Appellate Court Throws Out Labor Department’s Internship Test


By Eric B. Meyer If you thought you knew when to pay (or not pay) an intern, think again. A federal appellate court just blew up the U.S. Department of Labor’s spot. Allow me to explain. The Labor Department’s six-part internship test In 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that certain unpaid workers should…

Listening to Employees: You Need to Do it One Conversation at a Time

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“The only number that matters is ‘one.’ One cup. One customer. One partner. One experience at a time. We had to get back to what mattered most.” I am a big fan of Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks. In reading this statement above, Schultz described how his company faltered and lost its way….

Collaborative Hiring — the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Switch to It


For hundreds of years, managers have owned the hiring process. However, as more firms learn the benefits of shifting away from top-down decision-making and toward a collaborative model, it’s time to rethink the manager’s sole ownership of this critical business process. In the Silicon Valley, we frequently operate under a different hiring model…

SHRM Las Vegas: Six Things I Learned That Really Need to Happen


The largest HR conference in the world, SHRM National 2015, concluded last week in Las Vegas. As I reflect back on the conference for 2015, I wanted to share some thoughts and learnings I got from the conference. Here are my thoughts in no particular order: The Expo Hall is still overwhelming. There are…

Don’t Work the Search Without An Acceptance

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. What…