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August 2015

New L-1B Policy Takes Effect Aug. 31

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August 31, 2015
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Chipotle Plans to Hire 4,000 Workers in One-Day Blitz

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August 31, 2015

USCIS Discontinuing Legacy E-Filing System

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August 31, 2015
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Assisting Relocating Employees with Their Finances

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August 31, 2015

Fitbits, Smartwatches and Workplace Security

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August 31, 2015

 

Being a parent can be one of the best experiences.  Children are a blessing and they provide so many positive opportunities in the life of their parents.  I have to admit there are also times when being a parent can be a challenge, but we learn much more from these challenges than we do from the good times.

August 31, 2015
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Wage Secrecy Prohibitions Require Caution by Employers

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August 28, 2015
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What Do Workers Want? It Varies by Workforce Generation

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August 28, 2015

Paid Leave, Reduced Travel, Breast-Milk Shipping: Companies Raise the Ante in Deals to Keep Parents at Work

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August 28, 2015
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EAPs May Not Be Best Route for Angry, Threatening Employees

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August 28, 2015

Union Organization Eased Under NLRB's Broader Definition of 'Joint Employer'

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August 28, 2015
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The California Legislature reconvened on Monday, Aug. 17, to finish its work for the 2015 regular session, which must end by Sept. 11. The following bills are of particular interest to California private sector employers…

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August 28, 2015
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Not everyone pulls their own weight in a team effort.

August 28, 2015

'Sandwich in' a Lunch Break to Boost Productivity

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August 27, 2015

Want a Promotion? Go Light on Lipstick, Stop Smoking, Lose the Nose Ring

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August 27, 2015

'Good Jobs' Returning to the U.S. Economy

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August 27, 2015
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Cities, States Increasing Minimum Wage, Requiring Paid Leave

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August 27, 2015

How Can Employers Prevent Workplace Violence?

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August 27, 2015

                                         


                                                 

August 27, 2015

On August 26, @shrmnextchat chatted with Steve Miller (@shrmsmiller) about 401(k) Gold.

In case you missed this informative chat, you can read all the tweets below:

 

August 26, 2015

HR Pros Debate Allowing Confederate Flag on Worker's Car

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August 26, 2015

Target Will Pay $2.8M Over Employment Tests

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August 26, 2015

Give Your Dental Plan a Checkup

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August 26, 2015
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D.C. Cir.: Home Health Care Workers Wage Rule Reinstated

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August 26, 2015
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Teen Behavior Isn't Just in High School; It's Also at Work

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August 26, 2015

Is Starbucks Really a Great Place to Work?

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August 25, 2015

How Technology Will Impact Millennials at Work

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August 25, 2015

Employers Grapple with Heroin Epidemic

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August 25, 2015

Educate Your Employees About Spear-Phishing

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August 25, 2015

Ad Hoc BYOD Policies Leave Employers Vulnerable

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August 25, 2015

                                

You might as well paint a huge bulls-eye on your business and open up your checkbook.

August 25, 2015
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Post-Employment 401(k) Rollovers: Questions HR Should Ask

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August 24, 2015

Use of Video for Recruiting Continues to Grow

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August 24, 2015

Netflix Criticized for Limits on Parental Leave Policy

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August 24, 2015
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Survey: 77% of HR Departments Now Paperless

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August 24, 2015
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Ashley Madison Hack: A Cautionary Tale for HR

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August 24, 2015

 

It can be difficult for a 25-year-old to envision life after age 65, let alone to start saving for it—and many young people aren’t even sure how or where to start. That’s why it’s important for employers to take an active role in educating employees at every stage of life about the benefits of retirement savings plans.

August 24, 2015

Q:  We’re considering installing security cameras in our shared work areas and were wondering if there are any legalities we should consider before we proceed.

A:  These days, security cameras are ubiquitous in public places.  We expect them inside malls, in stores and restaurants, and outside in recreational areas, parking lots and at most traffic lights.

August 24, 2015
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Love that Training at Popeyes!

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August 21, 2015

Work Extension for Foreign STEM Students Invalidated

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August 21, 2015

'Frat Boy' Mentality Can Keep Women Out of Tech Companies

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August 21, 2015

Competency is defined as an ability or skill. Every profession has competencies. And we want competencies; they are the things that make us successful. You could say that jobs are made up of tasks (the actual things we do) and competencies (the skills we need to do them).

August 21, 2015
Everyone has generally heard of the SWOT analysis where you look at your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It is often recommended for new HR directors who are taking over new positions or departments. It is a look at your present situation and therein lays the danger according to one futurist.

August 21, 2015

Contractors: Report Your Veteran Hires by Sept. 30

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August 20, 2015
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How to Ensure Your Solitary Workers Are Safe

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August 20, 2015
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Professor Fired for Being Pregnant Out of Wedlock Sues

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August 20, 2015

E-Verify Due to Expire Sept. 30

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August 20, 2015
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Experts: Amazon Exposé May Change Its Corporate Culture

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August 20, 2015

The article in Sunday’s New York Times describing Amazon’s relentless, hard-driving work environment is, in many ways, a case study in how one very large company is responding to our changing work world.

August 20, 2015

On August 19, @shrmnextchat chatted with Allen Smith (@shrmlegaleditor) about why FMLA + ADA = SOS.

In case you missed this informative chat, you can read all the tweets here: 

 

August 19, 2015

Maine Restricts Employer Access to Employees' and Applicants' Social Media Accounts

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August 19, 2015

How to Use NIOSH's Health Hazard Evaluations

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August 19, 2015
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Law Excludes Veterans from ACA Mandate; Questions Remain

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August 19, 2015

Conn. Extends Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Protections to Unpaid Interns

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August 18, 2015
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Striking a Balance: Alabama's Newly-Amended Restrictive Covenant Statute

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August 18, 2015

Top 10 Health Plan Traps for 2016

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August 18, 2015

Northwestern Football Players' Unionization Drive Halted

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August 18, 2015
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Job Candidates and Awkward Interviews: What Do You Do?

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August 18, 2015

The HR profession is full of acronyms. Grab any three or four letters from the alphabet and throw them together and there’s probably a corresponding law for it. But there are two acronyms in particular that create a lot of anxiety for HR professionals: FMLA and ADA.

August 18, 2015

 

The latest blog challenge from LinkedIn reminds us to #ThankYourMentor.  As a Human Resource professional, I want to also encourage my colleagues time to reach out and offer a hand and the gift of mentorship to another professional.  We will be stronger together.

August 18, 2015
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Teen Employment Reaches Highest Level Since 2009

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August 17, 2015
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Domestic Medical Travel: What HR Needs to Know

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August 17, 2015

Firing Federal Workers Presents HR Challenges

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August 17, 2015

Recruiters, Hiring Managers Must Collaborate Well to Succeed

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August 17, 2015

Most Millennials Would Switch Jobs for Better Family Benefits

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August 17, 2015

           

The Philadelphia area’s economy has long relied on its sizable health care and higher education sectors. Much of its future success, however, may depend on easier access to jobs in manufacturing, retail and other industries that are expanding in the region.

August 17, 2015
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Quits Rate Steady for Third Consecutive Month

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August 14, 2015
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Cost Control, Behavior Change Top Health Agendas for 2016

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August 14, 2015

SEC has new guidance on Dodd-Frank whistle-blowers

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August 14, 2015

Bills Would Do More than Upend 'Ambush' Election Rule

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August 14, 2015
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When a Toxic Worker Is Well-Liked by Managers

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August 14, 2015

 

Help your CEO become a leader for the year 2020.

The changing job of the CEO is being discussed a lot these days. Companies and boards have come to realize that the CEO is a key player in attracting and retaining the talent needed to take the company into the forefront of their industry. But CEOs need to change in order to do that and HR is in the best position to help them do so.

August 14, 2015
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As the congressional recess began last week, Members of Congress made a mad dash out of DC. For members of the Congressional Black Caucus, their destination was Tunica, Mississippi.

August 13, 2015

When Personal and Professional Tech Worlds Collide

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August 13, 2015
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Keeping Your LGBT Employees Safe Overseas

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August 13, 2015

Wisconsin Eases, But Does Not Eliminate, the One Day of Rest in Seven Law

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August 12, 2015

West Virginia Amends State Rule Verifying Legal Employment Status of Workers

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August 12, 2015
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Study: Be Prepared to Manage Digital Risk

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August 12, 2015

Overtime Rule May Hurt Workplace Morale

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August 12, 2015

 

A couple of months ago, the Society for Human Resource Management published Repurposing HR: From a Cost Center to a Business Accelerator by Carol E. M. Anderson, SHRM-SCP. She is the founder and principal of Anderson Perfomance Partners in St. Augustine, Fla.

August 12, 2015

On August 12, @shrmnextchat chatted with Jennifer McClure (@JenniferMcClure) and 

August 12, 2015

 

American Authors are enjoying the rage of this current song.  Go Big or Go Home is a worthy entry in the Urban Dictionary and epitomizes for me the spark and enthusiasm I witnessed last week.  For the fourth summer, I was graced to serve with a number of fabulous faculty as we delivered a Business Management Institute, sponsored by the Western Association of College and University Business Officers.  The UC-Santa Barbara campus is always a beautiful backdrop to a great week of learning.  I think, this was one of the best sessions.   

August 12, 2015

Protect Workplace Passwords from Cybercriminals

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August 11, 2015

IRS Seeks Comments on 'Cadillac Tax' and Account-Based Plans

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August 11, 2015

Short-Term Incentives Are Playing Larger Retention Role

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August 11, 2015
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Netflix, Microsoft Paid Parental Leave Is Wave of the Future

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August 11, 2015
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Taking your HR career to the next level is not always easy—even if you are a super performer at your current job. Moving to the next level often requires many different competencies and skill sets that will allow you to grow into a strategic executive who is action-oriented and who embraces technology. It also requires an understanding of your strengths and of how others view you—and this is where your personal brand steps into the picture.  

August 11, 2015

For Corporate America, LGBT Inclusion Is Just Good Business

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August 10, 2015

OSHA Releases All-in-One Training Resource for Employers

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August 10, 2015
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Want to Recruit Better Talent? Think Like a Marketer

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August 10, 2015
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"A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness." ~ James E. Faust

August 10, 2015

Building the future from the past

What traditions are maintained by your company? Do you have an enthusiastic company sports team with a history of incredible wins? Perhaps your traditional company picnic is the rallying point that employees look forward to all year, then talk about throughout the following year.

August 10, 2015

NLRB: Witness Statement Confidentiality No Longer Automatic

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August 7, 2015
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U.S. Patent Office Telework Program Cleared of Fraud

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August 7, 2015
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Paid Sick Leave Executive Order for Federal Contractors Drafted

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August 7, 2015

Determining CEO Pay Ratio Isn't So Simple

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August 7, 2015
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Netflix's Extended Paid Parental Leave Sets New Bar

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August 7, 2015
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How does the thought of being able to embed a device in your body to make your job easier appeal to you? What about an embedded device to improve your health or make you live longer? Would you do it? Many people cringe at the thought, yet there may be just such a device in your future, if not already present in your life.

What to embed?

August 7, 2015

Modest Gains Seen for 2016 Variable Pay Budgets, Salary Ranges

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August 6, 2015
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Answers About Paying Employees When Disaster Strikes

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August 6, 2015
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SEC Pay-Ratio Rule Spotlights CEO Compensation

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August 6, 2015
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Hiring Steady in August, but Recruiting Struggles Continue for Many HR Professionals

August 6, 2015

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changes to the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

August 6, 2015

 

A manager has an open position. He will need to work closely with the new hire.

Alan applies for the job.  The manager truly loathes him.  I could say it softer but that is the reality.

Alan has all the requisite skill, education and experience.  But the sound of Alan’s voice makes the manager’s skin crawl.

Based on his intense dislike for Alan, the manager does not want to interview him, let alone promote him. What do you do?

August 6, 2015

It’s 3 p.m. on Friday and your boss has already told you that you can head out early for the weekend.  You’re wrapping up a few items and planning to leave shortly when a coworker comes to you and asks you for some help with a project they’ve been working on.  Your first instinct is to say you’re sorry but you have plans and need to leave early for the weekend.  While that may get you a few extra minutes of weekend sunshine, you could be missing out on some valuable work experiences.

August 6, 2015

Public Hiring Trends Up After Recession

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August 5, 2015
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Deadline Nears for Meisinger Fellowship Applications

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August 5, 2015
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Why People Are Changing Jobs, and How to Recruit and Retain Them

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August 5, 2015

Contingency Planning Urged for Proposed Overtime Rule

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August 5, 2015
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On August 5, @shrmnextchat chatted with Allan Weitzman (@Allan_Weitzman) of Proskauer Rose LLP about "Employee Handbooks-Every Word Counts."

In case you missed this informative chat, you can read all the great tweets here: 

 

August 5, 2015

 

Living abroad can be a life changing and eye opening experience. By submerging yourself in a new culture, you gain a new perspective on life, meet new and diverse people and feel connected to a community of global citizens. Not only can you benefit from the personal enrichment of living abroad, it is also an excellent career development opportunity and can pave the way for leadership opportunities.

August 5, 2015

Lawmakers Introduce Federal Trade Secrets Protection Bill

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August 4, 2015
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Identify Your Trade Secrets to Prevail in IP Theft Litigation

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August 4, 2015
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Layoff Soon After Maternity Leave Did Not Violate FMLA

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August 4, 2015
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Same-Sex Marriage: From Benefits to Harassment Policies

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August 4, 2015

Minimize Risk When Terminating Employees Who Steal Trade Secrets

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August 3, 2015
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OSHA: Competent and Qualified Are Not the Same

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August 3, 2015
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The Best Places to Work in IT

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August 3, 2015

On-Call Shift Scheduling Subject to Increased Scrutiny

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August 3, 2015
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Company Hit with Largest I-9 Paperwork Penalties to Date

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August 3, 2015
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Building a Magnetic Culture: How to Attract and Retain Top Talent to Create an Engaged, Productive Workforce

The perils of a disengaged workforce are well known—low productivity, high employee turnover, and failure to meet organization-wide goals. Less well known is what to do about it. How do you create a workforce that is always ready, able, and eager to take the organization to the next level?

August 3, 2015

 

An employee handbook is essential for the well-being of every organization. It communicates the employer’s mission, vision and culture, as well as information on rules, policies and benefits. It also contains information on state and federal employment laws. 

When well-constructed, employee handbooks help employers build trusting relationships with workers, avoid conflicts and ensure fair treatment in the workplace. When poorly written, they can create a nightmare of situations for HR, ranging from hostile work environments to lawsuits. 

August 3, 2015