By Fredrick Englehart
If even half of the proposed actions get approved from the U.S. Department of Labor’s spring 2013 regulatory agenda, unions will likely be celebrating.
That’s because the agenda created by new Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez (right) reads like a wish list for organized labor. Of course, there is no way of telling if and when any of these regulations will be approved, but the stepped up actions do send a cautionary message to employers.
One of the more controversial changes expected to be resolved yet in 2013 is the issuance of the final rule to narrow the advice exemption to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). Read more…
Kmart’s decision to open its doors at 6 am on Thanksgiving Day sent shock waves throughout the nation.
Though bargain-seekers were thrilled, many are questioning the retail chain’s decision. In recent years, such “Thanksgiving creep” has inspired multiple protests from employees, with one petition calling it “inhumane and inconsiderate.”
And unfortunately, this problem doesn’t just exist in retail establishments around the holidays. Across all job types and industries, Americans are working more than ever. Read more…
First of two parts
Booz & Company just released a very interesting culture study.
Here’s the bottom line: Everyone knows culture is important, culture is not being effectively managed, and they gave some incredibly over-simplified guidelines for managing culture. There must be a better way to build pride, drive out fear, and manage culture effectively.
Here are the highlights from the full study: Read more…
With the holiday season really kicking off next week, so will the deluge of stories, articles and blog posts about the perils of the annual workplace holiday party.
I think these kind of events were always difficult to deal with, but they have become even more so in the Age of Social Media (where everything seems to eventually end up on Facebook), and during an era that is both over-the-top politically correct and incredibly litigious.
As attorney Patti Weisberg wrote here on TLNT last year: Read more…
Low levels of employee engagement are plaguing companies today and improved rewards and recognition programs are the solution, according to Accelir’s recent Rewards & Recognition: 2014 Trends Report.
Company cuts and cost reductions, technology advances and a rapidly changing global marketplace have led to employees’ job security concerns, elevated stress levels and a lesser sense of company and job loyalty. As a result, HR professionals are challenged with low productivity, negative attitudes, increased absenteeism and reduced employee retention rates in the workplace.
Accelir’s report examines future trends in strategic employee rewards and recognition programs. The company’s summer 2013 survey showed that “less than half of companies have programs that reward workers based on performance indicators.” Read more…
By Carmon M. Harvey
Gone are the days where the young people of the world are willing to work for peanuts (or less) to beef up their resumes with “internships.” They now increasingly are insisting – often through litigation – on being paid a minimum wage and overtime for that experience.
As my colleague, Dan O’Meara, recently was quoted in a Forbes.com article on this topic, “No good deed goes unpunished.”
While we can question whether kids these days have any work ethic and whether offering those “kids” the opportunity to put in long hours for little or no pay is really a “good deed,” the idea that individuals should be paid for work performed is not a new or novel concept. Read more…
By John E. Thompson
One of the U.S. Department of Labor‘s continuing federal Fair Labor Standards Act enforcement initiatives targets hotels and motels.
Officials are following-through on their 2010 warning that they see the hospitality industry as presenting a “high risk” for non-compliance.
Here are some recent outcomes: Read more…
When you think about our current economy you probably evaluate that we’re in a recovery period, a time in which the job market is slowly – very slowly – on the mend.
You probably imagine employment rates on the rise, and would claim we’re faring considerably better than we were during the recent recession. And you’d be right.
But for one group in our nation, this holds hauntingly, troublingly, untrue, and we need do our darndest to figure out a solution because this is one important group of people: they are our future. Read more…
Last week, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a legal action challenging the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) “enforcement guidance” that limits the use of criminal records during the hiring process.
Texas is a big state, with a big reputation, so it’s fitting that this case is a big deal. The suit hits hard, claiming that EEOC guidelines unlawfully limit the ability of employers – including the State of Texas and its agencies – from excluding convicted felons from employment.
The suit is the first direct challenge to the EEOC’s controversial criminal background enforcement guidance, which went into effect in April 2012. For those who follow EmployeeScreenIQ’s blog, the EEOC guidance on criminal background checks has been a frequent topic. Read more…
Don’t get me started on forced ranking – lovingly referred to as “rank-and-yank” — the much maligned performance management system that forces managers to evaluate employees on a bell curve and then boot those at the bottom.
I don’t like it and never have. As I said last year, “it’s an arbitrary, formula-heavy performance system that’s obsessed with cutting people down instead of helping to build them up. Plus, it’s the brainchild of Jack Welch — and few executives today can execute it like Neutron Jack did.”
It’s on my radar this week because two big and notable companies — Microsoft and Yahoo — were in the news concerning their use of forced rankings. Read more…