Articles tagged 'HR News'

HR Management, Legal Issues

FMLA Interference: It’s Telling an Employee “Don’t Die at the Desk”

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By Eric B. Meyer

Telling an employee returning from open-heart surgery, “Don’t die at the desk” is bad. Very bad.

Also, threatening to drag that employee outside and throw him in a ditch isn’t good either.

Yeah, that may fracture a law or two. I’m thinking the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Heck, even the Taliban would frown on that. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

NLRB: Employees’ Profane Facebook Comments Aren’t Protected Activity

Should HR and management have to monitor employees for e-mail profanity? (Illustration by Dreamstime)

By Suellen Oswald

After years of National Labor Relations Board decisions protecting employees’ profanity-laced tirades and outright threats against management in social media stream-of-consciousness posts, the Board recently said “no.”

In Richmond District Neighborhood Center, the NLRB upheld the administrative law judge’s decision that two employees’ Facebook plan for insubordination veered into the land of “unprotected” activity under the National Labor Relations Act.

At the close of the school year, employees of a teen center anonymously submitted the pros and cons of working at the center. The cons included mistreatment by management, lack of appreciation, failure to act on employee suggestions, and lack of clarity on policies controlling employee expenditures. Read more…

HR Management, Legal Issues

Another Reminder Why You Need a Good Workplace BYOD Policy

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By Eric B. Meyer

Is it against the law to remotely wipe an employee’s Candy Crush high score?

Replace Candy Crush high score with email contacts on a personal iPhone used for work (yes, a Bring Your Own Device situation), and you have the issue that a federal court in Texas recently tackled.

This case (Rajaee v. Design Tech Homes and Design Tech Homes of Texas) presents a set of facts not unlike those which could easily arise in your workplace. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Facebook Testing New Service Designed For Workplace Use

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Facebook is testing a new professional service specifically intended to be used in the workplace.

The company has so far been mum about “Facebook at Work.” However, the Financial Times, which disclosed the secret project, said it is designed as a collaboration tool, allowing users to share documents, communicate with colleagues and build networks of professional contacts.

Because it will enable users to keep their social network completely separate from their professional one, the new service is being considered a competitor to LinkedIn and to services from Google and Microsoft. Read more…

HR Technology

How Big Data Can Help Transform the Business Value of HR

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Scattered about the Internet is a treasure trove of data, and more and more, it’s being used to manage people.

Big data might be unstructured and unwieldy to many, and there are reasons for that perception.

It’s collected from a variety of public and private sources — as well as internal and external means — so it takes focus and dedication to curate and manage it. But effectively analyzing this data can provide you with the tools for success.

Perhaps one of the better-known examples of this practice can be found in the Oakland Athletics baseball team. General Manager Billy Beane hired “quants” to analyze the performance of potential recruits. The data was so powerful that it turned the team into a winner, as described in the book and movie Moneyball, but this method certainly isn’t limited to the baseball field. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Part-Timers Want to Be Full-Timers, But Where Are the Jobs?

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It’s been an ongoing question nobody has a good answer to: Why don’t more people feel good about the economy given the drop in the unemployment rate to nearly pre-recession levels?

Well, according to the latest survey from CareerBuilder, it’s because many part-time workers who want permanent, full-time employment simply can’t find it.

According to the study, it’s pretty simple: 32 percent of part-time workers say they want to work full-time but haven’t been able to land a full-time job. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

Survey Shows CFOs Are Increasing Their Involvement With HR

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CFOs are becoming more involved in human resources issues, as companies more and more break down traditional silos in favor of ever greater collaboration among departments and divisions.

Better than 8 in 10 CFOs say their responsibilities have expanded in the last three years to touch areas as diverse as marketing and operations.

Human resources leads the list, with 21 percent of the 2,100 CFOs surveyed saying their job now includes at least some involvement with HR issues. Following closely, 19 percent of CFOs reported having some responsibility for IT. Read more…

HR Management, Recruiting and Staffing

Yes, Even Harvard Grads Can Get Turned Down at The Container Store

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You probably saw this on the web this past week, but just in case you didn’t, a Harvard University graduate and Emmy award-winning writer recently got rejected for a holiday job at The Container Store.

She was very surprised by this, in a pompous “I’m-really-too-good-for-you, but I’m desperate, so you would be lucky to have me” kind of way. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

President Will Withdraw Controversial NLRB Nominee

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By Michael J, Lotito

Perhaps sensing former recess appointee Sharon Block‘s confirmation to the National Labor Relations Board would be an uphill battle, President Obama has reportedly announced that he is withdrawing her nomination.

According to a report by Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico, the President will instead name Lauren McFerran, chief labor counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (known as HELP), as his choice to be the fifth NLRB member.

Many U.S. Senators have been of the mindset that Block should not be “rewarded” with a Board position after the U.S. Supreme Court deemed hers and current Board General Counsel Richard Griffin’s recess appointments unconstitutional in Noel Canning v. NLRB. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Can You Fire an Employee For Having a “Nazi Shrine” on Facebook?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Last week, I read this story in USA Today from Cam Smith, in which he reports that the North Delta Minor Hockey Association fired one of its junior hockey coaches after it learned that he had posted pictures of Nazi items and propaganda — described as a “Nazi shrine” — on his Facebook page.

The Hockey Association defended the termination in a statement in which it characterized the post as containing “extreme and objectionable material believed to be incompatible with an important purpose of our minor hockey association — to promote and encourage good citizenship.”

Now, let’s assume that this went down in the U.S. Could the former employee argue religious discrimination (with a straight face)? Read more…