Volume 11, No. 5 • May 2014


  • Reflections on Mentoring: A Closer Look at One Successful Pairing

    By Braegan C. Abernethy and Kari D. Weaver

    Mentoring offers numerous professional benefits, but also assists in personal growth. Reflecting on the experience as a mentor or mentee is essential to understanding the impact of mentoring on the individual. In the previous articles in this mentoring series, the authors discussed best practices for mentoring relationships and success as a mentee. In this article, the authors present a reflection on their own mentoring experience together. Hopefully this personal touch will inspire … Read the rest


Career Advancement

  • $150M available to states to implement or expand job-driven training programs for laid-off workers

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $150 million in funding through a new Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program to train workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.

    These investments will help create or expand employer partnerships that provide opportunities for on-the-job training, Registered Apprenticeships or other occupational training that results in an industry-recognized credential. Funding will also be used to provide services, … Read the rest

  • Technology Education as a Requirement for Future Librarians

    By Chelsea Hoitt

    Becoming a librarian, one might think, requires an established set of guidelines to follow. One must go to school for library science, or another related discipline, earn a degree and gain experience either through volunteering or otherwise. Despite this belief, there have been changes in technology that are creating an entirely different set of demands for librarians, with new challenges and new required training and education.

    I personally began my path as a hopeful librarian at a … Read the rest

  • New activities coming to the Placement Center during the ALA 2014 Annual Conference

    CHICAGO — During the ALA 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the ALA JobLIST Placement Center will introduce several new activities to help library workers get their careers on track. 

    From 2 – 3 p.m. on Saturday June 28, 2014, there will be a ‘Check Out a Librarian’ event.  This event is designed for librarians who are looking to find their professional niche and/or those who want to move up the librarianship ladder but aren’t sure how. You’re invited to … Read the rest

HR Practice

  • What you should absolutely, positively NOT say in a performance review

    Editor’s Note: This article is republished with permission of Business Management Daily. View the original article.

    Say you manage Kevin, a 55-year-old employee whose productivity drops over the year. Instead of citing specific, measurable examples of this decline in his performance review, you note that “Kevin doesn’t seem to have the energy level anymore to truly succeed in this department.” Still, you rate Kevin’s work as “average,” the same as last year.

    That example highlights two of the

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  • Affordable Care Act Page Update

    The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration updated its Affordable Care Act web page with the following:

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  • Office of Disability Employment Policy Publishes Workplace Flexibility Fact Sheet

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released the “Workplace Flexibility: A Strategic Business Approach for an Inclusive Workplace” fact sheet. This new resource provides many private-sector business examples on the benefits of workplace flexibility as well as how the federal government is using this business approach. The fact sheet addresses how workplace flexibility strategies can directly or indirectly help employers meet the goals of many federal regulations. A link to ODEP’s Workplace Flexibility Toolkit … Read the rest

  • Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodation Procedures – FDWC News Hour Webinar – May 21, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

    This FDWC News Hour webinar describes an effective, no frills practice so that all federal employees can perform at the highest of standards. Providing reasonable accommodations combines effective written procedures for making and processing requests with a proactive and agile framework. Federal employees with disabilities are routinely informed of their rights to receive accommodations, and have the ability to learn about, select, accept, or reject accommodations to meet their unique needs. Presenters include speakers from NASA’s Johnson Space Center and … Read the rest




  • Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report, Week Ending May 3



    In the week ending May 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 319,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 344,000 to 345,000. The 4-week moving average was 324,750, an increase of 4,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 320,000 to 320,250.

    There were no special factors … Read the rest


HR Law

  • NLRB Invites Briefs on Case Regarding Use of Employer Email

    In October 2013, an administrative law judge ruled that an employer may prohibit employees from using the employer’s electronic communication system for activity not related to business purposes. HR Hero reports that the National Labor Relations Board seeks to overturn this ruling, and is inviting interested parties to submit briefs. The briefs may be no more than 25 pages and must be submitted by June 16.… Read the rest

  • Employers Can Request ADA Medical Exam After End of FMLA Leave

    A California state court ruled that employers can demand employees complete an ADA medical exam before returning to work, even if their physician has cleared them after their FMLA leave.

    This allows employers to effectively ask for a second opinion from a doctor if they suspect an employee is not yet ready to return to the workplace. 

    For more information, read HR Morning’s summary of the case.… Read the rest

  • Updates to COBRA Notices Add Affordable Care Act Info

    The Employee Benefits Security Administration has updated its model notices that inform workers of their eligibility to continue healthcare coverage through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. The updates, announced May 2, make it clear to workers that if they are eligible for COBRA continuation coverage when leaving a job, they may choose to instead purchase coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also announced a special enrollment period for people who are … Read the rest