From the archive: Paying Employees During Bad Weather Closings

Weather snowstorms, such as the brutal cold bearing down on the US, have caused a number of employers to close. Here in Atlanta, the threat of a snowstorm caused the state government to close, as well as the City of Atlanta and other local governments. Many businesses also closed because of this threat. When that …

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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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7 Steps to Take the Villain Out of Business: A Replayed Lesson from Scrooge

I think that this is an important lesson for all of in HR to remember. There are more “good guys” than there are bad. When I was in college I had no desire to be in the “business” world. I wanted to be an academic. I thought it was “nobler” than the base business world. …

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From the Archive: The DNA of HR Decisions: Why Documentation is Important

I presented a webinar yesterday on the importance of documentation. It reminded me of this post. Recently in Georgia, a man was executed. There were many claims that he was innocent, the courts did not agree. My purpose here is not to discuss this, I make this statement as a prelude to my observation of …

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How HR Can Help Employees Handle Natural Disasters Again

Hurricane Irma is currently making a disaster of Florida and Georgia. Houston, Texas is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. There are yet other storms predicted for this season. Several years ago I was offered this post by Erin Palmer from Villanova University. It is timely given the recent hurricane, tropical storm, floods and earthquake we have …

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Getting Social Helps Solve Problems: From the Archive

Today’s post is a replay from a post about 4 years ago. The world has become more “social” through technology, but many of us understand that face-to-fact is still the best “social” there is. In today’s Web-crossed world “getting social” implies logging onto Facebook, Google, or Twitter (or any number of other sites) and having …

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Future Friday: The future worker is a contractor or is it?

A great deal has been written about the future of work in what has been called the “on-demand” or “gig” economy. The use of independent contractors has been deemed to be the way of the future. It appears however, that not everyone is bought into the concept. Contractors who considered themselves employees have filed lawsuits …

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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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Events and Trends in Employment Legislation

I wanted to make you aware of some of the things that are going on in employment legislation around the country. This list is by no means the only things that are going on but they are ones I found interesting. Federal level activities First up, are the changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act. …

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