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March 2015

Bill Would Ban Porn at Work

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March 31, 2015
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Mental Illness in the Workplace: Reminders Related to the Germanwings Crash

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March 31, 2015
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Recruiters face a paradox. Currently, there is an amazing pool of talent available to be tapped, but the sheer numbers make it increasingly difficult to locate perfect candidates. This makes it more important than ever to develop a true recruiting strategy. The following tips can help you map out your strategy for recruiting the best candidates.

March 31, 2015
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Do you wear a fitness tracker like a Fitbit or a Jawbone? Or maybe you are planning to jump on the Apple Watch fanboy train in a few weeks and take advantage of that device's ability to track your activity. Lot's of folks are keeping closer track of their workouts and activity today.

March 31, 2015

It seems that everyone wants a seat at the table these days, including college athletes. However, it’s not the boardroom table where they want a voice and a vote. It’s at the bargaining table.  

March 30, 2015

Study: New Work World Requires HR Overhaul

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March 30, 2015

Consumer-Directed Health Plans Save Money Over Time

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March 30, 2015

HSA Contributions by Employer, Location Analyzed

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March 30, 2015

Texas District Court Enjoins FMLA Same-Sex Spouse Rule

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March 30, 2015

USCIS Guidance May Help Reduce Denials of L-1B Visa Requests

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March 30, 2015

 

 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines.

EEOC Readies Wellness Incentives Rule; Congress Responds

Liability safeguards outlined by former EEOC vice chair at SHRM conference

By Stephen Miller, CEBS  3/27/2015

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March 27, 2015

Eight Major 'Compliance Hot Spots' in California

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March 27, 2015

 

Have you heard about the new #SHRM certifications?

Our quick Q&A with Kennesaw State University HR program manager Jennifer Henderson will answer your questions about what these changes mean for the human resources industry. 

 

March 26, 2015

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March 26, 2015
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March 26, 2015
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We all know about Reading, Writing and Arithmetic from our childhoods – the 3 Rs.

In the HR and talent management world, there are another 3 Rs that are critical to the success of an HR organization – Recruitment, Retention and Relationships. As much focus that is placed on the first 2, it seems the relationship piece of the puzzle is often missing. And that’s a shame, because it is vital to the success of the organization, including the recruitment and retention pieces.

It's the people!

March 26, 2015

 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines.

Dan Abrams: Two-Sidedness Overrated

By Allen Smith  3/25/2015

Whether it’s the opinion page or his own reporting, Dan Abrams, a legal analyst for ABC News and founder/publisher of news site Mediaite.com, is a man drawn toward opinions.

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March 26, 2015

 

On March 25, @shrmnextchat chatted with Kevin W. Grossman (@KevinWGrossman) about "What I Wish I Would Have Known" before starting a career in HR.

In case you missed it, here are all the informative tweets -- and some great advice -- from the chat:

 

March 25, 2015

 

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DOL and Employers Can Work Together, Wage and Hour Administrator Says

By Joanne Deschenaux  3/24/2015

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March 25, 2015

 

I am excited to share with you the new Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) guide, “Moving Forward on Immigration: How the U.S. Employment-Based Immigration System Works – and How It Can Work Better,” which contains information on:

March 24, 2015

 

 

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Minimize Potential Liability with Social Media

By Allen Smith  3/23/2015

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March 24, 2015

 

Whether you’ve been in the human resources profession for five years or 35 years (back when it was known as the "personnel department"), all HR professionals can tell you what they wish they would have known before they started their careers. 

They may talk about the evolution of the profession itself or about trends, laws and advances in technology that have appeared over the course of their careers. 

March 23, 2015

The 2015 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference is March 23-25 in Washington, D.C.  

Check out the Storify below with all the best tweets from the conference: 

March 23, 2015

 

I received this question over at my blog, HR Bartender. It’s one of those situations that might not come up regularly, but it raises a lot of questions about the best way to handle mistakes.

The company I work for is closing. Each employee is being given a severance package of 1 week for every year worked. I started June 2010. When I was told that I would receive 2.5 weeks of severance, I questioned it and was told my hire date was listed as July 2012.

March 23, 2015
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ACA at 5th Anniversary: Neither Poison Nor Panacea

By Allen Smith  3/20/2015

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March 23, 2015

 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines.

Despite House Vote, Employers Should Prepare for Quicker Union Elections

By Allen Smith  3/19/2015

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March 20, 2015

 

Whether they’re clocking in to work, trying to enter a secure room or driving a company car, many workers are finding that the procedures for these everyday workplace occurrences are changing. To continue reading this article, please click here

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March 20, 2015

On my speaking boondoggles around the country, what’s the biggest issue I hear from HR professionals involving transgender employees?

Yep, it’s the use of the bathroom.

March 19, 2015

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines.

ADA Interactive Process: It Sounds Easy, So Why Is It Hard?

By Allen Smith  3/18/2015

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March 19, 2015

 

On March 18, @shrmnextchat chatted with Jason Averbook (@JasonAverbook) about 2015 HR Trends.

In case you missed it, here are all the informative tweets from the chat:

 

 

March 18, 2015
 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines.

14 States, D.C. Seek to Stay Injunction of Obama’s Immigration Action

By Allen Smith  3/17/2015

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March 18, 2015

 

Q: I read somewhere that the majority of identity theft originates from a source in the workplace. If this is true, what steps should my employer be taking to protect my personal information, and what can I do if they are being lax about it?

March 18, 2015

 

In this era of “World War Talent,” the connection between an organization’s leadership team and its human resources department has never been more important. The CEO and HR leaders must be closely linked, which for many organizations requires a shift from past practice. Gone are the days of HR as an administrative cost center. HR leaders are increasingly expected to own the business plan from the perspective of talent — serving as a chief advisor and confidant to the CEO and a business partner to the operating team for all matters talent, including technology.

March 17, 2015
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March 17, 2015

It seems as though we have been atop the crest of a wave in workforce planning for quite some time now. Today, we question the inevitable....

When Will The Wave Break?

March 17, 2015

SHRM’s Premier Legislative Conference and Advocacy Day are Around the Corner – Your Chance to Make a Big Difference to the World of HR

March 16, 2015
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Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines.

Health Groups Offer Guidance on E-Cigarettes in the Workplace

Recommendations for wellness programs and tobacco-cessation policies

By Stephen Miller, CEBS  3/16/2015

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March 16, 2015

 

Los Angeles is home to the second-largest metropolitan economy in the United States, but did you know that it is also the birthplace of an array of pop culture standards? The electric guitar, the bathing suit and the skateboard were all developed here, along with several high-tech innovations like the Mars rover and the F-117, the first stealth fighter built for the United States military.

March 16, 2015

 

Did you know one out of six people has some type of disability? That makes one billion people with disabilities worldwide, according to the World Health Organization in 2013. With that in mind, has your company implemented ways to become more disability-friendly? There are many opportunities to make a work environment accessible for people with disabilities.

March 16, 2015
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There are a number of significant employment-related bills before the California legislature, including one that would increase the state’s minimum wage beyond the already contemplated 2016 increase and one that would expand the California Family Rights Act to apply to employers with more than five employees.   

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March 13, 2015
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Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines.

HR Urged to Protect Wellness Program Data

Specify what wellness providers can and cannot do with health information

By Steve Bates  3/12/2015

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March 13, 2015

 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines.
 

Stop the Madness? Or Accommodate It?

NCAA basketball tournament tests workplace boundaries on betting, game-watching

By Dana Wilkie  3/11/2015

March 12, 2015

Many people are trying to shake the winter doldrums in the hope that spring will renew them. This happens every year and is very predictable behavior. Instead of enjoying the season we’re in, we keep looking forward to a rebirth in the next season to come. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying the thaw that is finally upon us and am glad to see the snow start to dissipate.

March 12, 2015
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On March 11, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guests Alex Alonso, vice president of SHRM Certification (

March 11, 2015

 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines.

Quits Rate Continues to Rise, Signaling Worker Confidence

By Roy Maurer  3/11/2015

March 11, 2015

Take a step back and look at your life, your work, yourself. Do you see excess? Is there too much emphasis on one area of your life? Are you running a rat race that can’t be won? If I were a betting person, I wouldn’t hesitate placing a decent wager on these things. You see, all too often, in our personal lives, we consume to make us happy. The same goes in our professional worlds were we often buy into the idea that we “need” the newest technology, the new shiny toy.

Don’t Fall Victim

March 11, 2015
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Over the past ten years, there has been increased emphasis on HR competencies as a means to increase the HR profession’s effectiveness. 

The profession is changing and growing more rapidly than ever before. Organizations are now demanding greater creativity and productivity from their HR teams, and this will require HR professionals to possess specific competencies to support the desired results.

March 10, 2015

 

"Son, paint's the last thing you do when you're painting a house."

My father's words of many years ago as his naive son attempted to dive into a Victorian house reclamation that needed much more than paint. In many ways it was a parable for life- and my first real lesson in social media- a decade before social media even existed.

March 10, 2015

 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines.

Employers’ Brief for Same-Sex Marriage Cites Benefits Burden

Tax ‘gross ups’ among the added costs of separate treatment for same-sex spouse benefits

By Stephen Miller, CEBS  3/10/2015

March 10, 2015
 
The SHRM Foundation has launched a new scholarship competition in partnership with SHRM. We will be awarding five scholarships to attend the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 28-July 1, 2015.  Each award, valued at nearly $2,500, will include: 
 
Complimentary full-conference registration*
March 9, 2015

 

This is the second of this series - The Secret Sauce in Leading a Successful Search.  

March 9, 2015

 

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board on Feb. 20, 2015, adopted an amendment to the state Heat Illness Prevention regulation, changing the requirements for potable water, shade, cool-down periods, high-heat procedures, emergency preparedness, acclimatization, training, and heat illness prevention plans.  

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March 6, 2015
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Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines. 

Wages Stagnate Despite Thriving Job Market

By Joseph Coombs  3/6/2015

March 6, 2015

 

I, and others on Blogging4Jobs, have written about the future of work and adapting to the needs of future workers. I have also written about the contractor or Freelancer economy and how a large portion of the Millennial generation will be working in very flexible work arrangements. The company Uber has provided one example. Now a company called TaskRabbit is providing another.

March 5, 2015

 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines. 

Majority of Justices Seem To Have Minds Made Up in Health Care Case

By Allen Smith  3/4/2015

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March 5, 2015

On March 4, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM HR Business Partner Lisa Orndorff (@rubrx) about the Value of Employee Recognition.

In case you missed all the great ideas, tips and advice offered during this chat, you can read all the tweets here and below:

 

March 4, 2015

We all know the importance of recognition and appreciation. In this context, some people say “you’re the best.” 

Words matter and these words are troublesome for a few reasons.  First and foremost:  how is the recipient to respond?

If you say nothing, either you have ignored what was intended as a compliment, or  your silence may be seen as “why are you telling me that which is axiomatic?”

If you say “thank you,” are you not effectively saying that you think you are the best?  A little hubris?  And, by a little, I mean a lot.

March 4, 2015

 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines. 

 

Seen But Not Heard

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March 4, 2015

 

Buying software sounds simple in theory but can be excruciatingly painful. From making sense of vendor marketing materials to narrowing down the best-fit product to using back channels to find out what real users think of the product. A time consuming endeavor.

In addition to all the research, you have to make sure that the software you choose will help you navigate any changes in your organization or industry for the foreseeable future.

March 3, 2015

 

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines. 

FBI: Over 80 Percent of Active Shooter Incidents Occur at Work

By Roy Maurer  3/3/2015 

March 3, 2015

During this time of having our hyper-partisan political world dominate the new cycles and hijack any remaining common sense from our elected officials, it may seem easiest to just give up and label Washington and/or your state capital as nothing more than expensive real estate occupied by idiots. While this last statement may still be true, it still matters that we reach out and let people know about issues and problems that impact the good things we do. Yes, your voice can make a difference!

March 3, 2015
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More than ever before, we as young professionals have to drive our careers.  I think more than ever before, we as young professionals have a desire to drive our careers. I look at it this way - if I’m not proactively working through the process of my next role, or of that next experience to be gained, then who is? Now, as optimists, we all hope our employers are looking out for us as well – but we owe it to ourselves to work with our managers and mentors to get the best out of our careers!

March 2, 2015

 

While HR strategy, technology, talent management and analytics are important functions of the job, many HR professionals must first focus on the day-to-day employee relations that keep their workforces engaged and their retention numbers high. 

March 2, 2015

 

Have you ever had an HR question that you researched and researched using various forms of media with no success finding a straightforward answer that addressed your exact question? You finally find something about the topic and all you get are generic responses followed by the standard tag line that “you shouldn’t take the information as legal advice blah blah blah”.

March 2, 2015

 

It’s surprisingly easy to make Twitter errors and as these can hinder you when using Twitter for hiring, here are 7 of the easiest to avoid.

1. Reacting

Behind the anonymity that Twitter can afford, some people can be very rude. Arguing for the sake of arguing. Disagreeing spitefully. Personally attacking. Even bullying.

Avoid reacting.

March 2, 2015

Updated daily, the HR News home page is your one-stop shop for the latest news and featured articles. This page compiles top staff-written and external news of general interest to HR, plus major stories in the HR Disciplines. 

 

GAO: Pension Lump Sum Offers Need Better Explanations

Questions about how well pension plan participants understand lump-sum tradeoffs

By Stephen Miller, CEBS  3/2/2015

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March 2, 2015