HR Management & Compliance

Changes to the Employers Forum on HRHero.com

The Employers Forum has always been a popular hangout on HRhero.com, but it was time to give it a facelift and incorporate the latest technology. We have upgraded the forum platform to vBulletin, which is used by many Fortune 500 companies. The new platform provides all you forumites with improved security, a better spam filter, and increased agility within the system.

Perhaps one of the best features about the new Employers Forum is we can now respond to user concerns and requests much more quickly.

For those of you who are familiar with the Employers Forum, the first thing you’ll notice is that it looks different. Along with the new look come several new features, including emoticons and avatars (several forumites have already displayed their inner comedian with these), signatures, polls, private messaging, and expanded profiles. A daily digest function that provides all the additions to the forum each day in an email will be ready by the first week of April.

If it’s been a while since you visited the Employers Forum or if you never knew about it, we hope you’ll take a look now. Subscribers to the 50 state Employment Law Letter newsletters will be able to log on and participate — asking fellow HR practitioners questions, giving advice about sticky HR situations, or even sharing a laugh or recipe with colleagues across the country. Non-Employment Law Letter subscribers can read the forum threads and search the forum.

This week, we’ve started a thread about “Dress Code Nightmares” — complete with a poll! Employment Law Letter subscribers can register their votes for worst dress code problem, share their stories, read others’ anecdotes, and exchange HR wisdom for dealing with this issue. Even if you aren’t an Employment Law Letter subscriber, you can see the poll results and read the comments.

If you have problems logging on, please contact forum administrator Celeste Blackburn at cblackburn@mleesmith.com

We hope you enjoy your new and improved forum, and we welcome any comments or ideas for ways to improve it.

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Interested in subscribing to your state’s Employment Law Letter newsletter? In addition to the monthly newsletter written by employment law attorneys in your state, you’ll be able to participate in the Employers Forum on HRHero.com and have access to more than 25 HR Executive Special Reports as well as more than 100 sample policies written by Margaret Morford.