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What Are an Applicant’s Tattoos Telling Potential Employers?

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 22:00

Researchers disagree on how tattoos affect a job candidate's hiring prospects or an employee's chances for promotion.

Viewpoint: Employee Discipline for the New Workplace

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 22:00

Today's workplace requires a collaborative approach to discipline that treats people as valued partners, promotes mutual respect and problem-solving, and reinforces accountability. Your organization needs people who are self-disciplined for excellence, not punished into compliance.

Your Career Q&A: Get the Most Bang for Your HR Education Buck

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 22:00

What happens when you're moved into an HR job, but you don't have HR training or experience? By all means, pursue ongoing professional education and certification, but address now how you are going to do the job you have.

DOL Focuses on Compliance-Based Programs

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 22:00

Employers may get a little more help from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) through its Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI). The new office will assist employers in preventing workplace violations and to protect employees’ wages, benefits and other rights under federal labor laws.

Paid Leave Is Coming to a Michigan Workplace Near You

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 22:00

Michigan lawmakers adopted a citizen-initiated paid leave ballot proposal that was supposed to be put to a vote in the November general elections. The law will take effect in April 2019, but the state legislature will have an opportunity to amend the proposal later this year.

Maryland’s Sexual-Harassment Disclosure Law Takes Effect Soon

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 22:00

Effective Oct. 1, Maryland’s Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act will prohibit certain pre-dispute waivers for sexual-harassment and retaliation claims.

Alaska Workplace Labor and Employment Law Posters

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 03:00

Alaska workplace labor and employment law poster chart.

How to Reduce Employee Turnover Through Robust Retention Strategies

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 22:00

The three top specific reasons for employees to leave jobs in 2017 were career development (21 percent), work-life balance (13 percent), and manager behavior (11 percent). Experts say these reasons all fall under one broad umbrella reason of why employees leave companies: their employer is not meeting their expectations and needs.

Putting Humanity into HR Compliance: Try Executive Coaching

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 22:00

Human resources professionals are often asked to answer questions that have many layers and complexities: Should this person be fired? Is this request for FMLA leave correct? Instead of focusing only on how to comply with regulations to make these determinations, consider adopting an executive coaching model.

What to Do When No-Call/No-Show Employees Reappear

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 22:00

Employees who fail to come to work and don’t call with an excuse are often fired. But what happens when the fired worker reappears and claims the absence was protected by federal laws?

Chicken Costume, Golf Balls: Recalling Nutty Resumes

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 22:00

HR professionals, hiring managers and recruiters share examples of some of the kooky and unusual resumes they have received from job candidates.

Paying California Workers During a Natural Disaster

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 22:00

When events like wildfires and earthquakes impact operations, California employers will inevitably have questions about how to properly pay workers. Here are some of the main wage and hour issues California employers may experience during a natural disaster.

How to Onboard a Gig Employee

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 22:00

hile the gig economy is changing the workforce, it is not changing the fundamentals of good recruitment. Regardless of their status as a traditional full-time employee or a contractor in the gig economy, workers still need an effective onboarding proccess.

Australia: When Can Employers Reject a Medical Certificate?

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 22:00

A recent decision by the Australia Fair Work Commission has confirmed that employers are entitled to reject employees’ medical certificates when they are too vague to enable the proper discharge of basic legal obligations.

UK: What Might Brexit Mean for Employment Law and Access to Skills?

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 22:00

Continued access to a pool of people with the right skills and experience is the single biggest HR concern for U.K. businesses preparing for Brexit. Employers are also concerned to know the impact of Brexit on the employment law regime in the U.K.

Companies Should Not Set Higher Bars for Women When Considering Promotions

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 22:00

​Women should not have to meet higher standards than men to be promoted, a recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit suggested.

Job-Hopping Increasing in U.S. Economy

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 22:00

Employees are quitting their jobs in record numbers this year, according to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Family Savings Act Proposed to Loosen Retirement Plan Rules

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 22:00

The recently introduced Family Savings Act packages together several proposals that could ease compliance burdens for employer-sponsored retirement plans and promote retirement savings.

House Poised to Vote on 40 Hour Workweek for ACA Coverage

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 22:00

Employers have long sought to roll back the Affordable Care Act's definition of full-time work, tied to the mandate requiring employers provide health coverage to "full-time" workers. Congressional action on this matter is finally at hand, at least in the House.

Feeding California Employees Presents Unique Challenges

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 22:00

California is home to some of the country’s most-complex and challenging regulations governing meal breaks. Lately, even where workers can eat has come under fire. Here are some recent food-related developments affecting California employees.

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