A data breach is often an employee problem

by Michael Haberman May 14, 2015

Tweet According to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report “phishing” is still a major source of data breaches. They found that 23% of recipients of phishing emails were opening them and 11% were clicking on the links in the email. Fifty percent of these people were opening and clicking within one hour of having […]

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Do your confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements violate Federal law?

by Michael Haberman May 13, 2015

Tweet Most companies try to protect proprietary information by having employees sign confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. Unfortunately in the eyes of various regulatory agencies these agreements are considered to be too restrictive and violate various aspects of federal law. Violated provisions According to attorney Andrew Trimble of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, there are […]

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Events and Trends in Employment Legislation

by Michael Haberman May 12, 2015

Tweet I wanted to make you aware of some of the things that are going on in employment legislation around the country. This list is by no means the only things that are going on but they are ones I found interesting. Federal level activities First up, are the changes in the Fair Labor Standards […]

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NLRB Decisions have reached the level of absurd

by Michael Haberman May 11, 2015

Tweet Writer and philosopher Albert Camus once said “At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.” I was struck in the face with such a feeling when I read the NLRB’s decision on a handbook statement T-Mobile had in their handbook. According to David Pryzbylski, of the law […]

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Future Friday: Robots in the workplace is not all doom and gloom

by Michael Haberman May 8, 2015

Tweet We have read, and I have written about, the coming wave of robotic workers displacing human workers. The unfortunate truth is that this is not going to go away. Many workers, including those in the C-suite, may be replaced by robots if they do routine, repetitive work. Much of HR is included in that […]

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Do you have what it takes to be creative?

by Michael Haberman May 7, 2015

Tweet I don’t generally consider myself creative. I used to think I was but then I’d watch a show on various inventions, or watch a profile about an artist and I’d rethink my creative nature. Generally my conception of creativity was that it came from a flash of brilliance or a moment of inspiration. But […]

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What do you do with old personnel records?

by Michael Haberman May 6, 2015

Tweet I recommend to many clients that they periodically purge their personnel files. You don’t really need that “excuse for being late” from 20 years ago. You also don’t need to keep most of the records from an employee that you terminated 10 years ago. Of course there are some exceptions, such as chemical exposure […]

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One easy step to solving your cross-functional problems

by Michael Haberman May 5, 2015

Tweet Being in HR can potentially be an isolating experience, if you let it. As a result of this isolation problems of communication can develop resulting in work not getting done, goals not being achieved or solutions not being developed. Management guru Tom Peters offers a simple solution to this. He says DO LUNCH. In […]

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What restroom must I let them use?

by Michael Haberman May 4, 2015

Tweet Bruce Jenner’s transformation from male to female has certainly made everyone aware of the issues surrounding transgender individuals. One such issue many companies face in dealing with transgender employees in transition deals with restroom use. Which restrooms should they be allowed to use is often the question. Gender identity Once someone has changed gender […]

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Future Friday: Digital paychecks, digital money and the effect on payroll

by Michael Haberman May 1, 2015

Tweet We have all heard of Bitcoin, at least the name, and we are aware that it is “digital” money. According to on futurist digital money will be the currency of all future transactions. This means we will be paying employees in digital money. Our bank in our hand Futurist James Canton writes in his […]

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