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4 Things Employers Should Know About Evolving Medical Marijuana Laws



Over half the states now have comprehensive medical marijuana laws, and with the proliferation of such laws has come a shift in how courts view workplace drug policies. That means employers may want to update their approach.

Here are some key points for employers, as identified by a panel of attorneys at the recent 11th Annual American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Conference.

[SHRM members-only HR Q&A: What laws should companies be aware of when implementing a drug testing program?]

1. All Marijuana Use Is Still Illegal Under...


An Employer's Guide to I-9 and E-Verify


Immigration attorneys Bruce E. Buchanan and Greg Siskind have authored a new edition of their guide to employment verification and compliance at an apropos time. Their one-stop shop for information on navigating the latest Form I-9, the E-Verify process, and relevant anti-discrimination laws and regulations comes as worksite immigration enforcement is poised to explode.

President Donald Trump's administration has signaled that worksite enforcement actions, including I-9 audits, will quadruple in 2018. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is proposing to hire 10,000 more...


HR Policies for Scheduling Coverage for the Holidays



This past week’s power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield airport reminded me of the infamous Movie with Steve Martin and John Candy. A holiday classic from 30 yrs. ago. Trying to navigate unforeseen obstacles to get home during the holiday season.

Most of your employees will be traveling somewhere over the next two weeks. Yes, by train, plane, or automobile. Many will be looking to leave a little early, Christmas or New Year’s Eve, as well.

So, what are your organizational policies and how flexible are you?

I have worked in a...


Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat - Sexual Harassment: Investigations and Prevention

Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat - Sexual Harassment: Investigations and Prevention

Workplace Sexual Harassment: Me Too or Not Us?

Sexual harassment cuts across all professional industries, as validated by the recent "me too" campaign. Incidents can be found in politics, law, education, corporate and blue-collar America, and Hollywood. One need only search Google for "sexual harassment cases" to find the articles: there are cases against prominent law firms, financial institutions, tech companies and even a yoga instructor. 

Companies that take a "not us" attitude are setting themselves up for potential disaster. It is unlikely that Uber, Google, Chadbourne & Parke, Kleiner Perkins (where Ellen Pao worked) and the countless organizations...


Meet the Convicts Who Code


Unique training program teaches inmates programming in prison




On June 28, 2017, Steve Lacerda stepped outside San Quentin State Prison in California for the first time in a decade.

For most ex-cons, leaving prison can be scary and fraught with post-release challenges—including unemployment. That's one reason why over two-thirds of all released inmates will return to prison within three years. But unlike other ex-cons, Lacerda had an advantage: a marketable skill he learned in prison.

He learned to code.

Lacerda participated in 


Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat - Compensation: Paying for Travel Time

Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat - Compensation: Paying for Travel Time

What are Your 17% Moments?



Steve Gutzler has me thinking about my 17 percent and now, you will also thank Steve for thinking about your 17 percent moments.

For the most part, or 83 percent of the time, we can handle all that is tossed to us or at us.  We can handle life.  We can keep our composure, laugh it off or quickly re-adjust.  Then, there are those 17 percent moments in which we need more grace, we need to stop and understand why this is the last straw.  Or, as my grandmother would have reminded...


#Nextchat RECAP: Is HR Ready for the New Era of Talent Acquisition?

On December 13, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guest Vice President of Customer Success and Chief Evangelist at Steve Levy (@LevyRecruits) about Is HR Ready for the New Era of Talent Acquisition.

If you missed this informative chat, you can see the tweets here:




Impact Hiring: A Double Bottom-Line Solution to Today’s Entry-Level Talent Needs



With the nation's unemployment rate, which dropped to 4.3% over the summer, at the lowest levels in 16 years, competition for entry-level talent has stiffened considerably. Target's recent announcement of the increase in its starting wage (to $11 this year, with a commitment to increase it to $15 by year-end 2020) is simply the latest evidence of the pressure U.S. employers increasingly feel to both stem turnover, which imposes high costs in the form of recruitment and training, and woo talent.

At the same time, as more companies are realizing how critical entry-level...