HR Management

HR Basics, HR Management

5 Keys to Avoiding Wrongful and Discriminatory Termination Claims

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While most employers would hope to avoid terminating employees, it’s a reality for most at some point.

Whether the business needs to make the decision for financial reasons, or because of performance issues, any termination needs to be handled appropriately to avoid potentially costly consequences.

We are living in an increasingly litigious society, where it has become easier, and seemingly more popular to sue. Even if a lawsuit is not filed, an ex-employee reporting their termination to the EEOC or department of labor could end up being more costly to the business, if found at fault for wrongful termination or discrimination. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

Does Your Organization Have a Domestic Violence Leave Policy?

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Thanks to Ray Rice and TMZ, domestic violence is front and center once again.

Everywhere you look, you’ll see footage of the video and someone giving their opinion on the events, and the aftermath. While it’s tough to watch and listen to, all of this coverage is certainly bringing more awareness to the struggle that domestic abuse victims face today.

So, when it comes to your business, what are you required to do in the event an employee becomes a victim themselves? It depends on the size of your company and what state(s) you have employees in. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

Here’s What a Manager Must Really Learn to Communicate

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Your team creates all kinds of reports, spread sheets and slides to plan, run, measure, and report on what you are doing in your operation.

Of course you need these detailed materials to run your function — but please don’t inflict them on others!

These reports are your “Operational Tools.” Your operational tools are created in what I refer to as your “inside voice” — the language you use inside your organization — a robust language full of detail, acronyms and functional jargon. Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues

EEOC Is Now Taking on Fitness-For-Duty Medical Releases

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By Eric B. Meyer

Congratulations!

Your fitness-for-duty employee medical examinations are job-related or consistent with business necessity. So, they pass muster with under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But, what about the medical information you request from employees in connection with the exam?

Oh yeah, there’s that too…

So, might you be violating not only the ADA, but also the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act? Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

How the Baltimore Ravens (and the NFL) Failed HR 101

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By now everyone has seen former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, knock out his wife with two punches to the head in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.

My question is this: Why didn’t anyone in the Baltimore Ravens’ organization see this before agreeing with the NFL to bring him back, initially, with only a two game suspension?

The Ravens (and the NFL) claim that no one in their organization saw the video from inside the casino elevator until it was leaked to TMZ this week. Do you buy that? Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

The Complicated Dynamics Behind Workplace Bullying

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I just didn’t want to go anymore. She made it nearly unbearable.

It didn’t start off that way, though. When we first started working together as colleagues in the same department, our relationship was amicable and tolerant. We because fast friends and got to know each other very well, including our spouses, lives and everything in between.

The first time it happened, it made me flinch inside a little, but not enough to rethink our relationship. The tenth time it happened, I felt sick every time we ran into each other in the office. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Talent Management Gone Wrong: Why Can’t We Be Honest With People?

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Last May, I posted a story of a young man who had been identified by a Fortune 100 firm as a high potential and placed into a leadership development program to prepare for the possibility of promotion into the executive ranks.

The story was unfinished, as a month after his Director left the organization and the young man had been appointed as interim Director, the VP told him that they were considering outsourcing the position.

The young man was disappointed, but he was determined to show the organization that he could handle the position as interim, on the chance that they decided to keep it in-house.

I described this process as “talent management gone wrong.” Read more…

HR Management, Recruiting and Staffing

Yes, Most Recruiters Are Usually NOT HR Professionals

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Recruiters are not HR professionals.  And not all HR professionals are recruiters.

In companies, it’s typical to see recruiting fall under the broad human resources umbrella but it shouldn’t. Recruiting and HR need to be totally separate job functions joined at the hip so they can collaborate on succession planning, onboarding and the business-related priorities surrounding humans.

Full time recruiters are not HR professionals. They’re recruiting professionals. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

September Call-Ups? One Good Way to Evaluate Your Team of the Future

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For those who aren’t big Major League Baseball (MLB) fans you probably don’t know what the “September Call-Up” or “Expanded Rosters” mean.

Each year on September 1, as the MLB season goes into its final month, the league allows teams to invite players from their minor league teams to join the club and the roster number expands from 25 to 40.

For teams who are out of the playoff race, this allows them to give some younger guys an opportunity to perform on a larger stage. For those in playoff races, or teams that have already solidified a playoff berth, the extra players allow them to rest some regulars. For playoff teams these extra 15 players can’t play in actual playoff games, only in the final regular season games. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

6 Ways You Can Help to Increase Your Workplace Value

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I see (broadly, for the sake of this discussion) two types of people in their careers.

  1. People who see their job description as a minimum requirement, and respond with the minimum effort to collect a paycheck.
  2. People who see their role as a contract with the business to deliver value, and they are always looking for ways to add more value, both to improve the business, and to raise their level of commensurate compensation. Read more…