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Error in Judgment

As an experienced and proven recruiter, I’ve often said that some of the best hires I’ve ever made have been people who I went out of my way to recruit, because they weren’t looking for a new job at the time. But that doesn’t mean that someone who directly applied for the position was more […]

HR Nightmare

If you ever travel to Oregon, you might want to stay at the Markum Inn. Then again, you might not… The owners of the Inn, Ward and Julie Frederick, have been served with in a federal harassment lawsuit by a former employee.

The former waitress, Jessica Webber, claims that the Wards “created a hostile workplace” […]

Age-Old Advice

For some reason, I found myself thinking back to my first day in the corporate world today. I was a young 22-year-old who knew nothing about HR, other than what I had read in a textbook. After a few minutes of getting settled at my desk, my boss asked to see me.

When I walked […]

Abercrombie, Fitch and Ouch

The-below story was obtained from SHRM’s web site, and was written by their manager of workplace law content. “The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations announced Sept. 28, 2010, that a settlement for more than $1.04 million had been reached with Abercrombie & Fitch for violations of the Immigration and […]

Are You Involved?

Believe it or not, there are a lot of companies out there that have HR people, but don’t use them. For example, I often hear stories about companies who have Operations, not HR, handle the employee complaint process.

Here’s a recent example that I encountered. An HR friend was interviewing for a job and called […]

What’s the Reason?

What can I say? I have been spoiled. For as long as I can remember, my SHRM membership has cost $160 per year. However, we were recently notified that SHRM decided to raise that to $180 per year.

Now, in one breath, that’s still very low compared to many other organizations. However, in another breath, […]

Jack the Rates

In the midst of our health plan insurance renewals, I can’t help but wonder how inflated the rate quotes might become because of the recent health care reform. Surely, I’m not the only person wondering about this.

As an HR Professional, and the one who works the most with our broker to shop and design […]

I Also Do HR

Throughout my career, the one phrase that has always driven me crazy is, “I also do HR.” Normally I hear it uttered by an Accountant or someone in Operations who has to take care of the HR work too, because their company doesn’t employee an HR person.

Unfortunately, that is nothing more than an insult […]

Pro-Company

I took this picture in Avon, OH, at the City Centre of Avon. It is a new development where a Marc’s store just opened.

As we sometimes see, there are union picketers on the public sidewalk protesting near the entrance to Marc’s. Their signs say “Don’t Shop Here” and “Anti-Union Marc’s.”

But what […]

Weed Them Out

It’s always interesting when companies make decisions that we all know will come back to haunt them. Below is a great example. This story was shared with me about a local company.

There was a male department head who was assigned to a cross-functional team with a female department head from a different division. They […]