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On July 24, 2018, SHRM president and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. testified before the Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, on the on benefits of the Workflex in the 21st Century Act (H.R. 4219) for both employers and employees.

To view the press release, please click here.

July 24, 2018
Live Blog Ask an Advisor Chat: Reasonable Accommodations under the ADA
September 25, 2017


Congress returned to Washington, DC on September 5 for a fall sprint that is chock-full of must-pass legislation, some by the end of this month and others before the end of the year.

September 20, 2017



Is it really any wonder that employers sometimes can't get the answer right?  How can we when the answer to the same question either changes from the same agency, depending upon which political party is in power or varies depending upon the source being asked.  

July 3, 2017


A regular round up of news, legal trends and workplace developments to help keep HR ahead of the curve

Your company’s stance on politically-charged discourse at work says a lot about company culture, but it’s also an important indicator of success in the 21st century.

July 27, 2016

On Monday morning after the opening keynote by Amy Cuddy, SHRM is offering up a plethora of sessions (the 10:45 a.m. slot).  You will find me in room 207 and I will be attending T Minus 90 days and Counting to the General Election.

June 14, 2016

The calendar has turned which is always exciting !! I’m really geeked about this year because it is also a Presidential election year. This post isn’t about one candidate or another because I think everyone should make their own choice for who they support. It’s unique this year because we have those vying for their party’s nomination and they are either polarizing or nominal. But it’s January. I’m sure many things will change before November comes !!

January 12, 2016


Advocate: it’s a noun and a verb.  And we are going to need both in 2016.  HR advocates need to advocate for shaping public policy.  There are many predictions for what the year will bring. This is just one more list focused on HR and employment issues that may be coming to your town soon if they have not arrived already.

Consider just a few snippets of data related to increasing employment mandates.

January 11, 2016


Sixteen years ago, in my role as a congressional staffer, I had the opportunity to attend President Bill Clinton’s final State of the Union (SOTU) address before a Joint Session of Congress. 

While I had tuned into plenty of SOTU addresses before, it was an entirely different experience being in the House Chamber and witnessing the pomp and circumstance of this tradition that dates back to 1790.  Definitely an experience I will never forget.

January 6, 2016

As the congressional recess began last week, Members of Congress made a mad dash out of DC. For members of the Congressional Black Caucus, their destination was Tunica, Mississippi.

August 13, 2015


As everyone knows, SCOTUS ruled 5 to 4 that same sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The full case is cited below. The opinion is consistent with the growing support for (or at least acceptance of) same sex marriage. 

I spent Friday reading social media postings, including tweets.  There were strongly felt emotions expressed on both sides of the issue.

These conversations will not end on social media this weekend.  They will spill into workplaces next week and for the indefinite future.

June 27, 2015

SHRM's Aitken Represents U.S. Employers at International Labour Conference

News Updates
June 12, 2015

Because the Faragher affirmative defense to illegal harassment grew out of the seeds we planted in my amicus brief for SHRM in the United States Supreme Court, I treat harassment policies and their complaint procedures with extra tender love and care.  If the Human Resource Professional is going to be the gardener who prevents internal harassment complaints from growing into lawsuit weeds, every word in the policy must be chosen with the knowledge that it will be placed under a microscope by your employees, your employees’ a

May 27, 2015


Starbucks’ decision to forbid employees from wearing engagement rings or other rings with stones—while relaxing its policy on tattoos—was not only a blow to worker morale, but may cost the company business, based on the backlash inspired by the coffee giant’s declaration.

News Updates
November 26, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued on its quest to knock overbroad language out of employee handbooks in an April 2, 2014, decision involving a transit company. The board found that a personal conduct handbook policy was worded too broadly and impinged on employees’ right to protected concerted activity.
The personal conduct rule prohibited “discourteous or inappropriate attitude or behavior to passengers, other employees or members of the public, as well as disorderly conduct during working hours.”
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April 16, 2014

On February 12, @WeKnowNext chatted with Jonathan Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law) about Romance, Lust and Litigation in the Workplace.

In case you missed this informative and interesting chat, you can read all the great tweets here


February 12, 2014