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Multitasking hinders productivity
(October 1, 2014)
Multitasking increases worker productivity, right? That is at least common wisdom. It seems that if we can do two, three, or even four things at once, we are accomplishing more in less time. Research on the human brain is pointing decidedly in the other direction, however. According to one recent study, multitasking can reduce productivity by up to 40 percent.  Read on

Looking ahead: Report offers glimpse
of workplace in 2022 and beyond

(September 26, 2014)
Trends shift and societal pendulums swing, but lasting change manages to take shape anyway. Futurists may have a tough time predicting what tomorrow’s workplace will look like, but that doesn’t keep them from trying. A new report from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is giving human resources thinkers a lot to consider as they plan how to capitalize on the change to come. Read on

Turning to a unionwhat's going on?
(September 24, 2014)
Under the National Labor Relations Act, all employees―whether they work for government employers, unionized companies, or private companies without a union―have a right to attempt to unionize and speak with other employees about unionization or the terms and conditions of their employment. As traditional union strongholds such as automobile and manufacturing decline, unions are aggressively attempting to expand into the retail and service industries. Now is the time for employers to understand why employees turn to unions and what they can do to stop that.   Read on

Colorado employers have new
offical employment varification form

(September 23, 2014)
Colorado employers now have an official form from the state Division of Labor that should be used to verify that all employees hired after October 1 are legally eligible for employment. Read on

OSHA seeks more comments
on illness and injury tracking

(September 22, 2014)
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the comment period for the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. Comments will be accepted through October 14. Read on

What recourse does an employer have
when an ex-employee steals?
(September 19, 2014)
Employee theft is an unpleasant reality in the workplace, but when the employee is still on the job, at least the employer can easily confront the worker. But what’s an employer to do if the theft is discovered after the employee leaves the job and moves out of state? Does the errant worker get off scot-free?  Read on

Should employees' salaries be public knowledge?
(September 17, 2014)
Picture this: A manager calls his subordinates into a conference room and asks them to write down their salary and pin it to a board for everyone to see. The thought of that may make some of you cringe worse than many of the moments on reality TV. In fact, this idea was the premise of the 2012 British reality television show Show Me Your Money. Recently, National Public Radio checked in on how the company that was involved in the show was doing two years after implementing that policy.   Read on

Federal contractor 'pay transparency' rule up for comment
(September 17, 2014)
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a proposed rule aimed at ensuring that employees of federal contractors are allowed to discuss their compensation. The proposed rule, which was published in the September 17 Federal Register, gives interested parties until December 16 to submit comments.  Read on

New Hampshire social media privacy law takes effect September 30
(September 16, 2014)
New Hampshire employers need to be reviewing their policies regarding employee use of social media and electronic equipment now that a new law protecting employee privacy is set to take effect September 30. Read on

Motivating on the cheap: Rewards don't have to bust the budget
(September 12, 2014)
Dedicated, hardworking—and maybe even long-suffering—employees deserve rewards. Sometimes the appropriate reward is a well-deserved raise, but money isn’t always the best solution. And in today’s world of tight budgets, it’s often not even a possibility. Read on

New Massachusetts law provides leave for domestic violence victims
(September 10, 2014)
Employers in Massachusetts with at least 50 employees are now required to allow employees who are victims of domestic violence to take up to 15 days of unpaid leave within a 12-month period to deal with the violence. Read on

OSHA and the NLRB gang up on employers
(September 10, 2014)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will now refer all untimely retaliation claims to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to determine whether an employer engaged in an unfair labor practice (ULP) under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Read on

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