About Robert Teachout

I cover a range of employment law and human resources topics at the federal, state and municipal levels, focusing on the intersection of compliance with HR strategy and practice. Before joining XpertHR, I was the senior HR editor at Thompson Information Services for several digital and print employment law publications. Prior to that, I was the primary editor of Bloomberg BNA's State Labor Laws binders, and wrote the State Wage Assignment and Garnishment Handbook. I also have written articles for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and been quoted by HR Bartender.

Some of my favorite topics are:
Employee Engagement
HR Strategy
Wage and Hour Law

Email: robert.teachout@xperthr.com

Author archive | Robert Teachout

Keeping Performance Appraisals Effective During the Pandemic

As 2020 draws to a close, employers and employees are striving to complete their goals and objectives during what has been a most difficult year, and reflecting on their accomplishments. A key part of that involves completing their 2020 performance… continue
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Having a Very COVID-Summer Vacation: Avoiding the 2020 PTO Glut

  Summertime traditionally is a time for fun and relaxation, as so many classic songs attest: “Summertime and the living is easy.” “Vacation, all I ever wanted. Vacation, have to get away.” “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of… continue
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COVID-19 Spurs Requests for Work Accommodations

As businesses begin to reopen and bring employees back to the workplace, a majority of employers are receiving requests for workplace accommodations related to COVID-19. According to surveyed attendees of a recent webinar hosted by XpertHR, most requests are from… continue
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Surveys Show Huge Impact on Employers

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is the most disruptive event to hit the US economy in decades. A roundup of recent surveys shows the many challenges employers are facing as they try to find answers to adapt to rapidly changing business… continue
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A Successful 2020 Performance Appraisal Process Starts Now

As the year comes to a close, employers and employees are wrapping up their 2019 performance appraisals and looking forward to well-earned time to reflect on and celebrate their accomplishments. But, now also is the time for employers to prepare… continue
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Can AI, Analytics and Tech Make Future HR More Human?

Over that past few years, HR leaders have paid more and more attention to the potential benefits of using artificial intelligence (AI), analytics and technology in the practice of human resources. Often, such systems are touted for their ability to… continue
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#SHRMLEG 2019 Fireside Chat: Future of Work Involves More Employee, Social Issues Engagement

Are companies taking a more active role in the current political and social discussion calling for greater diversity and inclusion? Panelists during a “fireside chat” at the 2019 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Employment Law and Legislative Conference held… continue
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8 Key Challenges for Global Employers

In today’s digital age, crossing international boundaries can happen as easily as clicking a link on a webpage. And as the ease of connecting around the globe increases, so too do the opportunities for employers to operate on a global… continue
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7 Tips to Improve Performance Reviews

At the heart of any performance appraisal system lies the meeting between each employee and his or her immediate manager at which the employee’s performance is reviewed and plans are made for the coming performance cycle. But the formal performance… continue
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The Caregiver Crisis: How Employers Can Help

How many employees provide care for a child? For a parent? Grandparent? If you are an employer wondering which of your employees currently are or may soon become caregivers, the answer is simple: All of them. “It’s not a question… continue
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