A Sort of Lookout Corner: Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act

Unless you’re a distant relative of Jimmy Hoffa, odds are you aren’t so thrilled with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) right now. (And if you were setting those odds, chances are you weren’t that big a fan of Jimmy, either.)

In an effort to solidify and centralize (unionize?) the current sentiment of dissatisfaction many employers feel towards the NLRB, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) have launched an online campaign in support of the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act.

The campaign mainly focuses on the NLRB’s recent complaint against Boeing, claiming that actions such as these are what is stopping businesses like yours from creating jobs and making it too difficult to get the economy back on track.


With so much heated discussion regarding the NLRB’s recent actions, we at ACCR are curious to see what you think about the issue. We ask you to tweet @hridiot to let us know how you feel about the NLRB’s recent complaints and decisions and whether or not they are hurting, helping, or not even affecting you and your company.


To learn more about NAM and NFIB’s online campaign for the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, click here.


Numbered List: Your role in your employee’s success

When I’m cooking dinner for myself – which happens approximately every 4th full moon – I find it difficult to follow the cooking instructions (more commonly referred to as recipes) that I have found online. I have realized this is most likely due to the fact that these instructions are rarely written in the ever-organized form of the numbered list. And in an effort to alleviate you of the same frustrations from which I suffer thrice a year, I will now present you with yet another of the HR Update‘s now famed numbered lists.

This week’s numbered list comes from an article entitled, “6 Ways You Can Help Your Employees Facilitate Their Career Success.” In this article, you will find an as-of-now undecipherable amount of strategies to help your employees grow their talents under your watch, including:

  •  clearly communicating the strategy of the company
  • making sure they’re aware of internal opportunities
  • plainly setting expectations
  • taking a hand-on approach with high-potential employees.

Click here to read, “6 Ways You Can Help Your Employees Facilitate Their Career Success.” (And if you do a really great job of it, your employees just might not use that success to leverage a position with another company.)

The Treasury and DOL take on John Grisham

Now that your summer reading club has come to an almost assuredly emotional end, you’ve probably been searching for something else to flip through while kicking back and unwinding when you’re sitting on…the armchair in your den.

Well, you’re in luck, because I have some thrilling Autumn reading for you this season. The United States Treasury and Department of Labor (DOL) have jointly published the 2011-2012 regulatory agenda for employee benefits. (I know. I can hardly contain myself, either.)

In the Treasury and DOL’s new-edge-of-your-seat thriller, you’ll be enthralled with intrigue by tales of impending:

  • electronic disclosure through the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • prohibited transaction exemption procedures
  • notice, timing, and appeals of claims procedure
  • definition of “fiduciary”
  • and murder!

Okay, maybe not murder. But it’s possible it could get your blood pumping for one reason or another.

Click here to read a summary of the Treasury and DOL’s 2011-2012 regulatory agenda for employee benefits, written by the employment law attorneys at Suther Asbill & Brennan LLP.

You say potato, he says the health care bill is unconstitutional

So, by now, you’ve probably heard all about courts throughout the United States deeming the health care bill unconstitutional. I’m also sure you’ve probably grown sick from hearing about it all the time. (And worse yet, you aren’t sure if that sickness will be covered under your grandfathered plan.)

Last month, however, something actually occurred that is worth hearing about – in regards to the constitutionality of the health care bill, at least. And it will thankfully lead to an end of the “he-said, she-said” state-level court stuff and take it right to the top, the U.S. Supreme Court (from which we will only hear 9 people bicker).

So why is it sure to end up in the Supreme Court? Up until now, all the state-level courts had pretty much ruled the same thing – it is unconstitutional to require U.S. citizens to purchase health insurance. But a court in Cincinnati decided states (Virginia specifically) don’t have the right to challenge the law and that the law can’t be changed until it actually goes into effect. And this came right off the heels of an Atlanta court’s decision saying the complete opposite.

And when state-level courts disagree, there’s only one place to go. (And, I’m sorry to say, it’s not Disney Land.)

So the health care constitutionality issue is now sure to end up in the Supreme Court. And with that, the never-ending babble of the health care battle gets closer to reaching its end.

To learn more about this, click here and read an article by the employment law attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Six-Word Memoirs for the workplace

There’s certainly something to be said for wisdom that can be condensed and packed into a simple phrase that contains only a limited amount of words, characters, or syllables. (The previous sentence, however, is not an example of this.)

So we will say that something – great truths from only six words. (we can play that six word game).

Mercer/SMITH Magazine asked its readers to write in and describe the biggest lessons they ever learned at work – in only 6 words.

Winners were selected from over 7,000 entries – and there are some great (and humorous) truths to be found in those chosen, including:

  • two ears, one mouth, use proportionally
  • press every button until printer works
  • you’re not learning if you’re comfortable
  • someone at work reads your blog.

Click here to read the complete list of the biggest lessons learned at work (in the form of Six-Word Memoirs) from the readers of Mercer/SMITH’s Magazine.

Feedback for the Future

You wouldn’t think it, but playing guitar in a rock ‘n’ roll band and managing your employees share a key element in common. In each, feedback is very important.

As you know, providing feedback to your employees can be a very touchy and even difficult task to execute smoothly. Just as guitar players have to be careful approaching their amplifiers when trying to elicit the right kind of feedback, you must be careful in how you approach your employees when giving feedback. (Otherwise the employee might start making horrible screeching sounds, forcing the rest of your employees to cover their ears.)

In the article, “5 Rules For Giving Solid Employee Feedback That Works,” you’ll learn that the key to giving quality feedback is to create a situation in which you and your employee talk to each other, and not at each other. The 5 rules:

  • Speak productively.
  • Be prepared.
  • Set expectations.
  • Manage anger and emotion.
  • Provide ongoing, frequent feedback.

Click here to read the article and learn how to implement these 5 steps to giving your employees the best feedback you can.

I can get some (dis)satisfaction

A few months back Gallup polled U.S workers on their satisfaction, or should I say dissatisfaction, regarding factors of their current job.  Not surprisingly, they found workers are increasingly dissatisfied with certain aspects since the economic down fall.

So, what are workers unimpressed with?

  • The amount of on-the-job-stress – 34%
  • The amount of money earned- 30%
  • The health insurance benefits the employer offers- 30%
Just to name a few.

But possibly the most unsurprising but worrisome statistic of them all goes to:

(Drum roll please)

  •  30% of employees are most worried about being laid off in the near future

Click here to read the rest of the statistics, as well as to see what employees are satisfied with. (Yes, there are a few things U.S. workers still like about their jobs)