If you’re anything like me, you don’t spend too much time thinking about how much money is in your retirement account. Yes, I know, I’m a tax and benefits lobbyist, so you’d think that I’d know what my balance is down to the penny! But the truth is, like many employees, although I know that I’m contributing to my retirement account, I don’t fret about the details on a daily basis. That’s about to change, as pending tax reform could significantly impact not only the types of investment options available but whether employees will have access to a retirement account at all.
On July 1, 2014, the first phase of California’s minimum wage increase will go into effect, and the wage will rise from the current $8 per hour to $9. Then, in January 2016, the minimum wage will go to $10 per hour.
Plan designs are rewarding cost-savvy choices
Most U.S. employers plan to continue sponsoring health benefits for active employees and retirees but expect to change the way those benefits are managed and delivered in the coming years, according to research from Aon Hewitt.
On February 26, SHRM We Know Next (@WeKnowNext) chatted with special guest Robin Schooling (@RobinSchooling) about HR and Recruiters - Contestants in an Amazing Race?
In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:
The best job applications do far more than gather a prospective employee’s work history and educational background. They’re a valuable screening tool as well as protection against litigation. They complement a thorough interview and become an integral part of the hiring process.
The popularity of electronic cigarettes (aka e-cigarettes) continues to increase across the country. An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that provides the user with inhaled doses of a vaporized liquid. Generally, the vapor contains nicotine and is inhaled as an alternative to a tobacco cigarette.
Nearly every Monday for three years, Paul Guthery III caught a 7 a.m. flight from Raleigh, N.C., to Chicago, arriving at his Northbrook, Ill., office between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
By 2 p.m. on Friday, the U.S. director of information technology at Potash Corp. was headed out the door for a 4 p.m. flight home to spend the weekend with his wife and grade-school-age son.
On the reality TV series “The Amazing Race” teams of of two people compete in a race around the world as they battle to arrive first at specific destinations and hope to avoid elimination from the competition by completing tasks that test their strength logic, courage and ability to negotiate.
Throughout 2014, WeKnowNext will be spotlighting inspirational HR professionals from around the world!
Store cashiers spend a lot of time on their feet while operating cash registers. Bank tellers also stand for long periods, cashing checks and handling other transactions. Are employers required to provide these workers with seats?
As of now, the answer is unclear. For that reason, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking clarification from the California Supreme Court. The federal appeals court is trying to determine employers’ precise obligations in these types of circumstances.
At Google’s offices in Chicago, swinging benches, the kind you see on porches, are suspended from the ceilings, painted bright primary colors and positioned around the two-story workspace.
Whether or not Congress votes to boost the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, plenty of employers are responding to minimum-wage increasesbeing imposed at the state and local levels, some of which are subject to automatic raises tied to inflation.
If you’ve ever been bullied in the workplace, know that you're not alone.
Since 2003, 25 states have introduced workplace bullying legislation that would allow workers to sue for harassment without requiring a showing of discrimination.
They can be charming, presentable, socially skilled, professionally successful and well-regarded by superiors. They can also be workplace bullies.
Employers curious about how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is likely to be enforced might look at how enforcement agencies in Massachusetts went after companies when its employer mandate was in place.
By Philip L. Gordon, Zoe M. Argento ©Littler Mendelson
Whether you're a start up, small business or a "Fortune" organization, having a winning talent acquisition strategy and wonderful brand ambassadors can help you attract the right talent to your organization.
Latest social tools and technologies and new ways of finding talent through social recruiting, talent communities or through various recruiting platforms are always emerging. And talent attraction has become more competitive than ever. It's time for you to rethink your talent acquisition strategy in a way to attract top talent to your organization.
Last updated February 11, 2014
Below is the article posted in July 2013, regarding the inital employer mandate delay.
Conflicting priorities, convoluted or outdated protocols, and mutual frustrations largely due to budget cuts and time constraints can hamper relations between HR and line managers. But there are things that can be done by those on both sides to quell the animosity and reduce the inefficiencies inherent to such situations, according to a recent report and experts on the subject.
Most companies today have access to reams of data: marketing, supply chain, finance, as well as critical data about their workforce. Yet research shows that leaders at these companies lack the confidence to effectively integrate and use this data to compete more effectively in the marketplace. While executives know the results they need to achieve, they often fail to analyze the impact of their decisions on the firm, its processes, and its people.
Last week, John Sumser, principal analyst at HRxAnalysts, hosted a great debate with Ed Newman, vice president of Strategy at iMomentous, about mobile recruiting.
These survey findings examine workplace romance policies and the organizations’ response to romantic relationships in the workplace. The percentage of organizations with written workplace romance policies has doubled since 2005. Few organizations currently have “love contracts” in place; these contracts are signed by employees involved in a workplace romance and indicate that the relationship is consensual.
Do they rob younger generations of jobs, or are they in the same boat?
True or false: Older people who refuse to retire are stealing jobs from younger workers.
Premiums for employer-provided health coverage in California have risen 185 percent since 2002—more than five times the state's overall inflation rate—according to a new report by the nonprofit California HealthCare Foundation.
Let the games begin!
But don’t let your employees stop working because of them.
With flu season at its peak and certain strains of the flu requiring longer recovery periods, workplaces are experiencing a spike in the frequency and duration of flu-related absences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that it may take anywhere from a few days to two weeks to recover from the flu this season.
- 92% of recruiters plan on using social media in their recruiting efforts over the next 12 months
- 49% of recruiters said social media increased candidate quality
- Recruiters saved $370,000,000 in recruitment expenses with social media in 2012. (See the inforgraphic from iMomentous to more insights about this stat below.)
There’s a heightened focus in the HR and Recruiting sphere on the effective use of employee referrals in order to make effective hires and we see numerous reports informing us that referrals tend to get hired faster, are often a better fit with the organization culture and are less likely to quit their jobs.
As human resource professionals increasingly take advantage of employee and manager self-service technologies, there’s a belief that HR departments once consumed with transactional tasks are now free to focus on more strategic work.