HR Administration

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…

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….