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#SHRM21 Interview with Elements Global Services

If someone asked you, “who is Elements Global Services” what is your 30-second elevator speech response?

Elements Global Services is an HR tech company that’s disrupting the industry and changing how businesses become global. Elements compliantly enable any company to hire, manage and pay employees in over 135 countries worldwide, without the cost and long-term commitment of traditional methods. Facilitating both short- and long-term projects by leveraging a network of Elements-owned entities, its proprietary technology, and both local and regional expertise. Elements ensures that employees are compliant and cared for,...

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#SHRM21 Interview with Lester S. Rosen: Background Screening Programs & The Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

In this interview, Lester S. Rosen, attorney and CEO of Employment Screening Resources (ESR), discusses the use of criminal records in hiring and developing a strategic approach to an effective background screening program. 

Hi Lester, for those of us who are not familiar with your work, can you please introduce yourself?

Thanks. I am a former criminal trial attorney that started a national pre-employment background screening company that has been rated the top enterprise screening firm in the US recently  which we are very proud of. The firm is Employment Screening Resources (ESR). I have also written what...

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Employee Engagement: The Trends in a Worldwide Pandemic

Major crises appear to be on a nearly once-in-a-decade cadence; we experienced the tragedy of 9/11 in 2001, we felt the collapse of the economy in 2008, and now, we’re amid a global pandemic of proportions not suffered through in over 100 years.  Not only has the pandemic negatively affected the health and lives of people around the world, but it has consequently impacted the economy and how companies operate.  As we learned in 2008, it wasn’t necessarily the poor economic conditions that affected employee engagement and sentiment, but rather the actions of leaders and how they led their company...

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Leadership is What Gen Z Needs Most as We Exit the Pandemic

As a professional trainer, business school professor, former Fortune 100 project manager, and acting city manager, one key component that I have seen to be consistent that helps organizations run smoothly is people.  The pandemic prompted plenty of workers to reevaluate their careers and lives, which has led to The “Great Resignation.”  The cost of losing workers is estimated to be around one-third of a worker’s annual earnings, which can be excruciatingly painful as businesses are trying to recover from the pandemic. Among those willing to jump ship is Generation Z (born ~ 1995-2012), who are now entering the...

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Mandatory Vaccinations for Some?

 

With the delta variant of the coronavirus on the rise, employers are scrambling to ensure their work environment is safe for all. That means reviewing or perhaps revamping the vaccination policy you put into place six months ago. The initial COVID-19 outbreak was hard enough to manage; now employers may need to get even more creative in trying to balance worker safety while respecting employees’ choices on whether to get vaccinated.

I recently fielded this question that came into the HR Knowledge Center: “Can employers require vaccination for only certain groups...

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Medical Marijuana’s Impact in Today’s Workplace

I am a product of the 90s. I watched “TGIF” every Friday night growing up, can recite all the lyrics to the most popular New Kids on the Block songs and am fluent in “Friends” quotes. Never have I used Ross’ “Pivot!” line more than in the past few years.

We in the HR world have been charged with updating our company policies and practices each time federal and state regulations change. And lately it seems like we’ve been asked to “pivot” daily. I exaggerate, but between ever-evolving COVID-19 regulations and medical marijuana laws, it does seem like it.

As...

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Returning from Vacation? Five Ways to Do It Right

It was the best vacation you’ve had in recent memory. Only now, a week into being back on the job, you’ve discovered a common problem: you’re still on vacation.

At least mentally, that is. Recent surveys suggest people are finally taking the vacations they had put off during the pandemic. According to a June Korn Ferry survey, 79% of professionals say they will use more vacation days in 2021, and 46% say they will take a longer vacation than in past years. But while there is plenty of advice on how to get away...

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

You have fallen out of love with your job. No amount of date nights, second chances, or counseling services will make the situation right. You figure that it is time to move on to greener pastures, but is it?

There are ebbs and flows to every relationship, and jobs are no exception. What attracted you to your current position — challenging assignments, a fun work environment, money — may no longer be enough to keep you interested and satisfied. However, before mentally checking out and looking for a new position, make the following considerations.

1. Begin by having a conversation...

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Thread People

Did you know that my wife is amazing? It’s true. Not only because she’s been my better half for nearly 32 years (in October of this year), but she balances me in a way few others do. She always nudges me every Saturday to make sure I write a blog post on Sunday. How freaking cool is that ??!! Then, she coyly says, “Do you need me to give you an idea again this week?” She giggles and continues. “You know, you rely on me for these ideas EVERY week.” I roll my eyes...

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Lunching in California

 

This post is strictly for the purposes of illustrating WHEN that lunch break in California must be provided.

The state says “… a meal period must be provided no later than the end of the employee’s fifth hour of work (in other words, no later than the start of the employee’s sixth hour of work).  …”

In my role as an HR Knowledge Advisor, I have heard hundreds of times over the years about that one sentence in the state’s law:

“What does that mean?” “Show me.” “Can...

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