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Are employee evaluations still relevant in today’s business environment?

Corporate trendsetters are moving in the direction of eliminating a historical function of human resource departments: the annual performance evaluation. In fact, an estimated 10 percent of Fortune 500 companies have jettisoned the practice of annual employee evaluations, including Deloitte, Gap, Medtronic, Accenture…

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Tips for employers on how to provide risk-free recommendations for former employees

As all employers can attest, it can be difficult to determine what information to include in a verbal or written recommendation for departing employees. Indeed, some managers find themselves dreading a phone call from a prospective employer of a former employee.  That…

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An Employer’s Dilemma in Providing a Recommendation for a Former Employee

As all employers can attest, it can be difficult to determine what information to provide in a verbal or written recommendation for departing employees.  Indeed, some managers find themselves dreading a phone call from a prospective employer of a former employee.  That…

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Guidance for Employers Dealing with Mental Illnesses in the Workplace

Although you may not remember Andreas Lubitz by name, you undoubtedly remember his story.  On March 24, 2015, Mr. Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, intentionally crashed an airplane carrying 144 passengers and 6 crew members into the side of a…

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To Evaluate or Not to Evaluate? A Question for New Mexico Employers

Corporate trendsetters are moving in the direction of eliminating a historical function of human resource departments: the annual performance evaluation. Accenture recently declared its independence from the evaluation process, but it is certainly not alone in its departure from this time honored…

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Favorable Employment Law Decision in Garcia v. APS

In an opinion issued on March 26, 2015, Federal District Court Judge Martha Vazquez granted Albuquerque Public Schools’ Motion for Summary Judgment on a former employee’s claims of Title VII discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment discrimination.  This thorough opinion clarifies several…

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