Trump v. Sessions: Constructive discharge? ‘We’ll see what happens’

HR Hero Line - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:44
by Michele L. (Warnock) Brott Not long ago, I wrote a rather lofty theoretical analysis about the notion of “constructive discharge,” or the legally frowned-upon practice of forcing employees to quit instead of firing them. I never expected a real-life threat of constructive discharge to erupt on the national stage. But, voilà! The very public...
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Muppets, Lannisters, and wrongful termination—which one isn’t like the others?

HR Hero Line - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:02
by Mark I. Schickman Kermit the Frog has been fired! From his birth in 1955 until 1990, Kermit was performed by his creator, Jim Henson. Since 1990, veteran Muppet performer Steve Whitmire donned the green felt. During Whitmire’s tenure, Kermit appeared in over 20 movies, got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was grand marshal of the...
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2017 goals update: There’s still time to accomplish what you set out to do

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 10:29
by Dan Oswald Have you ever noticed that as you get older, time seems to speed up? When I was a kid, a year seemed like forever. Now, not so much. We’re more than halfway through 2017. I know, it seems like we just celebrated New Year’s, and now we’re looking at the 4th of July in the rearview mirror. It’s time to check in on your goals...
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‘You like [us]! You really like [us]!’ … so please nominate our blog!

EntertainHR - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 06:40
OK, admittedly, Sally Field never uttered the phrase “You like me! You really like me!” when she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1984′s “Places in the Heart.” Instead, what she really stated was: “You like me. Right now! You like me!” Does the exact wording matter? Not really. What matters...
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PTO for charity work: You give a little, they take a lot?

HR Hero Line - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 06:00
by Susan Hartmus Hiser Q Our company’s production work generally gets slow in the summer, and the company’s owner is a longtime proponent of charity work. Rather than giving employees extra vacation time in the summer or even laying them off, he would like to start offering a week of paid time off (PTO) to allow employees to do some...
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Border searches of electronic devices—what information is at risk?

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:13
by Leigh Cole We all carry electronic devices when we travel—cell phones, tablets, and laptops. Some devices are personal, some are owned by our employer, and some contain confidential employer or customer information in e-mail or stored documents. Electronic devices are subject to search at U.S. ports of entry. Do your employees know what to...
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Summertime heat wave could be hazardous to employees’ health

HR Hero Line - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:00
by Jodi R. Bohr Because I’m an Arizona native, you would think I would be able to tolerate the excessive heat that visits the Phoenix area every summer. For the most part, I can. I plan my day around early morning errands and hole up the rest of the day in air-conditioned indoors. I never go anywhere without my trusty water cup. And like most...
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Stuntman’s death on ‘The Walking Dead’ set a sad reminder of common workplace hazards

EntertainHR - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 06:40
Tragically, stuntman John Bernecker died last week in Atlanta after falling 30 feet to a concrete floor while working on a fight scene for AMC’s zombie-apocalypse series “The Walking Dead.” In response, the show temporarily halted production of its eighth season, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened an...
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A company’s success comes from the team, not individual players

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 10:07
by Dan Oswald As a manager, would you rather hire a person who wants to do great work for a company or a person who wants to work for a great company? Think about it for a minute. There’s a difference. Who doesn’t want an employee who wants to do great work—someone who wants to excel at his job and succeed? On the other hand, an employee who...
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Food bank works toward goals of diversity and inclusion

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 06:59
Editor’s note: Many organizations want to improve diversity and inclusion, but they don’t know where to start.  The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is one such organization, and members of the organization’s in-house committee have provided this report on the first year of their program in the hope that other organizations can learn...
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Action needed to enforce workplace respect for others

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 06:58
by Dinita L. James Defiant public displays of racism and bigotry have been reported around Arizona. I haven’t witnessed such brazenness since my youth in rural North Carolina in the 1960s and early 1970s. I’m not saying that hearts and minds were changed, but the racists learned to whisper among themselves to avoid overwhelming public...
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Increase diversity by recruiting, retaining people with disabilities

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 06:57
by Stephanie Holstein Having a diverse workforce includes hiring people with disabilities, which can create a positive and inclusive work environment, be good for the bottom line, and help bring down the high unemployment rates of people with disabilities. There are a number of best practices and helpful resources to make recruiting and retaining...
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Responding to restroom accommodation requests from transgender employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 06:55
by Brian Bouchard Fifty-two years ago, Bob Dylan penned the now-famous lyrics “The times they are a-changin’.” True enough, Mr. Dylan, but for many, changes come slowly, and as the late David Bowie sang: “The days still seem the same.” This can be true in regard to laws, which sometimes struggle to keep pace with...
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Employer can insist that ‘doctor’s note’ come from a doctor

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 06:53
by Jennifer Suich Frank and Samuel D. Kerr Q One of our employees went to a holistic healer who isn’t a certified healthcare practitioner, and he advised her that she needs a week off work. He won’t write her a doctor’s excuse and will only speak to someone via telephone. Our attendance policy states that missing that much work...
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Be careful what you say: Employee’s name-calling lands him in hot water

Diversity Insight - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 06:50
by Franck G. Wobst An Ohio Court of Appeals recently ruled that a city’s civil service commission acted within its rights when it suspended a city employee for 45 days for jokingly calling an African-American coworker “Black Buck” and “Big Black Buck.” Facts James Hoover worked at the city of Elyria’s water...
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My employee is accused of a work-related crime—what should I do?

HR Hero Line - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 06:06
by Andrea Moseley Last year, CareerBuilder found that 31 percent of employees don’t feel their workplace is well protected from a physical threat and 31 percent don’t feel their workplace is well protected from a digital hacking threat. Common sense dictates, and my experience representing corporate officials and employees confirms,...
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21st century hiring: The times they are a-changin’

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 09:15
by Andy Rodman It seems as though I come across an article or blog post concerning technological advances in hiring and recruiting every day. Most of the articles and posts focus on the use of analytics and artificial intelligence in seeking out, recruiting, and hiring qualified applicants.   I recently read an article about a California-based...
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Employment verification nightmares: fake I-9s, bad Social Security numbers, and reverification catch-22

HR Hero Line - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 06:20
by Jacob M. Monty No one looks forward to an I-9 audit from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). I-9s are notoriously problematic because not only does the law dictate which types of documents an employer may accept, but it also stipulates that employers cannot demand or refuse particular documents. In other words, if a document is on...
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New media rating seeks to bring common sense to gender stereotyping

EntertainHR - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 14:20
When my son was five and constantly arguing and negotiating for extra dessert or whatever it was that he wanted at any given time, people would often say, “You should be a lawyer!” His response was always: “I don’t want to be a lawyer because that’s a girl’s job.” While slightly humorous because lawyers are […]
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Understanding CEO pay is a matter of perspective

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:38
by Dan Oswald You hear a lot today about CEO pay and how something needs to be done about it. That CEO compensation is out of hand. It’s spoken about as if it’s a wild, living creature that must somehow be tamed. I agree that executive pay seems completely unreasonable when you look at the numbers. Last year, the highest-paid CEO, according to...
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