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Restaurants, Taxes, Chowder House

By Dennis Published: March 31, 2010

I was doing my taxes the other day when I came across one of my pet peeves or rants. I still cannot understand why the system was changed so that entertainment involving dining at restaurants was reduced to a 50% business deduction. I doubt these days there are that many 3 martini lunches, and even if there are it is money that goes to support hard working restaurant owners and servers. If the government wants to stimulate the economy, I believe a simple move would be to restore the full deduction for business entertainment involving restaurants.

So the same day I was thinking of writing a rant on the topic, I got an email indicated that The Vue in Hudson was closing. I found that to be disappointing, as I thought Vue was a valuable addition to our community and was one of the better local restaurants. So, I was sad to see The Vue announce their closing.

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Workforce and Succession Planning

By Dennis Published: March 30, 2010

A local Hudson author, Jeffrey Gross has tapped his consulting experience to put together an excellent guide to strategic workforce and succession planning. The book is Workforce Planning: 90 Day Action Plan Handbook

What I like about this guide is that it is practical, organized, and presents a step by step approach. Many organizations put off an organized approach to workforce planning. This handbook turns workforce planning into a manageable task, which can be completed in 90 days. The book includes a great deal of advice as well as easy to use forms and materials. As a result, the book presents a good mix of research based advice combined with easy to follow steps for the practitioner.

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Integrity Test Follow Up

By Dennis Published: March 28, 2010

Recently, a reader followed up to an old post on integrity tests with two questions: 

How do we know that integrity tests are reliable?
How are the reliability of integrity tests measured?

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Horses of Courses

By Dennis Published: March 18, 2010

Sometime back, we had an interesting discussion on the use of horses in management development and coaching. I have to admit I was on the skeptical side. However, as a follow up, I offer information on this grant opportunity.

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John Tesh Radio Show

By Dennis Published: March 17, 2010

I received an email from a friend of mine, Tayla Bauer, informing me that my name had been mentioned on the John Tesh Radio Show. Of course I wondered why, I figured it was not because he admired my skills at the keyboard. Turns out it was because of some of my statements about driving - I do believe it is probably the most complex information processing task we perform. So, you can check out his mention here.

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Local Public Sector Spring Meeting

By Dennis Published: March 16, 2010

The Local IPMA-HR group, primarily but not exclusively for those in the public sector, will have their spring breakfast Chapter meeting on Thursday, March 25th at 8:30am at the Smallwood Activities Center (formally the Parma Senior Citizens Center). Dr. Karen Gilliam, Organization and Employee Manager for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, will deliver a presentation on Change Management. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members which will include breakfast.

Please RSVP before noon on Monday, March 22nd, by email:

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Central IPMA Scholarship

By Dennis Published: March 15, 2010

I mentioned yesterday the Central Region of IPMA and their conference. If you are interested, they do offer a scholarship for the conference. 

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Clean Up Week - Post 1 - IPMA Central Site

By Dennis Published: March 14, 2010

I have a lot of news items and other trivia in my inbox that I will be cleaning out this week. First on the agenda, if you are interested in public sector HR, there is a new website for IPMA-HR Central Region. Plus, this will have information on the upcoming conference. You can find it here

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Beer and Age Bias

By Dennis Published: March 4, 2010

One of my graduate students sent me this news item. It deals with an 85 year old woman who filed an age discrimination lawsuit when she was replaced by a 75 year old.

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HR Colloquium at The University of Akron

By Dennis Published: March 3, 2010

The Psychology Archives invites you to the first installment of the spring colloquium series on Thursday, March 4th from 3:00 4:30 pm in Room 310 of the Student Union at the University of Akron. Dr. Cristina G. Banks will present on 'Crossing Disciplines and Innovating in Psychology: Making Something New from the Familiar'. 

Dr. Banks holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Minnesota (1979) and a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley (1974). She is President and Founder of Lamorinda Consulting LLC, an organizational consulting firm specializing in employment law. She specializes in the areas of organizational strategy, performance improvement, human resource strategy, organizational and personnel assessment, and wage and hour laws. She is a nationally recognized expert in the Fair Labor Standards Act and California wage and hour laws. She serves as an expert witness in employment class action cases. She recently won APA's Presidential Citation Innovation Award for her work in job analysis.

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