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DOL efforts seek to train for skilled trades

05/17/2018
From digital tool and die makers to semiconductor technicians to old-school trades such as plumbers and electricians, people who know how to work with their hands as well as their heads are in short supply.

Did Starbucks fail at communicating policy?

05/17/2018
It’s likely that the Starbucks incidents reveal some form of discriminatory animus on the part of individual employees. But from a management and HR perspective, there is another layer.

Dress for success—even if standards have relaxed

05/15/2018
Climbing the corporate ladder still requires the right look, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests.

Snapshot: Percentage of teens with summer jobs declines

05/15/2018
Summer youth employment has fallen dramatically in the last 40 years.

Everyone uses social media, but HR is most discreet

05/15/2018
More than 80% of Americans have social media accounts, and 68% of those users say they have work colleagues in their circle of online friends.

Access to Personnel Files: 50 State Laws

05/10/2018
No federal law grants employees the right to inspect their personnel files. However, many states do give employees that right and spell out the terms under which employees are allowed to inspect their files. Here’s a state-by-state list of laws governing access to personnel files.

Training on implicit bias has pluses—and pitfalls to avoid

05/09/2018
Bias plays a part in all discrimination, ranging from race relations to gender and disability stereotypes. Training on implicit or unconscious bias training—if poorly implemented—may backfire, leaving the workplace more divided than it was before.

State of New York has new rules to curb harassment

05/09/2018
The unveiling of New York’s 2019 budget made it clear that the state has maintained its focus on curbing sexual harassment in the workplace. The measures affect both private and public employers. Here are some of the highlights.

Prevent training misfires with follow-up

05/08/2018
Training isn’t enough. Without careful follow-up, your training efforts may backfire—badly! Consider what happened in early May at Albertsons, the national grocery store chain.

Unemployment, labor force participation near historic lows

05/08/2018
Good news and bad news from the April unemployment report.