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Articles by Rita Pyrillis

Heightened Union Activity Putting HR on Notice

July 11, 2011
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The NLRB’s ‘EFCA light’ proposal to speed up the union election process and the Labor Department’s plan to clarify when employers must disclose pacts with labor relations consultants are signals to HR practitioners to review policies to ensure compliance with the National Labor Relations Act, to stay informed on laws and regulations and union tactics, and stay connected with their employees.
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A Little Labor Knowledge Could Go a Long Way for HR as Unions Push Into Private Sector

July 11, 2011
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A more sophisticated approach to organizing and a more labor-friendly National Labor Relations Board make knowledge of current labor laws that deal with collective bargaining, the right to union representation during disciplinary situations and other employee rights increasingly important.
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Wal-Mart Ruling Convolutes Class-Action Landscape

July 5, 2011
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In a 5-4 ruling in the case of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Betty Dukes, et al., the high court reversed a lower court decision that would have allowed as many as 1.5 million current and former female Wal-Mart workers to sue the nation’s biggest private employer for back pay and punitive damages that could have totaled billions of dollars.
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Dissident Group Sounds Off on Perceived SHRM Show Snub

June 3, 2011
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As the largest HR professional association prepares for its 63rd annual conference in Las Vegas, frustration among some members is growing. The SHRM Members for Transparency website lists 46 official members—most are former board chairs and board members of SHRM, the SHRM Foundation and the HRCI.
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Is Your Performance Review Underperforming?

May 5, 2011
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Some companies are moving away from traditional, often unpopular annual performance reviews and turning to other approaches for evaluating staff and giving workers more frequent feedback.
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A Better Performance

May 5, 2011
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Once-a-year feedback via the performance review isn't cutting it anymore, and employees should take note.
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Workers Using Medical Marijuana Hold Their Breath, but Employers Worry They'll Take a Hit

April 29, 2011
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Medical marijuana is a burning political issue in a growing number of states, and employers are scrambling to understand how the laws affect workplace safety, job discrimination and other legal issues.
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Who Knows What Talent Lurks in the Heart of the Web?

March 21, 2011
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Part sleuth, part stalker, sourcers are researchers who use both traditional means to find job candidates and more unconventional ways, such as social media networking.
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Companies Again Giving It the Old College Try

February 18, 2011
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Campus recruiting for both internships and full-time positions is on the rise at top MBA programs, and students such as French face a much friendlier job market than those who graduated in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown.
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Social Recruiting Survey

February 17, 2011
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The survey was answered by 265 recruiters and recruiting managers and 134 senior recruiting officials.
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