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3 Wage and Hour Changes Under the Trump Administration

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 22:00

President Donald Trump's administration promised to make changes in wage and hour initiatives and scale back regulations. So what's different after the first two years of Trump's presidency?

SHRM Supports Association Health Plan Rule, Opposes Lawsuit

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:00

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has filed a brief supporting a Department of Labor rule that makes it easier for small employers to band together to buy insurance through association health plans.

Lawyer Wasn’t Entitled to Full-Time Telecommuting

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:00

A federal district court upheld the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s denial of a full-time teleworking request by an attorney with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Court Explains Personal Liability Exposure Under the FLSA

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:00

Corporate officers and supervisors may be personally liable for wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Eating Poppy-Seed Bagels and Other Excuses for Failing Workplace Drug Tests

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:00

HR professionals have undoubtedly heard a range of claims from job candidates explaining their positive drug-test results. Todd Shoulberg, executive vice president of medical information services at background screening firm ClearStar, recently debunked the most common excuses in a discussion with SHRM Online.

Handling Resignations Wisely: 3 Unexpected Challenges When Employees Give Notice

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:00

Employees give notice all the time. Generally, it's straightforward. But what about those times when it isn't? What if the employee doesn't tell you when his last day will be, or you think he's going to change his mind before his two-week notice period is up? What if you want him to leave now?

Your Career Q&A: Patching Up a Rocky Departure

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:00

What's a job applicant to do when his former manager won't return calls confirming his employment history? It may be time to make amends with that former manager, advises career columnist Martin Yate.

EEOC Is Committed to Ending Workplace Harassment

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:00

Curbing workplace sexual harassment is an ongoing priority for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to agency leaders.

How Is Artificial Intelligence Changing the Workplace?

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:00

A workplace run by artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics is not a futuristic concept. Such technology is already a part of the workplace and will continue to shape the labor market. Therefore, employers need to anticipate changes in job functions and be aware of legal pitfalls associated with evolving technology.

OSHA Clarifies when Post-Accident Drug Testing Is Permitted

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:00

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has clarified its position that post-accident drug testing is not prohibited under the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule. The agency said many employers that conduct post-incident drug testing likely do so to promote workplace safety and health.

California's ABC Test Applies Only to Wage Order Claims

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 22:00

California’s new ABC test for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor applies only to claims brought under wage orders. Therefore, employers can continue to rely on the more business-friendly Borello standard for other claims, a California appellate court ruled.

Google Powers Newest Military Skills Translation Tool

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 22:00

One of the biggest problems military veterans face when returning to civilian life is how to translate the skills they picked up in the service to nonmilitary jobs. Numerous translation tools have been made available over the years, but now Google—the most ubiquitous search function of all—has stepped up, offering veterans the opportunity to seamlessly match their skills with new jobs.

Bold Corporate Social Responsibility Can Pay Dividends

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 22:00

Some companies aren’t shying away from controversial positions. On the contrary, some are seizing on bold corporate social-responsibility (CSR) initiatives and energizing employees, particularly Millennials.

Revived DOL Guidance Makes It Easier to Claim ‘Tip Credit’

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 22:00

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has clarified that it will no longer cap the number of duties an employer may assign to a tipped worker and still qualify for the “tip credit,” so long as the duties are job-related.

Tips for Complying with California Employment Laws During the Wildfires

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 22:00

Destructive wildfires in Northern California have made it difficult or impossible for some employees to get to work or for worksites to remain open—which could cause a host of issues for employers. Here are some tips for California HR professionals on how to help their workplace function during a natural disaster.

Ban-the-Box Turns 20: What Employers Need to Know

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 22:00

In the summer of 1998, Hawaii passed a law restricting employers from considering candidates’ criminal history until a job offer had been made. When Minnesota followed suit a decade later, a nationwide movement was born. “Ban-the-box” laws requiring employers to remove criminal-history questions from employment applications have been enacted in 33 states and more than 150 cities and counties.

Will AI Remove Hiring Bias?

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 22:00

If you’ve been following the latest hiring trends, you may have noticed that many recruiters are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) tools to tackle discrimination in hiring―and the expectations for success are high. However, HR technology analysts and even executives at companies offering AI solutions caution that a totally bias-free hiring process may be difficult to achieve.

Skills Gap Fallout Lands with HR

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 22:00

HR is leading the search for the small number of qualified candidates available to hire, increasing pay to attract talent, refocusing on retention and succession planning, and heightening the urgency around employee development.

Massachusetts Supplement: Table of Contents

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 17:00

Massachusetts employee handbook resources provided by XpertHR.

Google Overhauls Sexual Misconduct Policy After Employee Walkouts

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 22:00

Google said it will no longer require mandatory arbitration of sexual misconduct allegations and will provide more details about sexual misconduct cases in internal reports.