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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Another case of Stupid HR actions

First let me make it clear that by saying “stupid HR” I am not pointing a finger at the HR department, most the time. Generally I am pointing out an action taken by a company that is an illegal action. In this example it is a “stupid HR” action taken by the president of a …

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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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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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Future Friday: The Future is arriving Fast

  Back in November of last year, 2013, I wrote a post entitled Future Friday: An HR Job of the Future, in which I conjectured that an HR job of the future would be “bio-technical ethicist.” I even said that I could foresee a program of the EEOC called DETR which stands for the Department …

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Offshoring your Grandparents

  We have for years heard about offshoring jobs, sending work overseas in order to cut costs. What if you had an opportunity to offshore your grandparents care when they become too infirmed to be on their own? It is happening in Germany Due to the rising cost of eldercare, combined with the ever increasing …

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Are Your Ethics Fixed or Situational?

Sitting around with several friends and fellow HR instructors at lunch we got into a discussion about ethics. The question we were exploring is whether ethics are fixed or situational.  It is a topic that we discuss in class with our students. The books make you thinks ethics in the workplace are hard and fast rules, …

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