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HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources

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HR Works provides clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter to human resources (HR) professionals

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HR Works provides clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter to human resources (HR) professionals

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Great content!!!!

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Consistently thought provoking. I love bringing these ideas back to my HR team :)

Thanks for providing great content!

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Thank you for providing great content to your audience!

iTunes Ratings

59 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
11
6
4
5

Great content!!!!

By Bnor438 - Aug 14 2019
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Consistently thought provoking. I love bringing these ideas back to my HR team :)

Thanks for providing great content!

By BrieGF - May 23 2017
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Thank you for providing great content to your audience!
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HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources

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HR Works provides clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter to human resources (HR) professionals

Rank #1: HR Works (E45): How to Communicate and Influence Others at Work

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The ability to influence others is perhaps the most important ingredient of leadership. Stacey Hanke, a trainer, coach and mentor to C-suite executives, thinks that most leaders are not as influential as they think they are, and not as influential as they could be.
In this interview, we explore her views as expressed in her newly published book, Influence Redefined: Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday®. and get her step-by-step method for improving the ideal form of influence—influence that moves people to action long after an interaction is over.

Oct 31 2017

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Rank #2: HR Works (Episode 3): Supporting Business Strategy as an HR Department of One

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How can an HR department of one support their organization's strategic goals while keeping up with the administrative functions and day-to-day activities? Our guest, Diane Breeding, PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Manager for Edwards Moving & Rigging (KY), does just that--and she gladly shares her experiences to inspire other human resources managers (just don't call her a 'Lone Ranger' of HR).

Mar 08 2016

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Rank #3: HR Works 113: A Close Look at Working From Home

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In this episode we discuss the new remote workforce. Most of us that remain employed do so from our homes. This has created a host of new problems. That includes people having to setup their home offices that didn’t have the technology or space to do so. People are working alongside their children, pets, and spouses. Risk factors for mental health and other issues are through the roof including isolation, increased drug and alcohol use, and anxiety to name a few. Experts have been calling for the move to remote for years now, but it seems we have finally been pushed there whether we were ready or not.

We have two experts with us today to discuss this topic.

The first is Andrew Meadows, SVP of HR, Brand, and Culture at Ubiquity Retirement and Savings (https://www.myubiquity.com). He has worked for two decades in the retirement and savings space and is a fierce advocate for the small business. Having worked and transformed every area of Ubiquity including client experience, partnerships, and more, Andrew has now devised a new structure of consistent quality and brand promise, moving on to extend that promise internally throughout the company’s culture.

We also have with us today Matt Fairhurst, the co-founder and CEO of Skedulo (https://www.skedulo.com), a mobile workforce management service. Matt is driven by the possibilities technology creates for the ever-growing mobile workforce.

Apr 28 2020

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Rank #4: HR Works 78: No More Bad Hires

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Every HR professional and recruiter knows the cost of a bad hire. Time and money spent on the hiring and training go down the tube and now you are left with nothing but that same vacancy. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could avoid making bad hires in the first place?

In this episode, we are joined by Jeff Hyman. Jeff is the Chief Talent Officer at Recruit Rockstars, an organization with a simple mission: no more bad hires!

Mr. Hyman is author of the bestselling book “Recruit Rockstars: The 10 Step Playbook to Find The Winners & Ignite Your Business.” As Professor at Kellogg School of Management, he teaches the MBA course about recruiting. He is also the host of the 5-star-rated "Strong Suit Podcast" and weekly contributor to Forbes.

Jeff is the keynote speaker at RecruitCon 2019. The keynote is called "The 10 Deadly Sins of Recruiting" and takes place on May 9th in Austin Texas. RecruitCon features workshops on May 8th and the main conference on May 9th and 10th. To learn more, check out this link: https://live.blr.com/event/recruitcon/

Feb 26 2019

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Rank #5: HR Works 76: 10 Minutes of Recognition Makes All the Difference

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Today we are going to talk about engagement. The term gets used a lot, and for good reason. Organizations spend so much money, time, and training getting the right people onboard. All of that vanishes when that employee walks out the door. In many cases, retaining employees is achievable with the right set of tools aimed at employee engagement.

Today we are lucky enough to be joined by Gregg Lederman, President of Employee Engagement at Reward Gateway, the employee engagement people! He is also a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. In October he released his most recent book, Crave: You Can Enhance Employee Motivation in 10 Minutes by Friday.

Between his title and the title of the book, I think we can safely say that we are good hands when it comes to employee engagement.

Jan 29 2019

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Rank #6: HR Works (Episode 19) - Revamp Your Onboarding Experience to Improve Retention & Productivity

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Onboarding—a dull, boring day or two of introductions and filling out paperwork? It doesn’t have to be that way. In today’s workplace, onboarding (or orientation as we used to call it) goes a lot farther--done right, it brings big rewards in retention and productivity.

As president of her talent management and leadership development consulting company, Performance ReNEW, our guest Natasha Bowman helps employers develop their next generation of organizational leaders. Moreover, as Director of Education & Organizational Development at White Plains (New York) Hospital, Natasha has launched a new onboarding program called WOW that’s been very successful.

Natasha will be presenting on the topic of onboarding at BLR's upcoming LearningCon conference in Las Vegas November 7 & 8. Learn more about LearningCon at http://learningcon.blr.com.

It this podcast, Natasha provides details of her WOW onboarding program and explains to listeners how to get more positive, impactful and long-lasting results from their onboarding process.

Oct 18 2016

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Rank #7: HR Works (E42): Expand Your Onboarding Beyond the 'New Hire' Experience

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Does your onboarding process mainly consist of new hire paperwork and introductions to staff and management? Mimi Jerkan and Marina Vasich of SilkRoad, a global leader in talent activation, say that onboarding should involve much more than the new hire experience, and should encompass the entire employee journey. They call it 'strategic onboarding' and they're with us on HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources to go over it's essential components.

Sep 19 2017

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Rank #8: HR Works (E36): Beyond Engagement—Create a Culture of Employee Activation

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Retention, engagement, and branding—as the battle to find and keep top talent intensifies, this trio of topics continues to gain in importance for all HR managers. BLR recently completed a survey on these topics, which was sponsored by SilkRoad. To help us gain additional perspective we asked SilkRoad's Mimi Jerkan to join us.
Jerkan explains that while having employees who are satisfied and engaged at work is a great thing, it's employee ACTIVATION that determines the success of organizations. Activation involves each employee understanding the impact of his or her work, knowing how their individual contributions are moving the needle, and having a transparent view of the organization as a whole.
Jerkan also discusses the role of employer branding in the context of creating engagement and activation—and why it's crucial for employers not to limit branding to the recruiting process, but to approach it as something they must provide throughout the employee life cycle.

Jun 20 2017

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Rank #9: HR Works (E34): A New 'Employee Value Equation' for Performance Management

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Measuring current performance is no longer sufficient because performance ratings don’t often correlate with business performance, explains Kelli Hinshaw VP of Strategic Development at Cy Wakeman. In response, she and her colleagues have developed a new approach to performance management and measurement they call an “employee value equation.”
Our first returning guest on HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources, Kelli joins us to explain both why she believes current performance measurement systems aren't "measuring up" as well as the details of the innovative and thought-provoking way to evaluate an employee's true value to an organization.

May 23 2017

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Rank #10: HR Works (Episode 11): Enacting Change in a Dysfunctional Workplace

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Wouldn't it be nice if all of our workplace relationships were stress-free and productive? HR managers have a dual role when it comes to workplace relationships: They have to manage their own, and they have to step in when other relationships are floundering. Psychologist and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Henry Cloud joins us to provide perspective and best practices for how HR can enact change in a toxic or dysfunctional workplace environment. Dr. Cloud also provides his definition of what makes a 'great leader' which is worth the price of admission alone! ('HR Works' is free, of course, but you get the idea.)

Jun 27 2016

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Rank #11: HR Works 89: What to Do When Leadership Doesn't Listen to HR

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Getting leadership to listen to HR is critical for the success of your HR department as well as for the success of your organization. But it can be very challenging to get them to really hear you. We discuss this, aligning goals across leadership, avoiding and correcting silos, and much more with our guest, Ed Muzio.

Below is a partial transcript of this episode. For a complete transcript, go here: https://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/2019/08/07/getting-senior-leadership-to-truly-listen-to-hr/

Jim: Hello, everyone, and welcome to HR Works, the podcast for HR professionals. We really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to join us. I am the host of HR Works—Jim Davis—and the editor of the HR Daily Advisor.
Today, we are joined by a strategic HR expert, Ed Muzio. Ed’s mantra is higher output, lower stress, sustainable growth. He is also the author of a number of books, including his most recent, Iterate: Run a Fast, Flexible, Focused Management Team, an Inc. Original publication, and that was published in 2018. Ed has also been featured in national and international media, including CBS News, Fox Business News, and the New York Post, and has contributed regularly to CBS, Monster.com, and the Huffington Post, among others.
Jim: Ed, thank you so much for taking the time to join us today. We are really excited to have you here.
Muzio: Jim, thank you. It’s great to be here.
Jim: Why do so many of us in HR have a hard time making ourselves understood to senior leadership?
Muzio: You know, I think the answer has a lot to do with language and the language we use to talk about the work and the output it produces. Senior leadership, in my experience, and I do a lot of work with middle to senior leaders and executives; they’re focused on what they’re focused on, which is producing output for stakeholders, and a lot of times in HR, we have some language problems with that.
For example, here’s one that I talk about in my book Iterate. I like to say we have a deficit of language around managing. We have what I call managing with a capital ING, and that is if you have direct reports, you are managing them, with a capital ING. You’re setting goals. You’re helping them develop. You’re modeling policy. You’re dealing with issues. I think HR is very good about talking about those kinds of things and has a lot of good tools for that.
Often, you’re also doing what I would call change management, with a capital CHANGE, which is major shifts in structure or purpose for the whole organization, shepherding large groups of people through those shifts—again, an important thing to do, just like managing, and HR has some good tools and some good language.
But there’s a third part of the equation, and it’s what I call management with a capital MENT, and that is that anyone who’s in management, particularly true in middle and senior leadership, is part of a system of people who are together working to allocate and reallocate the resources of the organization in pursuit of its output, to keep adjusting it back on track toward the output we need it to produce.
We don’t have, a lot of times in HR, good language for that, and so we end up talking—whether it’s about tactical things like hiring and firing or whether it’s even about strategic things like talent strategy or succession planning—we end up using a lot of language that’s sort of internally focused, whereas what our clients care about and what they’re hearing about from the other people around their sort of metaphorical and physical leadership table is they’re hearing about their output. What am I doing? What are you doing to support their output?
I think when HR has a hard time drawing that line, when we don’t do a good job of saying, “Look, I’m here in support of your output, and here’s what I’m doing in support of your output,” I think we have a hard time honestly getting taken seriously by the people we’re trying to serve.

Jul 23 2019

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Rank #12: HR Works 80: Great Culture Requires Conscious Leadership

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The people of an organization generate that company's culture. That includes all of the people from the employees through middle management right up to leadership and to a degree, even the customers. When part of that culture producing chain fails, the whole culture suffers—it doesn’t disappear, it just decays.

Naturally then, if an organization’s leadership does not consciously contribute positively to the company’s culture, that culture can become disastrously problematic for every aspect of the organization from engagement issues right down to the bottom line.

In this episode we are joined Jim Barnett, the CEO, co-founder, and chairman of Glint, a company that specializes in creating great company culture. Jim is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur, having built and run several successful companies. He was the CEO, co-founder, and chairman of Turn Inc. for many years. Prior to Turn, Jim served as president of Overture Search, a division of Overture Services, Inc. Jim joined Overture after its acquisition of AltaVista Company, where he was president and CEO. Prior to AltaVista, Jim was President of Ancestry.com (previously named MyFamily) and CEO of Accolade.

Mar 26 2019

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Rank #13: HR Works 101: The Cultural Impact of 1 on 1 Meetings

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In episode 101 of HR Works Podcast, we tackle the performance review: an issue that is sometimes hotly debated. Some organizations still believe in yearly reviews, others on informal discussions, and still others believe that there should be no reviews at all. Today’s guest is an expert on performance reviews, especially the 1 on 1 meeting.

We are pleased to have Shane Metcalf, Co-founder & Chief Culture Officer, at 15Five.

Shane is a seasoned executive coach and speaker who is obsessed with building healthy organizations, and creating the opportunity for people to have meaningful work and meaningful relationships.

Driven by his deep belief in the potential of our species, Shane co-founded 15Five, industry-leading performance management software that is unlocking the potential of the global workforce. As Chief Culture Officer, Shane understands what fundamentally motivates people, how to architect high performance, and which principles and rituals create “self-organizing cultures.”

This episode is sponsored by 15Five (https://www.15five.com/podcast).

Dec 09 2019

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Rank #14: HR Works (E51): Strategic Talent Management Improves Engagement, Organizational Effectiveness

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Talent management has moved to the front burner for most organizations as the economy has improved. Today's guest, Magi Graziano, has developed a talent strategy system that gives business leaders the actionable steps to align their corporate strategy with their people strategy, thereby maximizing employee performance, engagement and innovation.
Note: Magi will be a featured speaker at BLR’s upcoming HRDA 2018 Conference in Savannah March 8 and 9—there’s a $100 discount for HR Works listeners: Just visit BLR.com/HR18 and enter discount code WORKS100.

Jan 30 2018

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Rank #15: HR Works (E30): 2017 Recruiting Trends—Social Media Tactics, Negotiation & 'Thinking Locally'

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Given the current talent economy, organizations are challenged to consistently attract and retain the right caliber of talent. BLR, with the kind sponsorship of SilkRoad, has just completed a survey about several interesting aspects of recruiting today. To help us interpret some of the survey data, we’ve asked Alexandra Levit to join us. She is the CEO of Inspiration at Work.
In this episode of HR Works, Alexandra addresses:
• Trends in salary and benefits negotiation
• Importance of customizing your social media communications for different audiences
• Examples of successful social recruiting tactics (that also engage your current employees!)
• The characteristics of career sites that really attract top candidates
• The advantages of 'thinking locally' when recruiting
• Which metrics to provide to the C-Suite that measure your recruiting success
And much more!
A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a current writer for the New York Times, Alexandra has authored several books, including the bestselling They Don't Teach Corporate in College, Success for Hire, and Blind Spots.

Mar 28 2017

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Rank #16: HR Works (E41): How to Build Championship Mindsets in Your Organization

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We often look to sport teams for examples of engagement and passion and motivation, and we use sports metaphors for several workplace situations. In keeping with the start of the NFL season this week, a few of the many football metaphors used in business include "kicking off" a new project or product planning process, "Monday morning quarterbacking" a decision, "dropping the ball," pitching a "hail Mary" or even "dancing in the end zone" after a success.
Today’s guest, Amber Selking, PhD, has worked with sports professionals on building championship mindsets, and she’s translated what she learned into the business context.
In this fascinating interview, she explains the concept of a championship mindset—not just as a mental state of mind, but in actual physical changes in the brain when thoughts are positive—and the building blocks required to achieve one.

Sep 05 2017

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Rank #17: HR Works 74: Giving Mentoring the Modern Treatment

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We know that employers spend a lot of time and energy on the entire employee lifecycle: from sourcing to onboarding straight through retention, engagement, and, of course, exit interviews.

Part of making sure that your workforce is not only successful but is also engaged surrounds mentoring. You could have the best product, the most modern workspace, and have hired the best talent: but if you aren’t mentoring your employees, your organization could still perform poorly or even fail.

Fortunately, we are joined today by an expert in the field of mentoring, Randy Emelo. Randy is the Principal Consultant at CoreConnections LLC, a Denver-based company that designs leadership development and organizational improvement solutions.

Randy has more than 25 years of experience in management, training, and leadership development, and is a prolific author, speaker, and thought leader on topics related to collaboration, mentoring, innovation, and leadership development.

Jan 02 2019

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Rank #18: HR Works 65: Increase Productivity & Profits by Focusing Your Workforce on the Right Things

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Today, we accept distracted as the norm, says our guest, keynote speaker and author Neen James. We are so focused on technology, our never-ending to-do list, and our lack of time, we fail to pay attention to the people, priorities, and passions that are truly important to us.
But it’s not a time management crisis, Neen says— it’s an attention management crisis. The title of her new book is Attention Pays, and she explains why following her suggestions will boost workplace productivity, increase profits, and drive accountability.

Aug 14 2018

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Rank #19: HR Works (E57): Manage Performance to Foster an Employee-Centric Organization

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Everyone’s talking about engagement and retention, but many of us aren’t sure what steps to take to create meaningful change in our organizations.
Our guest on Episode 57 of HR Works is the CEO of a company that’s achieved “best Places to Work” status, and has a 5-star Glassdoor rating.
Rajeev Behera is co-founder and CEO of Reflektive, the modern performance management startup. He leads the company’s innovation, investment, growth and business development strategies, and—importantly—sets the tone for culture. He has striven to make Reflektive the gold standard in employee-centric organizations where people love coming to work every day.

Apr 24 2018

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Rank #20: HR Works 90: Great Leaders Generate Excellent Employee Engagement

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Everyone knows how critical employee engagement is for the success of any organization. Despite awareness and vast amounts of money being spent on solving this problem, engagement rates are still low across the United States.

Today's guest is a CEO that has won Glassdoor's Top CEO for multiple years, and the New York Times has profiled him in an article titled, "The Incalculable Value of a Good Boss." Aron Ain, CEO of Kronos, attributes truly believes in making work a better place, and that results in great employee engagement.

Ain began at Kronos in 1979 and never left! In fact, he worked his way up to CEO and has been going strong ever since. He has been tackling employee engagement for years, and practices what he preaches.

Jul 30 2019

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HR Works 120: COVID-19 Testing Realities, Limitations, and Plans for Employers

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This episode strives to answer one important question: can COVID-19 testing play an effective role in bringing workers back to the workplace? New information and data about the disease are available every day and with it comes changes in best practices for keeping everyone safe. Meanwhile, many employers are bringing workers back to the workplace and they need to understand the most current testing methods and strategies to keep everyone safe.

Our guest is at the forefront of putting together testing strategies and packages for employers as they navigate this challenging time. Dr. Sree Chaguturu is the Chief Medical Officer for CVS Caremark (https://www.caremark.com). His organization is striving to put together strategies and testing capabilities for employers.

In this episode, we'll explore what kinds of testing is now and will be available in the future. We'll look at how each can be used most effectively, and where the limitations are. We'll also look at the role of vaccines when they come around, and what things will look like over the next year or two.

Aug 04 2020

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HR Works COVID-19 Update: When the Pandemic Creates Wage and Hour Violations

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Imagine this: your employees have been working with a wage cut for the last few months. But there is good news! Your business has recovered enough for you to restore their pay. Not only that, but you also want to make them whole, so you pay everyone a bonus on top of restoring their pay. Did you know that you may have just committed at least three wage and hour violations?

Wage and hour laws have always been complex, and the pandemic has added new layers of complexity. Fortunately, we are lucky to have Maggie Spell, Partner at the New Orleans location of Jones Walker (https://www.joneswalker.com/offices/new-orleans.html) with us. In this episode, she helps us unpack some of the most common pandemic-induced wage and hour violations.

Maggie focuses her practice on cases brought under federal, state, and local employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She regularly offers wage and hour compliance advice and has represented employers in numerous Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions and state-law wage and hour class actions.

Jul 31 2020

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HR Works Podcast COVID-19 Update: COVID and Anti-Body Testing, Masks, and Temperature Checks

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Last week we began to explore employer liability when it comes to COVID-19-related issues. Today we are going to dive in a little deeper, and answer some very important questions like can you force employees to take a COVID-19 test? What about antibody tests? Can you measure their temperatures? Can you make them wear a mask? What happens if they don’t comply; can you fire them?

Here to talk about these and other legal issues is employment lawyer and member of Clark Hill (https://www.clarkhill.com) in Collin County Texas, Kim Moore.

Kim Moore has been pragmatically solving employer’s problems for almost twenty-five years. A board-certified employment lawyer with an MBA and extensive experience in and out of the courtroom. Kim is passionate about achieving the client’s goals in non-compete, theft of trade secrets, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour matters.

Kim genuinely enjoys her work, particularly understanding each client’s business and its people. Kim serves as the Member in Charge of the firm’s Collin County office. Kim is also a AAA trained mediator. She uses her knowledge to help parties resolve all types of conflicts.

Jul 24 2020

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HR Works 119: Supporting Single Mothers of Color

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While the pandemic has influenced every worker in the united states, it has not done so evenly. Already there are serious differences between essential workers who stay on the front lines and those who were lucky enough to work from home. In short, the country is in total chaos. Some states are closing down for the first time, some are opening back up, others are ignoring their very serious coronavirus issues.

Perhaps most disturbingly, many organizations and political figures have been moving towards an “economy matters more than lives” attitude that will put serious burdens on the most vulnerable. According to experts I’ve spoken with and research I’ve read, among the most vulnerable are women of color, particularly single mothers of color.

On top of all of the coronavirus-related concerns have also been the rising racial tensions in this country that add another whole layer of uncertainty and unrest to this already unsustainable situation.

Here to help us understand the situation, and how HR can help, is Asha Tarry. She’s is an author, award-winning community mental health advocate, psychotherapist, and certified life coach.

She is also the founder of Behavioral Health Consulting Services LMSW, PLLC (https://www.bhcsct.org) which provides consulting, counseling, and coaching to creatives and small business owners in the wellness and entertainment industries and educational sector. As a mindfulness practitioner, she has consulted with initiatives on maternal health, global workplace retention, and been a writer and speaker for several outlets focused on mental health.

Jul 21 2020

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HR Works COVID-19 Update: Will Due Diligence Help Employers Win COVID-Related Lawsuits?

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As the landscape of work changes, so will the landscape of employment law. Across our nation, some states are closing down while others are opening up. That creates a lot of variability in how employers approach keeping everyone safe and the return to work. What are the liabilities? How can they keep up when best practices change constantly? Will due diligence help when, retroactively, employers realize they got something wrong.

Here to talk about these and other legal issues is employment lawyer and member of Clark Hill (https://www.clarkhill.com) in Collin County Texas, Kim Moore.

Kim Moore has been pragmatically solving employer's problems for almost twenty-five years. A board-certified employment lawyer with an MBA and extensive experience in and out of the courtroom. Kim is passionate about achieving the client's goals in non-compete, theft of trade secrets, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour matters.

Kim genuinely enjoys her work, particularly understanding each client's business and its people. Kim serves as the Member in Charge of the firm's Collin County office. Kim is also a AAA trained mediator. She uses her knowledge to help parties resolve all types of conflicts.

Jul 17 2020

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HR Works COVID-19 Update: Supporting DACA Recipients More Important Than Ever

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The major win for DACA recipients a few weeks ago made the news for how unexpected it was. However, the issue is far from solved. In this episode, we discuss what you need to know about supporting your DACA workers right now before things change.

We are pleased to have back with us today, Jonathan Petts, Co-Founder of a non-profit organization called Immigrants Like Us (https://www.immigrantslikeus.org/). In this episode, he helps us understand where things stand right now with DACA and what resources HR needs to have to best serve this vulnerable, hardworking group of people. You can view their DACA renewal guide here: https://www.immigrantslikeus.org/immigration-resources/how-to-renew-your-daca-2020

Jonathan is the proud husband and son of American immigrants. Prior to co-founding Immigrants Like Us, Jonathan practiced at two international law firms and graduated from both law school and college at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as an advisor on international law to both the IMF and the World Bank. In 2017, Jonathan was recognized by FastCase as one of the 50 most innovative leaders in the legal profession.

Jul 10 2020

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HR Works 118: How HR and EHS Work Together During a Crisis

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In this special episode of HR Works Podcast, my colleague Justin Scace from the EHS On Tap Podcast (https://ehsdailyadvisor.blr.com/podcasts/) joins me to interview an EHS and an HR professional from one of the largest private companies in the United States: Koch Industries, Incorporated (https://www.kochind.com/).

Our collective goal is to better understand how EHS and HR work together, overcome challenges, and otherwise collaborate to make their workplace safe during a crisis.

Our guests are Walt Malone, VP of HR for Koch, and Sheryl Corrigan, director of environmental, health, and safety for Koch.

Walt Malone joined Koch in 1991 and is responsible for Koch Industries’ corporate human resources team and the global Market-Based Management capability which provides training and development services to Koch companies. He serves on the boards of Georgia-Pacific Equity Holdings LLC and Koch Business Solutions, LP, both subsidiaries of Koch Industries. Walt, welcome, and thank you for joining us for today’s show.
And we are also joined by Sheryl Corrigan, director of EHS for Koch Industries, where she provides oversight of Koch companies’ compliance with regulations and internal policy and tracking and ensuring follow-up on emerging issues. Sheryl was previously commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, advising the governor and helping set the strategic direction for the state on environmental matters.

Jul 07 2020

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HR Works COVID-19 Update: Immigrants in the Pandemic

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Between general travel restrictions, anti-immigrant travel restrictions, massive unemployment, closed businesses, and now the recently announced ban on certain foreign national visas, immigrant workers in the U.S. are undergoing particularly challenging times. They are not the only ones feeling the pain; employers of foreign national workers are also struggling.

In this episode we are pleased to have with us Jonathan Petts, Co-Founder of a non-profit organization called Immigrants Like Us (https://www.immigrantslikeus.org/) to help us understand the immigrant perspective so that HR managers and employers alike can have a better context for when they interact with immigrant workers in general but especially during this challenging time.

Jonathan is the proud husband and son of American immigrants. Prior to co-founding Immigrants Like Us, Jonathan practiced at two international law firms and graduated from both law school and college at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as an advisor on international law to both the IMF and the World Bank. In 2017, Jonathan was recognized by FastCase as one of the 50 most innovative leaders in the legal profession.

Jun 26 2020

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HR Works 117: The Return to Work?

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In this episode I speak with a highly respected authority on the psychology of change about the return to work. Many have adjusted to the new realities presented by the coronavirus, and yet states and workplaces alike are reopening their doors. What does that mean for those of us who stayed home? What if we don’t want to go back? What if we can’t? Can it even be done safely and does anyone else feel like this is being rushed.

We are pleased to have with us today Michelle Rozen PhD (https://www.drmichellerozen.com/). She is an author, a Huffington Post contributor, and a frequent guest on NBC, ABC, FOX News, CNN, and other media outlets.

Dr. Rozen holds a Masters and a PhD in Psychology. She consistently speaks for Fortune 500 companies and her clients include some of the most recognizable companies in the world including Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch, and The U.S. Navy.

Jun 23 2020

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HR Works: COVID-19 Update on Avoiding COVID Related Employee Lawsuits

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Now more than months into the pandemic, we are starting to see the first COVID-related employee lawsuits. Last week we began to discuss which employee policies need to be updated or created to handle new legal challenges surrounding the coronavirus. For example, we recently saw a wrongful death and survival action for the coronavirus related fatality of an employee who worked in a Pennsylvania meat processing plat for the world’s largest beef processing company.

We are pleased have back with us for this episode attorney Andrew B. Zelman (https://www.bergersingerman.com/team/andrew-b-zelman), Partner at Berger Singerman, a business law firm out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In this episode, we will discuss what happens when an employee refuses to return to work as well as what Andrew is seeing in terms of new lawsuits surrounding COVID-19.

Andrew Zelman is a member of the Dispute Resolution Team based in Berger Singerman’s Fort Lauderdale office. He represents businesses and individuals in a variety of complex commercial disputes, including intellectual property, class action, and general liability cases in both state and federal courts. Andrew also has an established practice devoted to counseling and defending employers in employment litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Andrew spent years handling a wide range of cases at a full-service AmLaw 100 firm.

Andrew currently serves as the Chair of the Grievance Committee of The Florida Bar and is a Member of the Federal Court Practice Committee, a standing committee of The Florida Bar.

Jun 19 2020

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HR Works: COVID-19 Update on What Should Be in Every Employee Handbook

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COVID-19 has changed everything, but has your employee handbook been updated? In this episode of HR Works COVID-19 Update, my guest discusses the critical policy updates that your organization needs to make in order to avoid an upcoming wave of coronavirus-related litigation.

Now three months into the pandemic, we are starting to see the first COVID-related employee lawsuits. For example, the world’s largest beef processing company is facing a wrongful death and survival action for the coronavirus related fatality of an employee who worked in one of their Pennsylvania factories. If history is any guide, this is likely the tip of the iceberg. Employers beware!

We are pleased to with us today attorney Andrew B. Zelman (https://www.bergersingerman.com/team/andrew-b-zelman), Partner at Berger Singerman, a business law firm out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Andrew Zelman is a member of their Dispute Resolution Team . He represents businesses and individuals in a variety of complex commercial disputes, including intellectual property, class action, and general liability cases in both state and federal courts. Andrew also has an established practice devoted to counseling and defending employers in employment litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Andrew spent years handling a wide range of cases at a full-service AmLaw 100 firm.

Andrew currently serves as the Chair of the Grievance Committee of The Florida Bar and is a Member of the Federal Court Practice Committee, a standing committee of The Florida Bar.

Jun 12 2020

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HR Works 116: Someone Moved My Cheese Again

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In today's episode, emotional intelligence expert Don Everett, CEO of Workforce Interactive (https://www.workforceinteractive.com/) joins us with another guest to explore how EQ can be successfully measured and implemented to help HR solve a number of problems. We are also hosting a webinar called Someone Moved My Cheese Again; and It's Okay This Time on June 10th. Register here: https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2338515/6E949780559193CA44FE002AF0B12DFF

It complements today’s episode, which focuses on individual leadership development by extending the discussion into team EQ development. You’ll learn how to develop management EQ so that managers welcome change, and cultivate new team norms that yield ideal employee experiences.

Dr. Spencer’s Johnson’s insightful book “Who Moved My Cheese” sold 25 million copies and suggested how we can deal with change more effectively. We’ve since learned that adaptability is one of the most important thinking facets, and that emotional intelligence (“EQ”) can be directly linked with an individual’s capacity to adapt. COVID-19 has underscored the importance of good EQ in our management teams. The new normal, which includes more remote workers, virtual meetings, etc., will place a greater burden on leaders to exercise good EQ so that they can engage and inspire their workforces at optimal levels.

The good news is that more often than not EQ can be improved. However, due to the subjectivity that can exist in 360 interviews and other self-reporting techniques, it’s always been a challenge for organizations to accurately assess the EQ of their managers. In this episode we speak with Don Everett, Founder Workforce Interactive, and Maria Randall, Vice President Human Resources for Club Assist, discuss an objective EQ measurement methodology with Nobel Prize nomination credentials. You’ll learn how it can be used to measure the EQ of your leaders with precision so that developmental programs can be effectively implemented.

Don Everett (www.linkedin.com/in/donbeverett/) is the founder and CEO of Workforce Interactive. After a 20+ year career in the technology sector with organizations like Oracle, and subsidiaries of Dun & Bradstreet and SAP, he formed his company in 2006 with the intent of providing employers with unprecedented insight regarding human capital analysis.

He is a Values Science expert who has compiled data from over half a million examinees. He is certified on a behavioral instrument associated with a Nobel Prize nomination that is used to provide insight regarding emotional intelligence. His knowledge in this area is supported by patented technology that uniquely factors the thinking values and emotional intelligence of managers and their team members.

Don is uniquely qualified in the field of correlative analytics involving values, emotional intelligence, and workforce operational data. He has performed over eighty occupational studies in which organizational performance metrics were reconciled with corresponding employee values and emotional intelligence. Don majored in Computer Sciences through the Business College at the University of Florida.

We also have with us today Maria Randall, Vice President Human Resources for Club Assist. She has also served as the automotive supplier’s Chief Human Resources Officer since 2016.

Prior to joining Club Assist, Maria has an extensive background in Human Resources and has been at the VP level leading domestic and international HR teams during the past 25 years. Her vast experience in mid-sized and large companies covers diverse industries including automotive, health care, financial services, manufacturing, construction, defense, and utilities.

Jun 08 2020

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HR Works: COVID-19 Update on Paycheck Protection Program Part 2

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In the last episode we began to explore some of HR's responsibilities when it comes to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, or the PPP for short. Today we'll continue that conversation and learn about compliance obligations, the likelihoods of audits, and when the loans stay a loan or become forgiven.

We are again are joined by Terry Dawson, Partner at Barnes and Thornburg LLP (www.btlaw.com/people/terry-dawson) to discuss this topic.

Terry Dawson’s practice involves virtually every issue employers confront today, with an emphasis on labor relations, including arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiation, helping employers remain union-free, business strategy and client counseling. Terry also provides daily counseling to employers on complex FMLA and ADA issues.

Jun 05 2020

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HR Works: COVID-19 Update on Paycheck Protection Program

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As companies struggle to stay in business, many have decided to take advantage of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, or the PPP for short. The details surrounding this type of loan has some HR considerations, like whether you have to hire back the same employees to take advantage of loan forgiveness, whether you can pay employees not to work, to name a few.

In this episode we are joined by Terry Dawson, Partner at Barnes and Thornburg LLP (https://www.btlaw.com/people/terry-dawson) to discuss this topic.

Terry Dawson’s practice involves virtually every issue employers confront today, with an emphasis on labor relations, including arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiation, helping employers remain union-free, business strategy and client counseling. Terry also provides daily counseling to employers on complex FMLA and ADA issues.

May 29 2020

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HR Works 115: Behavioral Health Support Has Never Been More Important

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The isolation of stay at home orders are accelerating behavioral health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, but even during the best of times, making sure you are aware of the mental health needs of your employees is very important. That means understanding risk factors, having a well trained HR team to handle everything from benefits to interacting with employees when they have a crisis.

In this episode of HR Works we discuss this important topic with Dr. Dan Jolivet, Workplace Possibilities Practice Consultant at The Standard. (www.standard.com/bhpodcast)

Dan started working in the behavioral health field in 1980 as he was completing a degree in mathematical statistics and wanted to get some hands-on experience in an applied scientific discipline. His first direct service job in the field was a 1981 work-study position at a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) in Seattle, where he quickly became hooked on trying to understand how people change.

Dan has held a variety of roles throughout his career. He has worked in inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, employee assistance programs and in private practice. He moved into supervision to multiply his impact and began working in managed care soon after that. He joined The Standard as its Behavioral Health Director in 2016 and says his favorite part of the job is still helping people—both claimants and people on his team—find solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

May 26 2020

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HR Works: COVID-19 Update on Collective Action Part 2

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In the last episode of HR Works: COVID-19 Update we began speaking with employment attorney Jacob M. Monty (https://montyramirezlaw.com/attorneys/jacob-m-monty-managing-partner), managing partner and founder of Monty & Ramirez LLP (https://montyramirezlaw.com) about the potential for concerted activity during the pandemic. Today we dig a little deeper into how collective action happens and what you can do to avoid it.

For over two decades, Jake Monty has successfully practiced at the intersection of immigration, labor, and employment laws. A nationally recognized authority on issues facing employers with large Hispanic workforces, Jake has written not one, but three books on the topic and speaks regularly in English and Spanish on navigating labor and employment matters in industries with heightened immigration scrutiny. His clients include professional baseball teams, grocery store chains, single establishment and chain restaurants, and leading companies in the construction and facility maintenance fields. Jake has been interviewed by major media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC regarding national immigration concerns.

Jake founded Monty & Ramirez LLP to offer an integrated approach to dealing with Hispanic workforces. He and his bilingual partners address all the critical aspects of employer advocacy, from immigration to union matters, workplace safety, and employment disputes.

May 22 2020

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HR Works: COVID-19 Update on Collective Action Part 1

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Employers beware! The situation we find ourselves in provides unique leverage and incentives for collective action. Many low paid workers have been labelled essential and are obligated to work in hazardous conditions for the same low pay, or in some cases even with pay cuts. Workers in non-essential businesses have watched their companies cut pay, furlough, and layoff in great numbers. That means they are more than likely worried for their jobs and perhaps are thinking of using collective action to protect themselves.

We are pleased to have back with us today employment attorney Jacob M. Monty (https://montyramirezlaw.com/attorneys/jacob-m-monty-managing-partner), managing partner and founder of Monty & Ramirez LLP (https://montyramirezlaw.com/) to discuss this important topic.

For over two decades, Jake Monty has successfully practiced at the intersection of immigration, labor, and employment laws. A nationally recognized authority on issues facing employers with large Hispanic workforces, Jake has written not one, but three books on the topic and speaks regularly in English and Spanish on navigating labor and employment matters in industries with heightened immigration scrutiny. His clients include professional baseball teams, grocery store chains, single establishment and chain restaurants, and leading companies in the construction and facility maintenance fields. Jake has been interviewed by major media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC regarding national immigration concerns.

Jake founded Monty & Ramirez LLP to offer an integrated approach to dealing with Hispanic workforces. He and his bilingual partners address all the critical aspects of employer advocacy, from immigration to union matters, workplace safety, and employment disputes.

May 15 2020

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HR Works 114: HR's Role in Suicide Prevention

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Note: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The topic of this episode is a difficult one, but one that is very important in the context of employee mental health: suicide. What does HR do when an employee threatens suicide? What if they attempt it? What if they succeed? These troubling circumstances are more than a maybe. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with over 47,000 Americans dying of suicide in 2017. For every successful suicide there are many attempts, and odds are that HR professionals will have to deal with a situation like this at their workplace at some point.

In this episode, we feature two guests to discuss this important topic. The first is Andrew Adams, an attorney at Skoler Abbott (https://www.skoler-abbott.com) which operates out of Springfield Massachussetts. After receiving his undergraduate degree in marine biology Andrew enlisted in the United States Navy before eventually returning back home to Hampden County. For the next six years and throughout law school Andrew worked as a Correctional Officer for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, until he left to pursue his passion for the law. In his final year of law school Andrew was a law clerk at a premier tort litigation firm in Connecticut, before finding his home at Skoler, Abbott.

We also have with us Jamie Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC and Group Chief Executive Officer at Sierra Tuscon (https://www.sierratucson.com), a residential treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction as well as behavior health located in Arizona. Successfully Operating Acadia Healthcare’s Flagship behavioral health facility, Jaime, is the second female CEO at Sierra Tucson. Jaime has introduced groundbreaking outcomes measurement and recovery programs that have earned the facility top recognition within and outside the industry. The program, which provides support through an industry-leading app, helps individuals stay connected and engaged, while also providing one-on-one access to their own personal nationally-certified recovery coach.

May 12 2020

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HR Works: COVID-19 Update on Immigration Freeze Part 2

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Last week we began discussing the Trump Administration's immigration freeze and what that means for employers with Jacob M. Monty, managing partner and founder of Monty & Ramirez LLP (montyramirezlaw.com/). We discussed furloughs and layoffs affecting the status of foreign national workers, details about the freeze itself, and more.

This week we finish that talk and dive into what kinds of ICE activity employers can expect during the crisis, those that rely on highly skilled laborers that get visas like the H-1B Specialty Occupation visa, and what accommodations have been made for employers hiring new employees in light of the crisis.

For over two decades, Jake Monty has successfully practiced at the intersection of immigration, labor, and employment laws. A nationally recognized authority on issues facing employers with large Hispanic workforces, Jake has written not one, but three books on the topic and speaks regularly in English and Spanish on navigating labor and employment matters in industries with heightened immigration scrutiny. His clients include professional baseball teams, grocery store chains, single establishment and chain restaurants, and leading companies in the construction and facility maintenance fields. Jake has been interviewed by major media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC regarding national immigration concerns.

Jake founded Monty & Ramirez LLP to offer an integrated approach to dealing with Hispanic workforces. He and his bilingual partners address all the critical aspects of employer advocacy, from immigration to union matters, workplace safety, and employment disputes.

May 08 2020

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HR Works: COVID-19 Update on Immigration Freeze Part 1

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As you may be aware, the Trump Administration recently announced a 60 day suspension of immigration to the united states. The freeze is said to prevent green card workers from moving to the U.S. but will allow temporary workers on non-immigrant visas to enter. Today we will discuss the consequences of the ban for U.S. employers.

We are pleased to have with us today employment attorney Jacob M. Monty, managing partner and founder of Monty & Ramirez LLP (https://montyramirezlaw.com/).

For over two decades, Jake Monty has successfully practiced at the intersection of immigration, labor, and employment laws. A nationally recognized authority on issues facing employers with large Hispanic workforces, Jake has written not one, but three books on the topic and speaks regularly in English and Spanish on navigating labor and employment matters in industries with heightened immigration scrutiny. His clients include professional baseball teams, grocery store chains, single establishment and chain restaurants, and leading companies in the construction and facility maintenance fields. Jake has been interviewed by major media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC regarding national immigration concerns.

Jake founded Monty & Ramirez LLP to offer an integrated approach to dealing with Hispanic workforces. He and his bilingual partners address all the critical aspects of employer advocacy, from immigration to union matters, workplace safety, and employment disputes.

May 01 2020

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Great content!!!!

By Bnor438 - Aug 14 2019
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Consistently thought provoking. I love bringing these ideas back to my HR team :)

Thanks for providing great content!

By BrieGF - May 23 2017
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Thank you for providing great content to your audience!