Category: Learning & Development

Employees are valuing career development more than ever—it’s a sign that the company is willing to invest in their future. How are businesses approaching training today? What are their pain points, and what topics are being addressed in training?

Depressed, Discriminated Against, and Out on FMLA

In yesterday’s Advisor, we featured attorney Jonathan A. Segal’s take on the most common mistakes in discipline and termination. Today, more of his practical advice, and an introduction to a unique training system that will help all your supervisors and managers avoid lawsuits Segal, a partner in the Philadelphia office of law firm Duane Morris, […]

Not Legally Required, But Legally Recommended

C-Suite types will say, “I don’t need a reason to fire.” You have to talk to them, says Jonathan A. Segal, Esq., and explain about “legally required” and “legally recommended.” Don’t tell the CEO who wants to terminate without documentation, “You can’t terminate.” Say, “If there is a legitimate non-discriminatory reason for this termination, you […]

SHRM Conference Special: Supervisors Avoid Tough Conversations—Unless You Give Script

Managers and supervisors will go to great lengths to avoid tough conversations with employees. Unfortunately, avoidance isn’t the best approach. So give your supervisors and managers scripts to follow, says Paul Falcone. Falcone, a prolific writer on HR topics and a popular speaker, is VP, Employee Relations, at Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles. He […]

Disastrous Discipline Mistakes Avoided with 8 Simple Tips

Discipline is one of the most basic and important supervisory roles, yet it is often handled poorly, sometimes with disastrous results. What goes wrong? How many times have you encountered these mistakes: Employees disciplined for doing something they have a legal right to do—like take intermittent FMLA or make an EEO complaint Inconsistent discipline that […]

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 […]

EEOC Vice-Chair: What’s Particularly Important for Employers?

  In yesterday’s Advisor, Leslie Silverman talked employers through changes at EEOC and OFCCP. Today, her tips for complying with the new ADA—ADAAA (ADA Amendments Act), which became effective January 1, 2009. Silverman, a partner at Proskauer, LLP, in Washington, D.C., and former vice chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), offered her take […]

Your Trainers Making Any of These Mistakes?

Yesterday’s Advisor explored courts’ new attitude toward training. In today’s issue, Attorney Philippe Weiss tells what he thinks will go wrong in your training sessions, and we get a look at an extraordinary 10-minute training program. Weiss is director of Seyfarth Shaw at Work, a legal compliance training company associated with the Seyfarth Shaw law […]

Quality of Training—and Trainer—Will Be Questioned in Court

By now everyone knows that training is a necessary defense for many lawsuits.  However, EEOC and the courts are now demanding more than just the simple act of training, says Attorney Philippe Weiss.  They are interested in the quality of the training—and the trainer—as well. Courts (and opposing attorneys) will explore such things as the […]

Teaching Managers to Resist Retaliation

Yesterday’s Advisor exposed the danger zones of retaliation. Today, how to teach managers to avoid retaliation and a look at a unique 10-minute training system that keeps managers and supervisors out of legal hot water. How can you keep your managers out of the retaliation danger zone? First of all, they have to recognize the […]

Retaliation—Easy to Avoid, Hard to Stop

Retaliation—surely the dumbest mistake managers make, and one of the most expensive. Fortunately, it’s also the easiest mistake to avoid. Peter worried that a dangerous chemical was being used without proper protection, and he reported it to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). His boss, Sheila, was not happy. “Peter’s wrong,” she said. […]