The HR Team

Eileen's Lessons - August 2015

My son once asked me why daddies get gray before mommies do. Meaning why do men get gray hair at an earlier age than women? 

When you think about it, it's quite humorous. My son's reality was that men had gray hair and women didn't. Therefore, men's hair must naturally gray at an earlier age than women's hair. Without knowledge of color treatment, his perception became reality.

Sound familiar? As business managers, how many times have employees requested a pay increase because they went to or some other online resource and pulled up their free market compensation report? In addition, how many times have we assumed that employees were happy with their jobs, because we never asked and they simply seemed happy? Or a poor performer assumed their performance was acceptable because no one ever told them it wasn't?


Abercrombie Resolves Religious Hiring Complaint

In its June 1, 2015 decision ( EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch) the Supreme Court held that an employer may not refuse to hire an applicant if the employer was motivated by avoiding the need to accommodate a religious practice. Such behavior violates the prohibition on religious discrimination contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Paid Sick Leave for Federal Government Contractors

The  New York Times has reported that President Obama has drafted an executive order that would require federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their employees.

The Times obtained confidential drafts that would set a minimum of 56 hours a year of paid sick leave (7 days) for illness of the employee, child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, etc.  In addition, the leave would also cover absences as a result of sexual assault, domestic violence and more.

In addition, the order would require federal contractors to accrue unused leave year after year.

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