Paid Time Off: Healthy Families Act Legislation

  The Healthy Families Act has been introduced several times over the last couple of years. It was reintroduced to both the House of Representatives and the Senate again on March 20, 2013. It deals with paid time off, but this Healthy Families Act legislation is unlikely to make it. Despite that I wanted you …

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Future Friday: Why it will be important for jobs to be more “Human”

  As robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) continue to advance in the coming decade the prospect of jobs being automated will increase significantly. This will mean many jobs lost. Yet it will provide us an opportunity to create jobs as well. The prime consideration in this job creation will be that these jobs need to …

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Three Great HR Reads for Thursday

  These three great reads concentrate on some aspect of compliance. Well that is what you came her for isn’t it? After all that is what I primarily write about. This time I am giving you a break from my writing and I am exposing you to other writers who also write about compliance issues. …

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Who do you associate with on a regular basis?

  As you were growing up I am sure your parents were concerned about the friends you hung out with. They did not want you falling in with the wrong crowd. If you have children you are probably concerned about that as well. What about for your professional life? Are you concerned there as well? …

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Learning the ACA One Bite at a Time

  How many of you have heard the old joke “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is “one bite at a time.” Well the Affordable Care Act is an elephant. With nearly a 1000 pages of regulations, which have spawned many more thousands of pages of additional regualtions and explanations, it is very …

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Hey HR Get Over It, Social Media Is Here to Stay!

I had the good fortune to be able to speak to the Louisiana SHRM State Conference this past weekend. Based on what I saw, to whom I talked and what the program consisted of it was clear that social media played a major part in this conference.  It is not just SHRM National that is …

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Should Smokers be a Protected Category?

  I am writing a contrarian opinion to my own personal point of view. I personally think that employers should be allowed to refuse to hire smokers. I think businesses benefit in several ways from not having smokers on their payrolls in terms of healthcare costs, increased productivity and improved employee relations. But this article, …

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Why Unions are Embracing Immigration Reform

  Despite the fact that unions historically have seen foreign workers as a threat to the job prospects of American workers according to Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, they are embracing immigration reform. That may seem counterintuitive, but here is the reason unions are embracing immigration reform. Provisions of the reform According to Reich, …

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HR Recordkeeping and the Cloud

There are many, many companies today that are moving to “the cloud” for their data storage. Naturally there are legal issues that need to be considered in making such a move. HR in particular needs to be concerned with HR recordkeeping in the cloud. Legal issues According to John Pavolotsky, an attorney at Greenberg Traurig, …

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Four Ways to do Environmental Scanning

    If you have read my material on Futurism you know I have mentioned the subject of environmental scanning before. For those of you unfamiliar with this topic environmental scanning is the ongoing year round process of looking for trends and events that may have implications for your organization. It is paying attention to …

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