Appellate Court Throws Out Labor Department’s Internship Test

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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

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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

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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…