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Does an Employee Have An ADA ‘Disability’if it Substantially Limits The Major Life Activity of ‘Working’?

 

Ever since the amendments to the Americans with Disability Act took effect in 2009, management-side employment lawyers have preached to clients that they should focus more on accommodating a disability rather than whether an employee has a disability in the first place.

But, what if you have an employee who seeks an accommodation — time off — for a condition that she claims impacts her ability to work?

Hmmm…

This is the elevator-speech set of facts from this Sixth Circuit opinion from last...

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Why Holocaust Remembrance Matters Now More Than Ever

 

Every year, I write a blog for SHRM on Holocaust Remembrance.   

This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is next week on May 2, 2019.

This year, we are posting the blog early. Reason: so HR has time to consider some sort of Holocaust commemoration.

During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systematically murdered.  Plus, millions more died in battle. That includes American, British and other brave military forces that sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others.

Of course, every life is a universe. Every...

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#Nextchat: What Would You Do with More Time?

 

Do you feel like some of the time you spend at work is being wasted? You’re not alone! As it turns out, many employees could probably get their jobs done in shorter workdays, but inefficient processes, interruptions, meetings and other daily distractions hamper the ability to focus and to complete the work that needs to get done.

According to a global survey of nearly 3,000 employees across eight countries conducted by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc., nearly half (45 percent) of full-time workers say it would take less than...

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Helping a Good Employee Who Hits a Rough Patch

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One of our employees, who has been a steady, solid performer the last two years, suddenly erupted in anger at one of our clients during a company event. Granted, the client is difficult and the event had all of us stressed out, but that’s no excuse to lose one’s temper and get into a shouting match. We immediately suspended him without pay.

Since then we’ve learned from coworkers that he’s dealing with stress by drinking. What should we consider as we try to decide whether to fire him or let

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Three Reasons People in Drug Recovery Can Make Great Employees

 

Twelve years ago I overcame meth addiction. I remember the feeling like it was yesterday. I reached three months sober and the world around me seemed to change over night. I started to see things with more color, food tasted better, and things felt brand new. I had woken up from what seemed to be nothing more than a nightmare and right back into my 15 year-old mindset with a desire to explore what the world had to offer because I wanted more. I had no more time to waste once...

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#Nextchat RECAP: How To Build Cultures of Curiosity

On April 17 @shrmnextchat chatted with @DrDianeHamilton, #SHRM19 speaker, nationally syndicated radio host, leadership speaker and author of "Cracking the Curiosity Code," and Creator of Curiosity Code Index to talk about How to Create Cultures of Curiosity. If you missed this excellent #Nextchat filled with great advice for organizations to encourage more curiosity and innovation, you can read all the tweets HERE or below:

 

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Looking Past the Trees- Getting Talent Back to Work

 


 

I’m a researcher. Process oriented. Peacemaker. Always followed the rules growing up. My mother never allowed me to ride my bike past a group of trees to the side of our driveway, and I never did until the summer before my freshman year of high school. To say I grew up somewhat sheltered, is a bit of an understatement.

Now that I’m a 30-something HR professional (this is a loose description), I now see rules as a grey subject matter to be debated. Times change. Views change. People change.  ...

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Background Screenings and Second Chance Employment - 3 Tips for Success

 

 

Today’s employers may choose to run background checks on job applicants for variety of reasons. Concerns about negligent hiring, verifying a candidate’s honesty and accountability, and other safety- or performance-related issues may all play a part in this decision. In fact, according to SHRM's 2012 survey, nearly 7 out of 10 companies report that they conduct criminal background checks on all job candidates.

Understandably, employers want to do everything they can to protect their businesses and to ensure (as much as possible) that they’re also protecting their employees. And...

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Testimony to Notre Dame – What Can We Remember? What Can We Learn?

 


 

It is with sadness and appall that we all watch the marvelous cathedral of Notre Dame in flames. Thank goodness that reports are no lives are lost and that some of the structure will be saved.

Notre Dame is over 800 years old – construction began in 1163 under King Louis VII and finished almost 200 years later.

And while organizations may not necessarily have that same length of construction, they do take time to build – and they can come crashing down just...

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