Category Archives: recruiting

Why Do Some Establishments Deliver Such Fine Customer Service – And What Does This Have To Do With Safety?

I’m on my 16 hour flight back from South Africa to Atlanta and processing my experiences.  Surely such a varied and unusual adventure will provide me with fodder for some philosophical musings which lead to my usual practical “Action Points” … Continue reading

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Will the EEOC Treat You Like A Criminal For Asking About Criminal Records?

A few practical ruminations…. Many of us remain a bit surprised that even the EEOC has so many problems with employers refusing to hire applicants with criminal records. certainly there are problems, but do the inquiries really warrant class action-type … Continue reading

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The Next Big HR Trend? Maybe It Should Be More Employee Recognition….

I apologize for having been missing in action for the last few weeks, but I received the opportunity to take my family to a 400 year old house in Provence; followed by immediate trips to somewhat less glamorous places such … Continue reading

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Employers Should Take the EEOC More Seriously In 2013

Some executives and managers consider EEOC charges to be a cost of doing business.   Based on past experience, they do not treat Discrimination Charges with the same concern as other legal matters.  The EEOC’s current focus on Systemic Discrimination and the … Continue reading

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Top Ten Ways To Hold A Company Party – Without Getting Sued

Top Ten Ways To Hold A Company Party – Without Getting Sued Date: December 3, 2012 By Michael Mitchell (Labor Letter, December 2012) With the Holiday Season in full swing, many employers ask us about the wisdom of holding company parties … Continue reading

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What Should I Think About TV Coverage This Week and the New Congressional Report On the NLRB

A number of people asked me about Fox News and other discussions this week about an “out of control” NLRB. I have linked to a Fox story yesterday on a new Congressional Report that calls the NLRB a “rogue” agency. … Continue reading

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Free Webinar Making Predictions About Federal Agencies in 2013

While there remains some lingering uncertainty, the recent elections did lend some clarity to an evolving regulatory landscape. Now that the dust has settled, what can we expect from a second term for the current Administration? And with additional gridlock … Continue reading

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Biggest 2012 Employment Law Events (set to the theme of post apocalyptic movies)

The End of the World As We Know It? PART 1 My Portland partner, Rich Meneghello, produced the entertaining update below on the biggest employment law events in 2012, gleefully described in the context of disaster/post apocalypse movies… come on, … Continue reading

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Should An Employer Use Criminal Record Checks? Part 2

The post below is Part 2 of my law partner, Bert Brannen’s tips to safely using criminal record checks in the context of increased regulatory scrutiny. 3. Revise The Inquiries On Your Employment Application. The EEOC Guidance strongly discourages employers … Continue reading

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Workers’ Christmas wish: Fire the boss!

We know that to manage employees we must understand the demographic and cultural changes occurring, and how employees view the work world. The article linked below found that almost 30% of employees plan to change jobs in the coming year, … Continue reading

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