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Why Should HR Advocacy Matter to Californians?

Why Should HR Advocacy Matter to Californians?

Since history shows that policy initiatives originating in California can lead to national legislative efforts, I was hired by SHRM in March 2014 to work in SHRM’s new advocacy office in Sacramento to make sure the voice of the HR professional in California is present in shaping effective workplace public policy.  While establishing an office in Sacramento is a major step forward, we still need help from our SHRM members in California to guarantee that the interests of HR professionals are heard.

When working to comply with various federal and state laws and...


#Nextchat RECAP: The Impact of Workplace Absenteeism


On January 7, SHRM @weknownext chatted with special guest Joyce Maroney (@WF_Institute), director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos, and SHRM Researcher Karen Wessels (@SHRM_Research) about the Impact of Workplace Absenteeism

In case you missed it, here are all the informative tweets from the chat:




Facebook Threats Constitute Legitimate Grounds for Termination


Earlier this week, I wrote about the issue of threats made via Facebook constitute constitutionally protected speech.  Today’s post also is about threats made via Facebook but in the context of the workplace.  The case, decided by the Court of Appeals of Ohio, is timed perfectly for my road trip tomorrow to Ohio. 

In Ames v. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, an employee, a Senior Parole Officer, was sent for an independent medical exam after she posted a Facebook comment that her employer believed to be a threat.  The comment was in reference to shooting parolees.  The employee claimed...


Happy New Year and Au Revoir Bad Precedent


As we all know, in EEO termination claims, how we treat the "comparators" is critical.  Two (2) key questions:

Did you let anyone else go for a same or similar reason?

Did you not let someone else go even though they had engaged in same or similar conduct?

What do you do if you have an inconsistent practice historically?

If you take a hard line, you may get an EEO claim. You are treating me more harshly than X because of my  [insert protected group or protected activity]. 

If you play it safe...


#Nextchat: The Impact of Workplace Absenteeism


Employee absenteeism remains one of the most common workforce problems in today’s workplace.

Absenteeism problems can range from employees not showing up without notifying their employer to using sick leave for vacation. Some abusers habitually use all of their paid time off every month.

Many workplace absences are covered by federal laws like FMLA and ADA, but, for the nonprotected cases, employers should be swift and consistent with the administration of discipline.

With technology and telecommuting policies allowing employees to work from anywhere, absenteeism is no longer defined as an employee not physically in the workplace, but as...


SHRM/Kronos Study Says Absenteeism Hits Coworkers Hard


Earlier this year, SHRM and Kronos conducted a study of the impact of employee absence on organizations and employees.  The holiday season is, of course, particularly hard hit with employee absences.  We’ve done research on this topic before, though the emphasis has been largely on the financial impact of absence.  This study, like the prior research, underscores the greater impact that unplanned absenteeism has on the bottom line.

Unlike the prior research, though, we asked questions about the impact on coworkers. What we found was that the party affected most by unplanned absences seems to be colleagues, as the...


The disconnect between the skills that get you hired and the jobs most workers have


Wow, that was a long post title. Sorry. The post won't be that long at all, trust me.

All I want you to do is look at two charts and then draw your own conclusions about the significance, if any.

The first, courtesy of the world's largest professional network, LinkedIn, who published some data they call 'The 25 Hottest Skills That Got People Hired in 2014', (from an analysis of member skills, employment changes, and recruiter interest on LinkedIn). 

Here is the chart:

Now for the second chart I'd like


3 Business Trends that Will Impact #HR in 2015


I know some people groan at annual predictions and trends posts, but I must admit, I enjoy them. When I see trends that I agree with, it helps confirm my thinking. On the other hand, when I see trends I don’t, it makes me take notice.

So when SHRM asked me for my predictions of “what’s hot and what’s not” for the upcoming year, I was honored to oblige. Here are three business trends that I see having an impact on human resources in 2015.

1.       Corporate security and privacy will be a topic of conversation. I’d like to...


Go Against the Flow !!

This weekend I had to get my HR Nerd on and go see The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. It was phenomenal and you should absolutely see it in the theater for the best experience.  You may not be a Middle-Earth/Lord of the Rings fan, but I think the movies did a great job capturing the essence of the books that I have read multiple times.

In the final Hobbit, the main character, Bilbo Baggins, is in an uncomfortable predicament because he has the key to make everything “right,” but he keeps the treasured jewel that the King...


December 2014 HR Jobs Pulse Survey Report


Job opportunities in human resources have improved in the past year, and that may explain why the majority of HR professionals say they are confident they could land a new job in their field if needed, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR Jobs Pulse Survey.

To view the report, please click here