Staffing Management

Reducing Turnover

Our industry — healthcare — is booming. We're seeing lots of new hospitals and clinics getting set to open, creating a demand for skilled and experienced employees. That has us a little worried about staff attrition. We expect to lose some people, but what are some practical steps we could implement to get out ahead of this issue? —A Little Nervous, assistant HR manager, health care, Singapore

More Companies Offer Pet Insurance as an Employee Benefit

Companies struggle to locate, attract, and retain the best employees. Thinking outside the box with employee benefits is one way to attract, and keep, good employees.

We love our pets. This year, it is estimated that we will spend more than $55 billion on them. More than $14 billion of that total will be for veterinary care alone. Vet bills are expensive, and often unplanned and unbudgeted. Given our emotional attachment to our pets, we pay them, regardless of the cost. To mitigate the unexpected nature…

Litigation Publicity as an Adverse Action for Retaliation

Retaliation comes in all shapes and sizes, and employers must act with extreme care when dealing with any employee who engaged in protected activity.

Ray v. Ropes & Gray LLP teaches a valuable lesson about what can go wrong when a dispute between an employer and a former employee goes public. John Ray is a former associate of Boston white-shoe law firm Ropes & Gray. When the firm passed him over for partner, he first filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discrimination charge, and…

Relying On Stereotypes Will Put a Target On Your Back

The better job you do of insulating your business’s personnel decisions from stereotypes, the less often you will find yourself in need of my services—which is a positive stereotype you can embrace.

According to The Huffington Post, a group of Hispanic employees is suing Target for national origin discrimination. Their evidence—an internal memo that included the following “Multi-Cultural Tips” for its managers: a. Food: not everyone eats tacos and burritos; b. Music: not everyone dances to salsa; c. Dress: not everyone wears a sombrero; d. Mexicans (lower education level, some may be…

Why You Should Take All Harassment Complaints Seriously

Cherry picking only those complaints that you believe are serious or legitimate opens up to scrutiny those complaints that are buried or ignored, which, in the hands of the right plaintiff could prove to be an expensive omission.

Today I am going to discuss two racial harassment cases decided by the same court, on the same day, but with different results. In Paasewe v. Action Group, Inc. (6th Cir. 7/17/13), the plaintiff alleged that he was called “boy,” threatened because he wore a Barack Obama t-shirt, and was demeaned because he was a black man driving a nice…

Clearing Up Some Misconceptions on Social Media and Privacy

Employers are not requiring employees to turn over access to their personal social media pages. Courts sometimes require litigants to turn over social media information when it might be helpful to prove or disprove a claim. End of story.

Employers are not requiring employees to turn over access to their personal social media pages. Courts sometimes require litigants to turn over social media information when it might be helpful to prove or disprove a claim. End of story.

Plenty of H-1Bs a Possibility

This temporary visa provision hopes to address the widening skills gap between high-tech jobs and U.S. workers.

This temporary visa provision hopes to address the widening skills gap between high-tech jobs and U.S. workers.