HR Administration

For Want of an Oxford Comma

A court recently concluded that the absence of an Oxford comma was material to whether a delivery driver qualified for an overtime exemption.

The rock band Vampire Weekend once asked, “Who gives a f__k about an Oxford comma?” The answer, apparently, is the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, a whole lot. In O’Connon v. Oakhurt Dairy , that court reversed the dismissal of an overtime lawsuit based on the absence of an Oxford comma in a list of activities that qualify for a certain…

Overuse of Physical Therapy a Growing Pain Point for Workers’ Comp Costs

Ineffective physical and occupational therapies are impacting employers more than they’re aware of.

I recently attended an event for the Chicago chapter of the Disability Management Employer Coalition. The topic was tackling physical therapy/occupational therapy over-utilization, a national problem for employers, claims adjusters and case managers who handle workers’ compensation cases. Most of the talk was geared toward case managers, but the employer takeaway I got was that self-insured companies end up paying…

Mending Fences Could Be SHRM Leader Hank Jackson’s Legacy

The association's outgoing CEO has a chance to unify fractured relationships and hurt feelings in the aftermath of its controversial move to corner HR credentialing.

Maybe it’s just me but there’s been a lot of talk lately about legacies. Recently minted private citizen Barack Obama’s legacy as the 44th president is being etched as we speak; even before the Super Bowl kicked off, pundits pondered the legacies of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. We have legacy companies, legacy cars and legacy…

U.S. Chamber Calls for Common Sense Restoration of the NLRB

President Trump has already taken a step in the right direction by naming Philip Miscimarra as the agency's acting chair.

To say that I have not felt overly optimistic about our nation’s course over next four years would be a bit of an understatement. One area, however, about which I am very optimistic is the expected retooling of the National Labor Relations Board. This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative published a comprehensive report outlining the areas of federal…

5MM: Insurer Deal Rejected; A Blast from Labor’s Past

Workforce editors Rick Bell and Frank Kalman discuss the workplace implications of federal court rejection of two major health insurer mergers. Also, find out what happened when the U.S. got rid of its guest worker program in the 1960s and the latest on Zenefits.    

Make Performance Reviews Effective Again

Performance reviews have taken many different forms, with some companies doing away with them entirely. But they’re still important. Here are some tips to use them effectively.

Performance reviews are a way to evaluate an employee’s performance over a specified period of time. They are also often used to determine year-end bonuses, raises and promotions. Because of this, they can be tricky to do correctly and efficiently, but here are six tips that human resources professionals can use to help guide the review process at their organization and…

By The Numbers: Food and Drink

We are what we eat and drink... especially at work.

Each month Workforce looks at important stats in the human resources sector. This month? Food and drink. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews.

5MM: Zenefits in the News Again

Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell focus on Zenefits and its latest scrape with regulators in the state of Washington. The benefits broker will now charge $5 per employee. The good news is, David Sacks tweeted that he will remain as chairman. They also reveal Google’s top search words in 2016. Surprisingly, none had to do with Zenefits, or…

Some Workplace Haiku to Start Your Week

Feeling inspired? Then join in the fun!

Lately, the news has been so grim, with elections, and overtime rules, and data breaches, and federal agencies that over-step and over-reach. I figured, why not start the holiday week with some levity. Cleveland’s Fox 8 recently published a list of workplace haiku. Here are some of my favorites: Office thermostat Why do you hate me so much? I’m freakin’ freezing…

Employee’s Misuse of Medical Leave Grounds FMLA Claim

Watch the schedule of absences closely and aggressively pursue potential fraud.

Employers often tread too cautiously when handling employees on FMLA leave. Despite this caution, courts will to side with an employer that terminates an employee after uncovering abuses of FMLA leave. Case in point? Sharif v. United Airlines (4th Cir. 10/31/16). Masoud Sharif and his wife, both employees of United Airlines, took a scheduled out-of-country vacation from March 16 through April…