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Should You Look Outside Your Organization To Investigate A Sexual Harassment Complaint?

January 16 2018, 6:15 pm Bruce’s Summary: Interesting article from the New York Times presented by the author on the effectiveness and pitfalls of sexual harassment investigations being performed by a company’s internal human resource department. The theme seems to be that more times than not, based on the fact we are dealing with human beings, the investigation itself […]

Will The “Spirits” Of The Holiday Haunt You? (Not Just Your Obligatory “Holiday Party” Blog Post) 12-12-17

December 14 2017, 4:41 pm Bruce’s Summary: Well it’s that time of the year again – time for the annual “Christmas Party.” Some are not looking forward to it and some are but sadly there are those few who still don’t get it even in today’s time of national discussion about sexual harassment. In our last blog, we talked […]

Where’s Your Harvey? How To Keep Your Company Out of the Headlines 12-6-17

December 06 2017, 5:45 pm Bruce’s Summary: Well, timing couldn’t be better to address and recognize the dirty little secret that everyone has known about, however for some crazy reason continues to consciously ignore for various reasons until possibly now. If I learned nothing else over the last 30+ years in industry, there are not secrets. You know that’s […]

HR issues that arise when natural disasters hit 8-29-17

October 10 2017, 6:08 pm Bruce’s Summary: As HR professionals, we are quite often the expected resource for addressing and handling issues that arise unexpectedly. Natural disasters whether forest fires, tornados, hurricanes or earth quakes, depending on our geographical local. would come to mind. Being prepared is always the solution, but being prepared is a novel quest when you’re […]

Is Your Investigator More Biased Than You Think? Part II: How to Keep Truthiness Out of Your Workplace Investigations 7-19-17

August 22 2017, 3:43 pm Bruce’s Summary: I mentioned in my Part I overview, that having been in industry for some 35 years and working from the ground floor (brick and mortar) to the executive suite has provided me with a birds eye view of the how organizations get themselves in trouble because basically the culture, morale and engagement […]

Is Your Investigator More Biased Than You Think? Part I: How Unconscious Bias Can Disrupt Your Workplace Investigations 7/18/17

August 17 2017, 4:45 pm Bruce’s Summary: Having been in industry for some 35 years and now providing investigative consulting in the HR arena, I know performing internal investigations has become one of the largest underlying potential cost items in business. The word neutral should be paramount when considering doing an investigation internally. This article (Part I.) is a […]

Workplace Violence Occurring At Alarming Rate: Time For Employers To Be Proactive 6-20-17

June 22 2017, 4:55 pm Bruce’s Summary: When articles like this are written, is this supposed to conger up fear and panic? Of course not. As Business Professionals part of our role is to ensure that our plans such as our Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is up to date and our employees are aware of what to do and […]

EEOC Releases Enforcement and Litigation Data for Fiscal Year 1-23-17

June 08 2017, 4:33 pm Bruce’s Summary: In reference to the EEOC Commission Report for Fiscal Year 2016, the authors do a good job of presenting the key highlights outlined in the report. One key element discussed by the authors is the overall numbers for total “number of charges” being only slightly higher than the numbers in 2015 and […]

Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make in Employment Applications 5-18-17

May 24 2017, 5:43 pm Bruce’s Summary: Applications, what a pain! The question is a pain for whom? I have heard this so many times over the years from applicants and loudest have been those who reside in the senior level ranks. These folks feel it only necessary that they fill out what they think is important, especially in […]

Harassment in the workplace: Where do we stand? Where are we going? | 4-12-17

May 10 2017, 7:24 pm Bruce’s Summary: The Select Task Force created by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has completed it examination as to where U.S. employers collectively stand in the fight to end workplace harassment. The author does a great job of laying out the conclusions raised by the Task Force. According to the author the Task […]