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An Early Contender for Employee of the Year

A bag of d--ks in the mail rankles one HR director.

It’s only the 4th day of January and we already have an early contender for employee of the year. I cannot do this story any justice better than the original article in the New York Post. HR director sues to find out who sent her ‘a bag of d–ks’ This human resources director is taking legal action to find out…

Defining Trump: ‘Stop it’ and ‘You’re Fired’

Our new president's words will go a long way in determining whether HR has to play hall monitor or work as a strategic business partner.

I once had two employees whose working relationship blossomed into a workplace romance. At first it was an all-out lovefest; footsies under the table during staff meetings, goo-goo eyes at each other at lunch … ain’t love grand? It sure was; until it wasn’t. Their chocolate kisses turned sour. Tart words and icy glares soon took a toll on the…

4 HR Trends to Put in Play for 2017

Stash the generational tags, focus on agility and innovation and — gasp — bring back the performance review.

A new year means new goals, but if history has taught us anything, it’s that HR folks have no problem making lists of important things to do — only to get stifled by budget or resources. As we look ahead to 2017, we’re watching for trendsetters who have already done the heavy lifting. That way, even small HR teams can…

By The Numbers: It’s All Happening at the Zoo

What's it like working in the animal kingdom?

Each month Workforce looks at important stats in the human resources sector. This month?: how does it all happen at the zoo? Comment below or email Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews. Tags: By the Numbers, talent, zookeeper

Beyond the Board: Succession Risk Should Be All-Inclusive

HR plays a key role in paving the avenues to an honest and robust succession framework.

The most effective succession plans are owned by the CEO and senior leaders, accountable to the board, and managed by the CHRO. By Mark Streifer As companies strive for success in a rapidly changing global marketplace, ensuring alignment of the talent portfolio to changing business requirements is increasingly critical. Succession risk management engages companies to plan today for the evolving,…

The 12 Myths About Independent Contractor Misclassification

In all but the clearest of cases, assume that everyone you pay in exchange for services is an employee.

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor published a new web guide on the issue of independent contractor misclassification s. The DOL’s tagline, “Misclassification Affects Everyone,” along with the comprehensive content contained therein, makes it clear that this issue remains hot for the agency. Contained the guide is a document titled, “Myths About Misclassification” listing 12 myths the DOL believes businesses…

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…