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HR Should Be the Messenger

Shari Caudron's article "Delivering the Tough Benefit News" (On the Contrary, September 2002) is great, except for one piece of advice. One of her recommended rules to follow in communicating bad news is: Have the information come from a senior-level executive so that HR doesn't become a scapegoat.

As an HR consultant and presenter of courses included in various HR certification programs, I recommend that HR be the messenger. It's old-age thinking to hide behind a senior executive. If HR wants to be seen as a strategic business partner and a member of top management, then part of price is to be the messenger. Many top HR people welcome the opportunity, and do a great job.

Dr M Michael Markowich

Markowich Consulting Group

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Lying During Job Interviews

I am writing in response to a statement in your September issue's Legal Posts column, in particular the authors' comments that, "We doubt an employer could legally terminate an employee for giving a false answer to a question that revealed information the employer could not lawfully rely on." Why, yes, an employer has every right in the world to terminate employees for lying about job related questions during their interview, just as the courts have upheld time and again the employer's right to terminate based on lying on the application form. The only instances where this might be problematic would be (1) if the applicant were actually a "salt" and applying for the purpose of unionizing employees (Hartman Bros. …

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