What is the Workflex in the 21st Century Act?

We all know that workplace flexibility, family-friendly policies, and paid leave are at the forefront of many company and legislative discussions. Numerous articles condemn the lack of family-friendly policies in the US, see here and here. As a reaction, many states have, or are in the process of, passing local legislation requiring various levels of …

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Work Anniversary Gifts Your Employees Will Appreciate

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends from SocialMonsters.org If you’re thinking of giving your employees a company-branded keychain for their anniversary, you might want to think again. Forty-seven percent of employees appreciate their employers more when they receive a good gift, according to Gyft, so it’s worth investing the time to choose …

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New Year and a New Administration but the basics still apply

It is a new year, 2017. As of January 20th we will have a new administration. Does that mean the world of HR is going to be different? There certainly will be some changes with Republicans in control of the Federal government. The FLSA rules may not go into effect the way they were supposed …

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Future Friday: The new Uber employee may not be one for long

I came across an article called The Rapid Rise of Robots Replacing Workers, written by Edwin Smith in Raconteur. Smith reports that in England a recent court decision has declared that Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors. This is similar to many court decisions here in the United States. How does this play …

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Future Friday: Is your HR department designed with humans in mind?

I came across an article titled Do people really matter when we design workplaces? Written by Steve Maslin it is directed toward architects and designers. He says that often the first reaction to that question is “of course” and to some it is indeed, but to others Maslin says that often he has found that …

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The NLRB trashes positive workplaces as being unfriendly to unions

In what can only be described as an absurd decision the NLRB has punished a company for having a “positive workplace” statement in their employee handbook. T-Mobile’s language This case involved the communications company T-Mobile which has union employees. According to attorney Christopher Grey, of  Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. “The NLRB has …

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From the Archive- Employee Birthdays: Recognition or No?

This post first appeared in 2011. It just goes to show that I am not above fishing for birthday wishes every 5 years. I want to wish a happy birthday to one of my favorite authors, with whom I share this day though not the year, David McCullough. He is one of those people I …

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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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Want your employees to improve? Treat them like they do on The Voice.

My wife and I are fans of the singing competition show called The Voice. It is a show on which competitors display their talent in hopes of being selected to participate in a competition in order to become “The Voice” at the end of the show. It is not unlike the selection process companies go …

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