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#MeToo: Where was HR?


Amid the #MeToo discussions, the same question keeps cropping up: “Where was HR?”

It’s a fair question. Employees look to HR for answers, because part of our job is to foster a respectful, safe and productive workplace. While most employees may not know about HR’s successful interventions behind the scenes to prevent sexual harassment, we must acknowledge that this national conversation plainly signals that in many workplaces, something is broken. As a profession, HR must do more.

Given that nearly every U.S. organization (94 percent) has a sexual...


What is the Workflex in the 21st Century Act?



We all know that workplace flexibility, family-friendly policies, and paid leave are at the forefront of many company and legislative discussions. Numerous articles condemn the lack of family-friendly policies in the US, see here and here. As a reaction, many states have, or are in the process of, passing local legislation requiring various levels of leave. Many cities, such as San Francisco, are also passing legislation on leave. This is putting many US companies in the situation of having to possibly respond to a patchwork of laws resulting that may result in...


Are Today's HR Leaders Living in La La Land? An Interview with SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.


In this interview with Joey Price of Jumpstart HR, SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. talks about how HR must continue to grow in its role as strategic partner and the epicenter of where workplace culture is fostered.  This is especially true if HR is to thrive as a career path for today’s generation.  






#Nextchat: 2018 HR Advocacy and Public Policy Priorities



Last week President Trump outlined an ambitious agenda during his first State of the Union address. Meanwhile, lawmakers are wrapping-up their respective party retreats to set forth their legislative agendas.  Now the focus is on priority issues for the remainder of the 115th Congress, including many that will impact the workplace. 

So this is a perfect time to chat about SHRM’s public policy priorities for 2018, including key issues HR professionals will advocate on during the upcoming Hill Day at the 2018 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference!...


It’s Conference Season. Will We See You This Spring? #SHRMLEG



Most folks only get out to one and if lucky two conferences a year. Of course, the SHRM Annual each June is the granddaddy of them all and one that folks look forward to attending a year in advance. However, it’s not the only conference on the schedule and you have some great options to choose from, especially if you have an interest in one particular area of HR.

SHRM puts on a few major conferences each year with the first one being the Employment Law and Legislative Conference...


Shining a Spotlight on Paid Leave and Workflex as FMLA Turns 25



In the span of just two weeks, federal leave policy has gotten a lot of attention.

This week (Feb. 5) marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which guarantees employees time off to care for themselves and their families without fear of losing their job. Last week, in his State of the Union address, President Trump discussed a proposal to provide employees with paid parental leave.

We at SHRM appreciate the spotlight being shone on such an important issue for employers and employees alike, and...


Bystander Interventions Without Paternalism or Re-victimization



Responsible employers, among other steps, train managers on their “bystander” obligations. It is not enough to refrain from bad behavior. As a bystander with power, if you see or hear harassing behavior, you must respond to it. But how?

Let’s take a “hypothetical.” A business meeting takes place among executives.  There are four men and one woman.  During the meeting, the group realizes they are not going to meet Wall Street's expectations. One of the men snaps "oh F..." 

After he said it, the F bomber looks to the one woman at...


The Tough Work of Re-engagement



Recently my husband was telling me about a situation with an employee and he said, "I think it’s impossible to reengage someone who has become totally disengaged." My first reaction was excitement – my non-HR husband is using terms like ‘employee engagement’! I am an HR influencer! Beyond that, though, I started to wonder. Nothing is more disheartening to morale than to have a previously engaged employee check out. A truly engaged employee, the kind who routinely goes above and beyond and is a culture leader among her peers, does not...


HR – Take A Vacation!



My last vacation of 2017 was pretty amazing. It was my very first real vacation that wasn’t over a weekend in the last two years. I can’t believe how much rest I got or how much I didn’t want to go back to work. Don’t get me wrong, I missed my job, and couldn’t wait to figure out what I’d missed, but taking a midweek vacation had to be my worst decision, lol.

A lot of HR professionals find it hard to take a vacation....


SHRM Responds to the 2018 State of the Union Address



From taxes to jobs to immigration, President Donald Trump addressed the state of workplace issues in his report tonight to Congress and the American people.

Key issues facing the United States play out in workplaces across the country, directly impacting the well-being of employers and employees.

No one understands these issues better than human resources professionals. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) calls on the Trump administration and Congress to work with employers and HR professionals to identify policy solutions to address these issues.

As the largest association representing...