Month: January 2013

Draw me a butt

Litigation Value: Frank can collect from Pam and Dwight the cost of cleaning paint off his truck. “Shouldn’t someone get fired for this?” That’s the question Pam asked while confronting the large orange butts that someone (Frank) spray-painted on her warehouse mural in “Vandalism,” the second of two new episodes tonight. Of course someone should get fired, […]

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When cheaters strike: How HR can make a difference

Everyone knows the clichés “cheaters never prosper” and “honesty is the best policy,” but that doesn’t mean employees always take those maxims to heart. Whether it’s padding an expense account, failing to clock out for lunch, or large-scale embezzling, some employees will cross the line into unethical territory. Take, for example, the case of the […]

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Karma in the C-Suite: What Goes Around …

Do you believe in karma? Do you think a person brings upon himself inevitable results, whether they are good or bad? Does what goes around come around? These are some questions business and leadership blogger Dan Oswald ponders. Oswald, CEO of BLR, offered his thoughts on karma and leadership in a recent edition of The […]

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EEOC Discrimination Disputes Cost Employers More than $400 Million in 2012

Employers paid more than $400 million to resolve discrimination cases filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal 2012, according to data released by the agency Jan. 28. Among private-sector workers, retaliation, race and sex discrimination, respectively, were the most common discrimination charges. Other highlights from the EEOC’s fiscal 2012 statistical summary: 99,412 […]

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Better a Tigger than an Eeyore? Readers Not Sure

In the original article, Oswald, CEO of BLR and writer of the The Oswald Letter quoted Thomas Jefferson: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Specking about attitude, Oswald continued, “Who wants to follow an Eeyore […]

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New Report Looks at ‘Interstate Job Piracy’

State and local governments spend billions of dollars annually on economic development subsidies given to companies for moving existing jobs from one state to another, according to a study released today by Good Jobs First, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center based in Washington, D.C. The report is titled The Job-Creation Shell Game. Greg LeRoy, executive […]

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What ‘Superpower’ Would Help You Do Your Job Better?

Maybe as a kid you wanted to fly or see through walls like your favorite superhero/superheroine. But Kristin Piombino, editorial assistant at Ragan Communications, is asking readers to take a poll on what superpower would help them to do their job better. Piombino gave these choices of superpowers for the poll: The ability to freeze […]

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Is ‘Highly Qualified’ Highly Ineffective?

Have you recently interviewed a self-described “highly qualified” applicant? What about a “team player”? According to a new OfficeTeam survey, if you play a part in the hiring process, it’s more than likely that you may be sick of hearing these terms. The survey was developed by OfficeTeam and was conducted by an independent research […]

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OSHA injury, illness summary to be posted by February 1

February 1 marks the deadline for covered employers to post a new summary of work-related injuries and illnesses. The summary—the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Form 300A—is required to be posted in the workplace every year from February 1 to April 30. The summary form must be completed and posted even if no […]

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The 8 Ways to Stop Intermittent/Reduced Leave Abuse

In yesterday’s Advisor, attorney Drew Alexis offered suggestions for curbing FMLA abuse; today, he summarizes his eight ways to stop abuse, plus we introduce 10-Minute HR Trainer Alexis, who offered his intermittent leave tips during BLR’s Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, held recently in Las Vegas, is with the Kinaga Law Firm in Los Angeles. 1. […]

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