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We packed up the Soapbox and headed out west this week, absorbing all things HR at the big Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference in Las Vegas. Here are some of the more interesting words heard by the Soapbox ...
Establishing yourself as a key member of the strategic team requires you to make tough HR decisions and defend them to executives. Use these seven guidelines to help separate real priorities from perfunctory tasks ...
The health of a company can often be gauged by watching the interactions between employees and their leaders. Here are “connecting conversations” that supervisors should be having regularly with their employees to improve the connectedness between staff and management ...
Even before the birth of Obamacare, managing company benefits was becoming a more complex process. Here are some issues to consider when choosing the right broker:
For HR professionals, too much emotional involvement in employee problems can chew up your time, drain your energy and increase your stress. The goal is to be receptive to others’ feelings without adopting those feelings as your own. Use the following six tips to maintain your emotional distance while still remaining effective ...
HR professionals from around the country came to the Bellagio in Las Vegas last week to soak up expert employment law advice at the 11th annual Labor & Employment Law Advanced Practices (LEAP) Symposium, hosted by Business Management Daiy and the HR Specialist. The Soapbox was there to record pearls of wisdom dropped by the speakers, 25 of the best employment attorneys in the country. Here are just some of  those thoughts:
These days, many employer documents exist solely in electronic form, acknowledged by employees using so-called electronic signatures instead of written ones. However, it’s vital to have a system to authenticate that such a “signature” was really executed by a particular employee or applicant. A handful of court cases have shown that sloppy authentication can lead courts to nullify “signed” agreements ...

First impressions are important. But when it comes to preventing employment lawsuits, it’s typically the last impression that employees have at work that matters most. “This is why 90% of people come to our office. It’s the way they’re treated on the way out the door,” said noted plaintiffs' attorney, Randy Freking, of Freking & Betz in Cincinnati, during last week's LEAP conference.

As Freking puts it, a lot of juries seem to live by the motto of “If it seems unfair, there must be something there.” Here are the most common errors he sees employers making in the termiantion process ...

This month, HR professionals—more specifically, the lawyers who advise HR professionals—are waiting on a pair of tablets expected to be handed down soon from Mount Labor. Both documents stalled at the U.S. Department of Labor actually do matter to the way you do your business. Here’s why … and the status of each:
Innovative companies are doing more to snuff out their “yes men” cultures. At Google, for example, the top dogs specifically tell employees not to listen only to “HIPPOs,” an acronym for the Highest Paid Person’s Opinion. Here are five ways to encourage staff to politely dissent ...
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