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HR professionals live in a world where sentences like, "Oh no, the EEOC says we violated the FMLA and ADA, and the DOL is looking at our BYOD policy," actually trigger fear instead of just wide-eyed confusion. So HR may be taken aback by how little some employees understand about the laws that are meant to protect them in the workplace. This fall, we asked HR professionals to share their best stories of situations in which employees totally misunderstood, misinterpreted or completely maligned an employment law or company policy. Here are some of the real winners ...
When Marty McFly does his time-travel thing in the 1985 movie Back to the Future II, he lands on the way-off date of October 21, 2015 ... today. So today's Soapbox takes a peek into the future of HR and, more specifically, some predictions of what our Wingtipped Overlords will be doing in the halls of Congress and the federal agencies over the coming months and years ...

For nearly four decades, the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) served happily as the semi-independent certification arm of HR’s big-dog association, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).That marriage ended in 2014 when SHRM launched its own certification exam and credentials. What's the situation now, and what are the just-released passing rates for the two tests?

As technology expands, so do business owners’ fears that ex-employees will share company secrets with their new employers. Here are 8 ways to minimize those risks associated with departing employees ...
Some managers are like Michael Scott in “The Office,” allowing all sorts of shenanigans to slide by and never handing down any punishment. Other bosses are quick-trigger disciplinarians from the mold of Miranda Priestly (Devil Wears Prada) or Monty Burns (The Simpsons). On the legal side, do employees facing such whiplash discipline have any grounds for a lawsuit? The answer is maybe ...
It’s summertime, so take a break from work to take our annual quiz about, well, … work. Here are a dozen questions about the American workplace and the people who inhabit it. Happy Summer!

It’s summer, that wonderful time of year when everything slows down, including the pace of business. But our bureaucratic friends in Washington didn’t get the memo. Even just since the fireworks cooled down, federal agencies have cranked out a series of important actions with major implications for HR and the workplace ...

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 ...