Planning Training for 2018: A 3-Tier Approach

Building a training plan for your organization can feel daunting. With multiple departments, levels, areas of expertise, organizational priorities, limited time and budgets, how do you even begin to break down where training will have the most impact and ROI? Simplify the process with a Training Needs Assessment. Once...

New Sexual Harassment Guidance from the EEOC is on its Way

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently announced that it has updated its sexual harassment guidelines for the first time in over 20 years. The EEOC indicated that the timing of this update (it appears to coincide with the recent deluge of publicity surrounding sexual harassment) is entirely coincidental...

5 Reasons to Recruit during The Holidays

Soon, Thanksgiving will be upon us. For most companies, this heralds the season where management, production and hiring starts to gear down to a less hectic pace. Recruiting at this time is virtually at a standstill. But, believe it or not, the Holiday Season and the end of the...

Top Competencies Managers Must Possess in 2018 and Beyond

Managing is no longer about keeping tabs on every task employees undertake or watching over their shoulders every second they’re in their seats; it’s about leading people correctly so employees and companies can grow into their strengths and rely on others’ strengths to supplement their weaknesses. Today’s managers need...

Making employment law great again…?

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com We are well into the Trump administration, and despite the well-publicized paucity of Congressional legislation, there have been, and will be, significant changes in the laws that define the employer/employee relationship. Employers would be well-advised...

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Update

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (“Department of Health”) announced that it has launched its medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry. While this is a significant step toward implementing Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (“Act”), employers should be aware that medical marijuana still is not available to certified users in...

New EEO-1 Reporting Requirements Put on Hold Until Further Notice

Last year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new EEO-1 form which, for the first time, would have required employers to submit extensive compensation data as part of its annual EEO-1 Report (in addition to workforce demographic already required). For those (understandably) struggling with these new requirements,...

5 top competencies of the modern HR professional

In recent years, few fields have evolved as much as human resources. What was once a position focused largely on hiring, firing, and payroll is now a critical role in successful companies’ strategic plans. HR professionals are now tasked with talent management responsibilities unlike ever before, creating and maintaining...

How “old school” are your hiring practices?

The fact is, hiring in the modern age is far more complex than what it once was, so if you’re still following “old school” hiring practices, you definitely need to retire some of those outdated plans. Check out these questions that can help you determine if you need to...

7 hiring mistakes even successful business leaders make

Even experienced leaders make hiring mistakes when looking for new talent. The digital world of hiring is a vibrant one full of constant change, and even the most established business leaders sometimes have trouble keeping up. Even the most established hiring professionals can still make mistakes because they are...

New Form I-9, DACA, and I-9 Liability

We bring you a few succinct updates today, which are a reminder to all employers of the importance of I-9 and worker authorization compliance, as well as compliance with anti-discrimination laws, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of citizenship and national origin. Now is the time to focus on...