Labor & Employment Law

Hiring in a Mobile, High-Tech Society

For many, life was a lot simpler decades ago. Granted, the advancements in technology and medicine didn’t seem to come as quickly as they do now. And we probably all wonder how we ever lived without cell phones.  But the slower pace is something people these days probably wouldn’t mind experiencing every now and then.

Responding to Sticky HR Situations

Addressing workplace issues – including sticky HR situations – quickly and efficiently is important to employee retention, productivity, and to avoid and/or reduce potential liability to the company.

Some issues and concerns are common and frequent, and they are quickly and routinely addressed. The quandary occurs when you’re presented with a sticky HR situation that you have not previously encountered.

What do you do when:

Mandatory Labor Law Poster Changes

The federal government released two mandatory labor law poster updates.

How Much Does An Employee Cost?

Employment costs fall into several broad categories:

Recruiting Expenses

Finding technically qualified people who can function effectively in a rapidly growing startup venture is not easy task.  In an earlier column we discussed the economic alternatives for head hunting.  For this column it suffices for me to remind you to be sure to devote the time to make sure that your hires are as close to perfect “10s” as possible.  Anything less will be a drag on your business.

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Why HR Managers Can’t Say Because I Said So

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Most of us have heard – or said – MOMisms and DADisms like “Because I said so!”, “Don't ask me WHY. The answer is NO.” and “Enough is enough!” And while parents may effectively get away with such terms, HR managers cannot. You will hear retorts like “You’re not the boss of me”, “Stop harassing me”, and “You’ll be hearing from my lawyer”, if you don’t consider your explanations more carefully.

Resumes – Can You Trust Them?

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Recent surveys of employers indicate that more than 50% of applicants misrepresent themselves on resumes. For obvious reasons, job seekers tell you only what they want to admit.

Review Your Company’s Social Media Practices and Policies

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A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge just issued a notable decision in Chipotle Services LLC for employers grappling with social media invading the workplace.  

Summer Means Part-Time Workers for Many Employers

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Many employers hire part-time workers during the summer months. Often, these are high school and college students. Should you do background checks on them similar to those for older adults seeking full-time employment? The answer is YES!

Conducting Employee Surveys

Surveys can be wonderful tools to gauge employee perceptions about your business and their role within it. Everyone likes to give their opinion and it is even better when the boss truly wants to hear it!  

Responding to the feedback you receive can lead to higher retention rates, lower absenteeism, improved productivity, better customer service and higher employee morale; all things a good leader has a vested interest in! However, misinterpreting results or failing to act on the issues identified in the survey can have the opposite effect.

10 Tips to Avoid Liability for Unlawful Employment Discrimination

10 Tips for helping you to avoid liability for unlawful employment discrimination: