Three Hump Day Reads for HR

As many of you know, I occasionally point out the blogs of others that I think do a great job of informing you or are just plain interesting. So here we go. What the heck is a highly compensated employee under the FLSA? I don’t know about you, but that has always been a puzzler …

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Who thought that this was a good idea?

Sometimes an action occurs that makes you wonder what the thinking was when a decision was made. Case in point A Colorado hospital forced 29 employees to resign for performance deficiencies. I can picture someone saying “You can resign or we will fire you.” Offering that option is not that unusual, but what made this …

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ISM Number Two: SexISM Replayed

I originally wrote this back in 2009. Based on the headlines not much has changed.  Sexism is the second part of my series on ISM’s in Human Resources in the United States. According to Wikipedia “Sexism, a term coined in the mid-20th century,[1] refers to the belief or attitude that one gender or sex is …

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A change of administration has not meant a slow-down at the EEOC

I pay attention to the press releases put out by the EEOC, in order to see what they are up to. I often use them as inspiration for blog posts. There seems to have been an uptick in lawsuits they are filing against companies. I am not sure of the reason. Perhaps it is because …

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Future Friday: Older workers as the solution to unfilled jobs?

Millennial this, millennial that. Advertisements for products to hide gray hair or wrinkling skin. Slogans like “60 is the new 40.” Increasing charges of age discrimination. All these factors indicate that the U.S. is stuck in a youth oriented society. The problem is that perception drives employers to ignore older workers, often to the detriment …

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Can you swear in the workplace and get away with it?

I bet it is a sure thing that all of us have heard some vulgar words at work. I certainly have. I worked in a manufacturing plant in Illinois and with some employees every other word was “mother-f**king” this and “mother-f**king” that. The question is can you clamp down on vulgarity and avoid claims of …

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Three for Thursday: HR articles to inform and educate

I read other people’s blog posts. All of you should regularly read several, but you may not have the time or the inclination. So I read for you and point out some of the ones that I think do a good job of informing you about a subject. #1 This week’s selection starts one from …

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70,000 reasons on why you don’t decide whether your pregnant worker can perform her duties

I am not sure at what point in history we decided that pregnant women are too delicate to continue to work. I am sure our nomad ancestors did not decide to stop their activities because a female was pregnant. In fact there is a study that shows that women living in settlements do worse during …

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Future Friday: AI is not as perfect or unbiased as you may think

The push toward the use of “people analytics” in HR is ever increasing. More and more HR departments are using analytics. According to People Analytics: Recalculating the Route “…71% of companies see people analytics as a high priority in their organizations.” Companies see this as being so important that in some organizations the use of …

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