Compensation, Legal Issues

Employers Stuck in the Middle on Evolving Equal Pay Laws

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By Gregory D. Hanscom

President Obama recently signed two executive orders changing the landscape of equal pay protections applicable to federal contractors.

The first executive order prohibits federal contractors from firing, demoting or retaliating against employees who discuss their compensation. The second order directs the Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, to establish and implement new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit compensation data that, in part, is broken down by sex and race.

According to the White House, the data will be used to encourage voluntary compliance with already existing equal pay laws and assist with more targeted enforcement initiatives. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

5 Strategies For Taking a More Positive Leadership Approach

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 Second of two parts

In Like Ringing a Bell: How to Bring Out the Best in Employees, we explored the concept that YOU are Pavlov’s Bell to your employees.

Actually, you are Pavlov’s Bell wherever you go and with all of your relationships, but we focused on how this concept affects your ability to bring out the best in your employees.

The overall take away messages was this: “You are Pavlov’s Bell to the people you manage, for better or for worse.Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Does the ADA Now Require That You Accommodate Stealing?


By Eric B. Meyer

Back in 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Walgreens from disability discrimination.

Specifically, the EEOC claimed that Josefina Hernandez, a cashier at Walgreens’ South San Francisco store, who suffered from diabetes, was on duty when she opened a $1.39 bag of chips because she was suffering from an attack of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

The EEOC further alleged that Walgreens knew of Ms. Hernandez’s disability and fired Ms. Hernandez after being informed that Hernandez had eaten the chips because her blood sugar was low, even though she paid for the chips when she came off cashier duty. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

The Three Dumbest Things Leaders Should Never, Ever Say

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“Don’t take this personally.”Don’t bring me a problem unless you bring me an answer.” “We need to talk about that sometime.”

If you’ve ever uttered these comments, reconsider:

“Don’t take this personally.”

How else should you take a comment like that, delivered before a critique of your work? After all, who else did the work but you? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Video Technology Boom — Why It’s Becoming HR’s Tool of Choice

A recent global survey, Global View: Business Video Conferencing Usage and Trends, conducted by Redshift Research on behalf of Polycom, Inc.,  dives into recent shifts in the way HR is communicating and shaping business culture.

Data for the report was collected from 1,205 business decision makers in four regions and 12 countries. Major discoveries of the report included the ways Human Resource executives perceive and are using video and video conferencing technology.

The data suggests that a move towards video provides advantages for talent management, staffing, training, productivity and flexible work enablement. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

The Importance of Trust: It Makes Your Culture “Change Ready”

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What is the level of trust in your culture? What do employees think of senior management?

Research says that only 49 percent of employees trust senior management. The scores for CEO’s are even more dismal; 28 percent of surveyed employees felt the CEO was a credible source of information.

Trust promotes creativity, conflict management, empowerment, teamwork, and leadership during times of uncertainty and change. A culture of trust is a valuable asset for any organization that nurtures and develops it. Read more…

Legal Issues, Webinars

TLNT Webinar: Navigating Murky Waters of ADA & FMLA Legislation

What organization or employer is not currently having or has had leave of absence issues? The answer that first comes to mind is next to none, but what if that was able to be far less of a burden then it currently is?

Joining in the upcoming TriNet sponsored webinar, featuring Eric Meyer, will provide you with many tips, tricks, and real-life applications that you can use to improve your workforce immediately. This is one webinar where a leave of absence may not be a good choice.

Please join Eric Meyer, a partner in the Labor and Employment Group of the Philadelphia-based law firm Dilworth Paxson LLP,  for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, April 17, at 11 am Pacific time (2 pm Eastern).

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Compensation, Webinars

TLNT Webinars – Dawning of a New Era: The End of the Performance Review

It’s an odd predicament, organizational leaders are locked in to this belief that they need to conduct annual or bi-annual performance appraisals of their staff, but yet at the same time they recognize that this system is not working, and caught in the middle of all this absurdity is HR managers.

Please join Dr. Tim Baker, author of many titles, most recently “The End of the Performance Review: A New Approach to Appraising Employee Performance,” in this one hour, Infor sponsored webinar, as he discusses what has been titled a “groundbreaking new model” for employee appraisals. HR professionals have the opportunity to be a part of a movement from a culture of appraisal to one of development, be part of the discussion by joining this webinar.

Please join Tim Baker, International cConsultant and Managing Director of WINNERS AT WORK Pty Ltd,  for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, May 14, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

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HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Remembering the Work of So Many “Average” Heroes in Boston


Today is a solemn day of remembrance and tribute.

Our U.S. headquarters is located near Boston, and several of our employees are regular runners of the Boston Marathon. Last year was a brutal, heart-wrenching blow to all of us, but of course, no more so than to those who lost loved ones or survived the horrific events one year ago today.

In honor of those who remain Boston Strong, I’d like to focus on the average people. Read more…

Talent Management

The 5 Attributes of High-Performing Employees


Adding a new person to your workplace team is always a gamble.

Usually you can’t tell by looking who will consistently deliver top-notch performances that make the entire team shine — as opposed to who will just show up and do an average job.

Realize that “average” does not mean “bad.” As I discuss in my book SuperCompetent, average (competent) people define the norm and provide the benchmarks by which we recognize high performance. They do their jobs adequately when directed, and you can depend on them for most things. Read more…