Out Now: Episode 415: Registered Apprenticeship Programs in the Clean Energy Sector With Dr. Janell Hills

6 Ways HR Can Protect the Return on Social Media Investment

Let’s start by stating the obvious:  it takes time and money to create a strong Internet presence. HR must take steps to protect the company’s return on social media investment. Employers that do not have a marketing department or outside public relations, media or advertising vendor often turn to employees to run their websites and […]

With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility: Protect Data on Your HRIS #BigDataHR

Employers amass big data on their employees. Under state and federal laws, the employer has an absolute and non-delegable duty to prevent disclosure and misuse of that data, to notify employees of any potential security breach, and to use the data only for the purpose for which it was ostensibly collected. With employee big data, […]

HR From the Jury’s Perspective

HR From the Jury’s Perspective I’m a trial lawyer.  An associate in my law firm recently asked me to make a list of things that I think the jury considers when hearing a case. While not everything on the list is required by law, if you could ask them, Jurors would probably tell you some […]

Tips From an Attorney On Managing Office Romance

When romance happens in the office, there are more than 2 people involved.  A workplace romance involves everyone who interacts with the couple, and there are a multitude of legal risks – even if the romance is a happy one. Valentine’s Day is behind us.  The first glow of hearts and wine, perhaps, has faded.  […]

Honesty is Always the Best Policy with Firing Employees

The question of what to tell an at-will employee about why they are being fired has proven to be the most persistent employer question over the 25 year span of my legal practice.   “If my employee is terminable “at-will,” should I tell her why she is being fired?”  Yes.  Honesty will always be the […]

What HR Needs to Know When Hiring a Contract Recruiter

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Picture this. You are the Human Resources head (manager, director, VP, whatever) of a mid-sized but growing company. You and your team are not recruiters but have always managed hiring of new employees internally on an as needed basis. Yesterday, however, the CEO called to let you know that your company signed a huge contract […]