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Articles by Rita Pyrillis

Avoid Culture Shock When Rewarding International Employees

August 23, 2011
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When properly executed, employee recognition programs and rewards can go a long way in inspiring employees, especially during difficult economic times.
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New Tools Cast a Wider Social Network for Recruiters

August 22, 2011
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With the launch of BranchOut in July 2010 and BeKnown and Google Plus, which made their debuts in June, recruiters are trying to decide how to best use a dizzying array of tools to find top talent.
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Push for Transgender Rights in the Workplace Continues to Grow

August 15, 2011
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Policies have been introduced by some employers specifically for transgender workers that go beyond written statements and address issues such as safe access to bathrooms, health insurance policies that cover medical treatments and training for supervisors of employees undergoing gender reassignment procedures, among others.
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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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