Mr. Spock has died. He lived long, and prospered.
Of course, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, the character, will still be around because fictional people never really go away, but Leonard Nimoy, the wonderful actor who brought Spock to life, will not. He died Friday in California at age 83.
Trekkies will know this, but in the Star Trek universe, Spock was from the planet Vulcan, a place where a strict adherence to logic had helped Vulcans rise above personal emotions that had once threated to wipe out their civilization. It also made Vulcans the perfect aliens to have “first contact” with the human race (depicted in the film Star Trek: First Contact) in 2063.
OK, I know, I know – what does all this have to do with talent management and HR, anyway? Read more…
Last week, compensation solutions expert PayScale released its annual 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report.
PayScale titled its report Attack of the Out-of-Date Comp Plan (cute, huh?), because they believe:
- Compensation data gathered in real time (versus “aged” data) is needed to make the best compensation decisions; and,
- No company can afford to not understand that, lest said company find itself a victim of its own out-of-date business practices. (At least that’s what I think they believe.) Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.
In Abercrombie, the company did not hire a woman who wore a headscarf at her interview, because she did not conform to the company’s Look Policy.
The issue before the Supreme Court was whether an employer can be liable under Title VII for refusing to hire an applicant or discharging an employee based on a “religious observance and practice” only if the employer has actual knowledge that a religious accommodation was required, and, the employer’s actual knowledge resulted from direct, explicit notice from the applicant or employee. Read more…
An organization’s most critical assets are its employees. No other bothers to argue against that point any more.
An organization’s workforce is also, however, its most expensive asset, and workforce management (the development of employees, retention of skilled talent, etc.) is consistently cited as one of the top issues facing organizations today.
In a recent Aberdeen report (Bottom Line Reasons For a Total Workforce Management Strategy), 60 percent of all organizations reported a need to improve workforce planning capabilities as a driver of their total workforce management efforts. Read more…
You might recall last August’s stinging comments from celebrated Judge Roger Titus of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland that were directed at the EEOC when he dismissed their case against Freeman Companies for what the commission alleged as discriminatory hiring practices related to Freeman’s use of criminal background checks and credit reports.
Judge Titus used words like “laughable,” “unreliable,” and “mind boggling.”
Instead of heeding the judge’s remarks and conceding their overreach, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission appealed his ruling to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, VA. At issue was the testimony of the EEOC’s expert witness, Dr. Kevin R. Murphy, which was excluded by the lower court. Read more…
In case you haven’t been on the Internet in the last 36 hours, Patricia Arquette is being celebrated for more than just her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood.
During Sunday night’s live Academy Awards telecast, the seasoned performer stood up for women everywhere, making a rousing plea to take action about the notorious gender pay gap.
The problem of pay disparity between men and women in Hollywood was already in the public eye thanks to the high-profile cyber-attack against Sony last December. Read more…
By Jason Storipan
Following his office’s 2013 investigation into payroll cards and release of a report on the issue in 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently sent legislation regarding the use of payroll cards by employers to pay employees to the State Legislature for consideration and action.
A payroll card is a debit card used by employers to pay employees’ wages in lieu of payment by paper check or direct deposit. Each payday, the employer deposits an employee’s wages electronically into an account connected to a payroll card. The employee then uses the card to access the funds similar to using a traditional bank issued debit card. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Weekly Wrap is taking the week off. It will return next Friday.
By Eric B. Meyer
Here’s a thought: Consider requiring your new independent contractors to release employment claims.
What the hell are you talking about, Eric? Why would we make an independent contractor sign a release of employment claims before starting work for our company?
I’m so glad you asked. Read more…
Late last year, SHRM and Kronos conducted a study of the impact of employee absence on organizations and employees.
We’ve done research on this topic before, and although the emphasis has been largely on the financial impact of absence, this study, like the prior research, underscores the greater impact that unplanned absenteeism has on the bottom line.
Unlike the prior research, though, we asked questions about the impact on co-workers. Read more…
As someone who worked in the San Francisco Bay Area during the dotcom boom, take it from me — employees LOVE perks.
Silicon Valley figured out a long time ago that all the things companies do for employees above and beyond a paycheck can be both a great lure for new talent, but also a great way to retain those you already have in the fold.
Of course, most companies in America don’t offer the kind of perks that Silicon Valley tech firms do, but as some recent research found, that doesn’t mean that those additional benefits above what you pay people aren’t a great tool for attracting (and keeping) top talent. Read more…