of course, when such allegations arise in the employment context, employers have a duty to investigate and to take action when there...

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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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