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:





Congress, It’s Time to Stop Kicking the “Cadillac Tax Can” Down the Road…


A long overdue action may finally be taken by the U.S. Congress as H.R.748 (Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019) is scheduled to be brought up for a House vote to repeal what is known as the “Cadillac Tax.”

The Cadillac Tax is a provision of the Affordable Care Act which, starting in 2022, would impose a 40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored health benefits whose value exceeds legally specified thresholds. If implemented, the burden of the Cadillac Tax would likely be passed on to workers through...


How Long Does Your Employee Have to File an EEOC Charge of Discrimination?



Actually, it depends.  

Here’s how it works for non-federal-sector employees:

An employee must file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 calendar days from the day the discrimination took place.

However, if your business operates in a state or locality that has a fair employment practices agency that enforces a law that prohibits employment discrimination on the same basis, that 180-day deadline is extended to 300 days.

There are a few exceptions, of course.



Hamburgers, Sushi and the Young at Heart




When I used to eat meat, my favorite food was a hamburger (with French fries). I don’t think I would have been as enthusiastic if I had to order chopped cow.

I had dinner with someone eating sushi. I asked them if they would enjoy it as much if they had ordered raw fish. I owe them a dinner.

We use euphemisms appropriately to help us accept with what we otherwise would struggle. Shift away from food. Think of—or perhaps not—the alternative to “rest in peace.”

And, that brings me to older workers. Older...


How Personal Brands Can Help You Learn About Prospective Employees


Traditionally viewed as a marketing tactic for companies and products, brands have moved into career planning and job searches. Many jobseekers now consciously develop and enhance their “personal brand,” or the unique combination of skills, experience and personality that defines an individual.

As branding takes on increased importance for job seekers and prospective employers alike, a better understanding of the concept may help. Personal brands encompass but go beyond accomplishments and skill sets, in an effort to give prospective employers a glimpse into what makes a job candidate tick and what...


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



No one knows better than you—the employer—your jobs and the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to do them.

There are several hurdles, however, that can hinder the process of finding the right talent to fill those jobs.

The SHRM Online article Study: Most Job Seekers Abandon Online Job Applications identifies a myriad of problems with current application systems, including inaccurate job descriptions and long applications that hinder hiring efforts.    

State and local laws restricting what information about candidates employers can obtain, when...