The NLRB, Affordable Care Act, and more

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The OperationsInc Navigator
July 31, 2015
NLRB Interpretations of Section 7 Continue to Expand

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to expand its interpretation of Section 7, reports the National Law Review. The NLRB recently ruled that employee discussions surrounding speculation of terminations are protected under the employee’s right to discuss workplace conditions. The NLRB has made broad moves recently to prohibit employment decisions based on employee discussions that take place physically in the office or through online channels, including discussions about wages.


Workplace Rudeness Declared Contagious

A recent study conducted by the University of Florida found that rude behavior in the workplace rubs off on all employees – even those not directly involved in the impolite interaction. The Huffington Post reports that exposure to rude exchanges causes those exposed to behave similarly, and sometimes will even cause the individual to incorrectly interpret future interactions in a negative light.

Employer Access to Social Media Accounts Causes Privacy Concerns

A recent survey reports that employer monitoring of both applicant and employee social media accounts is on the rise. The report indicates that more than 43 percent of hiring managers and human resources professionals research candidates on social media sites, and employers are also utilizing social media accounts for workplace investigations and even for their own marketing efforts.

How to Combat Employee Discontent

The results of a recent workplace survey showed that 63 percent of respondents felt their employers failed to properly acknowledge and recognize their achievements. Business News Daily reports that the surveyed population also indicated feelings of not being appreciated and frustration at not getting enough face time with their managers. Business News Daily outlines six ways employers can combat these feelings of discontent among employees. This list includes giving frequent feedback, offering public thanks for employee efforts, and being transparent about any workplace changes.

HR Best Practices Tip: The Hours Are XX – Any Issues?
Reader Questions: Company Picnics

Are you planning your firm’s company picnic or summer outing? You may have some of the same questions as our readers.

Q: We are planning a company picnic. What should we be concerned about / plan for if serving alcoholic beverages?

Executive Assistant, IT Firm

Q: An employee who has been on leave under FMLA would like to attend our upcoming company picnic. Should I allow her to attend?

– HR Manager, Public Services

Read more to learn the answers to these questions.


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OperationsInc Management Team Travels to SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition

OperationsInc sent ten members of their management team to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition earlier this month. The event, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is the largest human resources industry event of the year, attracting over 15,000 attendees and over 700 exhibiting companies. 


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