Future Friday: Insourcing as a Future Driver

  One of biggest trends of American business in the last several decades has been “outsourcing” also known as “offshoring.” However, due to a number of reasons that trend is changing. One well known futurist even says “insourcing” will become the next big macro trend in business and will drive many changes. Reasons for the …

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Three Important issues about your BYOD policy

  First let me explain the acronym BYOD for those of you that are unfamiliar with it. BYOD stands for bring your own device. It is the process of a company allowing an employee to use their own phone, tablet, and or laptop as their work device. It is a boon to smaller companies because …

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Under 50 Employees? Think you are safe from the ACA? Maybe not!

The Affordable Care Act (also known as the PPACA or Obama Care) goes “live” on January 1, 2014, although aspects of it are effective now. The law requires that “large” employers with 50 or more employees must provide health coverage or pay a penalty. This has been described as “Play or Pay”. (BTW, this is …

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Future Friday: Technology and Employee Fitness

  I was reading an interesting post on technology that started with the words “I’m writing these words at 2.5 miles per hour.” Well it was obvious this was not someone riding either a train or bus to work. Even in bad traffic 2.5 mph is a bit slow. Delving into the article revealed a …

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Clearing up Some Myths about Severance Pay

  I am on vacation today so I am repeating a post from 2012 that was widely read. I get occasional calls from clients asking me about severance pay. What is required? What is customary? Should there be a release or not? Of course the simple answers are nothing, nothing and maybe. Straight forward enough …

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Out Thinking Robots is the Key to a Job in the Future

  One of the first sessions I attended at SHRM Atlanta’s 23rd annual conference was that of Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, VP and Managing Director of the Apollo Research Institute. Her presentation of Society 3.0 Future Skills Future Work made the point that out thinking robots will be key to having a job in the future. …

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Pregnancy Disability Discrimination a KEY Target of EEOC

According to the EEOC’s 2012 Strategic Enforcement Plan pregnancy discrimination, particularly when it applies to discrimination on the basis of a pregnancy related disability, is a major target for investigation in 2013 and beyond. Related disability We all know that under Title VII, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, it is illegal to discriminate …

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Future Friday: Nanotechnology and the Future of HR

I am sure most of you have heard the word “nanotechnology”. Most of you probably don’t really have any idea of what it really is, much less why someone in HR should be paying attention to it. I am here to tell you why. Definition Wikipedia (the font of all knowledge) defines nanotechnology this way: …

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Training is CRITICAL to interview success

  When are we going to realize that a “tool” is only as good as the user and users are only as good as the training they have received? The tool I refer to is the interview and training is critical to interview success. Types of interviewing I read an article entitled Assess Motivation to …

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Teach Employees about Sexual Harassment

  You would think in this day and time that sexual harassment would not continue to be an issue, but unfortunately it is. A major portion of this problem is that we do not train employees to understand what the laws are regarding sexual harassment. We train supervisors, sometimes, but seldom teach employees. To save …

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