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A Virginia woman created a social media storm last month when she was photographed giving the presidential motorcade the middle finger while riding her bike. When she notified her bosses at Akima, a federal contracting firm, that she was the woman in the photo, they instantly fired her and escorted her out. Juli Briskman had […]

The flood of accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has given women new confidence to publicly denounce sexual harassment and other misconduct by powerful leaders. How would your organization handle a bombshell complaint against your top brass?

This year, America's largest annual gathering of HR professionals rolled south to the Big Easy, as 15,145 HR and business leaders attended the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in New Orleans from June 18-21. Here are some of the leading thoughts from the dozens of thought leaders at the podiums:

When the combative 2016 election culminated in a surprise Trump victory last November, most people thought the inter-office political debates would ease as the calendar turned to 2017. In fact, all the workplace talk and tension has only increased, says a new study. How should employers respond, and can you ban political talk at work? ...

Hundreds of HR professionals descended on Bellagio in Las Vegas from March 29 to 31 to soak up employment law advice from more than two dozen of America's finest employment lawyers at the 13th annual Labor & Employment Law Advanced Practices (LEAP) Symposium. Here are 17 pearls of wisdom from this year's LEAP presenters. (Note: You can register for next year's event at www.LEAP2018.com.)


Complying with the alphabet soup of employment laws takes a big portion of HR's day. And compliance will get even harder in 2017. How well do you know employment law? Take this quick quiz ...

Employee legal complaints against their employers have spiked in the past decade. For HR professionals, one small misstep—by themselves or a supervisor—can cost an organization dearly in time, energy and legal costs. Here are the six most important legal mistakes that HR professionals need to protect against ...
The American workplace has had 10 days to absorb the most surprising presidential election in our lifetimes. Since then, the full range of human emotion, from grief to glee, has played out in offices, shops and warehouses—a volatile mix that caused arguments and some violence among co-workers. Here are four things that any supervisor or HR professional should remember when facing a highly charged emotional issue in the workplace ...

This summer, baseball's historical cellar-dwelling team, the Chicago Cubs, are having a season for the ages, led by their guru/mad scientist manager Joe Maddon. HR professionals and front-line bosses face many of the same challenges as baseball managers in putting a successful team on the field. Here are six things you can learn from Maddon and the Cubs ... 

Most political conventions are scripted, made-for-TV affairs with much sound but little fury. This year's versions of the Democratic and Republican gatherings were highlighted by loud and public internal squabbles. That same sort of commotion is playing out in workplaces across the country. Here are the new statistics about workplace debates, plus advice on how HR can set up a smart, legally safe policy on political discourse at work ...
This year, the HR Soapbox didn't need to travel far to cover the big annual HR-palooza that is the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference. We joined more than 15,000 other HRers right here in Washington, D.C., from June 19-22. If you weren't able to make it, no problem. Here are some of the best nuggets of wisdom left behind by the 200+ speakers ...
“Stupid” … “loser” … “pathetic” … “lightweight” … “a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain.” All those insults—and worse—have been hurled on the campaign trail during this especially ugly election year, with the harshest attacks lobbed by GOP nominee-in-waiting Donald Trump. But what happens when supervisors use that kind of verbal venom on employees […]
The U.S. Department of Labor just announced its much-anticipated final changes to federal overtime rules, which willl bring big changes to the way employers pay, classify and manage their employees. Here is a compliance Q&A on those changes:

The feds just published an updated version of the mandatory FMLA poster. But employers shouldn't rush to tack it onto their "Here's How to Sue Us" wall of posters in the breakroom. Here's why ...

One of the unintended consequences of the big changes coming to federal overtime law this summer is likely to be more employees taking on second jobs, according to a new study. But can you (or should you) ban off-the-clock moonlighting? Here are four tips, plus two sample policies ...

Last week, five members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team filed an EEOC complaint demanding to be paid the same as members of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Is your organization vulnerable to a similar claim? Take a close look at the U.S. Equal Pay Act ...

 

Nearly 40 of the best employment lawyers in the country gathered at Bellagio in Las Vegas last week to train, educate and even entertain hundreds of HR professionals at our 12th annual Labor and Employment Advanced Practices (LEAP) Symposium. Here are just a few of the pieces of employment-law wisdom handed down that week ...
Today’s millennial workers are less interested in (and less knowledgeable about) their workplace benefits than older colleagues. And they're drawn to employers that offer flexibility. Want to tailor your benefits plan to attract and retain today's younger worker? Here are the top benefits that millennials list as important ...
Sitting back and hoping the spinning wheel of lawsuits doesn't land on your company is not a good compliance strategy. Like it or not, keeping up with employment law is a big part of your job. How well do you know HR law? To see if you need to take your employment law knowledge up a notch, run through the Soapbox Employment Law Quiz ...

Late January’s Snowzilla storm that slammed the East Coast caused many employers to shut down for a day or more. Hundreds of thousands of employees couldn’t make it to work. We have help if your operations were affected by the storm and you’re wondering how (or whether) you must pay employees whose schedules were snowed under. Here's what the experts say.

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