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Employee’s Refusal to Take Drug Test Dooms Discrimination Claim

Can an employee, terminated for refusing to submit to a “reasonable suspicion” drug test, sue the employer for discrimination? According to one recent federal district court opinion (and good ol’ common sense), the answer is no. James Tombeno worked for FedEx for 22 years as a sales executive. At the time of his hire, Tombeno signed an agreement that required him to... The post Employee’s Refusal to Take Drug Test Dooms Discrimination Claim appeared first on Workforce Magazine.

By the Numbers: Winter Blues and SAD at Work

Each month Workforce looks at important stats in the human resources sector. Here’s the topic we’re keeping an eye on for January 2018: the winter blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). How common are these mood disorders in the workplace, and what impact do they have on employees and the companies they work for? Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews. The post By the Numbers: Winter Blues and SAD at Work appeared first on Workforce Magazine.

New HR Tech Event Unleashed

European-based HR industry event organizer HRN, which is behind a fledgling U.S. HR technology conference, is counting on longtime insider China Gorman to boost its presence stateside. The outfit tapped Gorman to manage its North American operations, including helping it rebrand and run its second U.S. conference. The event, once known as HR Tech World and rebranded as Unleash back... The post New HR Tech Event Unleashed appeared first on Workforce Magazine.

Bend in the Road Could Lead to Top Tech Talent

When Gray Skinner tried to recruit developers for Droplr, his growing software start-up company in Bend, Oregon, he was disappointed by his options. Bend is known more as an outdoor sports mecca than a tech hub, but even when he expanded his search to Portland and San Francisco he struggled to find qualified candidates. “Good talent is so expensive, and... The post Bend in the Road Could Lead to Top Tech Talent appeared first on Workforce Magazine.

Raid on 7-Elevens a Stark Lesson in I-9 Immigration Compliance

Department of Homeland Security agents raided 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide in mid-January as part of an effort to ensure employees’ legal work authorization in the United States. ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan on the 7-Eleven operation said in a statement, “Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove... The post Raid on 7-Elevens a Stark Lesson in I-9 Immigration Compliance appeared first on Workforce Magazine.

Employee Loyalty Not for Sale

Faced with a red-hot job market, employers are offering perks like free ski passes, complimentary e-readers and on-site acupuncture to attract and retain quality employees. These benefits are certainly fun and may help attract top talent. Certainly, some people may jump at the chance to work at a firm that offers in-house yoga and spin classes. But there are organizations... The post Employee Loyalty Not for Sale appeared first on Workforce Magazine.

An Argument for a More Reasonable Bereavement Leave Policy

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about death. These past few days have been the first time I’ve had to deal with it on a family level as an adult. And there’s a lot to think about. And it’s not just the grieving, and the crying and the mourning. It’s also time. And not just the time we spent with... The post An Argument for a More Reasonable Bereavement Leave Policy appeared first on Workforce Magazine.

YourForce: 96 Years of Workforce

By any measure, 96 years is a long run. In business today, it’s a rarity. A quick survey of Fortune 500 companies compared to a few decades ago highlights just how exceptional it is. Average company life expectancy used to be 75 years. Now it’s 15 and getting shorter by the day. Through it all, one constant has been HR.... The post YourForce: 96 Years of Workforce appeared first on Workforce Magazine.

Legal Lessons Courtesy of a Year’s Worth of Bad Bosses

Who was the “worst” employer of 2017?  I ask this question tongue-in-cheek (sort of). Last year, I tracked the stories of 23 employers, the behavior of which was less than exemplary. From the list of 23 potential nominees, I was able to whittle it down to these four finalists. As much as I would like to say that these stories... The post Legal Lessons Courtesy of a Year’s Worth of Bad Bosses appeared first on Workforce Magazine.

5 Minutes of Management: CEOs on the Hot Seat

Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell offer several intriguing stats on CEO concerns as well as a strikingly large number of bosses who left their jobs. They also offer a forecast for hiring in the new year. For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out our YouTube channel.   The post 5 Minutes of Management: CEOs on the Hot Seat appeared first on Workforce Magazine.
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