Volunteers may cost you money

In this economy, it only makes sense for us to all be thinking of ways to save money. No more paper towels. Buying rice in bulk (eating it every night). Volunteers instead of employees. Except, it turns out that even if someone offers their time, “The Law” might still consider them an employee. Saving money is all green until somebody gets sued, so read up on how to properly classify volunteers by clicking this link from our partners at Fisher and Phillips.


Drinking at work – create a bond or post bond?

Looks like employers across the country are falling off the wagon and jumping onto the bandwagon. The traditional, alcohol-free workplace is now being saturated by “open-bottle policies” ala Mad Men.

Before you run out and buy a pack of smokes and start harassing the steno pool, remember: employees may be drinking on the job like it’s 1966, but you still have to deal with employment laws like it’s 2012. Check out this blog post from NPR about the rising trend in company-sponsored workplace alcohol consumption.

Hiring Our Heroes – sounds like a good idea

This year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring Our Heroes” program will host 50 hiring fairs for veterans and military spouses. “Hiring Our Heroes” is a nationwide effort to help veterans and their spouses find meaningful employment by improving public-private sector coordination in local communities. Jobs seekers and employers looking to hire may register at www.HoH.GreatJob.net.

Upcoming programs:

April 19

Bridgeton, MO

Hiring Our Heroes – St. Louis, MO 

April 24

Lincoln, NE

Hiring Our Heroes – Lincoln, NE

April 24

Birmingham, AL

Hiring Our Heroes- Birmingham, AL  

April 26

Montgomery, AL

Hiring Our Heroes- Montgomery, AL

April 26

Clarksville, TN

Military Spouse Career Forum and Hiring Fair-Clarksville, TN/Ft Campbell

NLRB poster update encore, again

You don’t have to post the NLRB poster by April 30, maybe ever.

Thanks to our partners at Fisher & Phillips for the timely update.

For those of you who purchased the new 7-in-one federal poster (which includes the NLRB poster) from us, you have two options:

  1. Simply fold the panel containing the NLRB poster under and you are good to go with the 6-in-one poster, complete with the new EPPA poster revised in January of 2012. The bonus here is if they ever figure out that the poster will be required, you simply unfold and, ta-da, the 7-in-one poster magically reappears.
  1. Take advantage of our 100% satisfaction guarantee and return the poster to us (ACCR, 65 E Wacker Place, Suite 1804, Chicago, IL 60601, please use a signature verified shipper like FedEx or UPS) for a refund.

In honor of this latest flip-flop, we are kicking off this spring season with our “Flip-Flop Spring Sale-a-thon” featuring Employment Verification – An Employer’s Guide to Immigration, Form I-9 and E-Verify for only $26. Order by calling us at 866-439-2227or going to www.accr.biz/ev and use coupon code HRUEV41912.

Kids or employees?

You can’t hire or fire your kids. You can’t make your employees try at least one bite of their rutabaga almond cheesecake. You can, however, and perhaps should, use some of the same tools with kids and employees:

  • treat everyone fairly
  • don’t give in to tantrums
  • look for underlying reasons for behavior
  • be the adult
  • make the hard choices
  • help them learn how to make the right decision.

Listen to the panelists for “Moms (plus one Dad) vs. Management: Parents Make Awesome Managers” at SXSW discuss how they transfer some of their parenting skills to the workplace (scroll down a little and you will see the “Listen” bar).

Employee perks – do they work or just cost?

Just because you provide gym memberships and pay for health insurance and have a yoga class in the conference room and let everyone take as much vacation time as they want and buy the good coffee doesn’t mean employees will be any happier or will work any harder. It’s not the bling that matters, it’s the substance, and the substance is about bringing employees together, about the connection between the people doing and the people managing the doing, about fostering relationships.

Click here to read “Why Your Perks Aren’t Working” in Crains Chicago Business and see what other companies have learned and what they are doing.


In the past, it…

In the past, it’s been almost taboo to admit in an interview that you are motivated by money. But why? What happened to honesty being the best policy?


According to TLNT, money being a key motivator is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, there really isn’t anything wrong with it. They list 3 key reasons why money as a motivator shouldn’t be an automatic no hire:


  • Money and morals are not mutually exclusive – Glengarry Glenn Ross is not real.
  • Money and pay should never be taboo – honesty really is the best policy.
  • Money is one thing you do control – repeat, money is one thing you do control.

Click here to read more and here to check out what your next hire might sound like.