Staffing Management

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.

Medical Mythbusters Crack Back on Health Care Costs

Bevy of so-called solutions to curbing costs are caught in the crossfire as authors debunk such fixes as wellness plans and predictive modeling formulas.

Bevy of so-called solutions to curbing costs are caught in the crossfire as authors debunk such fixes as wellness plans and predictive modeling formulas.

Differences Between SUB-pay and Traditional Severance Pay

The plan is a tax-exempt trust account set up by employers to offset state unemployment insurance.

The plan is a tax-exempt trust account set up by employers to offset state unemployment insurance.

2013 Game Changer: Matthew Painter

Director of leadership development, Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Director of leadership development, Berkshire Health Systems, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

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.

Is the DOL’s ‘Fair Labor Data Challenge’ Strategy Fair?

the DOL is turning to viral outreach to create a way for people to soft-boycott those businesses that employees say do not comply with the wage-and-hour laws.

The Department of Labor is asking for help to create an iPhone/Android app to aid employees in tracking corporate wage-and-hour compliance. The DOL Fair Labor Data Challenge will “help consumers locate … establishments and view their federal enforcement and violations history as well as read consumer reviews to help them decide where to spend their hard-earned wages.” According to the…

The Responsible Way

Old-guard companies like Dow chemical and newcomers like Ben & Jerry’s are focusing on Sustainability as well as ‘corporate social responsibility.’ they do it not just as a ‘right thing to do’ philosophy but because it helps cut costs, generate new customers and recruit talent.