Know how to avoid hazards of absence management

HR Hero Line - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 06:07
Managing absences is hard enough when an employer’s only worry is getting the work covered, but when extended absences and overlapping laws also factor into the equation, the job gets even trickier.  Federal, state, and local laws don’t always intersect smoothly, meaning employers need to be especially careful when dealing with employees in...
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How to protect against and respond to cyberattacks

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:02
by Milton Whitfield and Jayna Genti When a data breach occurs, you’ll need to assess the applicability of federal statutes as well as state laws. Depending on the situation, federal statutes (and some state laws) can both increase your obligation to keep certain types of information confidential and assist you in seeking redress against...
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6 steps to avoid crashing and burning like United Airlines

HR Hero Line - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 06:00
by Michael P. Maslanka Someday you may be the point person when your company has a PR nightmare. Let’s see what we can learn from the recent debacle in which a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight. Lesson #1: Measure twice, cut once Let’s start with the first of two apologies from United’s CEO: This is an upsetting event to...
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7 ‘gotchas’ of the 24/7 workplace

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 12:12
by Michelle Lee Flores The growing ease of technology has made it dangerously easy for the 24/7 workplace to create liability for employers. The following is a reminder of the dangers that lurk in our 24/7 working world.  1. Off-the-clock work Both federal laws and the laws of many states require that employers pay for work performed. For...
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Summertime vacation fun: reviewing your PTO policy

HR Hero Line - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 06:00
by Jeffrey M. Cropp Summer is upon us. The kids are out of school, and your employees are taking time off for vacation. As a result, it’s a good time to take stock of your vacation policy and how it’s being implemented. This article addresses various issues associated with vacation policies.  I need that in writing Vacation...
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Supreme Court’s action on ‘travel ban’ eases some employer concerns

HR Hero Line - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:20
by Tammy Binford and Holly Jones The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow a limited form of President Donald Trump’s “travel ban” to take effect means people from the affected countries who work for employers in the United States are probably exempt from the ban. But the decision doesn’t clear up all questions for those employees and...
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Use summer as a chance to focus on what’s really important

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:30
by Dan Oswald Last week, we celebrated the first day of summer. With kids out of school for a few weeks now and the high temperatures we’ve experienced already, it seems like summer started quite a while ago. Either way, summer is here. It’s time for family vacations, afternoons at the ballpark, and concerts in the park. There’s something all...
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Tesla’s CEO makes personal pledge for employee safety

EntertainHR - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 09:22
Tesla, an electric-automobile manufacturer, made headlines last month after Worksafe, a California-based worker advocacy group, released a report indicating that the injury rates at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing facility were higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015. For example, the report indicated that the rate of serious injuries...
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Does your organization suffer from ‘hiring snooze’?

HR Hero Line - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:00
by Samuel D. Kerr We’ve all heard the common saying “You snooze, you lose.” Put another way, if you don’t pay attention and do something right away, someone else will do it before you can and enjoy the benefit. Taking too long to complete the hiring process can have the same effect.  Laws that may come into...
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Why you should care about EAR, even if your company doesn’t export anything

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:00
by Sarah Franklin Many employers assume that because their company doesn’t export products overseas, they aren’t subject to export regulations. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR) apply not only to technology and products shipped outside the United States but also to any...
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Ivanka Trump, senators advance ideas on paid family leave

HR Hero Line - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:49
by Tammy Binford As the idea to make paid family leave mandatory continues to gain attention, employers may be wondering what various paid leave proposals might mean for their businesses. A June 20 meeting between first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and a handful of senators doesn’t draw a clear picture of what may be in store,...
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ATK curdles its executive transition

HR Hero Line - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 06:00
by Mark I. Schickman We wrote last May about the kerfuffle between ABC-TV and Kelly Ripa when the network moved Live! with Kelly and Michael cohost Michael Strahan off the show behind her back (see “Pop quiz: Will she be Ripa roaring mad?”). The diminutive Ripa and the global network have since kissed and made up, although the proof will...
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Dealing with hidden disability: Navigating protections for workers with addictions

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 07:00
Employers generally understand their obligations related to legal protections for people with disabilities. But not all disabilities are obvious, sometimes not even to those afflicted. Such may be the case when employees suffer from addiction to prescription drugs—a problem that’s been in the spotlight lately. And with good reason: The costs...
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Millennials will transform management practices

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 06:58
by Jimmy Daniel Millennials, also known as Generation Y, have surpassed Generation X and Baby Boomers to become the largest group in America’s workforce, according to Pew Research Center’s analysis of the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data. Not only are Millennials continuing to grow and dominate the workforce, but they are also starting to...
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EEOC maintains steady position on transgender employees’ rights

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 06:57
by JW Furman With all the attention given to President Donald Trump’s recent removal of the Obama administration’s protection for transgender bathroom access, it’s important to remember that the action applies only to public school students. For employers, the issue remains as unsettled as ever.  There’s no reason to...
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Disability bias verdict provides 4.5M reasons to check your policies

Diversity Insight - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 06:54
by Jeffrey D. Slanker A recent case from Central Florida highlights the importance of maintaining and properly implementing updated and compliant equal employment opportunity and antidiscrimination policies. The case involved disability discrimination claims, and a jury ultimately found in favor of the employee and rendered a $4.5 million verdict....
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Looking for solutions to the talent gap? Don’t forget legal concerns

HR Hero Line - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 06:03
Employers in an array of fields lament a shortage of talent. Sometimes employers are able to attract a flood of eager applicants, but few possess the skills and qualities needed. Other times, employers need people for special, short-term projects, and they don’t want to take on full-time, permanent employees to get the job done. No matter what...
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Take control of the Internet’s response to negative online comments

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 09:05
by Elijah Yip “Why did you fire my wife?” Bradley Reid Byrd posted that question on Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page when his wife was let go after working for the restaurant chain for 11 years. The post remained largely unnoticed for about a month until a comedian uploaded a screenshot of it to his Facebook page and his 2.1...
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Why employee engagement must be a priority, not an option

HR Hero Line - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 06:06
by Jimmy Daniel When it comes to your workplace, do you know how many members of your team are truly engaged? On average, U.S. companies have an engagement level of 32%. Basically, one out of three of your team members is engaged. Studies suggest that disengaged employees cost the U.S. economy between $400 billion and $600 billion a year!...
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Wonder Woman and the fight against unconscious bias

EntertainHR - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:31
Not only has the recently released Wonder Woman movie garnered mainly favorable reviews, but it has been highly successful at the box office, having made more than $200 million domestically in its first two weeks of release alone. From a purely movie industry insider perspective, the success of Wonder Woman is incredibly important to Warner...
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