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US employee termination: Four ways to avoid a family feud

If you thought terminating an employee was hard, try terminating an employee who already resents you and with whom you share the dinner table! Following the traumatic (and literal) termination of Brian the Dog in the popular sit-com “Family Guy,”… continue
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Firing of USC football coach not a model for employer handbook

  Imagine returning from a business retreat with nearly 100 employees at 3 a.m., then getting pulled off the airport bus in front of your employees and fired. Sound a bit far-fetched? That’s precisely what happened to University of Southern… continue
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Three Embarrassing U.S. Employee Terminations…and How to Avoid Them

Successful U.S. HR professionals are excellent multi-taskers.  They know how to recruit and retain the best talent, foster employee engagement, monitor employee performance and information distribution and proactively comply with ever-changing legislation – all while positioning their companies to be… 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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“You’re fired:” Axe ‘hero’ employees in haste, repent at your leisure

A question for US employers:  How would you treat a ‘hero’ employee at your organization? If an employee has reacted to exceptional circumstances by stepping outside of their day-to-day responsibilities in order to help others, would your first response be… 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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Words from the @HRTerminator

I appeared on everyone’s favorite HR talk show this afternoon, @DriveThruHR with Bryan Wempen (@bryanwempen) and William Tincup (@williamtincup) to discuss all things termination in 2013.  Listen to the taping here: Mike Jacobson at Lunch with Drive Thru HR.  You… continue
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Presidential Performance Appraisals (3): Millard Fillmore

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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What are the risks of sending employees political ‘Trick or Treat’ emails?

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing. There’s a chill in the air. And Americans are asking the age-old question, trick or treat? Personally, I’ve never quite understood the choice:  I’ll take the treat any day. Well,… continue
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