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Can You Enforce the Confidentiality of Employee Settlements?

A reader emailed me yesterday. “Hey Eric, Clients are wondering about value of settlement NDAs after ex-Fox News HWE victims go public despite contracts. Your reaction?” Wait! You mean employees actually violate confidentiality provisions? I know, right? By way of brief background, in late July, New York ran a story by Gabriel Sherman, suggesting a…

Wages Rise In July As Employers Add 255,000 More Workers

Whatever caused May’s payrolls to grow hardly at all now looks like a bad blip after the Labor Department’s report this morning showing hiring surged in July, adding 255,000 new nonfarm jobs. The Labor Department’s monthly jobs report blew through the consensus forecasts of labor economists which predicted July saw about 180,000 new…

Your Seating Chart Can Make a Million Dollar Difference

Could the secret to boosting your human capital — the economic value of your employees’ skill sets — be as easy as rearranging a few chairs? According to a new report from Cornerstone and Harvard Business School, the answer is yes. The report, which analyzed data on more than 2,000 employees over a…

What CEOs Look For In Their CHRO

CEOs are actively upgrading their CHRO talent with talent management needs driving much of that change. Board members are increasingly prominent in the process and often interview multiple candidates. Our 2016 placements to date at TSG Executive Search show some clear trends in who’s securing the CHRO role and why. What CEOs want…

The HR Bots Are Coming! Will You Be Ready?

The robot revolution has arrived. With major companies Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo all launching some version of a chatbot or virtual assistant in the coming months, the tide is quickly turning toward a more automated future. And as various companies connect these tools internally to their data collection systems, it is a…

What Buffer Has to Teach Us About Engaging An All-Remote Workforce

Editor’s note: The following article is part of the ongoing effort by the new, nonprofit OpenWork to inspire companies to continuously improve how, when, and where work is done for the mutual benefit of employees and employers. Note also that the article was authored prior to Buffer’s recent financial problems. While many companies…

Are You Ready to Handle Political Tensions In the Workplace?

More than a quarter of HR professionals are already reporting an increase in workplace political volatility compared to previous election seasons, according to a recent Society for Human Resource Management poll. The same study found only 24% of organizations have written policies on how to handle political activities, though 72% say they discourage…

New Jobs Up By 287,000 In June

Non-farm jobs jumped by a surprisingly robust 287,000 in June, exceeding all but the most optimistic expectations. It was the second-largest jobs increase in a year and follows a month where new jobs grew by a paltry 11,000, down from an initial report of 38,000. This morning’s report from the U.S. Bureau of…

Jobs Jump In June While Wages Predicted to Rise This Year

Non-farm jobs jumped by a surprisingly robust 287,000 in June, exceeding all but the most optimistic expectations. It was the second largest jobs increase in a year and follows a month where new jobs grew by a paltry 11,000, down from an initial report of 38,000. This morning’s report from the Bureau of…

5 Parental Leave Trends You Need to Know

You already know about the so-called “arms race” in which companies are upping the ante on parental leave plans and other family-friendly benefits in an effort to recruit and retain today’s top talent. And you’ve seen the headlines – hardly a week goes by, it seems, without another company announcing an expanded maternity…

Few Give Their Policy Management System Passing Grades

The days of organizations conducting policy management through spreadsheets, email and generic document-sharing platforms aren’t over yet. But they probably should be. Because policy management is often a shared responsibility among many departments and affects all employees, the performance and compliance downsides of outdated policy management systems can infect entire organizations. And policy…

Training Has Little Effect On Workplace Sex Harassment

Despite 30 years of training and sensitivity sessions since the U.S. Supreme Court first said sexual harassment is discrimination,  workplace harassment has come to dominate the charges brought to the EEOC by private sector and state and government employees. A report released today by the chairs of a task force of the Equal…

Why CEOs Fire CHROs and How to Avoid Being Canned

I just met with yet another HR head fired unceremoniously from an embattled tech firm.  HR heads may last longer than sales leads, but they still probably make the top three “most likely to get fired” list among Silicon Valley tech execs. And among HR execs already at risk, one group is on…

HR’s Role In Protecting Company Trade Secrets

On May 11th, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) into law. It is an amendment to the Economic Espionage Act and provides a new, federal court civil claim for acts of trade secret misappropriation that occur on or after May 11, 2016. Most states have statutes providing a…