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Criminalization of Employment Law: A New Risk for Managers?

by J. Robert Brame, McGuireWoods LLP In the 1990s, there was a growing concern about the “criminalization” of corporate law, in part justified by the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which placed real criminal risks on top managers. While Sarbanes-Oxley was no threat to HR managers at first, innovative prosecutors and plaintiffs’ attorneys are changing […]

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What Can HR Managers Learn from Shirley Sherrod?

Just My E-pinion By Stephen D. Bruce, PHR Editor, HR Daily Advisor The unfortunate and embarrassing story of Shirley Sherrod’s ouster from the Department of Agriculture by Secretary Tom Vilsack has at least a small silver lining—it’s a stern reminder to HR managers to look before they leap. Sherrod was sacked after a video of […]

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The High Cost of Poor Supervision

Yesterday’s CED detailed a significant report by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) on the importance of supervisors to business.

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What to Say—Excessive Absenteeism, Patterning, and Intermittent Leave

In yesterday’s Advisor, we got Paul Falcone’s advice on just what to say when employees say “It’s off the record.” Today, we have his words for excessive absenteeism and FMLA abuse, plus an introduction to an extraordinary program to simplify policy writing and management. Falcone, a prolific writer on HR topics and a popular speaker, […]

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Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd

Employment law attorney Michael Maslanka reviews the book Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd: Succeeding in a World Where Conformity Reigns but Exceptions Rule by Youngme Moon. Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon has turned out one of the best-written business books I’ve read in a long time. Her big idea: Companies compete by […]

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When Bad Supervisors Happen To Good People

Supervisors are the most important factor in a work unit’s performance, says HR trainer Steve Oppermann. They are driving force that brings excellence—or the dragging force that guarantees mediocrity.

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SHRM Conference Special: Tough Conversations to Have with Your Employees—What to Say

“Managers and supervisors will instantly call the help desk when they have a computer problem,” says Paul Falcone, “but they are reluctant to ask for help when they face a tough conversation with an employee.” Falcone, a prolific writer on HR topics and a popular speaker, is Vice President, Employee Relations, at Time Warner Cable […]

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Departments Release Health Care Reform Regulations on Preventive Care

On Monday, July 19, the Federal Register published interim final regulations from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury requiring new health plans beginning on or after September 23, 2010, to cover certain evidence-based preventive care without cost sharing. In other words, plans cannot charge patients copayments, coinsurance, or […]

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Obama Issues Statement Lending Support to Paycheck Fairness Act

This morning, President Barack Obama issued a statement from the White House voicing his support for — and urging Congress to move forward on — the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA). In the statement, the President referred to the bill as a “commonsense bill” that is one of the key recommendations of the Equal Pay Enforcement […]

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Is Requiring Single Parent to Work Night Shift Family Status Discrimination?

by Ralph Nero and Ida Martin Can an employer require a single parent to start occasionally working the night shift? A recent board of arbitration decision out of Alberta answered — yes. This Alberta decision is the latest in our coverage of decisions wrestling with the workplace application of discrimination on the basis of family […]

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