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2016 Trends #6: Working With HR—Time to Try Again

It’s been said that no corporate function has the opportunity to contact more employees more often than Human Resources. Recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, performance reviews, promotions, investigations, discipline,...more

What GCs Need to Know About HR Technology

Imagine that your General Counsel asks you for a very brief overview of what she needs to know - and worry about - related to HR technology and HR data management. If your GC is like most we know, she has way too much on her...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2016 #3

On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King’s legacy was commemorated in many memorials and articles. In one moving message, the CEO of popular messaging app Slack encouraged employees to reflect on what...more

How well do you know your compliance program? 6 simple tools

In light of DOJ’s recent guidance, most companies understand that “paper” compliance programs are no longer enough to protect a company when a regulator comes knocking. Companies are under increasing pressure to demonstrate...more

Ways to Boost Employee Morale

Often times the day-to-day issues that human resource professionals encounter with employees are not necessarily the legal “can we or can’t we” types of issues but, rather, are related to employees’ interactions with one...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2016 #2

Last week, a California judge made news when he threw out a $7.1million jury verdict. The verdict had been handed down in the high-profile age and disability discrimination suit brought by the well-known sports curmudgeon...more

Federal Appeals Court Decision Offers Practical Guidance To Both HR Executives And Their Employers

A federal appeals court issued a decision on January 5, 2016 that provides valuable lessons to both human resources executives and the businesses they work for. The court upheld the termination of an HR Director after his...more

Employment Lawyers Quiz a Benefits Lawyer

One of our New Year’s resolutions here at the Navigator is to get better at understanding employee benefits issues. We run across them all the time, as do HR professionals and in-house counsel. We know we don’t have the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: January 2016

Last week, Cargill Meat Solutions terminated approximately 190 employees who failed to report to work for three consecutive days. The employees, who are Muslim, stayed away from work in protest over the meatpacking plant’s...more

Hiring and Compliance: Evaluating Candidates and Setting Expectations

Today I want to talk about two different techniques that your HR function can use to help the compliance function by honoring two very different yet equally famous baseball players who died on Sunday. The first was Jim...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: December 2015 #4

Last week was a big one for the EEOC. Among other things, the agency initiated a lawsuit against McDonald’s Corporate and a Missouri franchisee because the franchisee refused to provide a deaf applicant a sign language...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: December 7, 2015 #2

Data breaches were in the news again last week. The Association of Corporate Counsel released findings including the startling news that one-third of in-house counsel reported their organization had suffered a data breach...more

Eliminate Relationship Breakdown in the Workplace: Listen With Your “EAR”

Many years ago, I learned the “EAR” listening method. It’s simple and effective, and it has since served my clients and me well. E stands for “Explore.” A stands for “Acknowledge.” R stands for “Respond.”...more

Role of Talent in Site Selection for Manufacturers

One of the leading challenges facing many manufacturers in the U.S. is the attraction and retention of talent. At the same time, many U.S. states (particularly in the South and Southeast) are throwing attractive incentive...more

Tribute to Conrad and Succession Planning in Compliance

The Horror! The Horror! Those are the seminal words of Mr. Kurtz, Manager of the Inner Station, in Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. Today we celebrate Conrad, Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, who was born on this...more

Why Redundancy is Not a Safe Remedy for Poor Performance

Sometimes managers can appear to think that dismissals for redundancy or poor performance are interchangeable. But the procedures which need to be followed in the UK in either case, to avoid an employee being able to bring a...more

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

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