Future Friday: Using AI to identify employees leaving

There are many uses of artificial intelligence (AI) that are making their way into the HR department. Recruitment was one of the first areas to see the use of AI, but it is being used to analyze employee data, help with program enrollment, removing unconscious biases in decisions and more. One area that is also …

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As an employer are you engaging in wage theft?

An organization called the Wage Authority Group released a recent report saying that employers are stealing up to $50 billion annually from workers. This dwarfs the $14 billion stolen from people through robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts in the nation. That is a tremendous number. As they calculate fifty billion a year is …

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What the heck is vicarious liability and why should you care?

Many of us are probably aware of the meaning of vicarious, especially as it applies to pleasure. Watching TV or reading a book allows us to vicariously enjoy or experience what the characters are doing, but how does that relate to the term liability? Vicarious comes from the Latin vicarius meaning substituted, thus vicarious liability …

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Lessons in HR from Charles Dickens

I published this last year and the year before, but I liked it and I decided to repost it. I think the lessons are as valuable today.  One of my favorite books is A Christmas Carol. Most of us know it by the many movies that have been made, some well done, the others not …

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Take Caution and Care with Holiday Parties

There is no lack of horror stories associated with holiday parties. As we are entering the big holiday party season I will tell you a short one that ended a person’s career. Hopefully it will serve as a lesson. T’was the week before Christmas and a fog had settled down on Santa’s head. Santa in …

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Saying “I am sorry” is protected in 36 states

Research has shown that telling an offended party that you are sorry defuses many situations, whether it is in a personal relationship, a malpractice suit or even in a discrimination lawsuit. Yet many people are hesitant to say “I’m sorry” because they feel that will be perceived as an admission of guilt. Fortunately, in many …

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Do your confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements violate Federal law?

Most companies try to protect proprietary information by having employees sign confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. Unfortunately in the eyes of various regulatory agencies these agreements are considered to be too restrictive and violate various aspects of federal law. Violated provisions According to attorney Andrew Trimble of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, there are three …

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One big reason to have coffee in the workplace

We all know that having coffee in the workplace contributes to employee alertness. Did you know that it also contributes to another employee trait that is highly desired in your employees. This trait is one big reason to make sure a pot of coffee is brewed for your people. Honestly? According to author Samantha Cole, …

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