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Changes in HR Titles Show Progress

Over my three decades in human resources (HR), I’ve gathered a pretty good library on the subject. In its titles, I can see the evolution of the field during that time—an evolution that I can also see in the titles I and other HR professionals have held over the years.

EEOC Chair Not Seeing Wave of Harassment Claims in Wake of #MeToo

With the #MeToo movement continuing to gain steam, an increase in the number of sexual harassment claims made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) might be expected. And although the EEOC chair says that hasn’t been the case, at least slow change may be on the way.

The New Meaning of the Equal Pay Act’s Promise of Pay Equity

Never before has the Equal Pay Act (EPA) gotten so much attention. In fact, “pay equity” has become a term that every employer must understand. That’s because courts have begun examining the meaning of pay equity under the EPA, and legislatures are expanding the reach of pay equity and limiting employers’ inquiries into prospective employees’ […]

Tips for Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Workplace

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on the job deaths from drug- or alcohol-related causes have grown 25% annually since 2012. That’s a serious concern. Even worse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that 116 people died every day in 2016 from an opioid overdose, and over 2 million people had an […]

The “Soft” Side of Effective Mergers

Mergers are an integral part of business life. They represent an important tool for corporate success by, among other things, helping companies diversify, add complementary offerings, and remain competitive through effective scaling. But having advised senior executives in transition for 20 years, I also regularly hear stories about how difficult it is to successfully merge […]

The Transformation of Workforce Communications

The workplace has changed a lot over the years, but one thing remains the same: the need for effective communications. Since the beginning of time, the success of every business has relied on this one crucial business strategy.

DOJ Won’t Defend the ACA Individual Mandate and Related Provisions

The Trump administration has decided not to defend the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate, or certain provisions it considers to be inseparable from the mandate, from an ongoing constitutional challenge. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked the court hearing the case to declare these provisions invalid as of January 1, 2019.