Technology for HR

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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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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‘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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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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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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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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Employees’ electronic communications: Be careful what you dig for

Technology for HR - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:31

by Maggie A. Hanson Not only have technology and social media permeated political and pop culture, but they have also entered the workplace. Consequently, employers and employees are embroiled in a constant battle over Internet use in the workplace. Some employee Internet use is for legitimate business purposes, but a significant portion is...

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NLRB guidance regarding social media policies

Technology for HR - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 09:45

by Elijah Yip On January 1, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released an advice memorandum (dated September 22, 2016) reviewing the social media policy in Northwestern University’s revised football handbook. The memorandum contains valuable guidance in an area full of uncertainty. The...

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The costs of data breaches and what HR can do to mitigate damages

Technology for HR - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 07:41

by Milton Whitfield and Jayna Genti In a 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study, the Ponemon Institute, which conducts independent research on data protection, found that malicious or criminal attacks continue to be the primary cause of data breaches nationwide. According to the study, 50% of cyberattack incidents involved a malicious or criminal...

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Snooping employee must pay to clean up his own mess

Technology for HR - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:55

by Al Vreeland Usually we talk about employees who sue their employers over their termination or some other perceived mistreatment. But in this post , we take a look at an employer who flipped the table and sued its former employee over the cost of discovering and fixing damage wrought by his misconduct. Although it’s not always...

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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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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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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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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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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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Crushin’ it: being cybersecure in 2017

Technology for HR - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 14:59

by Shawn A. Morgan I sure could use an “Atta boy” or a big ol’ high five. I’d love to hear “You’re killin’ it, dude.” It’s been a long time. —Brad Paisley “Crushin’ It”    Every employee wants to hear compliments about his work. But are you “crushin’...

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