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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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

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 take on more...

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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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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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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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Recent visit to Apple Store raises questions about the company’s customer service

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:17

by Dan Oswald I recently had an experience that made me wonder, can a company become arrogant? We’ve all met arrogant people, but can a company be haughty or egotistical? Let me share the experience first, and then I’ll come back to my question. My son received a pair of wireless headphones for Christmas that had stopped working by May. They...

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‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends’: employers’ obligations in data breaches

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 08:01

by James P. Harris Most people loathe the annual ritual of filing their tax return. Compounding the unpleasantness, a number of people attempt to file a tax return only to be notified by the IRS that someone else has already filed a return on their behalf and collected their refund. Just recently, we have fielded calls from several employers...

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White House gone wild!

EntertainHR - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 09:19

These days, just about anyone with an Internet connection and some time on their hands enjoys a wonder of the modern age: binge-watching. One of the first, and still one of my favorites, is Netflix’s House of Cards. No matter how over-the-top the plot twists become, no matter how difficult it is to follow the […]

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Preds are on the power play! 4 lessons for creating ‘incredible’ work culture

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:56

by Dan Oswald You may have noticed that the Nashville Predators are playing in the Stanley Cup Final. Probably not a big deal to many, but it certainly is here in Nashville. This city is afflicted with Predators fever. There’s something magical about the Predators’ playoff run, and I think I know what it is. Sure, this is the team’s first...

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Stopping e-mail madness: Supervisor’s mention of leave sends FMLA claim to trial

Technology for HR - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 09:17

by Michael P. Maslanka A recent case provides an example of a manager’s e-mail torpedoing an employer’s defense to a lawsuit. Let’s look at the facts and some solutions so that does not happen to you. The jaws of victory In 2012, Deborah Stewart started working as a banker for Wells Fargo. She was very experienced. However, she was unable...

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Avoid singing the blues: how employers can mitigate wage/hour liability

EntertainHR - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 08:49

In the last few years, there have been multiple headlines noting that celebrities are being sued for their (or their businesses’) failure to pay wages in accordance with applicable state and/or federal law. Two such recent lawsuits involved famous singers. First, Lady Gaga had a lawsuit brought against her by her former personal assistant,...

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Is someone watching me? Do’s and don’ts of workplace video surveillance

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:13

by Justin H. Lessner For many years, it has been common practice for banks, retail stores, gas stations, and other employers that regularly interact with the public to use video surveillance to prevent theft and ensure security. But what if an employer wants to use video surveillance in the workplace to monitor the conduct and performance of...

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Howard Stern’s day off : the danger of digging for details when employees call in sick

EntertainHR - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:39

Shock Jock Howard Stern took an unexpected day off from his radio show last week which prompted a firestorm of speculation on social media as to the underlying reason for his absence.  Although Stern’s absence was initially attributed to a “personal day,” many fans speculated that Stern’s sick father was the real reason he missed […]

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President Trump’s growing pains could benefit from business lessons

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:49

by Dan Oswald If he has learned one lesson in his four months as president, Donald Trump has certainly discovered that the scrutiny he receives as the “leader of the free world” and one of the most powerful people in the world is much greater than anything he has experienced previously. President Trump, long known for his publicity-seeking ways...

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Handling online employer reviews: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:45

by Alina Marciniak It happens. You perform a Google search for your organization and come across a poor online review by a former employee. Regardless of whether such public feedback is accurate, the issue of employer reviews has been growing more prominent for a number of years. Employer review sites like Glassdoor and Vault that allow...

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10-step plan for fair and balanced approach to preventing workplace harassment

EntertainHR - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:51

In less than a year, Fox News has lost its founder and one of its most well-known anchors due to widespread sexual harassment allegations. Fox News recently reported that 20th Century Fox paid $10 million in sexual harassment settlements in the first quarter of 2017 alone. How can Fox News be proactive in avoiding harassment […]

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My family and personal life are integral parts of who I am

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:01

This week’s Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, Simplify Compliance’s Chief People and Strategy Officer. by Elizabeth Petersen Less than 10 minutes into the interview, I knew I was bombing. I was fresh out of college, interviewing for a “stretch” position as a program manager at a prestigious teaching hospital. I was a...

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Exploring answers to ‘mommy track’ dilemma

Diversity Insight - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 06:59

It’s May, the month with a special day set aside to honor mothers. Those sweet but sloppy gifts made by little hands delight moms on their special day, but then the workweek begins again, bringing with it the stresses of mixing work and family responsibilities. And if the workload at home and at work isn’t enough to deal with, many women...

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