Gender Choices for Job Vacancies

Here’s a thought about Philippine companies that advertise their vacancies. If we see a post looking for a (preferably) male or female applicant only, we ask – “Why not the other gender?” Would it be gender discrimination? But if we see one advertising “Wanted (position): male or female” – we also wonder – “Why specify?” Would […]
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Q&A: Background Checks

I’ve received inquiries on the validity of pre-employment background checks. Are they allowed, or even legal? Some applicants think that this process is supposed to be done after being hired. In general, companies ask applicants to fill up and sign a form authorizing a background check even if the person hasn’t been hired yet, the purpose […]
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Termination of Employment: Due Process

I have often been asked by business owners, employers and other Human Resources practitioners – What is the proper way to terminate the services of an employee because of company policy violations?   To clarify, the following should be considered in terminating the services of employees:
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Recipe: Banana, Honey and Cinnamon Muffins

I love cooking.  I love baking. And one of the recipes I make on a regular basis is any variety of muffins, though I prefer anything and everything chocolate. Back story: With the use of a high-speed Nutri Ninja Slim blender, I’ve been making smoothies and other cold drinks from fresh fruits and either milk or […]
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Q&A: Preventive Suspension and Immediate Resignation

From time to time, I receive inquiries regarding employment issues and other related concerns. I try to answer them within a reasonable time and will post some of them here to help out others who may have the same question. Here is one from L. An employee who is under preventive suspension due to a serious company […]
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Termination: Fraud or Willful Breach

REQUIREMENTS FOR LAWFUL DISMISSAL: A JUST CAUSE There are two basic requirements for a lawful dismissal “a just cause or authorized cause as prescribed by law, and observance of due process.” The former comprises the substantive requirement, and the latter constitutes the procedural requirement for a valid dismissal. The Philippine Labor Code, in Article 283, […]
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The Psychology of Human Resources

I’ve been working in the Human Resources field for over 20 years already, and there’s always one question that’s asked of me at least once by new acquaintances.  Once they find out what I do, the inevitable happens: By the way, this is a semi-fictional discourse.  The questions and situations are real.  I just had to spruce up […]
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Job-Hunting Myths

Don’t defeat yourself by accepting common myths. Myth: If there’s nothing available in your field, switch careers. Fact: That’s one of the worst things you can do.  You compete against others with experience, and you will not approach your old salary. Myth: Lower your salary demands.  You’ll be more attractive to employers in an uncertain economy. Fact: […]
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My Kitchen Adventures

In my younger years, I used to watch my mother (and grandmother) bake different cakes and pastries for special occasions at home. I always waited for that moment when I would watch how the different ingredients would be brought out and prepared before she would put them together. When everything was ready for baking, I […]
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