Weekly Wrap: Firing by Blackberry, Illegal Layoffs, and Dave Ulrich Speaks

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Jul 16, 2010

I like to use Friday to catch up on things I might have missed during the past week, and if you’re like me, you do, too. That’s why I try to highlight some of those interesting news items that may have slipped by last week.

I‘ve been getting decent feedback to this weekly wrap-up, but would love more – either as a comment here, or via e-mail. And once again, here’s another dose of news and trends from the world of HR and people management that I found interesting, readable, and thought-provoking this week. I round them up so you don’t have to:

  • A payout in Chicago for illegal layoffs. HR professionals have nightmares about getting socked with a big lawsuit for some labor law violation, so view this one in Chicago for illegal layoffs at the Blackstone Hotel as a cautionary tale. The potential payout is already at $250,000 and growing, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • How much vacation is the right amount? A new study by the University of the Rockies shows that the benefits of vacation length for employees peak at about 10 days – and a lot more than that doesn’t really increase job satisfaction, retention, or professional well-being.