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Labor Relations

How Employers Can Best Manage & Support PTSD

May 30, 2018

National PTSD Awareness Day is coming up around the corner on June 27th and I thought this would be a good time to shed light on the topic. More and more we hear about the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the workplace. According to National Alliance on...

The Multi-Generational Workforce: A Top Problem for CEO’s

June 8, 2016

One of the hottest topics right now I’m seeing with many of my clients is how to manage multi-generations in the workplace. It is the first time the workplace has seen so many generational “forces” all at once. Today’s workforce includes Pre-Boomers (Born 1925-1945), also known as The Silent...

A Review of What You Can’t Say in an Employee Handbook

May 26, 2016

Organizational leaders that I’ve worked with have always had an innate understanding of some of the basic rights of their employees. What I’ve found to be less well understood, even among some in the HR field, are additional rights that employees have which are less intuitive. A number of...

M&A Integration: Communication as a Best Practice to Mitigate Attrition

May 25, 2016

Regardless of the nature of the transaction, during a merger or acquisition, all employees find themselves surrounded by change, impacting everything from organizational culture to the snacks in the kitchen.   From here it is an exercise in simple logic – with change, comes uncertainly – with uncertainty, comes attrition. ...

5 Tips to Best Prepare for a Difficult Conversation

May 17, 2016

As a consultant in the field of Human Resources, I am often approached for guidance on how to conduct a difficult conversation in the workplace.  I’ve had COO’s come to talk through how to share with their CEO (and boss!) that their contributions in staff meetings are negatively impacting...

Multi-State Employment Law Problems

April 19, 2016

Federal VS. State Employment Laws   The DC metro region has many companies that are based in one state and also have employees who work in other states. When I have conversations with clients about their concerns, compliance almost always comes up. This is understandable since there isn’t one set...

HIPAA Review: 4 Steps to Ensure Compliance as an Employer

March 10, 2016

We are hearing about changes to the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, which has been protecting patient and employee’s health information since it was passed in 1996.  Mostly these changes are affecting health-related organizations.  Now the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is moving forward...

The Do’s Vs. Don’ts to Remaining Professional on LinkedIn

March 9, 2016

Lately, it seems I cannot escape the fact that 2016 is a presidential election year—even on sites like LinkedIn.  I view LinkedIn as a business site for professional conversations and to share and read information which will improve one’s career.  When I am in a professional setting or “polite...

The Best Strategies to Ensure Successful Offboarding

February 8, 2016

With the all of the news around Yahoo’s massive layoffs and the wrongful termination lawsuit they are facing, it had me thinking about terminations. While I’m going to assume you are probably not in the same position as Marissa Mayer, you probably have had a few employees leave your company in the past. Sometimes...

5 Types of Employees Who May Be Creating Problems in Your Business

January 25, 2016

As an HR Consultant, I have worked in a number of organizations varying in size, industry, structure, mission and culture.  While each organization may be unique, every organization I have worked with has one thing in common – the problem employee. The problem employee can show up in a...

The Best Approach to Conducting an Employee Investigation

January 18, 2016

“I Think I Have a Problem! What is the Best Approach to Conducting an Employee Investigation?” An employee has approached you to complain that another employee has been harassing her during and after working hours. You have now been put on notice of a serious situation. What do you...

When to Let Go: A Review of the 4 Main Reasons for Employee Terminations

December 29, 2015

At some point or another while running your business, you unfortunately will likely need to let someone go, also referred to as a separation or termination of employment.  Typically, businesses run into these reasons because either they are cutting costs or have someone performing poorly at their job. Majority of states across the nation,...

New NLRB Rules Expand Employer Requirements

December 21, 2015

Recently, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director ruled that an employer failed to comply with a requirement to provide available employee contact information to the union prior to an election, thereby resulting in an order to hold a second election (Danbury Hospital, 01-RC-153086). Although the ruling in...

When to Hire an Employment Attorney Vs. an HR Consulting Firm

August 5, 2015

Employment law, along with ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations, are two significant aspects of managing a workforce. They are both also convoluted and can cause an organization a lot of headache if not approached appropriately.  Not only are Federal regulations complex and constantly evolving, it’s important to...

New Trends in Labor Relations: How Union Front Organizations Affect Your Business

March 22, 2014

Understanding UFOs and How They Impact Your Business I had the opportunity to attend the SHRM 2014 Employment Law and Legislative Conference this past week and learned a great deal about UFOs, or Union Front Organizations.  As many people are aware, union penetration into the private sector has fallen...