Pat DiDomenico

Good news for employers: If you weren’t looking forward to displaying the new pro-union poster from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on your breakroom wall, an April 17 court ruling says you don’t have to … at least for several months.

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Great employees don’t automatically make great managers. Supervising people requires a completely different skill set than actually performing the work at hand. And becoming a great boss requires hard work and honest self-analysis. The following 20-point checklist will help managers take stock of their people skills …

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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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