An Important HR Skill: Question Your Assumptions

Question your assumptions. This was advice that Brian Tracy gave in his latest newsletter. He said “…to question your assumptions, both spoken and unspoken, is a key mark of the superior person.” I will go a step further and say it is the mark of a superior HR professional and a necessary skill. We all …

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The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): Not Your Standard Discrimination Law

Most people know that age is a “protected” category in discrimination law. The ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act) is the law that amended the Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 to add age as a protected categroy, but did you know there are several things about that make it different than the …

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Background Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act

A few weeks ago on HR Observations I wrote a post called Background Checks: Why the FCRA Basics Are Important in which I wrote about a company that was fined $2.6 million due to the improper use of background checks. In that post I published the following: You must have the applicants permission and signature …

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Where Was HR When They Made Her Take Her Bra Off?

There are alot of ways to correct mistakes but there is no way to fix STUPID. You may have thought I was being sensational with my title of “Where was HR when they made her take her bra off?” but that is the exactly what happened. This tale deals with a casino, a new uniform …

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Retaliation for a Claim of Discrimination Is a Big NO-NO

Many smaller company managment teams are not aware that retaliation against someone for filing a claim of discrimination is as bad as the original discrimination. Most larger companies are aware of that, at least the HR people are. However, even larger company HR people may not be aware of how far the “net” of retaliation …

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Background Checks: Why the FCRA Basics Are Important

In my opinion ALL hiring organizations should conduct thorough background checks. The expense is not all that great and the problems it may save you more than offset the cost. However, if you are going to do it there are rules you have to follow. In my consulting and teaching I find that many smaller …

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Genetic Information NonDiscrimination: Will This Lead to Smokers Being Protected?

There was a recent article in USA Today entitled Coffee Additction May Be Grounded in Genes. The article states that there is a consumption gene that appears to dictate either high consumption of caffeine or low consumption of caffeine. The head researcher is quoted saying “People don’t really suspect it, but genetics plays a big …

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