When toxic talk infects an entire department, managers may be tempted to throw up their hands and just give in. They often feel powerless to counteract the damage caused by disparaging comments and persistent negativity, believing that "you can't change human nature."
Will you hire (or plan to hire) foreign workers in 2018 or 2019? If so, the complex employment visa system has become even more confusing and unsettled. New restrictions, new deadlines and dramatic new changes to employment-based visa programs - especially H1-B visas - are being pushed by the Trump Administration.
Don't get caught without knowing the rules on how to hire the best labor available, even if that means foreign-born assets.
If your employee handbook hasn't been updated in the past six months, it's out of date.
The workplace-law changes coming from the Trump Administration demand constant compliance vigilance from HR. Plus, the National Labor Relations Board recently issued an important new ruling that forces employers to justify their handbook rules as lawful. Here are some current handbook trouble spots:
Confused about how to manage employee requests for unscheduled, intermittent FMLA leave? Feel taken advantage of by employees who've learned to game the so-called "Friday-Monday Leave Act"?
Some of HR's most thorny, legally risky situations involve employees' use (and abuse) of FMLA leave taken in small bites. The amount of detail and timing necessary to administer these leaves can cause even the most seasoned HR professionals to scratch their heads.
From politics and global diplomacy to the sports world, negotiation has been in the news of late. The issues are vastly different, but these negotiations have one thing in common: The parties view each other with distrust and often dislike. How do you "bargain with the devil"?