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Viewpoint: 5 Significant Recruiting and Retention Issues for 2019

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 22:00

Unemployment has reached record lows, and recruiters are finding it difficult to get candidates to consider their open positions. Moreover, companies are struggling to keep current employees from jumping ship for better offers. Here are the five most significant recruiting and retention issues HR will face this year, according to a range of industry experts.

Take Mom and Dad to Work: Is This Helicopter Parenting Gone Mad?

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 22:00

There’s a day devoted to “Take Your Parents to Work,” a LinkedIn idea that’s taken root at other organizations.

Returnships Can Help Unemployed Ease Back into the Workforce

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 22:00

Companies are launching returnship programs to draw in applicants who may want to come back to work but have been out of the office for some time. Such arrangements are proliferating due to their success rates, the tight labor market and companies' attempts to diversify their workforces.

Democrats Propose $15 Minimum Wage

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 22:00

Congressional Democrats unveiled legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.

3-Pillar Approach to Diversity: A Q&A with Amy Cappellanti-Wolf

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 22:00

A Q&A with Symantec's chief human resources officer and global diversity and inclusion (D&I) lead on how the company is working to achieve its D&I goals.

Researchers Expect Modest Pay Gains Despite Low Unemployment

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 22:00

Even when unemployment falls to record-low levels, wages continue to rise only gradually, new research shows, so employers may not feel pressured to significantly hike wages despite U.S. labor market tightening.

Viewpoint: How to Practice Inspirational Leadership

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 22:00

​Leaders motivate and inspire respect by supporting employees, listening and showing they care. There is no need to rack our brains to figure out how to motivate others when simple things done in kindness and selflessness inspire our employees to do their best.

Viewpoint: Why Most Performance Evaluations Are Biased and How to Fix Them

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 22:00

Does your company use a performance review form with blanks to fill in and "open boxes" to record their employee appraisals? You may be inviting bias. Researchers explored a different way to conduct more objective performance reviews.

Drug Testing of Substitute Teachers Was Lawful

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 22:00

A school district’s mandatory prehire drug testing of substitute teacher applicants did not violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Violence, Drugs, Cyberattacks Worry HR in 2019

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00

​Workplace violence, marijuana use, data security, leave laws and workforce planning are among the most difficult challenges for employers this year, according to HR professionals. Experts weigh in with tips and strategies on how to respond to and prepare for these challenges.

Google Employees Fight Forced Arbitration Agreements

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00

Google employees took to Instagram and Twitter on Jan. 15 to pressure companies in the tech industry to stop using forced arbitration.

Viewpoint: Workplace Revolution Means the 9-5 Is Dead. Long Live... What Exactly?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00

The future of work feels closer than ever before. Technology, longer lives and individual expectations are tearing at the seams of conventional office life. Workers and companies are recreating how long, when and where they work--creating success and satisfaction for the companies and the workers, too.

Career Success in 2019: How to Build a Successful Life

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00

When you take a more businesslike approach to career management and harness your dreams and goals to the same actionable strategies that corporations use, your outcome will be greater personal success. Columnist Martin Yate shows you how "Me Inc." can lead to your new successful and thriving life.

Worker Fired for Being One Minute Late Advances FMLA Claim

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00

A tax clerk for Orange County, Fla., who had taken family and medical leave and was fired for being one minute late returning from a break could proceed to trial on her claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Terminating Disruptive Employee Wasn’t Age Discrimination

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00

A federal district court found no evidence of age discrimination when an employer cited a laboratory technician’s numerous complaints about management among the reasons she was selected for termination in a reduction in force.

Supreme Court Sides with Truck Driver in Arbitration Dispute

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00

​The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan. 15 that a trucking company can't compel arbitration in a wage and hour case brought by a truck driver who was classified as an independent contractor.

Illinois Business Expense Reimbursement Law Now in Effect

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00

Illinois was the ninth jurisdiction to impose expense reimbursement requirements on employers. The new law took effect Jan. 1.

Sexual Orientation Is Protected Class for Michigan State Contracts

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00

As one of his last acts in office, term-limited Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive directive extending sexual-orientation discrimination protection to a number of private employees.

7 Policies to Update in Your 2019 Employee Handbook

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:00

Handbooks are a key asset for communicating company policies and promoting fairness and consistency in the workplace, and ever-evolving laws make routinely reviewing and updating handbooks critical for employers. Here are some of the key state and local issues employers should note when updating their handbooks.

Courts Block HHS Exemptions from Contraceptive Mandate

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 22:00

A district court judge in California temporarily blocked 2018 rules providing exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.

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