HR News & Trends

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

When Sexting and Flirting isn’t Sexual Harassment At All

Sexual harassment

By Eric B. Meyer

To prove sexual harassment, a plaintiff must have been subjected to pervasive or severe behavior based on the plaintiff’s sex. Further, not only would an objective person have to find the behavior offensive, but the plaintiff must be offended as well.

Usually, when a plaintiff claims sexual harassment, a court takes for granted that conduct at issue offended the plaintiff.

But, I just read about a case that bucked the trend. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Inside Look Into What Our Evolving Workforce Cares About

Young workers

Who says that HR professionals aren’t flexible and open to new ways of doing things?

This was one of the thoughts that crossed my mind while reviewing the highlights of the 2014 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, a survey that gives a heavy dose of Millennial and Gen X thinking on a wide variety of workplace topics.

It’s a pretty interesting report. According to Cisco, the survey ”examines the relationship between human behavior, the Internet and networking’s pervasiveness. Examining this relationship unearths data about how companies will remain competitive amid the influence of technology lifestyle trends.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

October Unemployment Drops to 5.8% as 214,000 Jobs Are Added


Job creation topped 200,000 for the ninth consecutive month, adding 214,000 new non-farm jobs in October.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 percent, the lowest in six years.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which released October’s monthly employment report, also adjusted its estimates for August and September upward, adding 31,000 more jobs to the previous totals. The numbers are seasonally adjusted. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Accommodating a Disability Doesn’t Require You Displace Someone Else


By Eric B. Meyer

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that companies provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability, if doing so will allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job.

The ADA contemplates a number of different types of reasonable accommodations.

One such accommodation is a transfer into an open position for which the disabled employee is qualified. But what happens when there is no vacancy. Must an employer bump another non-disabled employee to accommodate the one with the disability? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

EEOC Guidebook Cranks Up the Push to Combat LGBT Discrimination

ENDA discrimination

By Eric B. Meyer

Even without a federal law that specifically bans discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identify, it’s no secret that one of the EEOC’s top priorities is to protect LGBT workers from discrimination.

And the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is being quite transparent about it, with a new guide for employers and employees.

The EEOC recently published What You Should Know about EEOC and the Enforcement Protections for LGBT Workers. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

How “Chief Performance Officers” Will Ultimately Impact HR


In its report The Future of Work: A Journey to 2022, PwC drops an intriguing prediction: By 2018, it says, analysts will attend a presentation by a Fortune 500 “Chief Performance Officer,” who combines the HR and Finance functions.

It seems an odd combination. After all, Finance and HR are distinctly different functions within an organization.

Indeed, they couldn’t be more opposite: Finance worries about the numbers, the margin, the stock price. HR worries about, well, the people. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Are Wages For Workers Starting — Finally! — to Show Some Growth?


A news story about optimistic pay trends claims to find signs of an impending upsurge in base hourly rates.

Conceding that this is not the consensus opinion among experts (“Government data show wages rising at only about 2 percent per year, which is roughly the same as inflation, meaning typical workers aren’t really getting ahead”), the article gives links to the study that offers a more positive view. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

A Millennial Twist: LinkedIn Pushing Bring Your Parents to Work Day


We’ve all probably heard of Bring Your Child to Work Day, but LinkedIn is upping the ante with Bring in Your Parents Day, which is exactly what it sounds like.

The social media giant is inviting organizations to join them on Thursday, Nov. 6 in letting employees bring their parents into work for a day, giving them a “taste of where their children work and their children a chance to say thank you.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

New App Prevents Employees From Checking Work Email After Hours


By Eric B. Meyer

Today’s post is sponsored by the letters S, E, and O

With a tip of the hat to whomever posted a link to this story on Twitter, the other day I was reading about this app that companies can install on employees’ smartphones and tablets that would preclude them from sending/receiving work-related email on those devices.

Why would you want to do that? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Is Speaking an Essential Qualification For an HR Pro?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Whether you work in a department of many, or just one, your job as an HR professional has you juggling many balls.

You’re running an open enrollment, conducting a workplace investigation, recruiting, wage-setting. Damn, you’re busy!

To get those tasks done, you’d better have the gift of gab.

Or not. Read more…