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Do you smoke?

2014-07-29 08:17

Can I ask applicants if they smoke? Of couse HR answers with, it depends.

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Consequences of words

2014-07-25 11:13

I strive to get managers at all levels to understand the consequences of their words. It's not just about face-to-face confrontations but also emails, social media postings and tweets.

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Fired for resigning

2014-07-24 15:41

My experience has been that the company won't even pay out an employee's two-week notice. 

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Death of an employee

2014-06-17 08:00

Sometimes workplace decisions are not about compliance or procedure of handbook policy or even precedent. They're about the right thing to do!

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Probationary Periods

2014-06-16 07:44

Probationary, introductory, qualifying or whatever you call it (I had one company call it "comfort time," yes that was in California) periods in private companies, outside the state of Montana, serve no useful business of legal purpose!

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Race Discrimination Lawsuit Over Hair Policy

2013-11-12 11:44
Mobile Catastrophic Insurance Claims Company Sued by EEOC for Race Discrimination over Hair Policy.  Catastrophe Management Solutions' Policy Prohibiting Dreadlocks Violates Federal Race Bias Law, Federal Agency Charges
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Attitude Vs. Behavior: Make Better Business Decisions

2013-11-05 10:01

HR used to tell management that “attitude” was too subjective and could not be defended as a legitimate cause to hire or fire. Yet what should be done with applicants who look good on paper but are terse, distracted and just plain miserable during the interview? If current employees are constantly complaining, whining or overly emotional the only option is to wait until performance falls below minimum expectations?

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Employer Retaliation

2011-02-28 16:55

Retaliation is employer "payback", a low-down way to punish employees for reporting poor work conditions, employer wrong-doing, etc. The risk to the retaliating employer could include a new charge brought against them or even a lawsuit against the employer.

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Build Employee Loyalty & Increase Retention

2011-02-28 14:50

Your employees are representative of what you have invested in them.  If you invest quality time and attention in your employees, they'll be more likely to favor you with a longer stay in your company!

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Favoritism: Mind Workplace Harassment Laws and Still Play Favorites

2010-10-12 11:12

“You can’t play favorites at work.”  Who says?  Where did this start? You’d better hope that your key customers/clients are playing favorites with your product or service. Your human resources department is supposed to be supporting the goals and objectives of management. If you ever hear an HR person say you can’t play favorites…run away!

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