Has Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Outlived Its Usefulness? Really?

William Wiggins Diversity, EEO, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction 6 Comments

I was delivering EEOC training when the next slide was Protected Classes. I noticed some quizzical looks and furrowed brows in the audience so I gave a broad definition of Protected Class, and went on to define Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; only the most important federal statute banning discrimination in the workplace.  I went on to explain that …

Have You Retired From Trying to be Young?

Tim Sackett Career Advice, Career Paths, Change, Culture, Diversity, Employment Law, Uncategorized

I clearly remember a time in my career when I tried to act like I had way more experience than I really had. “Oh yeah, I’ve been doing HR for ten years!” Assuming you count four years of experience I had working part-time service jobs in college as “HR” experience. Then one day you wake up and someone is reading …

Great Job Descriptions Matter

Laurie Ruettimann Employee Development, Employment Law, HR, HR & Marketing, job postings, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy

I black out with rage whenever someone tells me they want TA or recruiting to report to marketing. While recruiting has both a marketing and sales component, the backbone of hiring is the job description—a compensation, compliance, and technical tool meant to define the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the role. Job descriptions are the infrastructure of a …

Dear Staff, Just Because It’s Legal, Doesn’t Mean You Can Smoke It At Work – Sincerely, HR

William Wiggins Change Management, Communication, Employee Relations, Employment Law, HR, Policies, politics, Workforce Management Articles

I have known that distinct smell of marijuana ever since I was in middle school. The year was 1975, and I was spending the night at my very popular older brother’s house (known for his infamous parties). I happened upon that plate beneath to sofa that contained, among other things, a pack of funny little thin papers, little round seeds, …

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Is Unlimited PTO Just a Scam Not to Pay Out Accrued Vacation and Sick Time?

Kris Dunn Employment Law, Holidays, HR, Kris Dunn, Policies, PTO, TO

Yeah, I said it. In my darkest moments, I’m a bit of a skeptic.  And I think unlimited PTO might just be a scam to not pay out accrued vacation and sick time. With me?  Against me?  As with most things, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.  Here’s 5 things I know about vacation/sick time and the connection …

Discrimination, A Hairy Situation.

William Wiggins Diversity, Dress Code, EEO, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction, Executive Search, Good HR, HR, Policies

Last month the New York City Commission On Human Rights banned discrimination based on hair. My elation that society had chipped away another chunk of the granite mountain that is discrimination immediately turned to shame, as I was left wondering why such a law was necessary in the year 2019 in the first place. This took me back to a …

Kicking It Old School

Ed Baldwin Bad HR, candidate experience, Change, Communication, Ed Baldwin, Employment Law, HR, Innovation, Interviewing, Old School, Recruiting

There is an email that occasionally makes the circuit in the HR community.  The content of this email is an amusing excerpt from a 1940’s transportation magazine article entitled Guide to Hiring Women. The point of this forwarded email isn’t about how atrocious the recruiting practices of women were in the 1940s, but rather to challenge its readers (recruiters, HR …

Diversity–Are We There Yet?

William Wiggins Business Development, Candidate Pool, Change Management, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employment Branding and Culture, Employment Law, Hiring Bias, HR, Uncategorized

An auditor arrived for an ambush audit. He asked to speak with the individual who oversees HR–the receptionist called me. Minutes later I entered the conference room where I had her seat him. I extended my hand and said, “Hi I’m William Wiggins, I’m in charge of HR here, what can I do for you today?” He looked at my …

Thanksgiving is Coming!

Paul Hebert Change, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Email, Employment Law, Good HR, Holidays, HR, Paul Hebert

A few short weeks from now many of us will be sitting down with friends, the family we like (and may even love), engaging with new and old acquaintances, laughing, chatting, reveling, playing games and connecting on a truly human level. The rest of us will have Thanksgiving dinner at our own, or a relative’s house, arguing about politics, misremembering …