Nobody’s perfect: Unconscious bias at work

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 12:08

by Lisa Chapman Royse Law Firm, PC Whether you work in an office or not, you should care about harassment in the workplace. It can be verbal or nonverbal, and the perpetrators often aren’t fully aware of the negative implications behind their words or actions. Whether we’re on the receiving end of the harassment or the ones making the comments,...

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Need to boost productivity? Go to war against workplace distractions

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 06:00

Ever stop to consider just what your employees do all day? If they’re like a lot of today’s workers, they’re fitting in their core work around a host of distractions and interruptions.  A Harvard Business Review report from March 7, 2016, cites a study showing that the average worker checks email 74 times a day. Add instant messages, phone...

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DTSA whistleblower must do more to gain immunity

Technology for HR - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 06:00

by Stefanie M. Renaud On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) became law. The DTSA allows companies to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation in federal court and seek remedies to recover trade secrets stolen by employees. To get the benefits of the DTSA, employers must inform employees who sign confidentiality or...

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Trump administration pumps the brakes on new OSHA rules

HR Hero Line - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 06:00

by Eric J. Conn President Donald Trump was carried into the White House on promises (or threats) of rolling back government regulations. At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year, his now former senior policy adviser, Steve Bannon, framed the president’s agenda in terms of “deconstruction of the administrative...

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In honor of Labor Day, some time sheet tips to beat FLSA off-the-clock claims

EntertainHR - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 07:16

Ah, Labor Day. Family barbecues, a trip to the beach, your last chance to wear white, time spent napping and binging on Netflix, or just a simple day of relaxation. However you spent the long weekend, I hope you enjoyed some rest from your labors. As an employment lawyer and a mother, the word “labor” […]

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Employers can play vital role when natural disaster strikes

HR Hero Line - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:00

When natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey strike, work may not be the first thought for those hurt and those wanting to help, but it’s not far down the list of concerns. Getting back to work is an important part of getting back to normal for many storm victims. And those not in the path of destruction often want to join their coworkers and...

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Starbucks employee spills the beans on workplace harassment

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 08:04

by KrisAnn Norby-Jahner On the heels of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) call for public comments on revised workplace harassment enforcement guidance, a Starbucks barista filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her employer. The lawsuit implicates a variety of employment concerns, including coworkers exchanging...

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Diversity and inclusion: America’s CEOs are showing the path forward

Diversity Insight - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:10

by David S. Fortney and H. Juanita M. Beecher We should honor—not attack—those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. —Intel CEO Brian Krzanich upon his resignation from the American Manufacturing Council The summer of 2017 has shown that American business is committed to, and prepared to defend,...

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New I-9 does not change sticky compliance issues

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 06:00

by Lori Chesser and Elizabeth Van Arkel On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an updated I-9 employment eligibility verification form to replace all prior versions. The new I-9 must be used by all employers starting September 18, 2017. The new version contains relatively minor technical corrections. ...

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HR issues that arise when natural disasters hit

EntertainHR - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:34

Natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey, raise a host of issues for employers, regardless of whether these employers have a direct presence in the affected areas or whether they have employees residing in or telecommuting from them. Sometimes employers are forced to close or are able to remain open in some capacity, but employees are not […]

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Don’t put off until tomorrow what you SHOULD do today

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:31

by Dan Oswald Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” It’s good advice for all of us. Last month, I lost my brother-in-law in a tragic accident. He was just 47. Last week, I lost a friend, also in a tragic accident. He was only 55. Ironically, both were doing something they loved when they lost...

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Reeling from recordkeeping? Sound strategy makes the task manageable

HR Hero Line - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 06:00

A seemingly vast array of laws requires employers to create and store an equally vast array of records, and keeping up with the task is enough to make anyone’s head spin. The chore is less daunting, though, with some advice and a plan. Ryan A. Olson, an attorney with the Felhaber Larson law firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, advises employers that...

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Miami judge rules that Winn-Dixie’s website violates ADA

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 08:22

by Tom Harper After a bench trial in Miami, U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., entered an order on June 12, 2017, in which he found that Winn-Dixie’s website violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because it wasn’t accessible to a vision-impaired customer. For years, disabled individuals have been visiting Florida...

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Gambling on independent contractor status? Stack the deck in your favor

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 06:00

by Gary S. Fealk Smart businesspeople are adept at finding ways to reduce their costs. However, cutting costs associated with employment by using independent contractors is a big risk unless you take great care to make sure you aren’t misclassifying employees as independent contractors.  What’s all the fuss about? Various...

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Good company culture is essential to a business’ success

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:54

by Dan Oswald “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It’s a statement attributed to Peter Drucker, the famed management guru, and a concept that many business leaders ascribe to. I like to quote it, and I want to believe it, but is it true? There are great companies that have a great culture. I like to use Southwest Airlines as an example....

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Solar eclipse guide for employers

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:31

Today’s solar eclipse is expected to be an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with people from all over flocking to the path of totality.  While this will likely mean considerable economic benefits from tourism, it is also expected to be quite costly for employers.  According to an estimate by outplacement company Challenger, Gray...

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Firestorm over Google memo putting ‘diversity of thought’ in spotlight

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 07:00

What was meant to be an internal memo written by a male engineer at Google hit the internet in a big way in early August, igniting controversy that led to the employee’s firing and much discussion about the effectiveness of corporate diversity efforts.  The now-infamous memo raises questions on many fronts. Among them: Does it make the company...

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Violent culture, violent workplaces

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 06:57

Mark I. Schickman The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported an increase in work-related gun violence for each of the past 10 years. There were 417 workplace homicides in America in 2015; guns were used in 354 of them. In 2017, the epidemic continues. The workplace reflects the nation: More than 100 people were shot in Chicago...

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Program allows employers to support servicemembers

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 06:56

by Jennifer S. Frank and Danielle M. Kerr This article focuses on the National Guard’s Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Program (ESGRP), explaining how employers can support the employment of National Guard and reserve members and how they can manage laws governing the employment of military personnel. National Guard and...

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Americans first: Preference for foreign workers can run afoul of federal laws

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 06:55

by Jacob M. Monty Making good on promises from earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun cracking down on what it calls discrimination against U.S. workers who are being passed over in favor of temporary foreign workers. The DOJ recently announced a settlement with Carrillo Farm Labor, LLC, a New Mexico onion farm. Following...

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