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BYOD Beware? HR Issues Around Bring Your Own Device Policies

Many employers are encouraging employees to bring their own personal mobile devices to work these days. In fact, a recent survey showed that as many as 80 percent of smartphones used for work are employee-owned. But with phones being only… continue
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How to be an HR Superhero

Faster than aspeeding stenographer. More powerful than aromas from the cafeteria microwave. Ableto solve employee problems in a single day.  Look over inthat cubicle! It’s a salesman! It’s an administrator! It’s…an HR professional? Believe it ornot, in HR, we all… continue
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Rutgers Scandal Shows Employers Must Not Drop the Ball (Part 2): Whistleblowing

The recent firing of Rutgers University basketball coach Mike Rice, but only after a video surfaced of him physically hitting players and hurling repeated homophobic epithets at them, is a virtual primer of what NOT to do from a US… continue
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Forward-Thinking HR: Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  – Benjamin Franklin. In HR, we often operate in the past, the present and the future. We operate in the past by preserving and safeguarding company information pertaining to events… continue
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Weighing up wellness programs: Is it right to ask employees what they weigh?

“How much do you weigh?”   This question might sound impolite. But employees in the US take note: the social awkwardness of group weigh-ins may be coming to a warehouse near you.   CVS Caremark is asking employees their weight… continue
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Easter, Passover, Hot Dogs & Veganism: Accommodating Religion in the Workplace

Are the hot dogs all beef? Does the rice and beans have ham in it? Is there pork in that egg roll? These are some questions I often find myself asking before taking a bite. My husband makes fun of… continue
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SHRM Legislative Conference 2013: HR braces itself for health care reform

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Society of Human Resources Management’s 2013 Employment Law and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of HR professionals from around the nation gathered to network and to learn about the latest… continue
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Employers Must Respond To Make Sure Women Keep Pace in the Workplace

As we celebrate Women’s History Month in March, we recognize that 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s life changing book The Feminine Mystique which ignited the women’s liberation movement and caused immense social and political change on all… continue
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Presidential Performance Appraisals (4): Franklin Roosevelt

In honor of President’s Day, I thought it’d be fun to take the Performance Appraisal process to the West Wing.   Each day this week, I will be discussing the art of communicating performance reviews while applying the theme of… continue
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Not All Wine and Roses in the Workplace

With Valentine’s Day approaching, many couples around the globe will celebrate with wine and roses. However, it seems as if each month there is a new story in the headlines about relationships in the workplace gone sour.   Last month,… continue
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