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  • Are There Really Any Records in E-mail? - Many Companies Wish It Were Not So

    A Chief Information Officer from a large manufacturing company last month told me they had recently completed an internal record retention review and had declared that their e-mail system contained no records.

  • How to find out if your company is about to lay you off

    Kudos to my pal Karen Mattonen for not only being cited by Inc. Magazine, but also for letting me know about an AWESOME resource that I know will be of interest to employed workers everywhere. What is it? Its called WARN. WARN is an acronym for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification.

  • Oregon launches Wellness at Work

    Two years of collaboration between the Oregon Health Authority and business leaders has resulted in a new initiative called Wellness@Work. The initiative's

    Workplace wellness is important for workers to stay healthy, but also helps cut costs for businesses, especially welcome in the current economic climate. Healthy workers means less  absenteeism and lower costs for health care, disability and workers' compensation. While Oregon faces high unemployment and a budget shortfall, the state is spending 16% of the general fund budget on health care.

  • Curses, Foiled Again…by SHRM

    Leanne ChaseI’ve been following the build up, the actual convention and the aftermath of the Society of Human Resources Management’s (SHRM) recent annual convention.  I’m a skeptic.  You see a professional association that makes its money on certifying practitioners so they are well equipped to prevent lawsuits and fines for those that hire them,

  • MySpace part 2 - But You Aren't Judge and Jury

    Last night there was a really interesting debate regarding this subject- some friends of mine and I were discussing the benefits of hiring individuals who share common activities, and are very similar background..

  • How Consistent Should Personal Values be with HR Values?

    To be really super performing HR Professionals, should we live and breathe the principles we follow and are responsible for in work life, in our personal life?

  • There is wasn't and still isn't a (pending) labor shortage! Get over it

    Lately there has been much discussion of the impending doom to be caused from an upcoming Labor Shortage- Why? Is it because there is some truth behind it? Some defined element of reality or just another wave of hysteria that makes for good reading. Let’s calm down for a moment and look at a few concepts.*1

  • A thought on Comp:

    altAre You Worth 2 Extra W's and a "Shot at the Big One"?

    Early last month, the University of Florida made Urban Meyer the SEC's highest paid coach, with a contract valued at $24 Million USD over 4 years.  That's 4 Million big-ones a year -- not too shabby if you ask me. 

  • Find Your Passion and Make a Career Change

    Excerpt from WHAT SHOULD I BE WHEN I GROW UP NOW THAT I’M 40, 50, 60 by Patricia Noel Drain.

    Years ago, when I re-entered the job market after being a school teacher years before, I knew I was beginning a new chapter in my life. I wanted to make the right career choice, but as I looked through the want ads I became confused.


  • New ADA Rules Provide Much Needed Clarification

    After a lengthy wait, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued final regulations and interpretive guidance for the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), the new disability law which was passed in 2008.

  • Circle the Wagons, the Indians are Coming!!!!

    danielbloomPresident Obama at a press conference in Hawaii referring to a question about the scandal at Penn State made the observation that protecting the innocent was more important than shielding institutions or organizations. I took in the premise and then looked at the daily RSS feed I receive from the EEOC and began to question the strategic moves many corporations are making in the marketplace.

  • Are Pre-employment Tests Legally Dangerous?

    It is reported that more than 30% employers in the United States use pre-employment tests to assist in hiring decisions.  Presumably, the test measures job related skills. Most of these tests fall into the following five categories – skills tests, aptitude tests, personality tests, integrity tests and drug tests. This article explores relevant issues related to pre-employment testing in general.

  • The Hidden Job Market, What is it and What Does a Job seeker Do to Get a Job?

    Today, job seekers are lured to advertising, books, DVD’s and webinars on the so called hidden job market.  Let’s bring this out into the light so it is not hidden anymore.

  • Roles of Legal Counsel and Human Resource Professionals in crafting Talent Management Strategies


    Several recent trends are combining to create both greater legal risks and increased opportunities for employers seeking to improve their strategies for attracting, hiring, promoting, and retaining the best employees.

  • How not to win your Employment lawsuits

    dunceduhWoman charged with intimidating judge overseeing her suit against Seyfarth

    A Massachusetts woman who brought pro se lawsuits against Seyfarth Shaw and her former employer is facing criminal charges for a letter she sent to a Boston federal judge and statements she made on a YouTube video.

  • When to ask questions in the Interview

    Diane SkullrI’m sure that you have heard it said that they are interviewing you AND you are interviewing them.  And in many respects, this is true.  It is equally as important that you are able to commit to the position as it is for the company to commit to you.

  • Fired for Eating a bag of potato chips

    Walgreens Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

    Store Fired Worker with Diabetes for Eating Chips to Stop Hypoglycemia Attack, Federal Agency Charges

    SAN FRANCISCO — Drugstore giant Walgreens violated federal law  by firing a worker with diabetes instead of accommodating her, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity  Commission charged in a lawsuit filed today under the Americans With  Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Stray Remarks Showing Discriminatory Attitudes in the Workplace Can Be Important Evidence of Employer Discrimination

    On August 5, 2010, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision concerning the type of evidence a worker can rely upon to prove an employer discriminated against him or her. The Court’s decision concerns the so-called “stray remarks doctrine.

  • Overqualified Workers May Be Less Likely to Quit Jobs

    Contrary to stereotype, study suggests they may actually stay longer in non-taxing jobs.

    THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that managers might fail to appreciate the value that overqualified workers can bring to their companies.

  • Confrontation Can Result in your Greatest Opportunity to Shine!

    It all started with a few telephone discussions last December. A company I had been in communication with was becoming weary of the same level of monotonous, lackluster service every contingency search firm they had used was providing.

  • Implanting the DNA for Success

    Our success is linked to the success of our clients.  More specifically, our success is linked to the success of the managers we serve at the client’s organization.  This link is based on the fact that:


    The Bottom Line Value Of Work/Life Strategies ©

    This report is the work of CEBC's Work/Life Business Task Force as  approved by the Board of Directors and published in 1997 --  ( Sic... the information included is Consistent to the Today's Workforce Environment). The report urges employers to adopt work/life strategies based on substantial and growing evidence of positive returns to the bottom line, to employees and their families, and to society.

  • Dialing For Dollars Cheat Sheet

    Imagine that you are dialing into a company for intelligence retrieval. You have your script and your goals set and no matter how stonefaced the receptionist is, you are determined to strike information gold. So you dial, you hear the phone ring and AAAAHHHH!!!! A recording… Press 1 for this and press 2 for that, how aggravating. Fortunately, there is a way to bypass all of this.

  • Are High Performers the Worst Managers?

    I once wrote a post on The Peter Principle, which discussed a study finding that it's better to promote at random than promote high performers.

    At the time I was of the opinion that most people would prefer a competent manager to someone selected at random or because they have an executive sponsor. Upon mature reflection, however, I've partially changed my mind.

  • The three most important questions to ask when selecting a staffing provider

    Selecting a staffing vendor to build out the non-employee segment of your workforce has taken on new dimensions in recent years. The problem remains the same: finding the right people at the right time and at the right price. But the solutions have evolved.

  • The Reluctant Candidate - Getting to Yes

    Every recruiter can cite conversations with prospective candidates that included phrases like…I’m not interested….I’m not looking right now…or…”I’m OK right now. Those conversations matter if the prospect is a potentially viable candidate for a client.  But those conversations, especially cold calls, sometimes end when an issue/objection is raised by the prospect but not effectively addressed. 

  • Strategies to Win the War for Talent in 2012

    DaveDartWhether your organization performed better than you anticipated in 2011, or less than ideal—the question remains, “Do you want to set your business productivity, performance, and revenue goals higher for 2012?” The obvious answer is, “Yes, of course!!” Then the next question is, “But how?” And the only answer is, “By hiring top-talent!”

  • GATEKEEPERS – The True Identity of Recruiters

    Some job seekers do not fully understand the role of the recruiter. They view recruiters as getting in the middle or in the way of their job search, preventing direct contact with the hiring manager(s) for available positions, well this is actually true and these job seekers are going to have a long and frustrating searching for their next job, because the vast majority of companies now use recruiters almost exclusively to facilitate the hiring process. Roles that recruiters play:

  • Screening of Current Employees: the Jury is Still Out

    A new and ongoing issue is whether employers should conduct ongoing or periodic criminal checks of their current workforce. Although a background check may have shown a clear record on the way in, what if a person commits a crime when employed. Although the argument is made that as employer would likely be aware of a crime committed by a current worker because the worker did not show up to work,

  • War for Talent: Fact vs Fiction Part 3

    Why does it take another persons comments to get me totally fired up. What this time? To some this may seem like the same tired argument, but to me, it is about our Job, our welfare, our economy! *1

    I came across a recent comment regarding the 230,000 jobs our country lost in the first quarter of 2008. Even in this fledgling economy,  the recruiter who posted wondered if this would affect recruiters, He also questioned if this was something we should all be concerned about.

HCX Facts

Growth in women's share of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations declined to 27% in 2011from a high of 34% in 1990. While women make up nearly half of the workforce, they were 26% of the STEM workforce in 2011.

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