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Tread Lightly if Banning Workplace Gossip, Warns NLRB Judge

January 8, 2014
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If you're having a problem with workplace gossip, one solution you might want to avoid is a policy banning it outright, at least according to the recent opinion of an NLRB Administrative Law Judge
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What's a Succession Plan for an Aging Workforce?

January 7, 2014
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The average age of our workforce is 48 years. We'd like to develop a strategy to prepare for the aging of our workforce, but what's really the most effective thing we should do? Who should be involved or giving input? We know we need to do something, but we aren't sure what's going to be effective. And we don't think we can “hire” our way out of it.
—Not Getting Any Younger, manager human resources, financial services, Amsterdam, New York


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A Weighty Lesson on Pregnancy Discrimination

January 7, 2014
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Does your 'no overweight hires' policy violate Title VII by screening out pregnant women?
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How the ADA Covers Organ Donors

December 17, 2013
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I’ve written before about the need to put the 'human' back in 'human resources.' This case is a textbook example.
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The Honor of Public Service and the Need for Civility

December 9, 2013
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The honor of public service comes from performing in line with each organization’s mission, values, and standards.
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Dolphin Tale — Hopeful or Harrowing Lessons on Bullying?

November 13, 2013
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Despite the ugliness of football player Richie Incognito’s behavior, the fall-out from the incident may one day be seen as a step in the right direction.
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Jocks, Profs and Docs

November 12, 2013
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You might wonder what players in the NFL, surgeons masked in the operating room, professors in the halls of academia have in common. The answer is a lot.
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The Risk Companies Run When Bullying Goes Incognito

November 8, 2013
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Unless a bully is harassing someone because of a protected class (race, sex, age, disability, religion, national origin) bullying is probably legal.
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An Endgame for ENDA?

November 5, 2013
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As we approach the 50th anniversary of Title VII, now is the time to tell our workers that we, as a nation, support equality among all, including the LGBT community.


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Can Ethical Behavior Be Taught?

October 22, 2013
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Issues around the quality of teaching are coming into focus in our school system. We should be scrutinizing our workplace the same way.
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