Stupid HR: A Good HR Manager Would Have Prevented This

Companies will often hold contests to provide some incentive for employees to increase productivity or improve attendance. So it was no surprise when a business owner announced a contest for his employees. They had an opportunity to win $10 in conjunction with visits by “secret shoppers.” Great manager you think? Well think again. The contest …

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Scanning the Environment: HR Technology Part II

Yesterday I introduced you to the work of Kyle Lagunas, who writes for Software Advice. Today I am going to point you to another aspect of his work. This is on mobile applications for the HR professional. So here is Part 2 of Scanning the Environment: HR Technology. This time around Kyle introduces us to …

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Clamping Down on Misclassification of Independent Contractors

The USDOL and IRS have teamed up in order to clamp down on employers misclassifying employees as independent contractors when they efile their tax informationin order to avoid employment taxes.In a press release on September 19, 2011 Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced  a memorandum of understanding with the Internal Revenue Service that will improve …

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Calling All HR Experts: Help This "Evil" Company

You may have seen this story in the news, Mom Loses Job After Kidney Donation, about a heartless company mistreating a poor mother who had lost an uncle, her mother, found out her father had lukemia and then her son needed a kidney. She had taken all her vacation while her mother died so when she …

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A Lesson in Safety Learned from Acts of Terror

I am writing this on Sunday September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. The television stations, the newspapers, radio shows, the Internet and even the comics pages are all filled with remembrances. With friends there have been conversations on what was remembered from that day. I knew no …

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Wage & Hour Lawsuits Cost Both Big and Small Companies

I had an after work “adult beverage” (aka beer) with a friend of mine who also happens to be a very fine attorney. In addition to just catching up we naturally talked about what is happening in the world of human resources litigation. He has been an attorney for about 20 years. He said that …

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Handling half days off: Exempt vs. Nonexempt

What do you do when an employee wants a half-day off? You are probably thinking to yourself “That has got to be the dumbest question Haberman has ever asked.” In reality it is not quite as straight forward as you think, because you have two classes of employees, exempt and nonexempt, that have different answers. …

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Leadership Reading to Start the Week

Jason Seiden hosted the Leadership Carnival that was posted August 6th. I had the good fortune to be selected to have a post published. But there are also some excellent pieces on leadership and management dealing with: Performance evaluations Innovation Lack of respect Non-communication How to talk to a CEO Creative genius and much more. …

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Free Preventive Care for Women: The Impact of New Regulations

On August 1 the Obama administration announced sweeping new guidelines for women’s health care which will change everything  from distribution of birth control pills to administration of breast exams. According to White House spokesperson Stephanie Cutter this will mean insured women will no longer pay anything out of their own pocket. As of Aug. 1, 2012, all …

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Why Unions Are Bad For Companies, Employees and Customers: Revisted

In May of 2009 I wrote a post about Why Unions Are Bad For Companies, Employees and Customers. It was very popular and has gotten a good number of comments both pro and con. I am reproducing that post here because unions are still having an impact on business, jobs and the economy.  The National …

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