Being “Green” in HR is NOT as Easy as Just Scanning Everything

More and more companies are trying to go “green” and save themselves space by transitioning to electronic paperwork and using electronic signatures. According to attorney Adriana Midence Scott of the Atlanta office of Jackson Lewis, being green in HR is not as easy as just scanning everything. Scott says there certainly numerous advantages to being …

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Association Is Not A Protected Category or Is It?

  Most of us know that employees that for work private sector companies that employee 15 or more workers is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its various amendments. This law defines various protected categories of workers, such as race, gender, religion and disability. But what about people who …

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Five Suggestions for Improving Employee Handbooks

  Could you use five suggestions for improving your employee handbook? I write employee handbooks. Well actually I more often revise employee handbooks. But I do have a template that I have developed and adapted over the years. Lately I have thought that my version is beginning to sound a bit too much “legalistic.” And …

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Becoming an Expert and Then Staying One

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq4WQ2XwnpE[/youtube] Everyone who has read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers knows of his premise that to become an expert in any field takes 10,000 hours. But today the amount of knowledge available in any given field increases at a phenomenal rate. This begs the question once one becomes and expert how do you stay one? Authors Jenne …

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Hire Slow, Fire Fast: Revisted

  It is best to “Fire Fast” I was reading an article written by my friend and blogging attorney Jon Hyman where he related a story of an organization that allowed a poor performing employee to go SEVEN years before they terminated him. Naturally the employee figured out what was happening and claimed sexual harassment …

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In HR and Management Opinions Can Get You in Trouble

I am certain it is no shock to anyone that having an opinion and expressing it can get you in trouble. It has happened to most, if not all of us, at some time. As a result of that experience many people avoid expressing their opinions to avoid conflict while others embrace the conflict and …

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Age Discrimination Alert: EEOC Ups the Ante on ADEA by Issuing RFOA Final Ruling

I am sure you are wondering what the heck this title is all about with all the acronyms, and you may be tempted to pass this post by in your daily reading. That would not be a good idea. RFOA is an acronym you need to know and the EEOC confirmed that on March 30th …

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It Is Important to Know the Rules

In the Atlanta area (Little 5 Points and Midtown) there is a bar and grill called The Vortex. They have a distinctive brand that is sassy and somewhat irreverent. They are known for great burgers and a wide variety of “adult” beverages. The entrance to their 5 Points location is a big Laughing Skull, their …

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Recordkeeping Under the FLSA: A Revisit

Here is a revisit to a post written last year. I keep running into a lack of understanding of what the FLSA requires. I am currently writing 30 Days to More Effective HR and the first part deals with the FLSA. (30 Days will be released by subscription in the near future.) So here is …

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Good Documentation and Good HR Practices Count

It is important to occasionally revisit why good documentation and good HR practices count in making sure your company is well run and stays out of trouble. A decision handed down in March of 2011 by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) demonstrated why companies should ensure that they promptly investigate ALL complaints …

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