HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Yes, It’s Wrong to Disclose Employee Medical Info on Facebook

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By Eric B. Meyer

Yes, disclosing an employee’s medical info on Facebook is stupid, plus, it may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, too.

In Shoun v. Best Formed Plastics, Inc., the plaintiff allegedly suffered a bad shoulder injury at work. And, after the plaintiff reported it, the person who processed worker’s compensation claims for his company, posted the following on her Facebook page:

Isn’t [it] amazing how Jimmy experienced a 5 way heart bypass just one month ago and is back to work, especially when you consider George Shoun’s shoulder injury kept him away from work for 11 months and now he is trying to sue us.” Read more…

Global HR, HR News & Trends

Is a National Jobs Bank the Solution To Fair Employment in Singapore?

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Following the latest developments affecting employment practices in Singapore, the launch of the national Jobs Bank marks the final stage of the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) roll-out since it was first announced in September 2013.

The FCF signifies a new step towards fairer employment practices for Singapore and can be seen as a response to the growing unhappiness among Singapore citizens due to competition with foreign workers in a tight labor market.

A popular topic addressed in Singapore’s National Budget 2012 & 2013, the government has since reduced the foreign worker quota and increased foreign worker levies in a bid to maintain a strong Singapore core within the workforce. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Real Value of Bad Bosses? They Make You Appreciate the Good Ones

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Remember when you were younger and you wanted to be older?

Remember how your mom/dad/aunt/grandma/trusted adult told you, “This is the best time of your life! Don’t rush it!

Remember how you didn’t quite believe that, but now that you’re a little (or a lot) older, you realize maybe there was some truth to what your mom/dad/aunt/grandma/trusted adult said? Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

The Dark Side of Silicon Valley: A Tech Space-Driven Drug Culture

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By now, many of you are familiar with the Google executive that was killed on his yacht last year by a call girl who is accused of injecting him with a fatal overdose of heroin.

In the aftermath of this startling case, the San Jose Mercury News started digging into what it calls Silicon Valley’s “drug culture.”

Specifically, the newspaper found that there is an increasing propensity for those in the technology space to abuse illegal and prescription drugs to cope with the breakneck pace of work that the sector demands. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Neutrality: Everybody Seems to Hate It – Except, of Course, HR

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There has been a ton of press around “Net Neutrality” lately.

Net neutrality is the concept that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.

Companies like Comcast stand to make a lot of money based on how federal regulators decide how to treat net neutrality. If regulators find in favor of ISPs (Internet service providers) they can start charging more for faster Internet access, basically creating the haves and the have nots of the Internet – or the “fast lane” and the “slow lane.” Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Why It’s Good For You (and Your Company) When You’re an Energizer

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Whether you affect people positively or negatively does not just influence what people think of you and their willingness to help you.

It also profoundly influences how valuable you are to your employer. It has a huge effect on whether you are seen as a “player” or relegated to the sidelines.

This assertion is based in part on the research conducted by the University of Virginia’s Dr. Rob Cross and his associates. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Splitting HR? No, It’s About Infusing It With an Operational Mindset

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Here we go again.

In the July-August 2014 Harvard Business Review, author Ram Charan writes that It’s Time to Split HR. He proposes two totally different units – one that handles “administration” which he says would be primarily compensation and  benefits. It would consist of “HR practitioners” and would report to the CFO.

The other would handle leadership and organization, report to the CEO, and be staffed by rotating high potential operational leaders.

Sound familiar? Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

5 More Ways to Tell If an Employee Is Looking to Leave

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As I noted yesterday (in 5 Ways to Identify an Employee Who Is Ready to Quit), employee turnover is always an important issue, but most managers are unaware of the fact that overall, turnover rates went up 45 percent last year.

I’m predicting that they will go up at least 50 percent this year, so individual managers should be aware of the precursors or warning signs that can indicate that an employee is considering looking for a job so they can act before it’s too late.

If you approach the problem systematically, you can successfully identify which individual employees are likely to quit with an accuracy rate of over 80 percent.

Yesterday, I listed the Top 5 ways to tell if an employee may be getting ready to leave. Here are five more: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

NLRB General Counsel Goes After McDonalds and Business Franchises

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By Michael J. Lotito

In a move that could have a dramatic impact on the franchise business model, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard Griffin has announced that his office intends to name a parent franchisor as a respondent in cases involving alleged unfair labor practices committed by franchisees if the parties are unable to reach a settlement.

According to the Board, the agency is currently investigating the various charges, and may name the franchisor company — fast food giant McDonalds  – as a joint employer should a complaint be issued. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Friends at Work: The Younger You Are, the More Important They Become

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Censuswide and LinkedIn recently partnered up to explore how friendships at work impact employees’ experiences and perspectives of their workplaces.

Their study, titled Relationships @Work, surveyed more than 11,500 full-time professionals between the ages of 18-65 in 14 countries, including the U.S, Sweden, India, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil and the U.K.

What did they find? A large percentage of professionals surveyed (46 percent) admit that work friendships play a role in their overall happiness, and it’s clear from the research that the amount of value placed on workplace friendships, and the level of confidence (or how personal they were) varies significantly depending on the generation. Read more…