July 18th, 2012

Minimizing FMLA Lawsuits (Hint: Don’t Fire After the FMLA Request)

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By Eric B. Meyer In the world of human resources, “hire slow, fire fast” generally holds true to avoid just about any lawsuit. Unfortunately, one New Jersey employer didn’t get the memo. And now they have to defend against FMLA interference and retaliation claims at trial. What did this employer do wrong and…

2012 Health Care Survey Lays Out 3 Ways For Employers to Rein In Costs

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Aon Hewitt’s released their 2012 Health Care Survey and provided their findings and reactions to employers’ planned tactics to rein in costs. It lays out three choices for employers: They can stay the course and try to figure out how to balance 8–9 percent medical cost trend increases against what surely will soon…

People Like to Be Amazing: The 3 Ways You Can Make That Happen

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I got this in a message from a former employee: “When I worked for you, I thought I was Superman.” It was wonderful to get that message. But additionally, those 10 words sum up for me, in a pretty profound way, what I believe being a good leader is about. He continued… “I have…

Yahoo’s New CEO: Didn’t Marissa Mayer Have a Non-Compete?

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By Michael R. Greco Yahoo recently named longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer as its new CEO. Since the announcement, Twitter has been aflutter with comments about how this could happen. One Tweeter remarked: “Whoa. Either Marissa Mayer didn’t have a non-compete or no one at Google thinks Yahoo qualifies as competition.” Another tweet…

U.S. Olympic Uniform Flap: A Lesson In Remembering Your Audience

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It was revealed this week that the U.S. Olympic team uniforms somehow missed the Made in the USA label. Instead, they were made in China and just about everyone is in an uproar. Opinions and questions from all sides! The Olympics are the embodiment of patriotism and national pride, and making our uniforms…

4 Hazards of Group Interviews

4 Hazards of Group Interviews

Because I’ve written a book on hiring best practices (Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer), I receive emails out of the blue from executives considering a shift in their recruiting strategy. This one is from a hiring manager in Kalamazoo, Michigan followed by my thoughts on his strategy: One of the ideas I’m…