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#Nextchat: Roth IRA and Millennials


In a recent Forbes article, Erik Carter, a certified financial planner with Financial Finesse, states: “[Millennials] are the generation that are the least likely to be on track for retirement.” Although three-fifths of young people consider themselves to be “savers,” 45 percent are not saving for retirement. This is caused by a combination of elements: Young people often have large amounts of debt, they witnessed two economic downturns, and many Millennials believe that planning for the future can wait until the future.

According to recent findings, Americans owe more than $1.2 trillion in student loans, and 39...


The Meaning of Labor Day

When many of us in the HR world think of Labor Day, we now think of the NLRB.  For most of us, I would not say the visceral thoughts are warm and with admiration.

So, for Labor Day, let’s not think of the National Labor Relations Board.   Let’s think of its purpose.

Labor Day has its origins in the labor movement. In 1894, Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday after a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike.  However, its purpose, I believe, is to pay tribute to the contributions and accomplishments of all American workers.



SHRM Young Professional Spotlight: Mitchell Aasted

SHRM is shining a spotlight on some amazing young HR professionals.  Meet SHRM Young Professional Mitchell Aasted.

Q. What do you see as being the biggest challenge for HR in the next 10 years?

The biggest challenge for HR in the next ten years will be rebranding the division as a strategic business function.  It will also be interesting to see how much automation of tasks will affect the labor market, and subsequently the various functions of HR.

Q.  What is the best method for engaging employees?



Detecting “Owners” in the Interview Process

Many of my posts recently have focused on the concept of Owners versus Renters in the workplace.  It is helpful to understand how to differentiate between one and the other while they are at work, but it would be even more helpful to be able to understand who has ownership tendencies prior to them ever stepping foot in the door at your firm.  Let’s spend some time this morning talking about how to detect owners in the interview process.  By doing this it can prevent bringing...


Back to School with #Workflex


By Lisa Horn (@SHRMLobbystLisa), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Director of Congressional Affairs and SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative

With summer behind us masses of working parents, including me, are transitioning from the chess game of piecing together summer camp opportunities amidst the family vacations to the back-to-school routine of drop offs, activities, and everything in between.  It’s a jungle – I mean a juggle for us all!

While a new school year can be a relief for many of us parents, it is also the start of the day-to-day demands of weaving together work,...


How NOT to Produce Facebook Evidence

Electronic discovery, the collection and production of electronic documents in litigation, is a scary thing to many lawyers. Some are so scared by it, in fact, that they just deny that it exists and continue to produce only hard-copy documents. Of course, that is a terrible idea. And not at all in compliance with the rules of procedure. But, alas, it is what it is.

There are times that a lawyer will want to produce electronic records, such as text messages, emails, and, heaven forbid, social-media content, but simply not know how to do it.  I had an opposing counsel call me...


The Value of Context

I am a dad.  It has to be the greatest accomplishment I’ve ever had, or will ever have.  My kids are on the verge of being adults now so they are doing more and more on their own.  What I’m finding is how easy it is to take a small amount of information and blow it out of proportion if you are missing context.  I’m seeing this both from them spreading their wings and having to make bigger life decisions as well as my wife and I letting them fly more.  We don’t always have context around what their decisions...


SHRM Young Professional Spotlight: Mario Martinucci


SHRM is shining a spotlight on some amazing young HR professionals!  Meet SHRM Young Professional Mario Martinucci.


Q. What inspires you as an HR professional?

A. What inspires me as an  HR professional is the opportunity to work with a lot of different and talented people at all levels of the organization. At the end of the day, if I know I made a difference for someone I can go home happy. 

Q. What book are you reading right now?

A. I'm reading several at the moment. First, I am reading "Taking People With You...


Helping HR Prepare For the Post-Merger and Acquisition Challenge

Someone once said that everything stops during a takeover, as people speculate on the direction of the fall of the axe. The sudden techtonic shift reminds us that companies are put together as human constructs and can quickly be remade. In this blog, I want to focus on what the HR team in particular can do to prepare.

HR Help urgently!

HR teams that are the targets for corporate transactions cannot afford to wait around. They can create uncertainty in the workforce, while offering a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate HR’s value. So what are the priorities? Here are seven items...