HR Administration

A Lot Can Change in a Decade — or Seven

SHRM turns 70 this year. A lot has changed since its 60th anniversary.

The Society for Human Resource Management’s annual soiree is headed back to Chicago in June. SHRM last visited the Windy City five years ago, just a couple of months after Human Capital Media had acquired this publication from our previous ownership, Crain Communications. SHRM also brought 14,000 or so of its closest friends to Chicago in 2008 when Workforce was…

A Planning Primer for the First-Time Manager

A manager’s debut means previously unseen challenges from new bosses, a varied workload and winning over staff. Here’s a seven-day outlook to keep management newbies a step ahead.

You did it! You’re a manager now. Did you update your LinkedIn headline? Great. With that out of the way, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get down to business. No surprise here, but being a manager is hard work. It doesn’t come naturally to many people, but the good news is with the right foundation you’ll be on…

HR Reboots Its Personnel Roots

Where once HR eschewed personnel in pursuit of strategy, the pendulum may be swinging the other way.

After spending years automating workforce administration, companies are looking for ways to put the “human” back in human resources. Organizations are creating concierge positions for HR practitioners to provide individual attention, in some cases going above and beyond what would normally be considered HR work. Some companies are even bringing previously outsourced HR operations back in-house to offer a more…

Hair Discrimination: Not a Thing

Can an employer run afoul of discrimination laws by making an employment decision based on one’s hair style?

“Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair Shining, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen Give me down to there hair, shoulder length or longer Here, baby, there, momma, everywhere, daddy, daddy Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair” – “Hair” My recent post about the beauty of baldness…

How to Keep Your Payroll Reports Clean and Data-Driven

If done incorrectly, workforce-management implementations can make an employer’s life a living hell.

Let’s face it, one of the most challenging and stressful things that a business owner faces when it comes to managing their workforce is taking on a payroll, time labor, benefits and HR system migration/implementation. Workforce management implementations, if done correctly and by someone who is qualified, will streamline human capital processes, but if done incorrectly and by someone who…

Amazon’s Veiled Message to Pee in a Bottle Sacrifices Employee Safety for Productivity

If an employer is cutting safety corners on the small stuff, it’s probably a safe bet that it’s cutting corners on the bigger stuff.

The Verge reports that workers at an Amazon distribution facility are “forced to pee in bottles or forego their bathroom breaks entirely because fulfillment demands are too high.” While this is horrible, and demeaning, it’s still just employees peeing in bottles. It’s not THAT big of a deal, right? Wrong. For starters, as I’ve previously discussed, OSHA mandates that “employers allow employees prompt…

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.

Following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Coral Springs, Florida, HR department began its crisis response by facilitating local events such as its ‘Day of Healing’ event for first responders. Photo courtesy city of Coral Springs. This past Valentine’s Day, Coral Springs, Florida’s human resources director Dale Pazdra kicked off an internal monthlong kindness challenge campaign…

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…