Human Resources News & Insights

Tim Gould

Tim Gould, Editor of HRMorning, has served as Editor-in-Chief of the biweekly newsletter What’s Working in Human Resources for the past five years. He’s also been Managing Editor of another newsletter, What’s Working in Benefits and Compensation, and is a regular contributor to BusinessBrief.com.
A native of Chicago, Gould had a lengthy career in newspapers, PR and advertising in both the Midwest and Northeast before joining Progressive Business Publications in 2002.
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The dreaded termination talk: Helping managers get it right

The termination conversation: The most distasteful part of any manager’s job. Here are some guidelines on how to handle these confrontations in a humane, controlled and legally safe way. 

‘Bob, you smell’: What to say to employees about embarrassing personal issues

Everybody dreads having those “difficult conversations” with employees about personal issues. Here are some examples of how they can be handled gracefully — including the actual words to use.

Watch out for these 8 workplace bully personality types

Workplace bullies have always been on the scene. But they’re now being recognized as productivity killers and potential legal threats to employers.

Handling the tricky questions in FMLA intermittent leave

It’s a given: Intermittent FMLA leave is a giant thorn in the side of HR people everywhere. But not all intermittent leave requests are equal. Here’s a look at some of the most common scenarios, and how to handle them.

‘Your pregnancy doesn’t fit in our plans’ won’t cut it with the EEOC

No question, the feds have gotten a lot more aggressive in enforcing laws against pregnancy discrimination. And employers shouldn’t expect that business considerations will serve as a shield against prosecution.  

EEOC outlines 4 new approaches to fight workplace harassment

Workplace harassment is virtually an epidemic these days — the EEOC says a third of the nearly 100,000 charges it receives annually now include a harassment allegation. But the agency’s taking steps to help both workers and managers handle the problem.

Wellness program requirements and retaliation: An expensive mix

The feds do allow companies to employ “negative incentives” to boost wellness program participation. But as this case proves, you’ve got to tread carefully.  

Feds ask for another delay on overtime rule: Will regs ever have their day in court?

The DOL has already been granted two extensions in submitting its final brief to the Fith Circuit Court of Appeals for the final overtime rule, but it looks like that still wasn’t enough. 

HR pros were relieved when Obamacare replacement bill got pulled

Everybody knows that the GOP’s attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare came to a rather ignominious end. But how did the HR community feel about that outcome?  

The firing checklist every HR pro should use

Firing staff members is stressful – which is why so many HR pros sometimes hurry the process along to get it over with. But that’s a big mistake.