Social networking – Andrew R. McIlvaine of Human Resource Executive discusses a lawsuit that could have far reaching ramifications for social networking sites, depending on the ruling. The staffing firm TEKsystems charges that a former employee, one of their recruiters, breached the terms of a non-compete by communicating with people on LinkedIn, many of whom are former co-workers and clients. The recruiter now works for a competing firm, and according to charges, has engaged in email solicitation. It should be interesting to see how the court rules on this issue.
Trust building – As the economy improves, it’s pretty normal for there to be some disruption in a work force. Many employees stick with their current employer during a downturn out of fear rather than loyalty – most people don’t want to be the newest one in the door in a bad economy, so are reluctant to switch jobs. But as the job situation improves, more and more employees may be looking to change jobs. This may be particularly true if you’ve had to take any harsh measures to sustain your company during the downturn. Michael Stewart of Workforce discusses this and offers a prescription for Four Crucial Steps to Regain Employees’ Trust.
Related: The art of apologizing.
Oil spill resources – Organizations with employees in any of the gulf states affected by the BP Oil disaster may want to brush up on oil spill resources available from NIOSH. Resources include information and training for protecting workers and emergency responders. Also see state government specific resources for gulf coast residents: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Related HR Lessons Flow from BP’s Crisis
Health care reformA User’s Guide to Health Care Reform – AARP does a good job with this guide, which breaks down information that various groups need to know: If you’re now on Medicare;if you are uninsured or buying your own insurance; if you run a small business or work for one; if you have moderate or low income.
NY’s Domestic Worker Bill of Rights – New York’s Bill #S2311D may prove to be the nation’s first domestic worker bill of rights: “It’s estimated that there are about 200,00 domestic workers in New York, 93% of which are women and 95% of which are people of color. Because the Bill covers all domestic workers – both legal and illegal – it’s been fairly controversial. Opponents decry the increase in regulation, which some say will result in fewer jobs. Many opponents also bridle against any protection for illegal workers, feeling that offers a legitimacy. Proponents say that it will go a long way to regulating an industry that has no standards or oversight and afford basic worker rights to a largely ignored worker population. Many of those in favor of the bill also think that shedding light on some of unregulated business segments which have historically been magnets for undocumented workers will be an important step in coming to grips with the hiring of illegal workers.”
Word up – How does your vocabulary fare in comparison to the average new York Times reader? Check out the 50 most frequently looked-up words on the NYT, and check out the accompanying post on the topic, Fancy Words.
Making the grade – thanks to Evan Carmichael for including HR Web Cafe in his listing of the Top 50 HR Blogs to Watch: 2010 – check out the list for more good blogs.


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