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HR Compliance: Shooting the Messenger

Sometimes being in human resources is no fun at all. It’s hard to be the one who has to facilitate a reduction in force. It’s uncomfortable to be responsible for telling an employee that he needs to shower more often. It’s...more

Six Proven Tactics To Help Avoid The "Ticking Time Bomb" Employee

Each new headline in the news describing the latest workplace violence tragedy reminds managers and human resources executives of their tremendous responsibilities in attempting to help prevent such senseless acts....more

Holiday Planning Should Include H-1B Cap Planning

While it may seem early, the holiday season is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins October 1, 2016. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased so that last year,...more

Checklist for Group Health Plan Participant Disclosure Requirements

There has been an explosion of participant disclosure requirements for group health plans in recent years. While health care reform created some of these new requirements, many of them became effective years earlier. For busy...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 3, 2015

On Sunday, Forbes published two articles on workplace trends and the future of work. In both, the contributors predicted that new technologies in the workplace, like wearables, will have significant impact. It was also...more

Corporate Divorce Series: An Employment Relationship Fail

Few of us can honestly say that our job never disappoints us and the same can probably be said of personal relationships. But how do you know when you are in a failed employment relationship and what do you do about it?...more

No Matter Where You Go, There You Are: How Employee Movements Cause Major E-Discovery Risk

We lose things. Keys, phones, remotes. When I was a kid, if I told my mom that I couldn’t find something, she’d reply, “If I go in your room and find it, you’ll be in big trouble,” so I’d rush back in and look everywhere...more

That is SO last week - October 2015 #4

Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its summary decision in Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille. Affirming the National Labor Relations Board, the Court held that an employee’s Facebook comments about working...more

Tricks or Treats: Human Resources Challenges Ahead

Halloween is traditionally a time for “trick or treating.” For human resource professionals, many days can be Halloween-like, filled with unexpected events or career rewards. Recently, dozens of HR professionals participated...more

The top 3 HR issues in the retail industry

Retail, like other industries, is facing challenging times. As we mentioned in our recent ‘HR Now’ blog, employers are facing a world characterised by: - continuous change – including rapid digitisation and globalisation...more

NLRB Regional Director Finds that Employer Failed to Substantially Comply with New Requirement to Provide “Available” Personal...

After the NLRB’s expedited election rules went into effect last April, the extent to which an employer faced with a union representation petition must search for and provide voters’ personal email addresses and cell phone...more

No Safe Harbour? Immediate Implications for Employers

A landmark decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that companies may no longer rely on “Safe Harbour” to justify transferring personal data from the European Union to the US, because the US Government has a...more

Where to Draw the Line: HR’s Role in Disciplinary Decisions

In the recent case of Ramphal v. Department of Transport (DoT) the tricky question of where HR should draw the line in a disciplinary matter between guiding the decision-maker on the right decision, and making that decision...more

Big Data in Human Resources = Big Decisions for HR Pros

Big data, data analytics, talent analytics, HR analytics, people analytics. There are many names to describe the use of data science in human resources, and as the list grows, the promise of this technology continues to...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 6, Issue 4

Five social media law issues to discuss with your clients - The explosive growth of social media has clients facing legal questions that didn’t even exist a few short years ago. Helping your clients navigate this...more

Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes: Part I

Resolving conflict in the workplace is a key issue for employers. Legal requirements have continued to expand in terms of what courts expect employers to do in order to prevent and correct wrongful behavior. In response,...more

British Columbia: A guide to B.C.’s new pension legislation for HR professionals

On September 30, 2015, British Columbia’s new Pension Benefits Standards Act (PBSA) and Regulation came into effect. The PBSA has wide-ranging implications for HR Professionals who oversee BC-registered pension plans and...more

Can You Keep a Secret in Human Resources?

Earlier this month, The New York Times ran another column in its Workalogist series that asked the following question: "Are conversations with a human resources department confidential? I’m contemplating retirement in...more

That is SO last week - October 2015 #2

Last week, Fortune introduced us to a new HR tech product called Perception. According to Fortune, Perception creator Kanjoya claims that the program can interpret the “intent and emotions” behind written text and filter out...more

The Challenge of Hiring Anti-Bribery Compliance Leaders

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Maurice Gilbert, Managing Partner of Conselium Executive Search in Dallas. I have been a contributor to his other organization, Corporate Compliance Insights for quite some time,...more

The Ten Most Important Rules for Employers

Despite the complexity of employment law and the speed with which the law, technology, and the workplace are changing, there are a few basic principles that capture the best advice we can give to employers. They’re not a...more

Performance Reviews For Marriages: What Could Go Wrong?

Marriage therapists are now advocating the use of “performance reviews” by spouses, according to an article in Monday’s Wall Street Journal. “By taking time to regularly evaluate and review their relationship together,”...more

California Expands Gender-Based Wage Protections by Adopting “Substantially Similar” Test and Requiring Employers to Justify Wage...

The California Fair Pay Act, which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, prohibits employers from paying employees less than the rate paid to members of the opposite sex who perform “substantially similar” work. Although...more

Top Tips for Employers: Using Analytics to Make People Decisions

There is more data stored electronically now than ever before. This includes financial data, sales transactions, emails, instant messages, and employee activities, to name a few. Real value can be derived from analysis of...more

HR Influence in Disciplinary Proceedings Can Render Dismissals Unfair

In Ramphal v Department for Transport (EAT – 2015), the EAT has provided guidance on the appropriate level of HR involvement in disciplinary proceedings. The case concerns an employee who was dismissed for gross...more

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