When you make a promise (aka contract) keep the promise!

Many moons ago, when I was a recruiter for a software company, I brought an applicant in that was highly regarded. In the interview process, he told us a story of why he was no longer with the very well-known company with whom he had been employed. He told us of about a commission agreement …

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Are employees protected from termination for social media posts?

Curt Schilling, former superstar turned ESPN announcer, was prominent in the news last week because he got fired for comments he made about the North Carolina “bathroom” law. (If you are not familiar with what that is you click here.) Many people may have thought that Schilling was protected in his comments, so what is …

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Did you know that race has more protection than other classes?

Most people in a business situation feel they are protected from discrimination by an employer because of Equal Employment Opportunity. This is not true. The coverage provided by EEO is limited by the size of the company to companies with 15 or more employees. This protects smaller businesses from being sued in all protected categories, …

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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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Got that new job—now what?

  Three months ago I asked my wife to blog about her job search effort after having her position eliminated on her 25th anniversary with her company. It was a very popular post. Since then there have been several requests for a follow up. Here it is. Got that new job—now what? By Sherry Haberman …

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Department of Homeland Security Mad at Illinois

Back in May on my blog called “Catching Up” I wrote an item about the employment verification system the Federal government was going to require all employers to use when they hired someone. It is currently required of government contractors. Well, apparently in response to this, (the announcement, not my blog) the State of Illinois …

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Biometric Information in Employment Decisions

In the state of Georgia, State Representative Ed Setzler has introduced a bill to outlaw the use off biometric information in employment decisions. This data includes: Information derived from genetic testing. Biometric information other than genetic testing; provided, however, that this condition may be waived when necessary for employment in positions that involve unaccompanied access …

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