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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Diversity and inclusion director gets a little inclusion

Diversity Insight - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 06:54

by Michelle Lee Flores The California Court of Appeal threw a solitary bone to Toyota’s director of diversity and inclusion when it reversed a trial court’s dismissal of his sexual orientation discrimination claim. The court of appeal held that the former employee had provided sufficient evidence that a senior manager’s perception...

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Writing effective workplace investigation reports

HR Hero Line - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 06:00

by Karen McAndrew When a lawsuit alleging discrimination, harassment, or retaliation arrives at your door, will you be prepared to defend it?  Why documentation is important We all hope, of course, that our workplace culture prevents employees from experiencing unlawful harassment, discrimination, or retaliation; that we have good, solid...

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Does your company do business with the EU? Familiarize yourself with the GDPR

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:05

by Shawn A. Morgan Does your company do business in the European Union (EU)? More specifically, does your company offer goods and services to the EU’s member countries, or does it collect or monitor the personal data of EU-based citizens? If so, you may become subject to sweeping new EU data protection laws, and you have less than a year...

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Alt-right protests: Protected off-duty activity or cause for termination?

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:00

It’s an employer’s nightmare. An employee shows up in a video making the rounds on social media taking part in a protest that includes violent clashes and racist insults. The employer wants no association with such actions and decides to cut ties. Will there be legal trouble if the employee is fired? Possibly, according to attorneys...

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If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen—best practices from Top Chef

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:25

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” That’s essentially what a group of Teamsters told Top Chef host personality Padma Lakshmi back in June 2014 outside of Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, Massachusetts. This “episode” is now at the center of a lawsuit brought by the federal government against four […]

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Solar eclipse presents opportunities for fun at work, but be careful

HR Hero Line - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:00

Much of the country will go dark in the middle of the day on August 21 during the solar eclipse, but employers shouldn’t be in the dark about the opportunities – and a few risks – the event presents. Although all of the United States will experience at least a partial eclipse, not all will be in the path of totality. But that path includes a...

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Are you at risk of a data breach lawsuit?

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:07

by Stefanie M. Renaud With data security concerns at an all-time high after the global “WannaCry” ransomware hack in May 2017, you may be wondering if you need to do more to protect your employees’ and customers’ personal information. In Massachusetts, data security breaches can trigger extensive reporting requirements...

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DOL issues directive on visa program fraud and abuse

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

by Elaine C. Young We recently fielded a call from a client’s in-house employment counsel, who noted that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) seems to be rolling back employee protections, making her job a little easier. But then she observed that isn’t the case with immigration. The DOL is scaling back protections, except with...

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Leaks and whistleblowers and liability, oh my!

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 14:20

Leaks are everywhere. They happen in politics, in sports, in the entertainment industry, in people’s everyday lives, and (unfortunately for many of us, myself included) in the roofs and pipes in our homes. How do we know that Kyrie Irving wants a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers? Someone leaked it to a reporter. We know […]

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You are in control of your own legacy

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:30

by Dan Oswald I enjoy reading biographies. People’s lives fascinate me and most of the time are much more interesting than any piece of fiction. Over the years, I’ve read dozens, if not hundreds, of biographies of politicians, business leaders, and athletes. I’m not sure what my fascination is with other people’s lives, but I think it has...

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Prevent discrimination against immigrant workers with sound I-9 practices

HR Hero Line - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 06:08

No employer wants to be the target of federal regulators on the hunt for workers not authorized to hold jobs in the United States. And no employer wants to be vulnerable to a national origin discrimination lawsuit. But both potential problems can be the result if an employer handles the employment verification process poorly.  Recent raids by...

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Cyberwarfare in the workplace: HR on the front lines

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:53

by Lisa Berg If you thought cybersecurity was only IT’s responsibility, think again. Some of the biggest security threats are from hackers who purposefully target a company’s employees and trick them into divulging information or granting access to confidential information. Other threats result from employees’ careless...

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FMLA leave for school-related activities and child care

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 06:05

by Elizabeth B. Bradley It’s that time of year—summer vacations are wrapping up, and your employees’ children and grandchildren are heading back to school. Now is a good time for a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) refresher, with a focus on the requirements for leave related to school activities and child care, for which...

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Follow these 5 tips for effective decision making

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:13

by Dan Oswald Life is full of decisions. Think for a moment about all the decisions you face at work in just a single day. You make many choices every day that affect your business. Depending on your exact role, you make decisions about people, projects, strategy, and more. A lot of choices. And make no mistake about it, each choice comes with...

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