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California Case is the Latest to Address Whether Worker is an Independent Contractor of Employee 1-19-18

February 21 2018, 10:58 pm Bruce’s Summary: Who literally doesn’t use independent contractors at some time or another? Using independent contractors helps companies offset short periods of spikes in volume and/or workload requirements, testing or potentially expanding new routes or known spikes in seasonal sales or volume, etc. It seems that with most workplace issues today it helps to […]

Me Too? Time for All Employers to Update their Anti-Harassment Policies | Ballard Spahr LLP – JDSupra January 22, 2018

February 06 2018, 7:14 pm Bruce’s Summary: Well 2018 is here and workplace harassment and retaliation allegations are still rolling in. It seems the talk is that everyone is still waiting for more workplace harassment and retaliation complaints to surface and surface they will. The tip of the iceberg is glaring and what’s underwater is yet to clearly surface […]

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 […]