HR Administration

Employee’s Refusal to Take Drug Test Dooms Discrimination Claim

Don't drug-test employees without a policy protecting both the act of the drug test itself and any employment actions you take against employees as a result. 

Can an employee, terminated for refusing to submit to a “reasonable suspicion” drug test, sue the employer for discrimination? According to one recent federal district court opinion (and good ol’ common sense), the answer is no. James Tombeno worked for FedEx for 22 years as a sales executive. At the time of his hire, Tombeno signed an agreement that required him to…

Raid on 7-Elevens a Stark Lesson in I-9 Immigration Compliance

Keys to ensuring compliance with the Form I-9 requirements include internal audits, training, preparation and having a plan in place.

Department of Homeland Security agents raided 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide in mid-January as part of an effort to ensure employees’ legal work authorization in the United States. ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan on the 7-Eleven operation said in a statement, “Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove…

YourForce: 96 Years of Workforce

Editor-in-Chief Mike Prokopeak looks back at Workforce's long history of publication. Also, what stories did HR professionals read in 1980?

By any measure, 96 years is a long run. In business today, it’s a rarity. A quick survey of Fortune 500 companies compared to a few decades ago highlights just how exceptional it is. Average company life expectancy used to be 75 years. Now it’s 15 and getting shorter by the day. Through it all, one constant has been HR….

5 Minutes of Management: CEOs on the Hot Seat

In 2017, CEOs fretted about cybersecurity threats, the competition for talent and disruptive technologies. But job security may have weighed most heavily, given that 919 CEOs retired, resigned or were fired. Also, a 2018 hiring forecast.

Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell offer several intriguing stats on CEO concerns as well as a strikingly large number of bosses who left their jobs. They also offer a forecast for hiring in the new year. For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out our YouTube channel.  

NBC’s New Anti-Harassment Policy Enters the Overreaction Phase

Given the revelations of the past few months, we will see more and more employers overreact with policies that try to regulate every aspect of employees’ inter-personal relationships.

When one of your biggest stars loses his high-profile job in one the year’s biggest sexual harassment scandals, how to you react? With a brand new, and painfully detailed, anti-harassment policy. Page Six  details NBC’s new “Matt Lauer” harassment policy: NBC has issued strict new anti-sexual harassment rules to employees — including that staffers must snitch on any misbehaving colleagues….

Helping HR Care for the Business Traveler

Employee safety and duty of care must remain a top business priority.

Imagine it’s late evening and an unexpected incident has occurred somewhere in the world. Does your company know where its traveling employees are? Could they determine within minutes who was impacted, safe or might need assistance? In the year ahead, we expect employee safety and duty of care to remain a top business priority. Businesses will scrutinize their data, systems,…

The 12 Days of Employment Law Christmas (2017 edition)

As this has become a year-end tradition at the blog, I’m sharing it again with updated verses and links.

For the past five Noels, I’ve concluded my posting year with “The 12 Days of Employment Law Christmas.” As this has become a year-end tradition at the blog, I’m sharing it again with updated verses and links. If you’re feeling brave, post a video of yourself singing along. (Some musical accompaniment) On the first day of Christmas, my employment lawyer…

Announcing the Worst Employer of 2017

The contest will begin Jan. 2 with the first nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 — The Holy Harasser.

The day has finally arrived. It’s time to announce the Worst Employer of 2017. To remind you, we had three finalists in contention for this … honor: The Cancerous Boss — An employee was diagnosed with kidney cancer and required immediate surgery to remove the tumor. His employer denied the request for a 10-day leave of absence, while telling him she…

NLRB Restores Sanity to Its Rules on Employee Handbooks and Joint Employment

These two issues were the bane of well-intentioned employers for the past few years. 

The NLRB recently started making good on its promise to roll back some of its more controversial Obama-era reforms — its assault on employee handbooks and its liberalization of joint employment. Employee Handbooks If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you are well aware of the NLRB’s assault over the past few years on garden-variety and facially neutral employee…

Marketing and Millennials Will Be on the Minds of Many in HR in 2018

Here are six HR-driven values we are likely to see transpire as the new year approaches.

The days are long and the years are short often refers to raising children. In 2018, C-suite leaders will look to HR to drive the organization’s ability to meet strategic corporate initiatives. The same can be said for human resources and to the ever-accelerating rate of change, and pace, of work in the industry. The coming year will be all…