Unleashing Employee Potential Through Lean Principles
Lean principles can transform company culture and revolutionize the way you run your business. Becoming lean–being more efficient with time, resources, and energy–will not just make your processes smoother, your delivery times faster, and your productivity greater. If you implement them correctly, lean principles will also empower your people to deliver a greater difference than ever before. And that will not just increase innovation throughout your teams, but also drive real, bottom-line results for your customers.Read on.
Heads Up On Using Social Media in Hiring
It’s no longer news–to employers or to potential employees–that social media accounts offer a glimpse into the lives of applicants that has never before been possible. At least, that’s the case for those whose information is made available to the public, whether by design or by accident. This enables hiring managers to approach their applicant pool with more information than ever. But using these tools comes with several caveats–some cons to balance out the pros, both from legal and ethical standpoints. Here are some potential pitfalls as well as some good ideas to make sure you’re using these tools wisely.Read on.
Corporate Social Responsibility
My new VP is focused on Corporate Social Responsibility and I’m not really sure what that means. Can you explain what that means and how HR has a role?
Corporate Social Responsibility is a broad term for self-regulating in terms of ethical responsibility and compliance. The term can refer to both internal and external activities that an organization can take part in to improve itself as well as the communities and environments in which it works.
OSHA – Injury to Intoxicated Employee is Recordable
OSHA recently opined in an Interpretation Letter that, where an employee sustained an injury at work but the employee was found to be intoxicated from alcohol through a post-injury drug screen, if the incident met at least one of the general recording criteria in Section 1904.7, it is still an OSHA recordable incident.
The issue raised by the employer in this scenario related to Section 1904.5(b)(2)(vi), which provides an exemption to recording an injury "if the injury or illness is solely the result of personal grooming, self-medication for a non-work-related condition, or is intentionally self-inflicted." The employer asked whether, because the employee was intoxicated while at work and the intoxication arguably caused the injury, an employer is exempted from recording the injury.Read more.
Trade Secrets Finally Get Federal Law Protection
On April 27, 2016, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S.1890)1 (DTSA) and sent it to President Obama, who has indicated he will sign it into law. The DTSA, which will take effect on the day it is signed, will provide a new federal court civil remedy for acts of trade secret misappropriation occurring on or after the enactment date. The passage of the DTSA means trade secret owners finally have a truly uniform federal law under which to pursue trade secret misappropriation claims.
This article discusses trade secret misappropriation, outlines the provisions of this new law, and offers some practical takeaways for employers.
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