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HR’s Role in the Sexual Harassment Web

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From Uber to Bill O’Reilly, Hollywood to Congress and more, a common refrain in the continuous storm of sexual harassment claims is that HR wasn’t doing its job.  There are a number of complaints: 1) that employees were going to HR professionals who were sweeping their complaints under the carpet and telling employees to look the other way; 2) that HR has an inherent conflict of interest, and it’s a mistake to go to them because they will always side with/support the company; and 3) that because HR’s job is to support the company, an employee would be stupid to…

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Start Hiring Now for 2018

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As we near the end of 2017, company leaders and employees are looking forward to closing out the 4th quarter and enjoying the holidays with loved ones.  This time of year, along with summertime, can be two times of the year during which employees are arguably at their most distracted, and may take their foot off the pedal. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and HR professionals are not immune to this phenomenon.  Fiscal year budgets are likely in place for the new year, and you probably have a good idea of the hires needed for 2018.  And, while there has probably…

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Social Justice PTO: Why You Should Consider this Benefit Now

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PTO (or others forms of time off) is a commonly offered benefit today as employers look to help their employees balance their work and personal obligations, as well as promote themselves as employee and family-friendly.  And, businesses are increasingly offering specialized types of time off, such as leave designated for days employees spend volunteering outside the office, in the community. An emerging type of leave that companies are starting to offer is Social Justice PTO.  One silver lining of our country’s political turmoil is that activism has increased considerably.  Some companies are taking notice of this burgeoning trend, and have…

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Do You Need a Probationary Period?

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Probationary periods are a common tactic in business today.  Businesses typically utilize probationary periods to keep a close eye on new hires to ensure they live up to company standards.  Probationary periods may also be used as a warning to employees who have violated company policy, or whose work is not meeting expectations.  However, the actual effects of probationary periods are not particularly beneficial to companies or the employees who are under the proverbial microscope. Employees may become stressed and frustrated when they feel like they are under intense scrutiny — this can have a debilitating impact on their work…

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