"training" Blog Tag

IL Artificial hiring, salary history, required training, etc.

September 13th, 2019 by Hannah Sorcic and Adam Weiner at ReedSmith

Sweet n low

If you hire artificially, can you pay in Sweet N' Low?

Can you ask about an applicant's salary history? Is sexual harassment prevention triaining mandatory? Every year? Are non-employees protected from harassment by the law? Another mandatory annual reporting requirement every year?

Hannah Sorcic and Adam Weiner answer these questions (well, maybe not about paying in Sweet N' Low) and more.

IL Tidal wave (or tsunami) of new laws for Illinois employers

August 15th, 2019 by David Moore and Peter Gillespie at Laner Muchin

Tidal wave or tsunami

Look, I am not one to argue with attorneys because you never know when you might need one, so you decide for yourself the correct roaring-wall-of-water metaphor.

Regardless, any Illinois employer that either has or deals with:

  • employee handbooks
  • confidentiality
  • cannabis
  • policies
  • salary (history, sharing info, pay equity)
  • REQUIRED ANNUAL TRAINING (sexual harassment)
  • employees (probably should have just lead with that)

would be well advised (attorney-speak for "just do it") to read what David Moore and Peter Gillespie have to say and then execute said prescribed actions elucidated (attorney-speak for "just do it") (attorneys have a rather extensive alternative vocabulary).

TN – A drug-free workplace program is good

March 12th, 2019 by William S. Rutchow at Ogletree Deakins

Recent changes to the Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace Program can mean saving money on workers' comp, among other benefits, but requires meeting certain criteria. Bill Rutchow explains other benefits and some of the significant changes.

Help hiring holiday help here

October 9th, 2018 by John Monroe and Kristina Griffin at FordHarrison

As you can tell by the “seasonal” aisle of your local drug store, holiday season has begun! The seemingly endless stretch of celebrations from October to January brings with it a whole cornucopia of HR issues – including the use of seasonal workers.

Your personal guides / goblins / gobblers / elves, John Monroe and Kristina Griffin, have five basic practices that will get you to the other side of January.

  1. I-9
  2. review timekeeping
  3. local PTO and benefits
  4. how long do you expect them to hang around
  5. train everybody.

Only 90 days until we flip the calendar. You're welcome.

Public disclosure of confidential information is easier than you think

October 1st, 2018 by Tina Syring at Cozen O'Connor

Just because you say something is confidential doesn't make it so. And just because an employee believes the information is confidential and thinks they are treating it as such, doesn't mean they are – think airport restaurant and an employee checking in with the office over the phone, including names, numbers and obstacles overcome in a series of sales meetings.

Tina Syring didn't just think it, she encountered it. Here's how she helps make it unencounterable.

Workplace shootings – 20 can-dos to prevent them

September 26th, 2018 by Debra Friedman at Cozen O'Connor

20 things you can do to prevent workplace violence, from no-cost to full-blown, easy to time intensive.

List 10 up: Positive employee relations training: reap the benefits of engagement

August 21st, 2018 by hrsimple

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Spend 14 minutes with Michael Kessel, Russ McEwan and Alan Model from our author Littler as they discuss the benefits of employee engagement that can come from positive employee relations training in the podcast Spotlight on Positive Employee Relations Training: How Employers Can Reap the Benefits of Employee Engagement.

List 10 up:

  1. millennials want/expect more from their employer
  2. in a tight labor market, you want to be the employer people want to work for
  3. training pays dividends
  4. training must start at the top
  5. supervisors must have tools to engage employees
  6. frontline supervisors must understand their role
  7. failure to communicate is the root cause of negative morale
  8. training is an investment, not a cost/distraction
  9. don't go ostrich and be afraid to uncover a problem
  10. Littler Positive Employee Relations Series

Prepare for saying "No" – you need to decide how to refuse service

August 14th, 2018 by Seth Ford and Matt Anderson at Troutman Sanders

A customer is asked to leave a restaurant because of their political affiliation. A baker refuses to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. A cashier won't check a customer out because of the t-shirt the customer is wearing.

Quoting David Byrne: "And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?"

To which Benjamin Franklin might respond: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

So, go Boy Scout and be prepared.


All aboard the Love Train for long-term onboarding!

December 7th, 2018 by hrsimple




  1.  getting a new employee up-to-speed as fast as possible so you can get back to work
  2.  the first step in learning how to surf; literally just staying on the surfboard by any means, often accompanied by the phrase "Hang one"
  3.  a 90-day process of integrating a new employee into the company's culture, process and team
  4.  the refrain you shout across the dance floor as soon as you hear the first chords of "Love Train" by the O'Jays