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Employers can increase employee engagement by tying individual contributions to the company’s overall performance. Aligning people with purpose requires clarified expectations and a trusting relationship between the employee and supervisor. Traditional performance appraisals undermine this trust.

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More than a million people have shared their Twitter posts since Alyssa Milano encouraged survivors of sexual harassment and assault to publicly post their #MeToo status this past October. The last time sexual harassment came to the forefront was when Anita Hill spoke out about Clarence Thom…

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Vivek Murthy, M.D. identified loneliness as a serious health condition when he was the U.S. surgeon general. The human brain is wired to be social. Being social helped protect us from predators and increased our ability to get food. Because of that wiring, loneliness creates stress and stres…

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Stanford’s Graduate School of Business’ five-year study of nearly 24,000 workers and almost 2,000 bosses resulted in 6 million measurements to determine the impact of management on productivity. Each worker averaged four managers a year to determine the outcomes from a good manager contraste…

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A Twitter account @YesYoureRacist started after the march in Charlottesville to solicit the identities of those who were photographed marching in the Unite the Right rally. The social media campaign used those identities to encourage employers of the protesters to terminate the protesters’ e…

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U.S. employers spend between $70 and $164 billion annually on training and development according to a number of surveys. The most influential factor in a company’s training budget is the company’s size. Those with 10,000 or more employees average $13 million for training.

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Peter Drucker identified a shift in work from muscle to mind in the late 1950s, which led to the term "knowledge worker." Many knowledge workers stay after work, arrive early or work at home to find time to think about what needs to be done, or give a project the deep thought it requires. On…

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Working in an environment with competing objectives under tight deadlines and fear of punishment is a too common description of work today. A few high stress occupations are challenging whether the results of job stress (i.e. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) qualifies as Worker’s Compensation…

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Until recently, misconduct investigations used the good faith standard. Before the Vasquez case, employers were required to act in good faith before taking adverse action against an employee.

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Onboarding is a human resource process that introduces new employees to the company and their positions. A well-structured onboarding program reduces turnover and gets employees to be productive faster.

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“This year I’ll be a better supervisor, really get to know my staff; maybe even read the handbook.” Sound familiar? If you are planning on changing your behavior, be fair and let your staff know your plans.

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The laws to protect mentally ill employees have been in place for years. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) makes sure group health plans provide as much treatment for mental illness and substance abuse as other medical and surgical benefits. The Americans wit…

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Retaliation is the most frequent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge. The EEOC’s fiscal year is Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016. The latest numbers will be available in six to eight weeks.

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Alcoholism can qualify as a disability and disabled individuals are considered a protected class of employees. Balancing a protected alcoholic individual’s rights and enforcing work rules is not difficult as long as the employer knows the guidelines imposed by the American with Disabilities …

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The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles employees to take an unpaid, job protected leave. It affects employers with 50 or more employees to assist employees in balancing the demands of the workplace with family needs. Eligible employees may take time off to care for themselves and their…

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Supervisors do not need to know Congress passed the amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2008 because the Supreme Court’s narrow definition of disability resulted in the denial of protection for many people with impairments including cancer and epilepsy. Now the definiti…

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Last July the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted proposed changes Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees to the Federal Register.

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One of the many hats Human Resource (HR) professionals wear is the Sherlock Holmes’ deerstalker. Knowing how and when to conduct workplace investigations is an essential function of HR departments. HR is required to respond when becoming aware of issues that require investigation.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) cares about misclassification of employees as independent contractors and the Department of Labor (DOL) cares, too. These two agencies launched a massive “Misclassification Initiative” which created 100 new auditor jobs.

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Warren Bennis said, "Managers do things right but leaders do the right thing," when comparing the work of managers and leaders in 1989. Bennis' comparison illustrated leaders determine what to do and managers get it done. Today, doing the right thing is more about ethics. Ethics represent ou…

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It is the time of year to thank your employees for their effort with holiday cheer. Before you pop open the champagne, review your social host liability coverage in your general liability policy.

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News of the deadly rampage killing ten people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg Oregon joined the mass shooting headlines with the nine killed in a biker brawl and another nine killed in a church earlier this year. The statistics of mass shootings continue to climb with two more record…

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The Department of Labor's most recent data shows 59 percent of women of working age are in the workplace, comprising 47 percent of the workforce. The National Partnership for Women & Families found complaints of pregnancy discrimination have risen at a faster rate than that of women in t…

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protects workers by mandating minimum wage be paid and any time worked over 40 hours in a workweek be paid at 150 percent of the worker's hourly rate. The Act, enacted in 1938, was designed to ensure that "each employee covered by the Act would receive a f…

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Employees do not have to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, it is not too much information to know the sexual orientation and gender identity of one's employees.

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The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) applies to most employers, whether or not a union exists within the company.

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It has been almost two years since the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional.

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The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) provides employees with the right to self-organize or join a labor organization and to engage in concerted activities. Historically, employees gathering at the water cooler is considered protected, concerted activity.

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The National Labor Relations Board "removed unnecessary barriers and reduced unnecessary delays," according to its final ruling on the union election process.

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While everyone is focused on illegal immigration, don't lose sight of President Barack Obama's executive action's intention to make things a bit easier for employers to access and retain legal immigrants.

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Bring your own device (BYOD) is anything but fun. Every employer needs to address employees' personal communication devices.