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Here's the wrong way to deliver FMLA notices to employees

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

But, if you send FMLA paperwork to an employee by first class mail, then you're asking for trouble.

I'll show you why after the jump...

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Did you read the lede and think to yourself, "FMLA notice? You mean there's a notice? You mean, like in our handbook right?"

Ah newbie. There's still hope for you. I have an FMLA PowerPoint. Just email me and I'll get you started on the right track.

(Also, if you missed...


#Nextchat: Job Seekers Up Against an Algorithm

Job seekers are up against multiple hurdles these days as they look for meaningful work. While poorly written job descriptions and malfunctioning career sites hinder the job search, they now must face an even higher hurdle -- the algorithm.

Most job search websites have increased the use of software that uses complex algorithms to screen and sort resumes by searching for keywords that match specific skill sets and experience. Other programs, like LinkedIn’s “Recruiter,” can help talent managers find passive candidates by searching for a specific location, title or skill.



Talent Management Solutions Can Put Federal Hirers in the “Major League”

Recent findings from the Partnership for Public Service are raising cautionary flags when it comes to the government employment picture:

  •          Hiring for federal jobs has reached its lowest level in nearly a decade, as about 76,700 new employees entered the workforce in fiscal 2013 – a dip of more than 14.5 percent compared to 2012.
  •          At the same time, about 110,000 workers left – resulting in a 33,000-staffer gap with respect to incoming versus exiting personnel.
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Executive Book Club: August 2014

To have any hope of succeeding as a manager, you need to get your people all in.

Whether you manage the smallest of teams or a multi-continent organization, you are the owner of a work culture—congratulations—and few things will have a bigger impact on your performance than getting your people to buy into your ideas and your cause and to believe what they do matters.

Bestselling authors of The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton return to answer the most overlooked leadership questions of our day: Why are some managers able to get their employees to commit wholeheartedly...


#SHRMYP Chat – Dress Codes in the Workplace

Dress codes in the workplace are written (or more often unwritten) rules that dictate what we should and should not wear to work.  With summer coming to a close, many organizations will start to worry less about their dress code policies. 

Dress codes may be put in place to maintain professionalism, identify employees, and/or for safety purposes.  But do cooler temps ALWAYS mean there should be no enforcement of policy or cause for concern?

Please join the SHRM Young Professional Advisory Council and host @CallieZipple at 12 noon...


Will We Be Able to Make the Case for HR De-Extinction?

Much like scientists who classify living and fossil organisms into domain, kingdom, class, family, genus and species, we in HR often do the same:

  •   small/medium-sized business or large business
  •   industry A or industry B
  •   traditional or cutting-edge
  •   local or regional or global
  •   stodgy industry or sexy industry
  •   well-known brand vs. unknown local organization (“She worked for Nike while he only worked for Acme Community Bank.”)

We use this shorthand in a misguided attempt to categorize the knowledge and competency of any given HR professional.  We...


A New Tool to Reduce the Skills Gap

Just about everyone agrees that the U.S. job training system has functioned poorly for years, bogged down by red tape and a confusing array of programs. Millions of jobs remain unfilled, while millions of Americans cannot find work. Too often, educators and employers talk past one another when seeking solutions.

But HR and training professionals have a new tool with which to address the skills gap: It’s the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which became law on July 22, 2014. It replaces the antiquated Workforce Investment Act.

The new law is not a panacea, and it will be a...


SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®): August 2014

In August, hiring rates will increase slightly in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2014. 

■ Manufacturers, services will grow payrolls in August. Roughly half of manufacturers (50.2 percent) and more than one-third of service-sector companies (35.8 percent) will add jobs in August.

■ Recruiting difficulty increased in July. Difficulty in recruiting candidates for key jobs rose in July in both sectors compared with a year ago....


Employers Adopting More Permanent Uses for Contingent Staffing

For quite some time, contingent staffing was primarily a gap-filler for many employers: Earn a new contract, hire “x” amount of people to do the job and cut the cord when the work was finished.

Now there is growing evidence that the contingent workforce—a category that includes freelancers, contractors, consultants and temporary workers—is becoming a more permanent part of employers’ hiring strategies. There were nearly 2.9 million workers classified under “temporary help services” in June 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics June Employment Situation report, an increase of more than 10,000 from May 2014, and up...