Even under ADAAA, being ‘ill-tempered’ is not a disability

Diversity Insight - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 06:40

by Rozlyn Fulgoni-Britton Ever since the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) became law and substantially expanded the definition of “disability,” employers have been warned not to focus on whether an employee has a disability when evaluating reasonable accommodations. While that warning is valid, it is not absolute, and employers should...

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From the home office: employer considerations for telecommuters

Technology for HR - Thu, 04/13/2017 - 09:57

by Danielle E. Baudhuin Working from home has become an increasingly common practice for many employees in a variety of professional settings. Telecommuting increased from 19% of the U.S. workforce in 2003 to 24% in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Employees in management, business, financial operations, and...

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Learn great leadership skills from the pros

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 15:29

by Dan Oswald The other day, an adviser I work with who provides me with organizational development counsel sent me an e-mail. It caught my attention, not just because he sent it on a Sunday morning, which isn’t the norm, but because of what it contained. The sender has been providing advice and counsel to leaders for nearly 25 years, and he had...

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Tragedies on and off the silver screen: How to avoid costly workplace injuries

EntertainHR - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:39

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the title of a science fiction horror film that was recently released worldwide. The horror that occurred behind the scenes in the making of the movie rivaled the fictional onscreen terror. First, the leading actress’ stuntwoman, Olivia Jackson, sustained life-threatening injuries, including cerebral trauma, a...

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Social media practices—what information you’re better off not knowing

Technology for HR - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 09:26

by Susan Hartmus Hiser Q I am in a supervisory position at my company. I have a very good relationship with my team, and I often go out to lunch and sometimes out after work with some of the employees I supervise. I recently received a “friend” on Facebook from one of my subordinates. Is it alright for me to accept her as a...

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“Boss Baby”—an adorable film about leading others to succeed

EntertainHR - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 08:38

My kids are begging me to take them to see the new movie “Boss Baby,” an animated film about a baby (who is actually a savvy business leader) who leads other babies in an uprising against puppies, who are encroaching on the babies’ long-held monopoly on love and attention.  The movie exemplifies, in a fun […]

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‘Culture of help’ benefits the company and the individual

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:34

by Dan Oswald Early in my publishing career, I took the “assist” part of my editorial assistant job quite literally, and I would volunteer for nearly every task lobbed at my team by our publisher. After one meeting in which I offered to take on a particularly tedious project, a senior colleague stopped by my cube to offer advice. “You need to...

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Company laptop not fair game in employee’s personal injury lawsuit—for now

Technology for HR - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:04

by Kelly Smith-Haley March Madness is almost over, which means employers everywhere have been dealing with the headaches caused by increased Internet traffic and decreased productivity. However, not even March Madness can cause the heartburn employers experience when they hear the words “electronic discovery” and “forensic imaging.” Read...

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ADA and Batman—by Robin

EntertainHR - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:21

Recently, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the new Batman movie to focus on his recovery following recent treatment for alcoholism. His reason for stepping down was due to his belief that he was unable to give the directing role the focus and passion it requires.  Alcoholism and drug addiction present complicated issues under the […]

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Uber says it’s time to stop tolerating ‘brilliant jerks’

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:43

by Dan Oswald How much are you willing to put up with from a talented employee? That’s a question that, as a manager, you’re bound to face sooner or later. It’s a question the Uber board of directors is faced with right now. Arianna Huffington, an Uber director, is leading a search for a new executive to serve under cofounder and CEO Travis...

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Doctored e-mails doom employee’s race discrimination, retaliation claims

Technology for HR - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:30

by James M. Leva An employee who was found to have altered his coworker’s e-mails to bolster his discrimination claim failed to show that his employer’s investigation “was so plainly wrong that it could not have been its real reason” for terminating him. Facts Forthright, an arbitration program administrator, employed...

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Predicting success is hard

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:22

by Dan Oswald How good are you at picking winners? If you’re one of the 70 million Americans who filled out a bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, you probably have a sense of how hard it is to predict success. You think you’ve done your homework. You do your research, looking at win-loss records, points scored, and common...

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Will and Grace reunited

EntertainHR - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:01

Ever since the cast of Will and Grace reunited for a mini episode encouraging all of us to vote in 2016, the Internet has been in a frenzy about the possibility of a revival 18 years after the show first aired. In January, the news broke that NBC has ordered a 10-episode limited revival series […]

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Dealing with the unseen: Tips for traversing legal terrain of hidden disabilities

Diversity Insight - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:59

Work can be stressful for anyone, and employers are wise to ease the burdens when possible in the interest of maintaining productivity and the general well-being of the workforce. But disabilities can complicate the issue, especially when the disability isn’t obvious.  Human resources professionals may be well aware that the Americans with...

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Walking the line between hiring only authorized workers and violating the discrimination laws

Diversity Insight - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:58

by Elaine Young Here are two situations in which you must avoid discrimination while fulfilling your obligation to hire only authorized workers.  Situation #1 ABC Resort is a beautiful, large new resort in the Utah mountains. Some of its managers heard about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids a few years ago at other resorts and...

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Political discrimination: when politics and the workplace meet

Diversity Insight - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:57

by Luke Draisey It’s likely that 2016 was a year that most people won’t soon forget. It was a year marked by international turmoil, celebrity deaths, and unprecedented political disunity. We saw Great Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union, the genesis of the Zika virus, and the deaths of several cultural icons,...

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EEOC provides guidance on mental health conditions in the workplace

Diversity Insight - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:55

by Howard Fetner The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a resource document explaining the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions. The document explains that applicants and employees with mental health issues are protected from discrimination and harassment based on their conditions, may be...

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Comments and tweet using variation of ‘n’ word are protected speech

Diversity Insight - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:50

by Michelle Lee Flores Actor and writer Marlon Wayans’ use of the term “nigga,” his comments referring to an actor’s “afro” and comparing him to a black character on Family Guy, and his tweet, including a side-by-side photo comparison of the actor and the Family Guy character, were all protected speech, according...

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How (not) to handle negative social media posts

Technology for HR - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 09:00

by Molly DiBianca I frequently get calls from employers that want to know what to do in response to a negative social media post. The offending post could be an unfairly negative review on Yelp. Or it could be a rant by an ex-employee on the company’s Facebook page. What to do in response (and what not to do) is a tricky question that has...

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What’s in a name? Bias in the workplace

EntertainHR - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:46

As Shakespeare wrote, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But there is in fact much to a name—a name can convey a sense of identity, culture, and family history. Recently, a series of viral tweets illustrated how much something as simple as a name could affect an […]

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