HR / Employee Relations

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The hot lawsuits of 2014: Discrimination, harassment

September 15, 2014

In its third annual survey, completed by more than 500 in-house counsel, human resources professionals and C-suite executives, many from the nation’s largest companies, the law firm Littler asked: “In which of the following areas has your organization seen the most employee lawsuits or class actions over the past year?”

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You’re actually paying your staff to play fantasy football

September 15, 2014
Here’s the math, using figures provided by Challenger Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based global outplacement and career transitioning firm.
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When hiring, check for these kindergarten skills

September 15, 2014
The basics of good behavior still hold up today …
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Who’s more stressed at work: women or men?

September 15, 2014
Female employees are more highly stressed than men, says a new survey by consulting firm Aon Hewitt.
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‘This isn’t about the money,’ says the employee–truth or lie?

September 15, 2014
Imagine you’re a star NFL halfback making $10 million a year. One day you find out that your team’s star fullback, who produces at the same level, makes $5,000 a year more than you—that’s just .0005% more. It’s an absurdly small drop in the bucket, yet you would want to know why he’s making more, wouldn’t you?
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Avoid the phrase ‘probationary period’

September 15, 2014
Using that term to describe the initial 60- or 90-day post-hire evaluation period has created legal trouble for many employers.
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Facebook rant: ‘Rats don’t even want to work there’

September 15, 2014
You discover that one of your employees entered a post on his Facebook page expressing his dissatisfaction with his job. Can you fire him, or at least discipline him?
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The risk of off-the-shelf job-testing software

September 15, 2014
If you use off-the-shelf pre-employment tests to screen applicants, watch out! You could be setting yourself up for years of litigation if a disappointed applicant sues and alleges some form of discrimination.
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Résumé lies: Real-life whoppers

September 15, 2014
Here are some wild claims that hiring managers told CareerBuilder.com they found on job applicants’ résumés.
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Employers budget for 3.1% pay raises in 2015

September 15, 2014
This continues a trend of mild increases since 2009, when the average salary budget increase reached an all-time low of 2.2%.
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