The HR Team

Eileen's Lessons - June 2017

When my children were younger, I was aware of a classroom behavioral issue in their religious school. How did I find out? I had just walked into the school to pick up one of my children and a parent was badgering an administrator in the hopes of finding out what was going on. I could see that the administrator was uncomfortable and had told the parent several times that she couldn't discuss the matter."

As an HR person, I understand the need for privacy and to not discuss private matters. So when the parent left, I approached her and let her know what I observed and offered her a tool to use for the next time. That was to simply say "just as it would not be appropriate for me to discuss anything about your child with another parent, it would not be appropriate for me to discuss any actions related to this child with you." Wow. It was powerful for her.

Maryland Sick Leave Legislation vetoed by Governor 

As expected, Governor Hogan vetoed the "Maryland Healthy Working Families Act". However, the Governor did sign three executive orders related to sick leave: Executive Order 01.01.2017.08 creates a task force, headed by Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly Schulz and including the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Human Resources, to conduct a comprehensive field study to further and formally determine how a better paid sick leave plan can be implemented, with a report to be submitted in December.

Summer Interns

Employers anticipate hiring 3.4 percent more interns in 2017 than they did in 2016, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
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