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Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat: Dress Codes and Hygiene

Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat: Dress Codes and Hygiene

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#Nextchat: Control the Chaos and Excel as an HR Department of One



In many small and midsize companies, the human resources department consists of one person. The department of one (DOO) handles every HR function for the entire organization, including recruiting, onboarding, training, compensation, benefits, employee relations, compliance, technology, analytics and strategy—and is frequently responsible for other business processes at the same time.  

Professionals who are HR departments of one typically have diverse backgrounds and levels of training. However, whether you have an MBA and are an integral part of leadership, or if you came through internal ranks with little formal HR training,...


#SHRM18 Special Edition - Jon Talks to Mike Mitchell


I had a chance to speak with Mike Mitchell, who serves as a senior faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership, of which I'm an alumni.  We talked about innovation and barriers HR pros often encounters in workplace innovation.  As an added bonus, Mike is a Chicago native and gave me the inside scoop on what to do while you're in town for the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition!

Mike will be presenting "Driving Innovation: How Leadership Makes the Difference" on Monday, June 19 at 7...


6 Ways Your Managers are Causing FMLA/ADA Leave Lawsuits, and How to Train Them to Stop - A #SHRM18 Interview with Jeff Nowak


As part of the #SHRMBlogger team, I had the good fortune to interview Jeff Nowak, employment lawyer and FMLA expert. Jeff is a partner and co-chair of the Labor and Employment practice group at Chicago-based law firm Franczek Radelet P.C. and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost FMLA and ADA experts, regularly counseling clients on compliance with FMLA and ADA regulations, conducting FMLA/ADA audits and training, and successfully litigating FMLA and ADA lawsuits. Jeff also is the author of the highly-regarded FMLA Insights blog, one of my favorites,...


It’s Time for HR to Lead a Conversation on Hiring People with Criminal Backgrounds



President Donald Trump said no one wins when people with criminal backgrounds are unable to adjust to life outside prison. It’s a waste of human capital, he said.


With today’s near record-low unemployment rate, HR professionals and employers are increasingly willing to tap underrepresented groups to fill the skills gaps in the American workforce.

People with criminal backgrounds — almost one-third of working-age adults — are one of these groups.

This week, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) teamed up with the Charles Koch Institute to release an important...


To Pay or Not to Pay? FMLA, FLSA and Rest Breaks



The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that an hourly or non-exempt employee be paid for rest breaks of up to 20 minutes in length. Why, if the employee performs no work? The rationale is that the break is primarily for the benefit of the employer, promoting the "efficiency of the employee" and giving the company a "reenergized employee." But, is there a limit to the number of breaks per day that must be compensated as time worked?

On April 12th, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued an ...


Empowering Managers to Own Employee Engagement #SHRM18



HR leaders can empower manager to own their employees’ engagement and retention. I spoke with Anne Tomkinson, who is Senior Manager of HR and Operations at DC Public Charter School Board. Not only does her expertise stretch over all aspects of employment relations, employment law, strategic planning and program management, she knows how to empower managers and give them the tools they need to develop and engage their team members. It’s less complicated than you might think. Tomkinson is an official SHRM 2018 blogger, and you can read more of...


Working on My Fitness: An Interview with Wellness Guru Walter Lewis #SHRM18


Every year leading up to SHRM’s annual conference, I get the daily digest emails and see threads and chats going back and forth. There’s the excited conference newbies wondering how to take it all in, people looking for deals on hotel rooms and professionals in certain states or industries organizing meetups. I understand their enthusiasm and appreciate the camaraderie these threads afford them. But there’s always been one group I don’t understand .. .the 5 a.m. runners....


#SHRM18 Special Edition - Jon & Wendy talk to Andrew Morton


In anticipation of the latest #Nextchat about SHRM18, Wendy and I interviewed Andrew Morton for a special episode of the HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast.  We talked about the Blog Squad, speakers Andrew is looking forward to seeing, and about Andrew's favorite movie that he saw at well too young an age.


Originally posted on HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast.




Helping Ex-Offenders Re-Enter The Workforce



I admit it. I have been one of those HR people reluctant to hire ex-offenders under the assumption that once trouble – always trouble.

But my husband helped me realize the error of this stereotyping. He worked in the court system for 20 years, dealing with felons and their legal financial obligations. Having heard his stories, I’ve realized that our society often sets up those released from prison for failure through a myriad of barriers to re-entry.

These barriers include employers that are unwilling to take risks on those with...