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Remembering the Words "job related" Can Save Time and Money

on Feb 17, 2017 7:29:00 AM By | Mike Haberman | 0 Comments | Workforce
The history of HR is rife with decisions based on whether a question, or a skill or a test is “job related.” Case after case has shown that having a job requirement that is not actually job related may have an adverse impact on protected classes and thus would not be considered legal.
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Don't Forget that Age Is Part of Diversity

on Feb 16, 2017 6:10:00 AM By | Mike Haberman | 0 Comments | Labor & Industrial Insights Workforce Diversity
Not Just Baby Boomers Being right in the middle of the Baby Boom cohort I see examples of age discrimination all the time. As I visit high tech firms I feel like Methuselah when I see all the workers surrounding me. However, it is not just Baby Boomers who are in that boat. The leading edge of the Gen X generation is now in their mid-50s. There is a big wave of older workers that businesses are going to have to deal with.
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Robots in the Workplace. It's not All Doom and Gloom

on Jan 13, 2017 6:10:00 AM By | Mike Haberman | 0 Comments | Workforce Technology
I have read and written about, the coming wave of robotic workers displacing human workers. The unfortunate truth is that this is not going to go away. Many workers, including those in the C-suite, may be replaced by robots if they do routine, repetitive work. Much of HR is included in that prognostication. However, there may be a bright side to this story.
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Rise of the B-Corps

on Nov 30, 2016 6:51:00 AM By | Mike Haberman | 0 Comments | Labor & Industrial Insights
I used to work for a company that treated its employees well. We had profit sharing and everyone got a ham at Christmas time along with a bonus check. I don't know if they still do that or not, but I would like to think they do. I read an article the other day that suggests that some companies are returning to the "old" model of treating employees well and there is even a name for it.
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Will Unlimited Vacation be the Death of Vacation?

on Nov 28, 2016 5:55:00 AM By | Mike Haberman | 0 Comments | Human Resources Insights
As many of you have probably heard by now, Richard Branson has created a "non-policy" vacation policy. He said he modeled it after the Netflix policy. According to writer and entrepreneur Daniel Green, "Branson described the 'non-policy' as giving employees the flexibility to take as much vacation time as needed when they feel 100% comfortable that they are up to date on every project and that their absence will not in any way damage the business or indeed their own career.'"
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Why is the Work Day Eight Hours Long?

on Nov 22, 2016 6:30:00 AM By | Mike Haberman | 0 Comments | Labor & Industrial Insights
Have you ever wondered why we work an eight hour day? Where did that concept come from? In our agrarian days people would work sun-up to sun-down working in the fields. As civilization increased, jobs developed that were not controlled by the need to be in the fields and work settled into a pace that was sufficient to make a living. Some toiled longer and some toiled less. Often it depended on the nature of what they were doing, the season of the year, the length of the day, and their own circadian rhythm. Given that why do we work the way we do today? Industrial revolution
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"Millions to Earn More in Overtime!": Facts and Fiction of the New FLSA Final Rule

on Jun 2, 2016 12:25:01 PM By | Mike Haberman | 0 Comments | FLSA Overtime
That is what the newspaper headline read on the front page of the morning paper. Yes, as many of you are aware, the Department of Labor has finally released the final regulations regarding the new wage standard for exempt level employees. There was both good news and bad news in the notice published by the Department of Labor.
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