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it once was, so if you’re still following “old school” hiring practices, you definitely need to retire some of those outdated plans.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...

When did employee appreciation become just another Millennial thing?

Employee appreciation — is it just a modern-day buzz phrase or something that most companies have been missing all along? As Millennials have begun to infiltrate the workforce, phrases such as “employee appreciation,” “employee engagement,” and “company loyalty” have popped up in publications and social media feeds all over...

LGBT rights in the workplace

Does Anyone Know the Rules … and What About Religion? On the question of LGBT rights (actually, LGBTQQIAAP rights … you can look it up), federal law, the EEOC, some courts, other courts, state laws, local laws, Trump, and the military cannot seem to get on the same page....

Work Requirements v. Employee Religious Beliefs

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com Still Another Example of How Common Sense Can Get You in Legal Trouble For lawyers who try to practice “preventive law” – that is, preventing claims, and not just litigating claims – employment law presents...

Cybersecurity: A Seven-Step Plan For Business Survival

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com First, the bad news…  There is an evolving, insidious breed of cyberattacks that pose risks beyond the damage awards, regulatory agency fines, injunctions, and criminal sanctions I wrote about in the March 2017 Workplace Advisor....

Summer Interns: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Michael G. TrachtmanPowell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C.MEA General Counselmtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com Most of us have been there: a fresh-faced student asks – even begs – for the opportunity to do odd jobs in your workplace, for free, just to get some real-world experience. You don’t need anyone (and, in...

New AnswersNow is coming!

AnswersNow has been updated with added functionality and a smoother user experience! You still have terrific content written and organized by the expert Wolters Kluwer team of employment law editors – along with a variety of business tools to help comply with all of your federal and state requirements....

Six Sigma Still Misunderstood By Many

Popularized by Motorola and GE in the 1990s, Six Sigma is perhaps the most effective problem solving methodology for improving business performance; yet it is still misunderstood by many. Six Sigma’s rigorous methodology Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) and many of the Six Sigma “tools” have been broadly adopted. But at the...

Lean Philosophy – Can Your Company Benefit?

Lean in business, is a philosophy for operations and processes that focuses on reducing nonvalue added activities to gain speed. It includes a collection of “best practice” derived tools and techniques that expose, diagnose and optimize human resources, assets, and productivity, while improving the quality level of products and...

Cybersecurity: The Legal Risks

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com A Megabyte of Prevention is Worth a Terabyte of Cure The Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee. WikiLeaks and the CIA. The monumental data breaches at Yahoo, LinkedIn, the IRS, the Department of Justice… Cybersecurity has...