Articles tagged 'HR trends'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Georgia Legalizes Medical Marijuana Without Employment Protections

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By Dale L. Deitchler

With the enactment of “Haleigh’s Hope Act” last week, Georgia became the 26th jurisdiction to decriminalize medical marijuana use.

The Act, which became effectively immediately upon signature by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, legalizes such use under Georgia law in connection with nine specified medical conditions, including end-stage cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s, and sickle cell disease. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Poor Performance is Contagious, Especially If You Won’t Deal With It

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

As managers, at some point we all encounter an employee who frustrates us and drains the life and energy out of the team.

When you are in this situation with someone, you know it in your heart that you should act, particularly when they really annoy you. But, you don’t act right away because you second guess yourself, and you keep thinking, “they really do some things very well — sometimes…” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Fired for Sex Jokes, Man Claims Disability Act Violations Instead

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By Eric B. Meyer

As I resist every urge to cheapen this post further by resorting to silly puns and other double entendre, allow me to set the stage of this case for you:

The plaintiff was an auto technician in the vehicle install bay at a large electronics store. According to the court’s opinion (in Sharp v. Best Buy Co., Inc.), he was familiar with the store’s zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. Through his doctor, the plaintiff, who had narcolepsy and cataplexy, requested no shift work. With one scheduling exception, the store accommodated him.

About a year later, one of the plaintiff’s female co-workers accused him of sexual harassment. The allegations revolved around comments from the plaintiff regarding the victim and the act of fellatio. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR’s Role in the Digital Workplace: It’s Time for Reinvention

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Editor’s Note: This is the first 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 Josh Bersin

The human resources profession is at a crossroads.

Over the last few years digital and internet technologies have radically changed the way we work, requiring a tremendous change in all areas of human resources. Our latest global research shows that business and HR leaders have three major challenges: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Push to Require “Predictable Scheduling” Is Gaining Momentum

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By John E. Thompson

In February, we reported on U.S. Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil‘s comments that the agency is considering whether the federal Fair Labor Standards Act somehow entitles employees to “predictable scheduling.”

His remarks related to whether there is an enforceable right to a stable work schedule and to advance notice of that schedule.

Perhaps not surprisingly, it turns out that his remarks were a harbinger of apparently coordinated efforts to press for legally mandated scheduling requirements. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

A New Protected Classification? Congressional Action is in the Pipeline

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By Gregory D. Hanscom

Unless you were completely ignoring the news over the past couple of weeks, it was difficult to miss the debate spurred by the religious freedom bills that were passed in both Indiana and Arkansas.

This nationwide debate refocused attention on what many people believe to be pervasive discrimination against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As this debate was ongoing, many people (lawyers and non-lawyers alike) were surprised to learn that sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected classifications under federal and many state anti-discrimination statutes.

Congress now appears poised to address this issue head-on. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Ethical Sourcing: If It’s Good For Coffee, It’s Good For Talent, Too

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I read in the newspaper yesterday morning that Starbucks has achieved an incredible milestone for the ethical sourcing of virtually all its coffee – 99 percent!

This means that more than 400 million pounds of coffee served globally meets really tough economic, environmental and social standards for growers from whom they buy their coffee.

According to Starbucks’ website, they take a “comprehensive approach to ethical sourcing, using responsible purchasing practices; farmer support; economic, social and environmental standards; industry collaboration and community development programs.” And it’s all verified by third parties like C.A.F.E. (Coffee and Farmer Equity) Practices, Fair Trade and Certification Global Services. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Can Jobcase Really Give LinkedIn a Run For Its Money?

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In a world of 100,000 (more or less) job boards, there’s one for practically every occupation, industry, and personal interest.

The few big players — Indeed, CareerBuilder, SnagAJob, SimplyHired among them — count their monthly visitors in the millions and their dollars in the double-digit millions. The majority of commercial career sites, though, gross less than a million annually and have far fewer visitors in a year.

When they’re not worrying about what Indeed will do to their business, they’re worrying about what LinkedIn will do. Or about each other.

It makes you wonder why anyone, let alone a former Wall Street fund manager, would want to jump into the business. Read more…

Talent Management

Millennials Show That a Lack of Desire Doesn’t Mean Disengagement

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It goes without saying that several people are currently working at jobs they don’t like, but that may not be as big of a deal-breaker as it once was.

By 2020, Millennials will make up close to half (46 percent) of the workforce according to the Young Entrepreneur Council, and they’ve already shown that they won’t let their careers define who they are.

Quite the contrary — they are more likely to stay in a job that’s not ideal, if it enables their personal pursuits. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA?

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By Eric B. Meyer

If you’re in a rush, I’ll hit you with the punchline and save you the trouble of reading a 1,000 plus word blog post:

Telecommuting may be a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, except where regular attendance is an essential function of the job.

For those of you with a few minutes to spare, today’s post springs from a case, a saga really, involving the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Ford Motor Company. And since I have a few good employer takeaways at the end — hey, don’t skip all the way through! — today’s post is worth the time. Read more…