A New Tool, New Risks

Instagram is an online photo/video sharing and social networking service started in San Francisco in October 2010. Purchased by Facebook in April 2013 for approximately $1 Billion in cash and stock it is a testament to both the power of social networking and the wealth waiting to be tapped as our online lives continue to… Read more »

FMLA, etc. Addendum

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently ruled that an alleged wrong done to an employee after she had given birth was grounds to sue under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). The case involved circumstances that convinced the court were sufficient to support a claim under the Act. For more… Read more »

7 Warning Signs You're About to Lose Your Superstar

Are you noticing unusual behavior in a key employee?  Are you getting seemingly random requests for time off? Is a normally casual dresser showing up wearing a tie? These, among other things might indicate someone is preparing to punch out permanently. Here’s a checklist, complete with caveats.

FMLA Developments, Part 2

Another instance of FMLA news this week is far more serious. The US Third Circuit Court of Appeals set aside the longstanding “mailbox rule” that posited properly directed mail that reached a post office or the hands of a letter carrier was sufficient to presume that the letter reached the person to whom it was… Read more »

FMLA Developments, Part 1

This week brought news regarding the Family Medical Leave Act. The first reports a Cornell University study of European leave policies that are generally more generous than the mandated, but unpaid, leave the federal government imposed on American employers years ago. One of the revelations uncovered by the prestigious institution is that longer leave and… Read more »

Social Media Sand Traps

For some time the explosion in the popularity of social media caught regulators and legislatures napping. However, the states are catching up and recent legislation is restricting what employers and other institutional authorities can demand of individuals regarding their personal email and social media accounts. It’s hard to imagine that employers in this litigious age… Read more »

When I Grow Up I Want to be…

The earlier post on Words referred to an article that linked to O*Net. O*Net is a fascinating tool no matter where you find yourself in your career. Whether you are looking to begin a career, in a job search, or in the hiring business, this is a tool worth exploring. For college students looking to… Read more »

What to Look for In the Job Application Process

Employers will be facing increasing challenges finding qualified candidates. As every baby boomer departs the workforce the number of qualified candidates shrinks not only as a result of the experience the old timers take with them, but also because of the sheer force of numbers.  Some 78 million boomers were born between 1946 and 1964.… Read more »

No Cost Key to Recruiting Success?

Is your company looking to increase productivity, enhance your employee’s loyalty and boost your company’s appeal to potential employees? Is it possible to to achieve all this at no additional cost to your company? Could you actually save money while achieving these kind of gains? There is one employee perk that can benefit both the… Read more »

Interns Help Business, Business Helps Interns!

Savvy business people and government managers have long recognized the many advantages young, typically college age, people can bring to an organization over the summer and other vacation periods. A recent AP article highlighted the new levels Silicon Valley biggies like Google have elevated the opportunities and perks they offer to young talent. As you… Read more »