The HR Specialist

Here’s a powerful reminder to managers and supervisors that they must follow the letter and the spirit of discrimination laws: A recent California appeals court that heard a reverse discrimination case upheld an attorneys’ fee award that was 35 times higher than the dollar amount awarded to the employee who had been discriminated against …

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Lately, the Centers for Disease Control regularly warns about the danger of the next super bug or pandemic flu outbreak. That’s one reason it’s no surprise that health care facilities want to inoculate staff against contagious illnesses. But in a union environment, it may not be enough to simply order employees to get shots …

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Two managers at Dynamics Research brought a wage-and-hour class-action suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Massachusetts law. The company asked the court to throw out the class action because it said it had a “Dispute Resolution Program” that required arbitration and disallowed class-action suits. The managers said the way the company instituted the dispute resolution process made it invalid …

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A manager’s job is 100 times easier and more rewarding when his or her employees are performing like a well-oiled machine. But when that machine runs slowly or breaks down, a manager’s job becomes exponentially harder. Here are six tips, according to an OnPoint Consulting report, for keeping employees on task and working together toward […]

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At one time or another, most employees you manage will have personal problems that hinder their job performance. Often, the problems aren’t serious and employees can quickly return to normal productivity. But in some cases, deeper personal problems can cause long-time, productive employees to suddenly underperform, become tardy or react differently to co-workers. This is […]

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On-the-job racism in America is a growing problem more than 40 years after the Civil Rights Act made employment discrimination illegal. That’s why the EEOC has launched a new education and enforcement initiative called E-RACE (Eradicating Racism and Colorism from Employment.).

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The New Year often brings a flurry of activity from the many federal government agencies that address employment issues, and 2008 is no exception. We’ve got good news on employers’ control over workplace e-mail, bad news for employers who discriminate and mixed news for those who want to hire foreign workers.

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If, like many organizations, you try to promote from within, make certain you have a clear process that someone in HR oversees. Otherwise, managers and supervisors who have specific people in mind for promotion may “tip off” some employees while leaving others in the dark, opening the possibility of discrimination claims …

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Although U.S. Labor Department regulations say exempt executives must supervise the equivalent of two full-time employees, that doesn’t mean an employee is exempt just because he has narrow authority over all employees within the company …

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Not every complaint to a manager constitutes protected activity, but some do. If an employee complains about what she reasonably believes is discrimination—using language that should tip off her employer that she’s raising discrimination—the complaint is protected …

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