Staffing Management

Push for Gender Parity Undergoes a Paradigm Shift

Business leaders come together to level the gender gap in leadership by 2030. Here’s how they plan to do it.

Paradigm for Parity is a new coalition that aims to level the workplace gender gap. By Andie Burjek Jewelle Bickford was frustrated; despite corporate efforts toward parity and promises to tackle gender inequality in leadership, women as a group weren’t making progress. Bickford, partner at Evercore Wealth Management, is one of the founders and co-chairs of the Paradigm for Parity…

Scheduling Reform Pushes Its Way into the Retail Industry

Retail employers should consider flexible schedules and recognition to reduce the turnover of hourly employees, said one expert.

Turnover in retail is reaching crisis proportions, according to a recent study. The holiday season means a lot of things to the retail industry, including an influx of hourly employees and irregular work schedules. Only 17 percent of employers in retail think their employees are motivated and engaged, according a study conducted by employee engagement platform WorkJam, which surveyed 250…

Ohio Set to Elevate Gun Ownership to a Protected Employment Class

The right to conceal carry is about to join race, sex, age, religion, national origin and disability as a class against which employers cannot discriminate against their employees.

How do you get conservative lawmakers to agree to add a protected class to an employment discrimination law? Focus on protecting on gun ownership, apparently. Believe it or not, the right to conceal carry is about to join race, sex, age, religion, national origin and disability as a class against which employers cannot discriminate against their employees. Really. I’m not…

7 Tips to Avoid the Holiday Party Nightmare

Cheers, be safe, and remember Shiner v. State Univ. of N.Y.

’Tis the season for workplace holiday parties. It a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate all your organization has accomplished. It is also a time to avoid liability, hopefully. A lot can go wrong at a holiday party. For example, consider Shiner v. State Univ. of N.Y. (W.D.N.Y. 11/2/12). Lesley Shiner worked as a clerk at the…

Old School Diversity Doesn’t Work; New School Diversity Does

Those of us who have a progressive vision for the workplace — and humanity in general — must change our tactics.

If 2016 brought us anything, it’s the death of the status quo. If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that those of us who have a progressive vision for the workplace — and humanity in general — must change our tactics. Evolutionary leaders committed to increasing diversity, equity and inclusiveness in American workplaces aren’t exempt. Nothing less than a safe,…

It’s Cyber Monday; Your Employees Are Shopping From Work

The smartphone has irreparably tilted the field in favor of employees. It not worth the time or effort to fight a battle you cannot win.

Today is Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the holiday season. In fact, it is estimated that today will be the biggest online shopping day ever, with over $3.36 billion in sales. And guess what? Given that most of those doing the shopping will be spending the majority of their prime shopping hours at work, from where do you…

Elect to Do the Right Thing for Employees Taking Time Off From Work to Vote

If you’re thinking of disciplining or firing an employee who arrives late, leaves early or takes a long lunch to exercise the right to vote … just don’t.

Tuesday is Election Day (oh, thank God). As long as Election Day remains a working day, employees will show up to work late, leave work early or take long lunches just so that they can vote. Check your state and local laws. Here, Ohio law requires that an employer provide all employees a reasonable amount of time off to vote…

Welcome to the Human Cloud

How the growing contract workforce is changing the way staffing agencies engage with talent and clientele.

Forget software as a service; human capital as a service is the hottest trend in staffing today, with a vast segment of the workforce choosing work on demand options over full-time employment. “It is the economy of the human cloud,” said Barry Asin, president of Staffing Industry Analysts, a global advisory service in Mountain View, California. Asin isn’t just talking…

NLRB Is Now Basically Creating Unfair Labor Practices Out of Thin Air

Expect the employee friendly NLRB, and not federal judges, to decide whether you have classified your workers properly.

Those that have been readers for awhile know of my dislike of the NLRB’s expansion of its doctrine of protected concerted activity (e.g., here and here). The latest on the NLRB’s hit list: employee mis-classifications. The NLRB has concluded that an employer has committed an unfair labor practice and violated an employee’s section 7 rights by (mis)classifying its employees as independent contractors….

The ADA and Prescription Meds: What You Need to Know

According to the EEOC, in most cases an employer cannot even ask about prescription drugs.

Can an employer include prescription medications in its drug screening of job applicants and employees? Here’s a good lawyer answer for you: It depends. Last week, the EEOC announced that it had sued an Arizona car dealership for disability discrimination after it rescinded a job offer when a pre-employment drug test revealed a prescription drug used to treat a disability….