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High-ranking executives and officials have an added burden of being the face of an organization. Most chief diversity and inclusion (D&I) officers understand this challenge and must deal with it in both their professional and personal lives. This responsibility can become a source of controversy when a D&I officer’s actions or personal opinions don’t exactly align with an employer’s policies.

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December 7, 2012

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

Contrary to some reports that working just a little bit longer—to age 70—will allow between 80 percent and 90 percent of households to have adequate income in retirement, new research by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows that for approximately one-third of U.S. households between the ages of 30 and 59, that won’t be enough.

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November 16, 2012

When an employer is faced with a sexual-harassment lawsuit, one of its best defenses is that the company took reasonable care (e.g., policy, training) to prevent sexual harassment (and then addressed complaints in a manner that is reasonably designed to end the sexual harassment)

October 30, 2012

As Election Day approaches, employers should review their policies for compliance with state law requirements for providing employees with time off to vote. Some states have no rules, but others require all employers to provide employees with time off to vote and impose civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance.

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October 25, 2012


The Form I-9 is on the verge of the first substantive change in 25 years, according to Mary Pivec, an immigration attorney with Williams Mullen in Washington, D.C., but its release date is a topic of some debate.

Kevin Lashus, an immigration attorney with Jackson Lewis in Austin, Texas, told SHRM Online that he is “guessing that the form will be finalized by the end of the calendar year and will be released for use at the beginning of January 2013.”

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October 8, 2012

Highlights from the Compare the Candidates Panel Discussion hosted by SHRM at the Republican National Convention featuring:

September 24, 2012

HR Professionals from Florida pose questions to Mitt Romney and Pres. Barack Obama. 

September 20, 2012

In a twist on the old punch-clock technology, workers at Beijing Sunrise Technology in Beijing step before a device that scans their faces before they enter a secure work area.

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September 18, 2012

According to mobiThinking, cellular subscriptions worldwide are at 6 billion. Yes, that’s billion. Companies are making significant revenue from mobile devices: Google $2.5 billion last year. eBay expects customers to buy/sell $8 billion this year and PayPal expects to see $7 billion in mobile payments.

August 24, 2012

The percentage of employers that conduct credit background checks on potential employees has dropped since 2010, according to a 2012 survey of 544 U.S.-based HR professionals.

Among organizations that do perform credit history checks, 80 percent have hired someone despite a poor credit report, according to the 2012 findings.

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August 2, 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics will offer a technologically unprecedented opportunity for workers to plug in and slack off to watch live-streaming games on smart phones, tablets or company computers. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that the London games, which get under way July 27, will hurt productivity much more than previous Olympics.

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July 30, 2012

When Jerry Sandusky was still employed by Penn State as a football coach in 1998 and was accused of child abuse, several men—including President Graham Spanier, Senior Vice President-Finance and Business Gary Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy Curley and Head Football Coach Joe Paterno—concealed the accusation from the university board of trustees, according to a July 12, 2012, report by Louis Freeh, an attorney with Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP, former judge and former director of the FBI.

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July 18, 2012

Social media strategist and HR blogger, Laurie Ruettimann, answers questions from the audience, at the SHRM 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition, on how HR professionals can effectively use social media to execute their objectives. 

July 11, 2012

It’s not too late to train youth employed in summer jobs about workplace policies, something employers too often fail to do, according to Jay Zweig, an attorney with Bryan Cave in Phoenix. Training of youth and managers is particularly needed about sexual harassment, workplace safety and hourly restrictions.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is one of the biggest areas of complaint with all employees, Zweig noted. When youth haven’t been in the workplace before, they might not know how to behave appropriately with co-workers in that setting.

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July 4, 2012

Social media is no longer new. It is mainstream. To avoid social media today is like avoiding e-mail 15 years ago.

For employers, social media creates risks and rewards. This article discusses how to maximize the rewards and minimize the risks.


Despite the substantial benefits to having a diverse workforce, employers need to be careful about how they increase diversity or they may back into a reverse discrimination claim.

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June 14, 2012