HR Administration

Parkland School Shooting Puts City’s HR Team Into Crisis Response

From the Coral Springs EAP to community outreach, HR was involved in many facets following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings.

This past Valentine’s Day, Coral Springs, Florida’s human resources director Dale Pazdra kicked off an internal monthlong kindness challenge campaign in the new city hall. Employees gathered that morning to enjoy breakfast treats and share in friendly conversation. Pazdra had no idea how critical those values would become in a matter of hours. While celebrating the holiday later with family,…

Must You Pay Employees for FMLA-related Breaks During the Work Day?

The answers are verbatim from a recently reinstated DOL Opinion Letter.

Last week, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division resumed its practice of publishing Opinion Letters. One of the first it published answers an interesting question about the intersection of the FLSA and the FMLA. Must an employer pay an employee for FMLA-approved breaks taken during the work day? I’ve taken some journalistic license and paraphrased the questions. The answers,…

HR Responds to the #MeToo Movement

Stepped-up compliance and awareness training efforts are just the beginning of efforts to show employees the industry is on their side in ongoing workplace sexual harassment claims.

Illustration by Lauren Rebbeck Human resources is working overtime to address accusations that practitioners have been on the wrong side of the #MeToo movement. The wide-scale makeover of processes, policies and the profession’s image comes in the wake of revelations of widespread sexual harassment at U.S. employers of every size and in virtually every field, from entertainment to academia to…

How Can You Transition Older Workers if You Can’t Force Them to Retire?

With the exception of a few limited circumstances, mandatory retirement ages are about as close to a slam-dunk case of illegal age discrimination you can find.

A Michigan oral surgery practice has agreed to pay $47,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC. The agency alleged that it violated the ADEA by maintaining a policy that required employees to retire at at 65. The lawsuit stemmed from the firing of an employee four days after her 65th birthday. According to Kenneth Bird, regional…

Measure Twice, Cut Once and Don’t Email Porn to Everyone on Your Company’s Contact List

In a classic blunder, the Utah State Bar emailed a photo of a topless woman to more than 11,000 of its members.

In what may be the greatest (or, depending on your perspective, worst) employee mistake of all time, the Utah State Bar emailed a photo of a topless woman to more than 11,000 of its members. For its part, the Bar has apologized, and has said it is investigating how the incident occurred and will publicize its findings. Speculation on the cause of the…

Saying Goodbye to a Game Changer

It’s hard to fathom why Jonathan Flickinger, who was committed to his profession, community and family, was tragically taken at just 34 years old.

Son Isaiah, daughter Lydia and wife Jenna with Jonathan Flickinger, who died Dec. 28 in a car accident. Our Workforce Game Changers are special people. They are the young shakers and movers who will be shaping people management for decades to come. One Game Changer in particular really captured our attention in 2016. We saw Jonathan Flickinger as a unique…

Why I’m a Management-side Lawyer

It’s the satisfaction I get from helping clients fix their problems so that they get it right the next time that motivates me to do my job every day.

Every now and again it’s worth pulling a post out of the archives for a rerun. Today, I look all the way back to April 15, 2008, for one of these reruns, to answer the question: Why am I a management-side attorney? I’m not so naive to think that businesses only fire people for good reasons. Companies fire people for lots of…

The 3rd Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Camera Creep

This nominee might be the creepiest candidate I’ve ever shared.

The third nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 might be the creepiest I’ve shared yet. From the Tampa Bay Times (c/o the ABA Journal): Attorney James Patrick Stanton, accused of secretly videotaping nude and partially clothed female employees of a Tampa company, has agreed to never practice law again in Florida. Before a brief hearing today, Stanton signed a consent to disbarment….

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…