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EPTW! April 16, 2014

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4/16/2014

A disturbing trend is being reported in The Wall Street Journal: HR departments are stifling innovation in companies.  As a result, employers are dropping HR totally and making it a manager responsibility.  LRN Corp., a 250-employee business, reorganized and dropped most job titles and department names. It also did away with its HR department.

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4/16/2014

Assume the following scenario: ABC Company has 200 full-time employees and 50 temporary employees supplied through a staffing company. Based on the calculations for employee coverage for 2016, ABC Company determines that the 200 full-time employees are its “common law” employees. Therefore it provides coverage under its group health plan to all of them. The staffing firm also provides coverage to all of its full-time employees, including the 50 temporary workers placed with ABC Company (whom the staffing firm has determined are full-time for IRS Code § 4980H purposes). 

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4/16/2014

Every manager needs to do it.  Nearly every (OK, every) manager dreads doing it.  Even when you try to disguise it as “constructive criticism,” it is still one of the most painful duties of leadership. Add to it that 25% of employees “(dread) their performance review more than anything else in their working lives,” as Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen write in their soon-to-be-released book, Thanks for the Feedback.  The sane manager wonders why she should even bother.

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4/16/2014

Discrimination lawsuits are decreasing: It may seem counterintuitive to HR practitioners. But according to Patrick Dorrian on Bloomberg BNA’s Labor and Employment Blog, the number of new federal court filings charging these violations actually dipped below 1,000 per month for January and February—for the first time since 2006.

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4/16/2014

According to recent data from the Pew Research Center, the proportion of mothers who opt to stay at home with children under 18 has been rising steadily in recent years. The percentage of all mothers who stay at home and do not work outside the house rose to 29% in 2012. This number is up from 23% in 1999, when the population of stay-at-home mothers in the modern era bottomed out. The uptick has reversed a trend from the late 1960’s to the late 1990’s that saw stay-at-home moms steadily decrease from 47% in 1970. However while the overall demographic of stay-at-home moms has been going up steadily, the moms who are responsible for that growth may not be the ones most of us presume them to be.

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4/16/2014

In a case with a set of circumstances that would make a good book on how an employer should not handle an employee returning from maternity leave, Nationwide Insurance nevertheless got a favorable decision due to technicalities. In Ames v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. 8th Circuit, the employee returning from an eight-week maternity leave was told she had two weeks to catch up on her work or she would be disciplined. In addition, the company called her back to work earlier than originally planned because of an error in calculating her leave, and advised her not to object to the change because it would send up “red flags” that she would not want to send up. Further, her department head told her that a lactation room for her to express milk was not available, advised her to go home “to be with her babies,” and allegedly handed her a pen and paper and dictated what she should write to submit her resignation. All of this happened on the day she returned to work.

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4/9/2014

Last month, Steve Masiello verbally accepted the head basketball coaching position at the University of South Florida, with a compensation package worth over $1,000,000 a year. But then a background check revealed that he never earned the Bachelor’s degree he claimed on his resume to have received from the University of Kentucky, which he had attended for four years. Negotiations came to a screeching halt.

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4/9/2014

According to recent Gallup polls, only 29% of North American employees are actively engaged in their jobs. And that is a comparatively high number; the world average, says Gallup, is around 13%.  Of 71% not engaged, 25% of those are actively not engaged. That is not soothing news for employers.

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