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Another Study Urges Restricting Employers’ Scheduling Options

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By John E. Thompson Just as we expected, another report – this one from DC Jobs With Justice, the Jobs With Justice Education Fund, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, and the Georgetown University Department of Government – asserts that District of Columbia employers are imposing “erratic and unpredictable hours” for their workers in an effort…

SHRM Las Vegas 2: Yes, HR IS in the Human Nature Business

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Deep thinkers expressing deep thoughts seem to be the standard fare for keynote presentations on Day 2 at the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Conference & Exhibition. Last year, SHRM attendees heard New York Times columnist and best-selling author Tom Friedman on Day 2 in Orlando. He’s most famous for the book The World…

What the Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision Means For the Workplace

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OK, presumably I’m not the only employment lawyer trying to apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges to the employer-employee relationship. But, I can guarantee that this will be the best post you read about it today. In case you’re just returning from a long-weekend sojourn to Mars, on Friday, the Supreme…

SHRM Las Vegas Day 1: “Welcome to the Middle of the Stinking Desert”

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If it’s June, it must be time for SHRM, and so yet another SHRM conference — the Society for Human Resource Management’s 67th annual Conference & Exhibition — kicked off on Sunday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Here’s one thing to keep in mind about SHRM holding it’s annual meeting in Sin City:…

What I’m Looking For at SHRM Las Vegas – Secret Sauce Talent Recipes!

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Yeah, I know it’s Sunday and I normally don’t post on a Sunday, but I’m at the annual SHRM National Conference in Las Vegas and it starts today. The opening keynote speaker is “Coach K” (Mike Krzyzewski), the Duke University head basketball coach. I’m not a big fan.  His team beats my team…

Because of the ADA, You Really Need to Update Your Job Descriptions

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By Eric B. Meyer Did you know you need to update your job descriptions because of the Americans with Disabilities Act? This is a friendly reminder. Just because your job description might say what an employee is supposed to do, it doesn’t mean that’s what your employee actually does. And, in an Americans…

After Years of 3% Increases, Where Have All the Good Raises Gone?

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Last month, The New York Times published an article bemoaning the loss of pay raises in favor of one-time bonuses and non-monetary rewards. Cited in the article, analyst firm Aon Hewitt calls this a “drastic shift” based on the firm’s annual survey on salaried employee compensation. The share of payroll budgets devoted to straight salary…

The Reluctant HR Champion? It’s About Leading the Workplace Orchestra

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Editor’s Note: This is the 11th of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute. By Robert E. Ployhart Dave Ulrich’s 1997 book, Human Resource Champions, helped capture the role of HR professionals for the…