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

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EOK, 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…

What Does Real, Genuine Leadership Look Like?

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“This may sound crazy, but it’s hard for us when someone turns down a raise,” That was a recent comment from the Board President at the University of Cincinnati. Not only that, but it’s the third year in a row the university chief, President Santa Ono, has donated his bonus. Since 2013, he has…

There Is No Talent or Skills Shortage if You Can Recruit Talent Away From Your Competitors

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Recruiting is just like fishing. You may think that there is a shortage of fish, when the real problem is where you fish and what bait you use! I simply have to laugh when I hear CEOs and executives complain about the talent or skill shortages that their firm faces. I laugh because…

You Don’t Need to Be Capt. Obvious to Know Good Bosses Talk with People

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Confession time: I like commercials. Well, I like good, engaging, funny or emotional commercials.  I cry every time I see that Folgers commercial with the soldier coming home for Christmas. And I actually replay the new UnitedHealthcare commercial of the couple trying to recreate the “lift” dance scene from the movie classic Dirty…

Who Needs HR If You Confirmed the Fee?

Editor’s note: Jeff Allen has heard every employer excuse you can imagine for not paying up — and dozens more that defy imagination. A few years ago he began documenting them in a weekly collections column. Because of the importance of collections, Fordyce will periodically reprise the most common situations he addressed. The…

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…