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Strict Dress Codes May Lead to Discrimination Claims



Company dress codes run the gamut from requiring workers to wear formal business attire to allowing them to sport jeans and T-shirts. Employers can usually set guidelines for business-appropriate attire, but they may face lawsuits if they get too particular about how women or men should dress.

For instance, a woman in Long Island, N.Y., is suing her employer for discrimination because she was allegedly fired for dressing too much like a man, according to The New York Post. The timeshare saleswoman, who is a lesbian, wore a pantsuit...


How Faith in People Built a Restaurant Empire: Q&A With Cameron Mitchell

Free airline flights for an employee to spend time with her terminally ill sister. A manager who turns away a customer for mistreating a front-line worker. These are real-life stories from a company that has built a wildly successful business in the restaurant industry, which is known for high turnover and low morale. In Yes Is the Answer. What Is the Question? (Ideapress, 2018), Cameron Mitchell, CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) and chairman emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America, shares lessons he learned from building a successful business that employs 5,000...


#Nextchat RECAP: 2018 Midterm Election Results and Implications for the Workplace

On November 7, @shrmnextchat chatted with the SHRM Government Affairs Team about 2018 Midterm Election Results and Implications for the Workplace.

If you missed this important chat you can read all the tweets here or below:





#Nextchat: 2018 Midterm Election Results and Implications for the Workplace


Last night’s midterm elections resulted in a tilt of power for the 116th Congress with democrats clinching the majority in the House of Representative and republicans expanding their majority in the Senate.

SHRM is poised to work with lawmakers to bring HR’s voice to the forefront on crucial workplace issues. So, this is a perfect time to chat about SHRM’s public policy priorities as we emerge from the midterms: workplace immigration, workforce development, workplace equity, health care, and workflex/paid leave.

Join SHRM’s Government Affairs team at 3:00 p.m. ET today, November 7...


SHRM Foundation Scholarship Winners Reflect on Diversity & Inclusion




As part of their mission, the SHRM Foundation distributes more than $500,000 in certification, academic and professional development scholarships, awards and grants to HR professionals and students in a year. One of the exciting conference scholarships is the SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition Scholarship. This scholarship is granted to three winners by a review committee who select individuals most likely to leverage the tools and resources offered by attending the yearly conference and who, without SHRM Foundation support, would be...


Whether Your Candidate Won or Lost, the Workplace Can Support Healthy Discussions About Politics


This was first published as the “Ask HR” column in USA TODAY.


Those who know me understand that I can act as a provocateur in conversations. I question. I disagree. I offer a counter-point.

While I sometimes play the contrarian, it’s always done with respect because I value these rich conversations. I learn from them, and I believe my colleagues and friends do too.

What I don’t value are one-sided tirades, hate-filled speech and attacks on others simply because they share different points of view.

That’s why...




There is always some level of risk when you delve into the world of politics. I’m cool with that because this is a topic that is critical in my opinion. Now, take a deep breath before you read on. This isn’t a post that is for or against any candidate or issue. I don’t know how to do that objectively because everyone has different views, beliefs and affiliations.

One thing I hope we all can agree on is this . . . voting.



2018 When Work Works Winners Leverage Workplace Flexibility Yielding Positive Results


 SHRM Honors 97 Organizations for Effective Workplace Practices 


Workplace learning, customized workflex, mentorship, a positive work culture, and employee-based innovation are just a few of the exciting workforce trends becoming a reality for employees of the 2018 When Work Works (WWW) Award winners.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently announced the 97 winners of the award. Recipients represent 35 states and Washington, D.C.

“Each of the 2018 When Work Works Award winners tells a different story about how it created a dynamic, positive and effective workplace culture,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president...


Overcoming Reality Shock in the Workplace


I have learned that different psychological phases come with starting a new job. Let’s use this scenario: You followed the activities of Company X for years and wished to be part of such a great organization. Finally, an opportunity emerged, and you wasted no time in pursuing it. You got called for an interview, and after going through the necessary stages of selection, you got hired! You are happy, the hiring manager is happy! What happens next?

You arrive at the new work environment on your first day, meet your new coworkers, and assure yourself that this was a...


Behave Yourself




It was an honor to be included in Dr. Bob Nelson's new book "1001 Ways to Engage Employees". I shared a case study with Dr Bob which showcased how we used the SCARF methodology to enhance a major technology company's performance management strategy.

Managing employee performance has moved from annual write ups to high touch, systematic career development. The example I shared with Dr Bob was effective for two reasons:

  1. The process was simple
  2. The employee was afforded a range of performance objectives to stack rank in order to help
  3. ...