Stop Using Noncompete Agreements

On July 22, 2015, in Employment Law, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, Leadership, Policies, by Heather Bussing
Employers like to make people sign noncompete agreements because they think they are protecting trade secrets. But it’s rare that any of those things are truly secret. Here are five ways noncompete agreements can backfire against employers.
 

Religious Expression and Discrimination

On July 16, 2015, in Discrimination, Diversity, Employment Law, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, Policies, by Heather Bussing
Legal Editor Heather Bussing looks at an LGBT case at Ford where they fired an employee for violating their sexual orientation policy while the employee claims religious discrimination for being fired.
 

Don’t Assume: Find Out What It’s Really Like.

Susan LaMotte discusses the cost of HR policies that rely on leadership assumptions that are out of touch or based on outdated employment experience.
 

Work and Depression

On July 14, 2015, in Discrimination, Employment Law, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, Policies, by Heather Bussing
Depression accounts for an estimated $83 billion per year in lost productivity. Legal Editor Heather Bussing explains the legal aspects of managing depressed employees.
 

Where People and Tech Collide

On June 8, 2015, in Futures, Heather Bussing, HR Technology, HR Trends, HRExaminer, Leadership, Policies, by Heather Bussing
Why should you care about product managers? Because these are the people designing how you work.
 

The Innovation Rule

On May 12, 2015, in Dr. Todd Dewett, Editorial Advisory Board, HRExaminer, Policies, by Dr. Todd Dewett
The common argument against the innovation rule goes like this: if it’s okay to break rules then everyone will do it constantly and we will live in chaos!
 

People Are Not Trade Secrets

On May 7, 2015, in Employment Law, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, Policies, Recruiting Strategy, by Heather Bussing
People are not trade secrets. And in California, at least, trying to stop someone from taking a new job can be really expensive.
 

Can an Employer Make Me Change My LinkedIn Photo?

On April 20, 2015, in Employment Law, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, Policies, Privacy, Social Media Policy, by Heather Bussing
If a company starts to control what an employee does on a personal social media account, it could give rise to liability for the company for the employee’s actions and content there.
 

Blogging Law II: Online Shaming

On March 24, 2015, in Discrimination, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, Policies, Privacy, by Heather Bussing
I have mixed feelings about using shame as a force for change. But there is a line between speaking up and destroying someone.
 

Laws, Algorithms, and Humans.

On February 12, 2015, in Big Data, Data, Employment Law, Heather Bussing, HR Technology, HRExaminer, Policies, by Heather Bussing
Algorithms follow the rules every time. That is what they are – a set of instructions and rules. This distinction is really important in evaluating HR software.
 
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