“No-poaching” agreements are now seen at illegal

When companies are accused of restraint of trade you usually think of things such as price fixing or other acts of collusion that restrict the competitive nature of doing business. In the last couple of years, however, more and more cases have been brought in situations where employees have complained that their ability to get …

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Valentine Day Archive: Losing out to a lover does not mean you were discriminated against

Valentine Day always sparks a blog post or two about office romances. Here is one I wrote in 2017.  Does a man, who does not get promoted or get an increase, because his boss gives them to his lover, have a claim for discrimination? According to one court, the answer is “NO”. The case Mr. …

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What Exactly is Workplace Conflict Resolution?

This is a guest post from attorney Debra Golymbieski. I asked her to explain conflict resolution. Workplace conflict resolution is a process for managing conflict in the workplace and resolving the business problems that result from the conflict.  Why should you manage conflict in the workplace?  Because unmanaged and unresolved employee conflict is arguably one of …

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One HR lesson from the United Airlines fiasco: Always act as if you are being recorded

Everyone is undoubtedly aware of what this fiasco is about. It made both national and international news. United Airlines suffered significantly in the stock market, dropping $1.4 BILLION after the event. What was the major catalyst for this loss and the resulting bad public relations? Video and social media! Twenty years ago this might not …

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An angry employee is not just an employee relations issue

I had a client call the other day looking for advice on what to do with an angry employee. The employee was causing all sorts of havoc with fellow employees, to the point of causing tears. We talked about the situation and I provided some advice on what they might do. The question I wondered …

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Two Words to Help Defuse Conflict

In HR or management you are often faced with situations that arise out of conflict. Often these situations are ignored until they blow up in your face. I frequently hear from people that they hate conflict and in reality most people do, but some people are much better at handling that conflict. In HR you …

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