Human Resources

Harassment in the Workplace

Posted: May 25, 2018 - Blog, Human Resources

Harassment in the Workplace Today it was McDonald’s, yesterday was Uber. It seems like every day brings new sexual harassment allegations against prominent figures and corporations. Since the #MeToo movement brought the issue of sexual harassment center stage, experts are predicting sexual harassment topics will remain high profile for a while. Businesses could face potential Read More

Salary Structure

Posted: April 23, 2018 - Blog, Human Resources

Salary History Bans Lead to Salary Structures to Reduce Gender Pay Gap Recently, policymakers in multiple states, including Illinois, have been pressing to ban employers from asking applicants to provide their salary history. This has been a question asked by many hiring managers for years in order to quickly screen applicants that may have pay Read More

Employees Requesting More Feedback

Posted: March 22, 2018 - Blog, Human Resources

Over the last two years HR professionals have been grappling with the idea of ditching annual performance reviews. Historically, both the employees and supervisors dread the annual review process, at the same time, many supervisors believe they have regular contact with their employees therefore there is no need for a formal process. Unfortunately, according to Read More

Have You Reviewed Your Anti-Harassment Policy?

Posted: January 29, 2018 - Business Development, Human Resources

After several months of news coverage and conversations regarding workplace harassment claims, I am struck by the emotion this topic evokes.  The most painful, of course, are from the victims; but also impactful are the reactions from many business leaders who recognize the negative effects of harassment on their brand; particularly if the news of Read More

Representing Your Brand

Posted: April 27, 2017 - Blog, Human Resources

I have always held the firm belief that the successful dissemination of a company’s culture and brand is dependent upon the representation of those values in the everyday actions of its employees. If employees are not embracing the tenets you have worked so hard to instill and are actively representing the opposite in public, it Read More

Next Generation Office Space

Posted: February 13, 2017 - Blog, Human Resources

Our firm recently moved into a brand new office space in downtown Chicago.  We had been discussing a Chicago presence for a few years and decided to pull the trigger at the end of 2015.  The primary reasoning behind adding a downtown office to the firm was in support of our employee retention and recruiting Read More

Recognizing the Silent Wheel

Posted: February 13, 2017 - Human Resources

Recognizing the Squeaky Silent Wheel At the core of most HR professionals is a deep desire to watch others develop into leaders within our organizations.  Seeing greatness in candidates and being proven right as they flourish and become integral parts of our organizations’ vision for the future brings us joy and job satisfaction.  For some, Read More

FLSA – Overtime Rule Update

Posted: November 30, 2016 - Blog, Human Resources

In a dramatic turn of events, a Texas Federal Judge halted the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new federal overtime rule.  The new overtime rule would have raised the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.  The rule was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016.   Read More