Articles tagged 'HR trends'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Do Fingers With Frostbite Constitute a Disability Under the ADA?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Let’s talk about what it means to have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act.

In Wilson v. Iron Tiger Logistics, the plaintiff, a truck driver, developed frostbite on a bunch of fingers while performing maintenance on his truck in Canada in -25 degree weather.

That’s dedication to your work! Although, speaking of dedication and cold weather, I think of those smokers who stand 21 feet away from our office in the dead of winter — not -25 degrees, but still pretty frickin’ cold — holding that cigarette to their lips. Now, that is some serious dedication. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Actually, Contract Workers Really ARE the “Cream of the Crop”

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There is a common misconception that contract workers are lower-level or not the “cream of the crop.”

This misconception stems from the picture many people have in their minds of the clerical or blue-collar temps of the past who mostly took temporary work when they couldn’t find a traditional job.

But today’s contractors can be found in nearly every industry and in positions up to and including the C-suite. Companies can truly find cream of the crop contract candidates, particularly in the technical, professional, and health care arenas.

For many candidates, contract staffing is no longer a last resort or simply a path to direct employment — it is a chosen lifestyle. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Employer Wants to “Bring Color” to Workplace, Gets Lawsuit Instead

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By Eric B. Meyer

Let’s get one thing clear. Anyone can be a victim of discrimination. And when it comes to race, we’re talking black, white, brown, whatever.

And in this instance, it added up to a $620,000 jury verdict and nearly $165,000 in attorney’s fees.

Case in point, in Boneberger v. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Mr. Boneberger, who is white, claimed reverse-race discrimination because his employer failed to transfer him to the position of Assistant Director of the St. Louis Police Academy. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Is It Legal For the EEOC to Send 1,330 Emails to Your Employees?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Back in 2013, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began investigating Case New Holland, Inc. for age discrimination, or so a complaint that Case New Holland recently filed in federal court alleges.

So, how is this news?

Apparently, the EEOC sent 1,330 emails to Case New Holland email addresses trolling for potential class-action plaintiffs — or so the Case New Holland complaint alleges. And by sending those emails, the EEOC violated the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the United States Constitution — or so Case New Holland alleges.

Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Why Great Teams Matter, or How Workplace Culture Carries the Day

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The San Francisco Giants are going to baseball’s World Series for the third time in five years. And a big reason why is the team’s workplace culture — a culture that organizations beyond baseball can learn from.

The Giants are a “teamy” team, one with heaps of solidarity, ego-sacrifice and brotherly love. That workplace climate, sometimes called “chemistry,” has helped make the Giants a talent magnet, prepared them to overcome major adversity, and propelled them to their sport’s biggest stage again.

“We’ve just got a bunch of guys who have come together,” Giants third base coach Tim Flannery said after the team won their National League pennant series over the St. Louis Cardinals. “And there’s something magic that happens in this clubhouse.” Read more…

Benefits, HR Management

Nobody’s Laughing, But Unlimited Vacation Policies Are a Complete Joke

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Well, it had to happen — unlimited vacation policies have jumped the shark!

Billionaire Richard Branson recently announced that his company, Virgin Group, would begin offering unlimited vacation to all corporate employees. Here’s a statement from a CNN interview with Richard:

Take a holiday whenever you want. Take as much holiday as you want. We’re not going to keep a check on how much holiday you take. Treat people as human beings, give them that flexibility and I don’t think they’ll abuse it. And they’ll get the job done.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: How to Handle and Cope With Workplace Behavior

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The October HR Roundtable in Cincinnati gathered to discuss a factor of the workplace which is too often overlooked.

What is that factor? Behavior.

The reality of HR is that we are constantly surrounded by, and have to work with and/or address, the behavior of others. The Roundtable wanted to delve into this so that HR people would no longer overlook behavior, but own it and work with it. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Ebola Crisis Plan? Here’s What HR Should Do If They Get Asked About It

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Wait for it…

Any minute now some executive is going to come into your office and ask “you” what you’re doing about this Ebola outbreak!

I’m not trying to slight the importance and the tragedy that disease is creating in West Africa, because it’s horrific. But our American media is bringing this to hysteria levels in the States (see video below)! As of this writing, there are three (3) confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. and one death. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Study Finds That Flex Work is Finally Going Mainstream

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Here’s something you probably knew was coming, but now you have the data to back that feeling up.

This week, SHRM released a survey that shows that flexible work arrangements have not only gone mainstream, but seem to be both successful and growing.

Here are the key findings:

  • Most flexible work arrangements (and SHRM identified 16 different types) are successful with 73 to 92 percent of HR professionals reporting that they were somewhat or very successful. Read more…
Legal Issues

The One Thing HR Can’t Do If An Employee Reports a Noose

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By Eric B. Meyer

One employer appears to have screwed up royally, which seems to be part of a trend this week.

Yes, there are several things you don’t want to do if an employee reports a noose in the workplace, among them: