HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Protected Workplace Conduct Is “As Simple as Telling a Supervisor to Stop.”

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By Eric B. Meyer

When I think about retaliation, I think about who gets fired after complaining about discrimination to an HR Manager or the EEOC.

These actions epitomize the “opposition” and the “participation” clauses of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal anti-discrimination statute.

By what about when an employee doesn’t go to HR, doesn’t complain to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but, instead, simply tells a supervisor to stop sexually harassing her? If that employee is later fired, and she can establish that she was fired because she told her supervisor to stop, is that a winning retaliation claim? Read more…

HR Basics, HR News & Trends

What the April 30 WOTC Deadline Means for Employers

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The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) provides income tax incentives to any business for hiring workers that the U.S. Department of Labor has determined to have significant barriers to employment. ‘

Individual hires who make an employer eligible to capture the credit include veterans, those on temporary financial assistance, and residents of certain geographic zones (See the full and updated list here). This federal program is available to all income tax-paying employers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, meaning employers have equal access to tax credits, regardless of location.

WOTC offers federal tax credits ranging from $2,400 to $9,600 per eligible employee. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Court: LinkedIn Isn’t an Agency When It Comes to Background Screening

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LinkedIn is off the hook.

A California district court has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against the business networking site (the full decision in Sweet v. LinkedIn Corporation can be found here).

The popular social network was sued last year by job seekers who claimed that LinkedIn’s Reference Searches cost them jobs. The theory of the case was that LinkedIn should be treated like other background screening companies — a theory that was successful against another website, Spokeo. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Never Trust HR and Other Workplace Tips for Millennials

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One of my favorite Millennials is graduating from college next month, and it occurs to me that he, like millions of others from the so-called Godless Generation, could benefit from some sage counsel before entering the workforce.

So while the world may view us crusty Gen-Xers as all but done, holding on for dear life while awaiting our sure and inevitable Millennial takedown (or is it shakedown?), I say “Bah! You’ve still got lots to learn from us, kids.”

For example… Read more…

Classic TLNT

What Great Leaders Know: Sharing Power Builds Trust and Loyalty

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Editor’s Note: Readers sometimes ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.

This is not a deep psychology dive on ego and power in business leadership, which is a huge topic.

But I want to share some practical observations about how good leaders build a powerful team by sharing power, and how others build themselves up (falsely) by imagining they can hoard power personally. I am a fan of the former.

What I have found is that the people who imagine that they have more power than they do can’t distinguish between the fact that their role has power vs. that they are powerful personally. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Can Too Much Teamwork Actually Damage Productivity?

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Back in the 1890s, French researcher Max Ringelmann discovered what others later called the Ringelmann Effect:

The larger a work group, the more likely workers will waste time rather than get their work done. Not only do they socialize more, they also expect others to pick up the slack.

This remains true today; small workgroups tend to produce more per person than larger ones. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Job Prospects Have Improved For 2015 College Graduates

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The job prospects for this year’s college seniors are better than they have been in years, say two different employer surveys.

CareerBuilder’s survey of 2,175 hiring and human resource managers found 65 percent of them planning to hire one or more of the upcoming graduates, an eight-point increase from last year’s survey and the largest percentage since the year before the recession.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers, which conducts a related survey, says its member companies, which include a large share of the Fortune 500, intend to up their college hiring. The 162 responding companies told NACE they intend to hire 9.6 percent more grads this year than last. That’s the highest expected increase in NACE’s spring survey since 2012. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Court: Sexual Stereotyping Is Really Sexual Discrimination

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By Eric B. Meyer

Last September, for the first time ever, the EEOC sued two private employers for discriminating against employees who had transitioned from one gender to another.

One of those cases settled last week for $150K.

Yesterday, the other action survived the employer’s motion to dismiss the case. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Of All a Company’s Functions, HR Is the Guardian of the Future

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Editor’s Note: This is the second of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute.

By Lynda Gratton

The forces shaping our world are having a profound impact on organizations and on the HR professionals within them.

That is why over a decade ago my colleagues and I founded the Future of Work Research Consortium (FoW). Our aspiration was to engage with HR people from around the world to consider the forces that they believe will shape their function and the roles and responsibilities within it. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Why I Stopped Bad-Mouthing “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”

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Today, April 23, is the fourth Thursday of the month, which means it’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (aka TODAS).

Kids will be trooping through workplaces around the country, sometimes hanging out with a parent but more often enjoying a busy agenda of carefully planned, hands-on activities.

I used to find the whole idea of this annoying as hell. Read more…