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Why Management Training–Especially EEO and HR Training–is Critical Today

Many managers today have been promoted from within, often because they are technically competent at their job--but not necessarily because they are "people-management competent" at their job.  And, when supervisors get thrust into the job of managing people in the current environment--without the proper training--a lot of risk is invited into the organization. Why?  Because [...]

By |2018-02-28T02:40:34+00:00February 28th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Why Management Training–Especially EEO and HR Training–is Critical Today

How to Investigate FMLA Abuse

As an HR consultant and educator in the HR profession, I get a lot of questions that sound like this: "So, Natalie, we've got this employee, Valerie, who is approved for intermittent FMLA...and, well...she has a habit of when she doesn't get a PTO day approved by her supervisor, she later just calls in sick [...]

By |2017-07-09T00:34:21+00:00July 9th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on How to Investigate FMLA Abuse

Entitled? No Work Ethic? What Every Manager Needs to Know About Managing Millennials

In the modern workplace Millennials can be stereotyped as lazy, entitled, or just an overall headache for managers, most of whom, are Baby Boomers. What exactly is causing the disconnect between generations? Are the majority of Millennials really that awful? How do we fix it? Being a Millennial myself, I want to help share the [...]

By |2017-06-08T16:59:06+00:00March 14th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Entitled? No Work Ethic? What Every Manager Needs to Know About Managing Millennials

Do You Know How to Conduct Internal Investigations?

As I travel around the country teaching internal investigations training programs for HR professionals, I routinely encounter a lot of attendees who have just been “thrown to the wolves” in managing internal investigations. Experience in handling payroll? Check. Experience handling benefits? Check. Pretty organized person with administrative backround? Check. Then the boss says, “Since you [...]

By |2017-06-08T16:52:17+00:00January 27th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Do You Know How to Conduct Internal Investigations?

EEOC Consent Decrees: What to do When the EEOC Mandates HR Training

So, your company got nailed by the EEOC. Well, it happens to the best of employers these days. Unfortunately, the last few years under the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Initiative, we’ve seen a definite increase in litigation and extraordinary training mandates in Consent Decrees. As part of the aftermath of litigation, the EEOC routinely will mandate [...]

By |2017-06-08T17:00:42+00:00July 29th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on EEOC Consent Decrees: What to do When the EEOC Mandates HR Training

HR Investigations: How to Minimize Retaliation Claims

In looking at the current EEOC charge statistics, it is easy to see what is happening…the retaliation charges–across the board–are up considerably. And, in talking with my clients and HR professionals, it seems that retaliation claims are the latest trend. Employees are very quick to say, “I’m being retaliated against because of (insert protected class: [...]

By |2017-06-08T17:01:10+00:00July 11th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on HR Investigations: How to Minimize Retaliation Claims

Why Managers don’t Document HR Issues and How to Get Them to Do It

As an HR consultant and educator within the HR profession, I interact with thousands of HR and Employee Relations’ professionals every year. And, a common problem that I hear is that supervisors and managers are just not supervising or managing. They’re managing project and process stuff–but they’re not handling the people and performance issues, nor [...]

By |2017-06-08T16:58:05+00:00May 6th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Why Managers don’t Document HR Issues and How to Get Them to Do It

Internal Investigations Usually Start with Lack of “How-to” Management Skills

One thing that I hear continually from HR Generalists, Managers, Directors, and VP’s: “these managers just don’t ‘get’ what we do in HR…and they just don’t document anything but then want to fire an employee! They get mad when we tell them they don’t have enough documentation…” Ah, yes, the documentation conversation. I would bet [...]

By |2017-06-08T17:01:47+00:00May 5th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Internal Investigations Usually Start with Lack of “How-to” Management Skills

Conducting investigations in a union shop environment

What it takes to be a good investigator in a unionized environment is to first have the proper training and expertise. Nothing is worse than being thrown to the wolves as a novice investigator–in a union shop environment. Bad idea. Get with a seasoned labor relations’ manager/investigator and do a “right seat ride” for a [...]

By |2017-06-08T17:03:17+00:00June 17th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Conducting investigations in a union shop environment

Why HR Professionals Need Internal Investigations Training

As I travel around the country teaching continuing education programs for HR professionals, I routinely encounter many professionals who have been “thrown” into HR. Experience in handling payroll? Check. Experience handling benefits? Check. Pretty organized person with administrative backround? Check. But OF COURSE you can also handle employee relations and conduct internal investigations!! So, what [...]

By |2017-06-08T17:04:30+00:00March 3rd, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Why HR Professionals Need Internal Investigations Training
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