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Navigating the Barriers to Global Mobility

By Hector A. Chichoni Because of tremendous advances in technology and transportation, companies are able to locate resources and skills in different parts of the world and manage them as if they were in one place. Competition for resources and skills is brutal and requires speedy and fluid access to global markets. When U.S. employers […]

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Hot List: New York Times Bestselling Paperback Business Books

The following is a list of the bestselling paperback business books as ranked by the New York Times on March 21. 1. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight. 2. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can […]

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3 Big Employee Handbook Mistakes To Avoid

Many employers adopt a casual approach to their employee handbooks — which can quickly lead to lawsuits. A thought-out, well-crafted employee handbook is the best way to avoid this problem says attorney Elaina Smiley.

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Transgendered Employees in the Workplace

By Susan G. Fentin According to a report published in February by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, transgendered workers are twice as likely to be unemployed and experience a high degree of harassment or other workplace mistreatment. The report, Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of […]

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Employers Seeking Savings Can’t Afford Age Claims

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently heard testimony on the particular effects the economic downturn has had on older workers, addressing the unfortunate possibility that the recession may be serving as a catalyst for some employers to engage in age discrimination. Recession Hits Older Workers During a mid-November EEOC meeting, several experts reported on […]

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Gender Change May Be a Physical Disability

By Jonathan C. Sterling As we have reported in the past, transsexual employees may be protected from discrimination, at least in some cases, by federal and state law. The decisions granting that protection have treated such discrimination as a violation of gender or sex discrimination law. However, courts have been reluctant to recognize that transsexual […]

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FLSA Claims Continue to Rise

In 2010, there was a 10 percent increase from 2009 in wage and hour collective- and class-action cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). “Collective” and “class” actions are lawsuits with multiple plaintiffs filed by employees who perform substantially the same job. The number of wage and hour cases began to climb as a […]

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Seven Deadly Sins Your Managers Are Committing As You Read This

Managers. Why can’t they just do everything the way you ask them to and the way the policy reads? Wishful thinking. Here are seven deadly managers’ sins that are probably being committed right now, down the hall. Sin 1. Lust Sexual harassment continues to be a problem in the workplace. And it’s often worse when […]

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HR Trends for 2011: Healthcare, Competition, and Complex Legal Compliance

SHRM has once again released its Top 10 Trends in HR, a survey that they conduct every two years to assess the most important concerns in Human Resources. This year, its no surprise that the rising costs and increased legislation of healthcare topped the list. Also in the top tier of the list: increased global […]

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Pushing the Limits of PDA

When last night’s episode originally aired on February 10, 2011, I noted that the Scranton office more closely resembled a nightclub at the height of the sexual revolution than a reputable place of business — see my original commentary entitled “Let’s Get It On.” I discussed recent findings on the prevalence of workplace dating, as well […]

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