Author: Laura Kerekes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer Laura Kerekes writes a monthly “Innovative Workplace” column for Rough Notes, a publication that has been serving the insurance industry since 1878. Enjoy her November column on cybersecurity. Cybercriminals are becoming more focused on users of company networks as a weak link in the security infrastructure chain. Secure web gateways, anti-virus tools,…

ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer Laura Kerekes writes a monthly “Innovative Workplace” column for Rough Notes, a publication that has been serving the insurance industry since 1878. Enjoy her October column on how to handle tough employee conversations. We all get cold feet when it comes to addressing difficult issues with colleagues in the workplace. It’s…

It’s typical to have mixed feelings about the annual benefits open enrollment period. Dread for the additional administrative workload and potential benefits cost increases… Anticipation of newer, more attractive, and easier to administer plans… It makes for a fall season that causes many HR professionals and benefits brokers to drown their misery in pumpkin spice lattes….

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ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer Laura Kerekes writes a monthly “Innovative Workplace” column for Rough Notes, a publication that has been serving the insurance industry since 1878. While geared toward brokers, much of the information in her columns is applicable to human resources professionals. Enjoy her June column on workplace violence. Incidences of workplace violence are becoming…

ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer Laura Kerekes writes a monthly “Innovative Workplace” column for Rough Notes, a publication that has been serving the insurance industry since 1878. While geared toward brokers, much of the information in her columns is applicable to human resources professionals. Enjoy her March column on tricky pay issues that may affect your…

ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer Laura Kerekes writes a monthly “Innovative Workplace” column for Rough Notes, a publication that has been serving the insurance industry since 1878. While geared toward brokers, much of the information in her columns is applicable to human resources professionals. Enjoy February’s column on the hazy situation created for employers in the…

The volume of public allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault, fueled by high-profile women honored as Time magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year—The Silence Breakers—and individual social media posts (#MeToo), continues to ripple through businesses, our government and our society. The impact of these revelations has prompted forced resignations, public firings, legal action and…

We all know that bad weather can affect business operations. Last year certainly had its share—from heavy rains and floods to strong winds, fires and more. Winter is upon us, and for many parts of the country it means harsher weather is coming our way, if it’s not here already. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer Laura Kerekes writes a monthly “Innovative Workplace” column for Rough Notes, a publication that has been serving the insurance industry since 1878. While geared toward brokers, much of the information in her columns is applicable to human resources professionals.  Annual benefits enrollment — admittedly from my perspective as a human resources practitioner,…

In an editorial in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta stated that the DOL’s fiduciary rule will become effective June 9, 2017. “We have carefully considered the record in this case, and the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, and have found no principled legal basis to change the June…