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How Can Organizations Create a Culture of Trust?

“They just don’t get it!” How many times have you heard your managers lament that their direct reports missed a deadline, failed at a task, or didn’t have the strongest approach to a situation? Perhaps they didn’t step up to a challenge that was presented to them, and your team is beyond frustrated that their […]

Halloween Firings of Yore: Frightening Guidance from ‘The Office’

Halloween is tomorrow, and we are flashing back to a Halloween-themed episode from one of my favorite shows: The Office. While the episode is aptly named “Halloween” (because it takes place on October 31 and the day of the office Halloween party), it could have easily been entitled “Grim Reaper” because this episode follows Michael […]

WOTC 101

WOTC stands for Work Opportunity Tax Credit, and it’s designed to be an incentive for employers to hire people who frequently face difficulty finding employment. As the name implies, this incentive is in the form of a tax credit. As such, it is administered by both the Department of Labor (DOL) and the IRS. It […]

Appellate Court Affirms That Divorce Retirement Assets Aren’t Protected

A federal appeals court upheld an earlier ruling that 401(k) plan and individual retirement account (IRA) assets acquired by an ex-spouse in a divorce proceeding aren’t retirement funds protected by federal law from bankruptcy creditors. The case is Brian A. Lerbakken, Debtor-Appellant v. Sieloff and Associates, No. 18-6018 (Bankr. 8th Cir., Oct. 16, 2018).

Finding Your Way in Today’s Job Market: Defining Your Culture

We have heard from countless companies that they are leaving millions of dollars in new business on the table. Despite nearly unprecedented new business opportunities, there is a shortage of skills in the labor market that hinders many companies’ ability to hire and retain the employees they need to convert opportunity to business.

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What HR Needs to Know About Working with Labor Unions

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that participation in labor unions was down in 2016, especially in the private sector. And the cause for this is due to the ever-increasing responsiveness of human resource (HR) professionals and the positive employee relations they inspire in the […]

STEM Careers Sought by the Class of 2021

There’s no time like the present to start recruiting college graduates. While unemployment remains low, the number of applicants for many jobs across the country continues to increase. According to recruiting software and talent acquisition solutions provider, Oleeo, some companies are attracting up to 90,000 college graduate applications across several different program types (intern, co-op, […]

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Stats About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace You Can’t Ignore

In the past year or so, in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, many organizations have been actively seeking ways to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. And over the past decade or so, statistics have revealed how deep-seated and pervasive sexual harassment is inside the workplace, regardless of one’s industry or profession.

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Pros and Cons of Allowing Employees to Bring Pets to Work

According to the American Kennel Club, about 68% of households in the United States own a pet, with 60.2 million of those pets being dogs. And one poll conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association revealed that around 17% of working Americans reported that their company permits pets at work. Some of the more […]