Who’s lying? Avoiding retaliation claims can be tricky

HR Hero Line - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 05:00

It’s tough to make employment decisions when you can’t be confident that the facts are known. And facts are often hard to figure out with absolute certainty. Recently, a group of attorneys focusing on employment matters tackled a question from an employer about how to handle an employee who accused his manager of disability discrimination and...

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What can you do when an employee gains unauthorized access to coworkers’ e-mail?

Technology for HR - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:03

by Tom Harper An employee’s unauthorized access or “hacking” of another employee’s electronic messages is a common concern in the workplace. Is such conduct illegal? Yes. Are there remedies for it? Yes. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Alabama, Florida, and Georgia employers) recently...

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More than a hunch: making better hiring decisions

HR Hero Line - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 05:00

by Tracy Lindow Recently, I overheard a conversation between two department managers in the hallway of a client organization:  Manager A: “I will not be in our staff meeting today because I have to interview a candidate for the vacancy in my department at 9:00 a.m. If she shows up on time and has no criminal record, I am going ask HR to...

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Workplace romances: Do they ‘Suit’ your company?

EntertainHR - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 13:00

Like almost everyone I know, I love the ability to binge-watch television series these days. In fact, it is a rare occurrence that I ever watch any show at the time it actually airs. (This Is Us is a notable exception for me.) Instead, I enjoy delving into these characters’ lives several hours at a […]

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The power of an authentic you

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:02

This week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, Simplify Compliance’s executive vice president of strategy and revenue. by Elizabeth Petersen At a conference earlier this year, I had the honor of moderating a lively, open, and engaging roundtable on women’s leadership. I opened the session by asking the participants...

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Heaps of paper or storehouses of data? Exploring ways to keep HR records

HR Hero Line - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 05:00

No one disputes the importance of proper recordkeeping in the workplace. But what’s the best way to keep that information? In bulky paper files kept on-site or maybe entrusted to a vendor to be kept off-site? Perhaps an employer’s information, both routine and sensitive, should be kept in a digital format. And if electronic storage sounds...

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Microchipping employees creates lots of risk and unanswered questions

Technology for HR - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 07:42

by Justin Lessner A Wisconsin-based technology company, Three Square Market, recently announced a pilot program to implant microchips in its employees. There’s significant risk and uncertainty for employers considering such a program. This article addresses the potential risks of microchipping employees and the many unanswered privacy and...

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Conducting unbiased investigations: tips from the Russia probe

HR Hero Line - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 05:00

With the recent indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election is front-page news once again.  While most of the press and President Donald Trump’s initial tweets focused on whether Mueller could be fair and unbiased in his investigation, the most recent...

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Halloween at work: Don’t get BOOed by your employees!

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 17:23

Halloween can be such a fun holiday for kids of all ages. When October 31st falls on a weekday, as it does this year, ghoulish fun will certainly creep its way into the workplace. How can you, as a human resources professional, ensure that the day is more fun than it is scary? Simple. Just […]

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When you believe, anything is possible

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 09:35

by Dan Oswald If you’ve been around a while like I have, you might remember the 1980 Olympic “Miracle on Ice,” where the upstart American men’s ice hockey team defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union team. As the clock wound down to the final seconds of the game and it became apparent that the U.S. team would upset the Soviets, veteran...

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High profile or not, sexual harassment claims require employer action

HR Hero Line - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 05:00

Sexual harassment—the subject has exploded in recent weeks as people from all walks have spoken up about a menacing workplace problem. Even though antiharassment efforts are a priority in human resources circles, recent revelations about the actions of some high-profile executives are likely to cause employers to ask the question, “Are we doing...

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NLRB to supervisors: Don’t text and interrogate

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 07:30

by Carita Austin On June 7, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in which it found that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when a supervisor unlawfully interrogated an employee by sending him a text message questioning whether his allegiance was to the company or to the union. Although the...

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Take this off your fall ‘to do’ list: EEO-1 delayed in part and suspended in part

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 05:00

by Brian Bouchard As you may have heard, we recently received some good news regarding the EEO-1 pay data collection that would have gone into effect in March 2018.  On August 29, acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Victoria Lipnic issued a statement indicating that the Office of Information and Regulatory...

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Methinks thou doth protest too much! FYI, only ‘reasonable’ opposition is protected

EntertainHR - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 05:09

It seems that every day the news is full of stories about employees (whether they are NFL players or Hollywood starlets) protesting unfair treatment. Usually, when an employee complains about discrimination, harassment, equal pay, or other work-related topics, he or she is protected from discipline or termination because the conduct is considered...

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Know the difference between having a bad day and losing your passion

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:18

by Dan Oswald I often repeat the old saying, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I believe in the spirit of that quote, if not its literal interpretation. That is, sometimes work feels like, well, work. Some days you’re not going to love what you do, no matter what it is. Every day isn’t going to be...

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Training done right: Effective communication the key

HR Hero Line - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:00

Good training has always been important in the workplace, but today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world of work makes training more important than ever. Changing technology requires frequent skill updates for employees at all levels of an organization. And certainly supervisors need training on new laws affecting the workplace and refreshers on...

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Preparing for electronic discovery in litigation

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:39

by Sarah Caldwell Breslin If you’re involved in current or even threatened litigation, you have an obligation to retain information that is reasonably likely to be relevant and turn it over during discovery (the pretrial exchange of evidence). In the electronic world we live in, this increasingly includes and often revolves around...

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I’m sorry, so sorry: how to apologize at work

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:00

by Molly DiBianca Humility is a virtue. For most of us, it doesn’t come easily. Owning up to a mistake at work can be a difficult task, particularly for employees who want to be good at their jobs and please those they report to. Nonetheless, apologizing is a reality of professional life and a recognition that no matter how hard we try,...

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Think before you joke so you don’t have to litigate what’s ‘funny’

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:17

Studies show that laughing boosts immunity, eases anxiety and stress, improves mood, decreases pain, and can even prevent heart disease. Socially, laughing strengthens relationships. In addition to the value of humor in our personal lives, we cannot underestimate the power of humor at work. Humor aids in learning and memory retention, increases our...

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13 characteristics of a great teammate

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:19

by Dan Oswald We all have worked side by side with people we have enjoyed and respected—the type of teammates who make work fun. And we all have worked with people whom, well, we didn’t enjoy or respect—the type of teammates who suck all the joy out of work for everyone around them. So, there’s obviously people who make better teammates...

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