Can a Company Require New Employees Not to Bash it on Glassdoor?



Let’s find out.

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel released this Advice Memorandum. It involves a Missouri law firm that required all newly-hired support staff and attorneys to sign an employment agreement containing the following non-disparagement provision:

“[D]uring and after Employee’s employment or association with Law Firm ends, for any reason, Employee will not in any way criticize, ridicule, disparage, libel, or slander Law Firm, its owners, its partners, or any Law Firm employees, either orally or in writing. However, nothing in this Section 3.2 shall be deemed to


Should HR Plan the Holiday Party?



It is that time of year. The end-of-year holiday party. And the elephant in the room is who should be in charge. 

I have been an advocate of leaving HR out of the equation even though many believe this is part of HR’s role.

A few years back, I saw a presentation at a SHRM conference where the speaker made a compelling argument that it was strategic for HR to be involved in the planning and coordination of end of year celebrations. Her point of view has stuck with me...


Fostering a Disability-Inclusive Culture


Hiring is up in today’s tight labor market, including among people with disabilities and other often-overlooked groups. As more job seekers with disabilities are hired, employers are realizing the great potential in this large and diverse talent pool.

However, bias and lack of awareness remain challenges. Only 40 percent of working-age adults with disabilities are currently employed, making this an excellent time for companies to foster a disability-inclusive culture — both to nurture current employees and become a top destination for job seekers.

At Indeed, we have built disability awareness into our...


The Four Day Workweek: It’s Time to Assess Your Organization’s Time Management



You might’ve read about Microsoft Japan testing the four-day workweek in the summer of 2019 recently. The story swept across the internet, in part, because the results were so eye-opening: Microsoft Japan found that employee productivity jumped 40 percent. Efficiency was increased in many other areas, too, from lower electricity costs to less use of paper.

Microsoft’s experiment complemented the results of a study conducted in 2018 with the Workforce Institute at Kronos and Future Workplace, where it was found that nearly half of employees could do their job in...


5 Steps to Powering Continuous Learning in an Evolving Workplace



As automation and digitalization continuously reinvent work, employers and employees alike face the urgent challenge of keeping up with ever-shifting skill requirements. Doing so effectively in an endlessly evolving workplace, however, requires that organizations move from episodic corporate training to continuous, on-demand learning.

It’s a formidable challenge. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), by 2022, no less than 54 percent of all employees will require significant re- and upskilling. Of these, about 35 percent are expected to require additional training of up to six months.

To keep pace with changing...


Illinois Employers: Get Ready for Legalized Recreational Marijuana




On January 1, 2020, the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21+ will be legal in Illinois, and now is the time to learn the facts and develop a strategy for your organization.

Here’s what to consider:

What’s the law?

Effective January 1, 2020, marijuana will now be legal for recreational use for those 21 years of age and older. Eligible Illinois residents will be able to purchase up to 30 grams of marijuana plant material legally.

The details:

The law specifically states that organizations cannot discriminate against job...


Affiliate !!


I just returned from the SHRM Volunteer Leader Business Meeting in Washington, D.C. This is the year-end “thank you” for volunteer leaders from around the country. I’ve been going to this conference for many years, and it’s honestly my favorite one !! The reason it’s my favorite is that I get to be around my peers – HR professionals who also happen to volunteer their time and talent to the profession.

Years ago when I was the State Director of Ohio SHRM, I broke the norm that happened at this gathering....


Worker Displacement by Invention of the Wheel - Trust 



The invention of the wheel is credited to the Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia around 3500 BCE. Interestingly, the wheel had an impact on several different types of jobs. There was, of course, the vertical use of the wheel – chariots and ox carts, but also the horizontal use – on pottery making, and later waterwheels. The concept of the wheel and axle was revolutionary, arguably the most important invention of all time. Almost every subsequent invention involves principles of the wheel. 

That said, the...


Education Assistance Can Help Create Better Workplaces and a Better World



“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it”—Marian Wright Edelman


We are faced with a significant talent drain in America. While we have a talented and capable workforce, there is a lack of education, training and support for many young workers as they pursue their education and start their careers. Recently Federal Reserve Chairman Powell noted during his testimony to Congress that the upward mobility of less-educated workers has declined and has been part of a long-term...


Correctly Classifying Seasonal Employees


There are several different classifications of employees and identifying an employee incorrectly can have major repercussions. Seasonal employees and temporary employees may seem as one in the same, but in fact, there are differences.

Seasonal employees are ones who work around the same time each year, based on an increase in business during that time. For the Affordable Care Act purposes, seasonal employees are ones who work six months or less while other suggested time frames bring that number down to four months.

The season is usually a pre-determined amount of...