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86 the “100% Cured” Policy for Employees Returning From FMLA Leave

Last summer, I blogged here about how requiring an employee with a disability to stay out of work until 100% cured (i.e., a no-restrictions policy) automatically violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. As courts have described it, the policy does not allow a case-by-case assessment of an individual’s ability to perform essential functions of the individual’s job, with or without accommodation.

ADA violation…check!

But, what about having a 100%-cured policy for an employee taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act?

We’ll see you when you’re 100% cured,...


A Conversation with #SHRM16 Speaker Craig Briscoe

HR's 'seat at the table' is something that is often waxed lyrical about, again, and again, and again. We're given 10,000 reasons why we should already be there, why we'll never get there, what you're doing wrong, what your CEO is doing wrong and why we need a HR revolution to get there.

Quietly though, some organisations are evolving towards the Holy Grail of HR bloggers: a genuine seat at the table. If you're heading to #SHRM16 you'll be lucky enough to hear from...


HR Intel: Uber-Anxiety over Employee Classification and Overtime

A round up of workplace developments and legal trends to help keep HR ahead of the curve

With the public release of the new Department of Labor rule regarding employee classification and overtime around the corner, there is a lot of uncertainty out there in the HR world. Some of the uncertainty focuses on the size of the impact – just how much will our payroll change if this goes into effect? But the primary source of uncertainty seems to be whether the DOL’s “final rule” will actually become final. We’ve heard...


Employee Engagement at 25: The Work Continues

What keeps the people at your organizations coming to work each day? Is it a paycheck? The opportunity to advance? A challenging assignment or worthy mission? All of the above or something else entirely? Find the answer to this critical question and you will have a key to unlocking your company’s full human capital potential.

This year, it turns out employees are placing the highest value on something that is at a more basic level: respect. According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2016 Employment Job...


#Nextchat RECAP: HR Departments of One—Controlling the Chaos

On May 4, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest and SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition speaker Lori Kleiman @LoriKleiman about HR Department of One: Controlling the Chaos.  

In case you missed this amazing chat filled with great tips and advice, you can see all the tweets here:




The Silent Corporate Revolution


The sun was reflecting off the ocean nestled on Pebble Beach as if the hand of God was swiping landscapes on the I-pad that is the world. Professional Golfers sprinted past my son (understandably intent to finalize their score cards). Only one man stopped to say hello to the youngster. He gave him a golf ball, posed for a photo and ignored my extended hand to embrace me in a hug. He was not a professional golfer but a CEO.... better yet, a Chief Shoe Giver. For the rest of his...


Should You Celebrate When Employees Leave?

I was talking with some HR professionals last week, and the conversation of transparency came up. What happens if managers care so much about their employees that they help or prepare them to leave the company to pursue the next step in their careers? Is that a good thing, because you’ve successfully grown someone to the level that they are prepared for that? Or is it a problem, since you’re turning over otherwise solid workers that could be contributing to your bottom line? To frame the discussion, I shared the...


Why Holocaust Remembrance STILL Matters


The United States Congress created the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.  This year, Holocaust Remembrance Days (Yom HaShoah) is today, Wednesday May 4, 2016.
During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systemically murdered.  That includes 6 million Jews, 2/3 of the European Jewish community at that time.  That percentage still boggles my mind.  In my family, the percentage was much higher. 
But the numbers would have been even worse were it not for the countless “righteous gentiles.”  The term “righteous gentiles” is used to refer to...

5 Reasons Why Year-End Employee Surveys Are a Thing of the Past


Getting and incorporating employee feedback into how your organization is run is, of course, a critical part of running a successful business. To run a company with low employee turnover and high employee satisfaction, it is necessary to take the time to hear what the employees have to say. Year-end surveys have been the primary way to get employee feedback for many companies, but are they working? Are there better ways for companies to keep a finger on the pulse of their employees? Indeed, there are and in this day and...


SHRM Helps Break Through Barriers

As part of SHRM’s 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition theme of “Breakthrough” we’ve asked SHRM Members and HR professionals to share their “Breakthrough Moments.”  SHRM member Terry J. Gottleib, a senior manager of Human Resources, shares her breakthrough moment and how it’s helped her gain confidence and confidence in her career.   


by Terry J. Gottleib

April 28, 2016


I was thrust into an HR position thirteen years ago by a boss who saw my potential and believed enough in me to take on this huge responsibility.  I had to quickly learn what the heck all the...