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Management Issues

The HR Executive's Role in Rebuilding Trust
By Dennis S. Reina and Michelle L. Reina

Organizations that foster trust are more profitable. Yet, trust is complex and hard to earn. There is only one thing that builds trust – the way people behave. To earn and sustain trust, HR leaders must become aware of the behaviors that build and break trust – and know how to rebuild it again and again.

American-Style Loyalty Spreads to Asia
By Peter Cappelli

Retention has eroded sharply as Asian-based companies have pursued shareholder value and responded to competitive challenges at the expense of employees. But while similar factors may have spurred this development, the solutions being embraced by the different countries vary.

Great Expectations
By Tom Starner

The Internet has become a valuable recruiting tool during the last 10 years. However, many say it still has far to go to reach its potential for finding and attracting passive candidates.




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Although not scientifically formulated, here are some of the ground rules for us to follow. Please let me know if something needs to be added:

  1. Discuss the theory, analyze examples
  2. Speak to fellow members with respect
  3. No name calling, insults, braggadocio, screaming, shouting, or threats
  4. If you have a difference with another party, discuss it with them privately and civilly while striving to understand their perspective and terminology. If that doesn't work, call in one person to be a mediator. Still can't work it out? Bring it to the moderator.
  5. Gossip, drama for the sake of drama, and intrigue will not be tolerated.
  6. Please refrain from personal testimonials. Personal experiences as examples will probably work for analyzing in order to more clearly understand the situation. Refer to No. 1, above.
  7. It's okay to talk about the law and what you know or understand. But please do not practice law if you're not licensed to do so.
  8. Concerns about the governance of this Network will be brought to the moderator first.
  9. Please, no advertising. However, sharing information about events is a good thing.


Please Welcome Our New Members

We have several new members. Things have been so quiet that it seems there is a shyness about talking as well as a reluctance because so many are strangers to the others. So let me start by…Continue

Tags: welcome, members, new, ethics

Started by Yvonne LaRose in General Aug 12, 2012.

Handling Bullying

"It's important to recognize the friction that can evolve if Alphas and Betas simply go along their career highways doing what they do best -- dominate others and subordinate themselves."Let's say…Continue

Tags: poor screening, negligent hiring, harassment, abuse, bullying

Started by Yvonne LaRose in Leadership and Management Mar 28, 2010.

The Art of War

Many have recommended The Art of War by Sun Tzu as a starting point in discussing ethics.I'd like to solicit your opinions in regard to what it offers and whether you feel his philosophy is…Continue

Tags: standards, ethics, strategy, Sun-Tzu, Art of War

Started by Yvonne LaRose in Some Good Reading Mar 12, 2010.

Ethics of Diverse Attorney Search

He isn't a member of the Ethics list. I met him while I was in law school in the Bay Area. Ron Jordan has been pondering the ethics of recruiting those who are on the fringes of society or were part…Continue

Tags: diversity, attorneys, lobbyists, recruiting, Black Panthers

Started by Yvonne LaRose in Client's Henchman Jun 9, 2009.

Non-Retaliation Clauses

Many companies have a section in their Code of Conduct and/or Code of Ethics pertaining to no retaliation for reporting suspected misconduct. Some employees believe the merit of the clause; others do…Continue

Tags: suspicion, survey, wrongdoing, reporting, retaliation

Started by Yvonne LaRose in Governance and Compliance Jun 9, 2009.

Blog Posts

Winds of Change

I ran across an article that was written a while ago but it caught my attention nonetheless. The article was titled “The Dirty Dozen Dangerous Online Job Search Assumptions” and it can be found on It is riddled with comments about the job boards’ inability to ensure that the companies that advertise thru them are real or that the job positions for that matter are real.

The article went on to recommend the use of an identity suppressed or cyber-safe resume. As I was… Continue

Posted by Moises Lopez on August 21, 2008 at 7:19am

Crafting the candidate experience

I read this neat article on MSN titled "15 ways stores trick you into spending". I just wanted to share a few of the highlights of the tricks they listed. Some of them are obvious but their all interesting. One of these tricks was that the desirable departments are placed far away from the entrance. Another one of the tricks mentioned was that impulse-oriented items are placed… Continue

Posted by Moises Lopez on August 18, 2008 at 6:47am

Sourcing is like attending a garage sale

The more I think about this the more it makes sense to me. Everything you need to know about sourcing you can learn by attending a garage sale!! Call it what you will; maybe it is the thrill of the hunt, the thrill of finding hidden treasure, or maybe even the thrill of beating the system. (You know, getting good stuff for a fraction of its value!) If you ever attended one you’ll… Continue

Posted by Moises Lopez on August 14, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Part of the Strategy

I've been paying attention to one of my favorite sports recently -- basketball. Kobe fouled himself out of a recent game, some other team mates made some mistakes and fouls for which they lost even more players. But the Lakers still won. Some of those fouls and penalties were intentional; they were part of the strategy for getting the point on the play and the ultimate goal of winning the game.

Bearing in mind the strategy of the various basketball plays for crowding, goal tending,… Continue

Posted by Yvonne LaRose on March 30, 2008 at 9:30pm

First Steps: Standards and Definitions

It's been a while since anything's been said in this venue. So it must be time to shake things up again.

There are many things that can be discerned of the silence. That everyone has returned to the original venue even though it was supposed to be transferred here. That another venue has been formed and the discussions and thoughts are being exchanged there. That people have very little time and cannot get involved for the sake of time. In the alternative, there was one person who…


Posted by Yvonne LaRose on September 21, 2007 at 8:17pm

Enforcement and Compliance

Federal Regulations

It isn't a rating system. It is another industry's Code of Ethics, and the industry is extremely close to Recruiting. I wonder how effective the Code of Ethics of the Direct Selling Association is.

Then, there is the college recruiting side of the picture. Canadian Association for Co-operative Education Recruiting Ethics sets forth guidelines for the university, the student, and the employer. Employment Law Practice Center

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Legal Notes

May 24, 2007:
Here are some case articles I found on ERI. They bring up some of the issues already posed before us. But they also provide some additional things to consider. Take them in and use the Forum to discuss any or all of them:

Some interesting cases:

U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, April 20, 2007
US v. Thompson, No. 06-3676
In a case against a section chief in Wisconsin's Bureau of Procurement alleging improper steering of a contract for political reasons, the conviction is reversed where there was no indication that defendant's motives were corrupt for purposes of 18 U.S.C. section 666, and neither an increase in salary for doing what one's superiors deem a good job, nor a feeling of increased job security, is a "private benefit" for the purposes of 18 U.S.C. section 1341. Read more...

Supreme Court of Texas, April 20, 2007
In re RLS Legal Solutions, LLC, No. 05-0290
A petition for mandamus to compel arbitration of an employment dispute is conditionally granted where the court of appeals erred in holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying employer's motion to compel arbitration of the dispute on the basis that relators used economic duress to force the plaintiff to agree to arbitration. Read more...

California Appellate Districts, April 17, 2007
On-Line Power v. Mazur, No. B189251
Order denying attorney's fees after settlement of action for unpaid wages pursuant to a statutory offer of compromise is reversed where the trial court erred in ruling that the Labor Code provisions ensuring an employee's right to payment of wages did not apply to salaried corporate executives. Read more...

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