Are you aware of this NEW law?

We in HR know that you need to have your radar on all the time watching for new laws you have to pay attention to in order to be compliant. This new law probably ducked under your radar, unless you are an attorney. Passed with little fanfare and effective immediately it is one of those …

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Can an employer restrict employees from leaving their work station?

The answer to that question is a qualified “maybe” or “maybe not.” Generally it is a given that an employer can control, if they want, when an employee can leave a work station. However, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has offered a different interpretation that restricts an employer’s ability to have this restriction. Watch your …

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NLRB Decisions have reached the level of absurd

Writer and philosopher Albert Camus once said “At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.” I was struck in the face with such a feeling when I read the NLRB’s decision on a handbook statement T-Mobile had in their handbook. According to David Pryzbylski, of the law firm …

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The positive power of a contract

In my HR class we discuss that in HR you need to be careful not to create a contract with documents such as your handbook or by the actions of your managers. In past situations those “contracts” have offset other positive language that defended the company. If you promise something that goes counter to employment-at-will …

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BYOD: Not the Party that BYOB Is

  BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device and it refers to the trend of employees using their own “smart phones” to conduct work by tying into a company’s IT system. Unfortunately there are consequences to the employee and the company for doing that and it is no party. One critical component Attorney Travis Crabtree, …

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Five for Friday Just Before Christmas

  Here are five posts to end your week with, at least those who have not started their Christmas holiday yet. This first one is not actually about HR. But it does have implications for HR from a training standpoint or even personal development. Buying The College Experience Direct From The Professor by Kecia Lynn …

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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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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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Wrap Up of SHRM Atlanta Conference: Part 2

In this second part of my wrap of the SHRM Atlanta Conference I am going to comment on some of the sessions I attended. I had the responsibility of following and tweeting on the Law and Legislation track. On the first day I attended these sessions: Developing and Maintaining A Great Employee Handbook, presented by …

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