The HR Specialist

The Republican Party’s official platform, adopted July 18 at its convention in Cleveland, paid scant attention to many of today’s hottest HR and employment law issues.

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The NLRB is at it again, this time overturning its own previous ruling that determined which employees can vote in a union election.

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The Department of Labor’s new rules for paying white-collar overtime, LGBT rights, pay equity and workplace violence prevention are the issues that most worried HR professionals and in-house lawyers responding to a new survey.

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What are the top concerns in HR offices for the next decade?

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Finding an accommodation for a disabled employee is just always possible. There may be no practical way to accommodate some disabilities. If that’s the case, termination may the only reasonable option.

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The biggest trend in employee compensation is pay-for-performance. In many organizations, less employee pay is fixed; more is contingent on performance. In reality, too few managers do what’s necessary to make pay-for-performance work. Solution: Teach the employees to “manage the boss.”

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From creating custom keyboards to interpreting garbled phone conversations, apps can now quickly, and inexpensively, help employers accommodate disabled workers.

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Worried an employee won’t fit into a department dominated by members of a protected class? Watch out! A court might decide “fitting in” is code for bias.

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Alison Green gets lots of comments on her “Ask A Manager” blog, but 1,200 on a single post?

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Sometimes, the right way to handle an otherwise dischargeable offense is with leniency.

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