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The Joy of Holidays and Employment

November 12th, 2018 by Lisa Porro, Inspiring HR

The concept of “holidays” conjures different associations for people… gatherings of family and friends, abundant food and BBQs, travel or a day to simply sleep in and find something “fun” to do. For employers, it can be a confusing myriad of questions on what their obligations are to their employees on holidays: Do we have […]

Cautionary Tale of the Unenforceable Non-Compete

October 29th, 2018 by Valerie Juarez, Inspiring HR

Once upon a time there was a Big Bad Wolf who was tired of huffing and puffing for the Three Little Pigs, so he quit his job and took a position with Little Red Riding Hood terrorizing the forest. Well, as you can imagine, the Three Little Pigs were blindsided and furious.  After years of […]

2018 Update: Unpaid Intern or Employee?

October 16th, 2018 by Valerie Juarez, Inspiring HR

Over the past six years, a wake-up call for employers who use unpaid interns had been brewing. Court cases publicized the issue, and in January of 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) established new classification tests to accommodate court decisions. Triggered in a 2012 case against Harper’s Bazaar, and further publicized in 2013 by a […]

Job Market Report Trend: Interview No Shows

September 29th, 2018 by Mindy Flanigan, Inspiring HR

The job market is so good, candidates are not showing up for interviews, or not showing up for their first day on the job. We have been seeing a steady increase in this behavior in the last 18 months. Nationally, it is just now getting reported (CNN report link). Seven things you can do: 1) […]

Overcoming Learned Helplessness in the Workplace

September 27th, 2018 by Valerie Juarez, Inspiring HR

It happens in all types of organizations, for that matter, you’ve probably encountered it, but didn’t know what it was: That sense that everyone is frustrated and venting, no one is growing, some people are regressing, problems go unresolved, people are not content, and the group think is: “NO MATTER WHAT WE WANT TO TRY, […]

Tattoos in the Workplace

September 19th, 2018 by Jennifer Doherty, Inspiring HR

There was a time when companies looking to ban visible tattoos in the workplace had a relatively easy time of it. After all, employees with tattoos have no specific legal protections under Title VII. And yet, the EEOC has filed a number of lawsuits against companies that prohibit visible tattoos. Once again, a seemingly straightforward […]

Employee Theft – Reducing Your Overall Risk

September 11th, 2018 by Stefanie Walker

You’ve just discovered that one of your employees has been stealing money from your company over a period of time. Once you get over the initial shock that this trusted person has been stealing from you, the logical thing is to terminate the employee and then withhold money from their final paycheck or just withhold […]

Right to Work is Not Employment at Will

August 26th, 2018 by Lisa Porro, Inspiring HR

Know the Difference. “Right to work” and “employment-at-will.”  Both are employment terms that may appear in offer letters and employee handbooks and are tossed around frequently in legal circles. What do the terms mean and are they interchangeable? They are in fact very different. Right to work laws are related to unions.  In a right […]

PTO for Everyone

August 26th, 2018 by Valerie Juarez, Inspiring HR

In a past blog post, we discussed the impact of stress on productivity and profitability for the American workforce (see Stressed Staff Can Equal Stressed Profits). Not to be lost in the conversation is how employees who are working part time jobs while balancing school, family, or secondary jobs manage to keep financial, physical, and emotional […]

Time to Replace Outdated HR Policies

July 25th, 2018 by Jennifer Doherty, Inspiring HR

Out with the old, and in with the new! How Respectful Workplace Policies are Replacing Antiquated Workplace Conduct Policies Compliance with federal, state, and municipal workplace regulations is an unavoidable challenge of doing business, and the ways business owners choose to apply and communicate these mandatory policies continue to evolve. It’s incumbent on business owners […]

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