Monthly Archives: January 2012

NLRB POSTER REQUIREMENT … ONE MORE TIME

With so many employers taken by surprise, the NLRB extended its poster requirement to January 31. As of January 31, 2012, most private sector employers are required to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. As a practical matter, the Board’s jurisdiction is very broad and covers the… Read more »

MAKING YOUR NEXT HIRE

In this tight economy, many employers are reluctant to make any new hires. This is a big mistake. The first thing to consider is who it is that you should get “off the bus.” Our test has always been this: If the employee quit today, would you be relieved or upset? If the answer is… Read more »

EEOC CHARGES HIT RECORD HIGHS

The EEOC received a record 99,947 charges of discrimination in fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30 — the highest number of charges in the agency’s 46-year history. EEOC staff also delivered more than $364.6 million in monetary benefits for victims of workplace discrimination. This is also the highest level obtained in the Commission’s history…. Read more »

THE ULTIMATE IN RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION

This summer, New York City enacted the most “progressive” statute on religious accommodation in the workplace. Follow these guidelines, and you’ll be “safe” in any jurisdiction. According to the new law, the term “reasonable accommodation” means, “such accommodation that can be made that shall not cause undue hardship in the conduct of the covered entity’s… Read more »

EEOC SUES EMPLOYERS FOR ACCOMMODATION VIOLATIONS

According to a SHRM article, the EEOC has filed disability lawsuits against: Ford Motor Company for failure to allow an employee with a gastrointestinal condition to telecommute. Kohl’s Department Stores for refusing to accommodate a diabetic employee’s request for a regular schedule. SITA for rescinding a job offer when it found that an applicant who… Read more »

THE END OF THE NLRB’S REIGN?

Many employers, including Boeing (which the National Labor Relations Board blocked from moving to an aircraft assembly facility in Charleston, South Carolina), have been upset with the NLRB for the past few years. In this newsletter and our Webinars, we’ve discussed the Board’s efforts to make unionization far easier, as well as to expand the… Read more »

DESPERATE TIMES CREATE DESPERATE EMPLOYEES

At a recent HR presentation for CEOs, three of the 15 executives present reported that an employee had embezzled from them or engaged in other financially destructive activity during the past few months. We’re getting similar questions on Hotline calls from Members. Here’s the reality: If you don’t have significant checks and balances around your… Read more »

HR WISDOM

In light of the discussion about change and enduring wisdom, here’s what I consider the wisdom available to HR managers: Great HR practices generate a competitive advantage, whether you have five or 5,000 employees. The “tipping point” in human resources is the hiring process, which has a greater impact on productivity, teamwork, constant improvement, profitability,… Read more »

THE BEST SELF-EMPLOYMENT DISABILITY INSURANCE

Self-employed individuals who work from home usually don’t think about purchasing Disability insurance. However, the few individuals who do consider it receive positive feedback about the idea from an insurance agent. Those who have researched this type of coverage usually find that policies are expensive. In addition to this, not all Disability insurance companies are… Read more »