Older Workers Are a Valuable Talent Pool


Over the last decade, most HR leaders have been obsessed by the role of millennials at work and figuring out how to meet the different expectations and needs of these young workers.
Certainly, this has been important work. But, leaders need to be aware of a much bigger demographic challenge ahead: the role of people over the age of 55.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that in the next 10 years, the fastest growing segments of the workforce will be for employees over 65. According


#Nextchat RECAP: Certify This! The Role of Competency-Based Certification in HR


On July 31, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Chief Knowledge Officer, Alex Alonso, SHRM-SCP (@SHRM_CKO) about SHRM Certification "Certify This! The role of Competency-Based Certification in HR and the importance of building a competent HR profession. If you missed this excellent chat, you can read the tweets HERE or below:




When Gig Workers Want Benefits, Should You Offer Them?



Last December, when Google's temporary, vendor and contract workers demanded benefits and better communication, the media took notice. Since then, and given the rise in the gig economy and a tight labor market, employers are asking if they should offer more benefits to make their gig workers feel engaged and valued.

Not All Gig Workers Are Created Equal

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Contingent Worker Supplement indicates that just over 10 percent of U.S. workers take advantage of alternative work in some way, including temporary, on-call, contracted and freelance...


#Nextchat: Certify This! The Role of Competency-Based Certification in HR



Success in the HR profession is no longer only about what you know; it is also about how you effectively implement that knowledge in the workplace every day. There is now an 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.

The growth of the global marketplace...


SHRM Staff Recognized at the White House


SHRM was proud to have staff members, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist Savita Raeisian, SHRM-SCP, and HR Knowledge Advisor Yuletta Pringle, SHRM-CP, as guests at a White House event highlighting and celebrating companies who have signed the Administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers. Savita and Yuletta worked hard to receive their SHRM certification over the past year and are using their knowledge to help members, staff and prospective employees every day.

Last year, President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., signed the pledge on behalf of SHRM and its members, committing to educate and prepare more than 127,000 HR professionals...


Reasonable Accommodation—What Is It?


For someone who’s new in the field, it’s important to understand what reasonable accommodation is. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities in order to provide equal employment opportunities to individuals who are otherwise qualified to perform their core job functions. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind:

1.      The individual should be able to perform the essential job functions, with or without a reasonable accommodation

2.      An employer shall provide reasonable accommodations in all situations except when such an accommodation would create an undue hardship for...


Elusive Protections of the ADA



Here we are, 29 years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and still courts struggle to define who should be afforded protection under the law. This article about obesity and discrimination caught my eye. I became more intrigued when I read Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill to add height and weight to the state’s anti-discrimination protections. It appears this is at least the third time since 2013. Then I saw this recent case from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (covering IL, IN, WI)....