The Cornell HR Review is a student-run HR publication that provides timely articles, essays, and executive commentary.

Redefining the Internship in the Face of Legal Realities and Economic Valuations

April 14, 2015

College internship programs have received considerable attention in the past four years since the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DoL”) issued a fact sheet aimed at educating employers and schools about the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) to such programs.[1] Highly publicized law suits followed.[2] The prevailing view that seems to […]

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The Role of Human Resources in Developing Diverse Leadership Paradigms

September 30, 2015

As US-based companies continue to expand internationally, it is critical that the HR function plays a major role in developing a leadership paradigm that can be effectively leveraged by the entire company and considers diverse or “non-western” styles of leadership.

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Sieving through the Data to Find the Person

September 4, 2015

With “big data” and “analytics” atop human resources (HR) professionals’ dictionaries, it is no wonder that some are calling it time to think of employees as data points[1] and to scientifically make people decisions.[2] These beget horrific images of what many employees already believe HR promotes: incessant change and downsizing solely for profit maximization.

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A Multilateral Approach to Bridging the Global Skills Gap

May 8, 2015

In 2012, McKinsey & Company forecasted a troubling outlook on the labor market through the year 2020. The report highlighted three talent shortages across the globe:

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Bill Dirksen – Cornell Campus Visit

April 7, 2015

On March 24, 2015, Bill Dirksen joined ten students from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations for a lunch and career chat. An alumnus of the school’s graduate program (1985), Dirksen came to Cornell after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with an economics degree. He currently serves as Vice President for Labor […]

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9th Annual National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo

March 27, 2015

As a graduate student at The School of Hotel Administration, I had the pleasure of attending the 9th Annual National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo. The conference was held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 16-18 and attracted HR and labor and employment relations professionals from all sectors of the industry.

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Navigating Leadership in U.S.-based Multinationals

February 28, 2015

U.S.-based organizations once found a competitive advantage in going multinational and leveraging resources and markets their competition could not access.  But in today’s market, simply going global is no longer enough to provide that advantage. 

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21st Century Human Resources: Employee Advocate, Business Partner, or Both?

February 11, 2015

The human resources (“HR”) field can be segmented into three eras. The first era developed in the late 19th century out of labor tensions as public concern grew due to the sometimes violent relations between employers and employees.[1] Some characterize HR’s beginning as a managerial function as well as a steward of the employee experience. […]

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Understanding ADR

January 21, 2015

This essay provides a concrete understanding of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by analyzing Owen Fiss’ article Against Settlement. Additionally, this essay provides insight regarding the role that the Human Resources (HR) function plays in the context of the dispute resolution process. Part I begins by introducing the concept of ADR. Part II provides an overview […]

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The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Large Companies

December 24, 2014

The purpose of this paper is to explore how Fortune 500 companies have been affected by the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More importantly, this paper will explore what strategies companies have adopted, and what the legislation means to the following stakeholders: company boards, executives, managers, employees, the Human Resource function, and the […]

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Workplace Wellness Programs: Are They Part of the Answer to the U.S.’s Growing Healthcare Crisis?

December 24, 2014

Of the $2.8 trillion that the United States has spent on healthcare in recent years, the majority of it (75%) is spent treating chronic disease. Chronic disease is “a long-standing condition that can be controlled but not cured… It is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., which is 1.7 million lives […]

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