Category: HR Stories Podcast

Welcome to the HR Stories Podcast! Our Storytellers – John Thalheimer and Chuck Simikian founded HR Stories Podcast to help Human Resource Professionals and Business Owners learn the best practices of human resources management. Both are successful entrepreneurs who help businesses through human resources consulting, training, and coaching leaders. In the last year, they have coached and trained thousands of HR Professionals as, Business Owners, and Leaders to prepare them for the future.

When the Coronavirus stopped America, John and Chuck wanted to share their knowledge. They realized that the stories they shared in their seminars were the perfect vehicle to teach the principles of human resources management. In short, there is a lesson in every story. John is the Founding Director of True Star Leadership™, which focuses on helping managers and leaders learn the principles of performance management. Chuck is the Founding Partner of Alliance HR Partners, which provides human resources consulting and training to businesses across the country. Together they have over 40 years navigating the challenges of human resources.

HR Stories Presents – One Phone call cost the company 7.2 Million Dollars

In this episode, John and Chuck dive into how a single phone call costs a company 7.2 million Dollars in back wages and penalties. If you didn’t know, there is a worker shortage in the United States, and more and more companies are trying to be creative to ensure they meet their customers’ expectations. One option small businesses are turning to is hiring independent contractors to do the work. However, it can cost the company millions of dollars if done wrong. Tune into this episode of HR Stories, where John shares a story where a company misclassified their workers as independent contractors and ran afoul of the law. Join the HR Team of One Community on Facebook or visit

HR Stories Presents – But Boss…I Need to go to the Bathroom!

Misty was a great temp employee who was on her way to being offered a full time position….until she revealed she needed extra bathroom breaks. Welcome to HR Stories…..where the lesson is in the story. In this episode we talk about the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations, and what happens when companies do pay attention to the law. As mentioned in this story, download the copy of the new EEOC poster here.Join the HR Team of One Community on Facebook or visit and sign up for emails so you can be the first to know about new things we have coming up.  Follow us on Instagram and TikTok at @HRstoriesPodcastDon’t forget to rate our podcast, it really helps other people find it!