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

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:

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  • 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.

John Hollon is Editor-at-Large at ERE Media and was the founding Editor of TLNT.com. A longtime newspaper, magazine, and business journal editor, John has deep roots in the talent management space. He's the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com, served as Editor of RecruitingDaily, and was Vice President for Content at HR technology firm Checkster. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices, including for the popular Fistful of Talent blog. Contact him at johnhollon@ere.net, connect with him on LinkedIn, or follow him on Twitter @johnhollon.