Reasonable Accommodation—What Is It?


For someone who’s new in the field, it’s important to understand what reasonable accommodation is. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities in order to provide equal employment opportunities to individuals who are otherwise qualified to perform their core job functions. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind:

1.      The individual should be able to perform the essential job functions, with or without a reasonable accommodation

2.      An employer shall provide reasonable accommodations in all situations except when such an accommodation would create an undue hardship for...


Elusive Protections of the ADA



Here we are, 29 years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and still courts struggle to define who should be afforded protection under the law. This article about obesity and discrimination caught my eye. I became more intrigued when I read Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill to add height and weight to the state’s anti-discrimination protections. It appears this is at least the third time since 2013. Then I saw this recent case from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (covering IL, IN, WI)....


#Nextchat RECAP: The Value of Compassionate Offboarding


On July 24, @shrmnextchat chatted with Caroline Vernon, outplacement and career management expert about "The Value of Compassionate Offboarding"  and tips, advice and best practices for creating a compassionate and complete offboarding program. If you missed this excellent chat, you can read the tweets HERE or below.




Sandwiched !!


This past weekend I was fortunate enough to drive two hours north of my house with my wife to visit my parents – Connie and Don Fleming. Of course, this also meant that I was able to return to Ada, Ohio (center of the universe.) I spent the day cleaning the gutters, removing dead rose bushes and tightening all of the shutters on the windows. My mom stayed with me to give me “direction” and my dad stayed inside to chat with my wife.

The cool thing about seeing my parents...


#Nextchat: The Value of Compassionate Offboarding



Onboarding seems to be getting all the attention these days when it comes to the employee experience—but what about offboarding?  

Reductions in force still happen and are never pleasant for anyone involved, but they shouldn’t necessarily be the end of an employee-employer relationship.

Smart organizations are using thoughtful offboarding programs to transform the relationship.

If the process is conducted with compassion, it will help to preserve employee pride and self-worth and will pave the way for positive outcomes down the road.

In her blog post “Value of Compassionate Offboarding,”...


There’s No Lukewarm HR


I engaged in a conversation yesterday that went something like this:

Person: “I see you work in HR…how’s that treat ya? Can be a tough job.”

Me: “I’ve been in HR for 15 years. I love it.”

Person: “It’s a position of passion for sure…”

Me: “It can be, but also has the potential for the greatest impact.”

Person: “Indeed.”

Me: “You either love it or you don’t. There’s no lukewarm HR. When done right and with passion, it can be the greatest asset to a company — when done poorly...


Vacation in Peace by Empowering Staff



Q: I manage a department with about 10 employees and I’m planning to take a one-week vacation.  In the past whenever I’ve taken time off, someone from the office ends up calling me for one reason or another. These are not emergencies and could have waited my return.  Do you have some advice on how to prevent staff from calling me? I wish I could just unplug in peace.

A: I’ve got some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: this is all your fault. Now the good news,...


The Value of Compassionate Offboarding



As HR professionals, we pay a lot of attention to first impressions. We create positive candidate and employee experiences. We work hard to set our employees up for success from their first day. We put well thought-out strategies in place, strategies that often involve time and money we believe to be well worth our investment.

But what about an employee’s last day?

Some studies show that the last impression is actually the most important one—one that’s more impactful and lasting than the first. First impressions are based just on cursory...


Cadillac Tax Serves as Incentive to Reduce Health Care Benefit Offerings



Several years ago, I was tasked with reviewing our health care benefit plan and determining how the looming “Cadillac Tax” would impact our organization and employees. After review, I concluded our health plan was determined to be “high value” and would be subject to the 40 percent excise tax when it goes into effect. As a result, my organization restructured health benefits offering and began implementing a High Deductible Health Plan with an HSA. 

My organization recently surveyed our employees regarding our current health plan and have...


#Nextchat RECAP: Can We Do That?! Recruitment, Selection and Hiring Tips and Traps


On July 17, @shrmnextchat chatted with Christine V. Walters, J.D., MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR @christinevbw about Can We Do That?! Recruitment, Selection and Hiring Tips and Traps.

If you missed this excellent #Nextchat about tips to avoid legal traps and pitfalls in selection procedures, you can read all the tweets here or below: