Ranking the Thanksgiving turkey(s) and sides: The Employer Handbook Top 20

This is not up for debate. Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows **kisses fingers** Macaroni and cheese Stuffing Homemade mashed potatoes Cornbread Gravy (bonus points for sausage) Turkey Canned cranberry sauce Corn Roasted vegetables Homemade cranberry sauce Brussel sprouts Green bean casserole Turducken Instant mashed potatoes or any other wannabe mashed potatoes such as cauliflower puree…

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Leadership – Unsafe at Any Speed?

Guest post from John R Childress: In 1965, when I was a junior in high school and sporty, stylish and innovative cars were all the rage, Ralph Nader, a Harvard trained lawyer, published a book that was both highly controversial and highly influential.  The book was called, Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American…

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Bookmark This! Resources to Develop HR Competencies

Developing your skills as a human resources professional is important. We know that. The hard part is recognizing what skills to develop. At this year’s Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference (SHRM), I ran across some wonderful tools to help with developing HR competencies. These guides offer suggestions for specific activities that HR pros…

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Writing & Creativity: The Power of the Blank Page

The blank page. On some days it’s the most inspiring thing I see.  The possibilities are endless.  I can decide to be creative, authoritative, passive, inspirational, or disruptive.  I can choose any topic in the world and bring it to life.  On other days, the blank page is intimidating.  Ideas seem slow to come, or…

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Want to keep settled sexual harassment claims confidential? It may cost you tax dollars.

Last week, I wrote here about proposed legislation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that would outlaw confidential settlements of sexual harassment claims. Now, the feds are getting into the act. The topic of sexual harassment has been front and center on Capitol Hill. Earlier this month, the Senate voted to require sexual-harassment training for staffers and…

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How to Handle a Work Suspension – Ask #HR Bartender

As a human resources professional, I have suspended employees. It didn’t happen very often, but it did happen. Because it wasn’t a regular occurrence, I was extra cautious to make sure that it was handled properly. So I can understand how difficult it must be for the employee – they don’t know what to do….

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New bill would ban confidential settlements of sexual harassment claims in Pennsylvania

One of your supervisors has just been accused of sexual harassment. Rather than spend the money to litigate the case, your company decides to settle. Let’s go through the standard provisions: Settlement payment General release Non-admission Mutual non-disparagement Mutual confidentiality Ah, not so fast on that last one if your business is in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania….

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