Pat DiDomenico

As if Facebook weren’t enough of a pull for daydreaming office workers, March Madness makes working hard even harder. But the annual NCAA basketball tourney isn’t the only reason workers are signing up for office pools. Employees told online job-search site CareerBuilder.com that employees in their workplaces had placed these unusual bets …

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Even after the start of 2012, the model FMLA certification and notification forms provided by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) still carried an expriation date of Dec. 31, 2011. But now the DOL has released new forms that won’t expire until Feb. 28, 2015. These “updated” versions, however, did not include any substantive changes, only the expiration date. That was somewhat of a surprise because the DOL did not use this opportunity to fix a pair of key shortcomings on the forms …

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Sometimes, HR pros go to bat for employees. But what happens when HR sticks out its neck and, in turn, gets it chopped off? Can HR professionals claim illegal retaliation if they’re fired for speaking out in support of an employee?

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If “must have a high school diploma” is a prerequisite for positions you advertise, take note: An “informal discussion letter” from the EEOC has employment-law circles buzzing — and creating uncertainty about employers’ use of diplomas as hiring criteria …

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The Big, Bad NLRB

by Pat DiDomenico on January 5, 2012 5:10pm

in HR Soapbox

For most nonunion employers, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has always been one of those federal agencies that occasionally makes headlines but generally could be ignored … Not anymore.

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While the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses feel like the end of a long campaign season, it’s really just the beginning of a heated political year … one that could spill over into your workplace. Here are some tips on handling political activity in your workplace and employees’ political advocacy outside of work …

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently moved one step closer to changes that would give employers much less time to react to union organizing efforts … and make it easier for organizers to gain a toehold in your workplace. That’s why it’s important to take steps now to keep your organization union free. Some possible action steps …

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Santa’s not the only one delivering presents this holiday season. But it’s not all bottles of wine and Target gift cards out there. Here are some of the more, er, unique gifts given in the workplace …

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Looking to justify a request for an HR budget increase? A couple of news items this week should help. They say employees are getting more litigious and it’s much harder to comply with the alphabet soup of employment laws and regulations.

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By now you’ve heard of this week’s scandal involving a former Penn State football coach and the university’s decade-long cover-up of his alleged molestation of young boys. One HR lesson is obvious: Employers can never ignore reports of misconduct and harassment by employees against anyone—co-workers, clients or anyone on the premises. But at what point does harassment cross the line into something more serious (like assault) that requires an employer to call to the police? …

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