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Oh, it’s on! Class-Action Waivers to be First Supreme Court Employment Law Heavyweight Battle of 2017


Picture a nerdier version of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where persuasive legal briefs and sharp oral advocacy are like rear naked chokes and “ground and pound.”

The fight card.

[Cue music]

In the red corner, we have the Federal Arbitration Act. Among other things, the FAA allows an employer and employee to agree that all employment-related claims between them will be arbitrated (as opposed to heard in court, with a jury). These arbitration agreements often include a provision prohibiting employees from pursuing class or collective actions, such as one might see in...


Join SHRM and CFGI on Twitter for the Presidential Inauguration

Inauguration Day is right around the corner and SHRM and our affiliate, the Council for Global Immigration will be there!  SHRM has participated in the last three election cycles, and we’ll be covering the Presidential Inauguration this week. 
During the inauguration, the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, will deliver his inaugural address, outlining his intentions and initiatives, and key HR topics will likely be included. 
SHRM and CFGI will partner with Real Clear Politics for an Inauguration Watch Event along the parade route in...

FICA, Earnings: What Your Employees Need to Know

A secure, comfortable retirement is every worker's dream.  Nowadays workers are living longer, healthier lives. Your employees can expect to spend more time in retirement than their parents and grandparents. It is important that their earnings are posted correctly on their Social Security record, as it will affect their benefits when they retire.

By law, employers must withhold Social Security taxes from a worker’s paycheck. While usually referred to on an employee’s pay statement as “Social Security taxes,” sometimes the deduction is labeled as “FICA,” which stands for Federal Insurance Contributions Act,...


Strategic Talent Investment

Limited dollars for talent development? High expectations for measurable impact? More requests and expressed needs than resources available? These are just some of the challenges facing HR today. The solution: make strategic talent investments that directly link to the business strategy.
Successful organizations have business strategies that define their winning aspiration, where they will play, how they will win and the capabilities and systems they need to have in place to execute.i From my experience, the volatile marketplace has challenged leaders to craft sustainable, competitive strategies and for those...

4 Must-Dos for Interviewers in a Climate Where Top Candidates Hold More Power Than Ever

The blogosphere is wrought full of great content on interview prep, but there is a heavy bias (understandably I suppose) to preparing the interviewee. What about the interviewer?
In an environment where rapid movement and high attrition is becoming the norm, where expertise is a commodity and employees can quickly ramp on new skills in hours, top candidates hold the power over employers; even in competitive fields.
It is crucial employers use interviews in the most effective way possible to fill their talent pipelines with candidates who will...

Staying Flexible: 5 Tips For Creating a Millennial-Friendly Workplace

The days of 9 to 5 cubicle jobs are over. 
The new generation of workers places a high value on flexibility in a job. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t work hard, or expect not to have to show up at the office. 
It means most younger workers expect to have meaningful lives both in and outside of work, and want to harness the flexibility that technology provides.
A recent survey by Indeed found that job seekers aged 16-24 rank workplace flexibility as their top priority in...

Your Company’s Succession Planning Story is Part of Your Brand


It's a common assumption that most organizations don’t do succession planning. Often the reasons include the high level of administration involved with succession planning and the difficulty in identifying and developing talent. It’s hard enough to figure out what the business world will look like in three years, much less what the organization’s talent needs will be.

However, succession planning is still important. During SHRM’s “Succession Planning: Preparing for Future Talent Needs” seminar, Mike Deblieux SHRM-SCP suggested that organizations tell their succession planning story.

Organizations put a tremendous emphasis on...


The Future of Work | A Q&A with Jeanne Meister and Kevin Mulcahy

Today's global economy evolves at breakneck speed, with technology, consumer trends and generational shifts constantly reshaping the business landscape. The labor force is changing, too, and has now reached a tipping point in terms of what employees expect from work, according to HR experts Jeanne C. Meister, founding partner of the consulting firm Future Workplace LLC in New York City, and Kevin L. Mulcahy, a business professor at Babson College in Babson Park, Mass.

Their new book, The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules for Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and...


Should Small Business Leaders be Bought or Built?

I love this question. I love philosophizing about these things. Playing out the “on the one hand” scenario. I’m one of those weirdos who enjoys playing out possible scenarios in an effort to figure out which might work out the best. Because with this question as with many others the answer is a frustrating one.
It depends.
This is definitely not a question where one size fits all. What is right for one business may be the worst answer possible for another. Possibly, the most accurate answer that...