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Paid Leave Is on Employers’ Agenda, Too, SHRM Says in Response to SOTU



While President Donald Trump called for paid parental leave in his State of the Union address, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is supporting enactment of the Workflex in the 21st Century Act.

SHRM strongly encourages the White House, Congress and employers to support H.R. 4219. It addresses the needs of businesses and employees by providing predictability for employers and generous paid leave and workflex options for the workforce.

The bill provides a promising solution to the interest in providing paid leave in the workplace by:

  • Providing more generous
  • ...

Steer Managers Clear of Common Legal Mistakes

Managers typically aren't as familiar as HR professionals with employment laws and often land organizations in legal hot water. When it comes to equal employment opportunity obligations, health and wellness initiatives, wage and hour issues, and labor relations and other concerns, a host of laws mandate what employers can and can't do. Managers need to know the ins and outs of these laws, and it's up to HR to help get them up to speed.

According to author Natasha Bowman in You Can't Do That at Work: 100 Legal...


Hiring Manager and Recruiter Relationship: Communication Is Key!



When I get word that a new job opening is coming down the pike (for example, a senior engineer), the first thing I start to do is some personal research. The majority of the team is senior engineers. Just because a senior engineer left, why is the need typically an identical backfill? A lot of the senior engineers currently on the team have mentioned to me that they want an opportunity for mentoring. What about a more junior person that can be molded and has a higher willingness to learn...


#Nextchat: Reshaping the Future of Work in 2018



Today’s workforce and workplace trends are rewriting the traditional rules of work. Everything we’ve ever believed about how, where and when work happens is rapidly changing. And this is driving organizations to quickly reassess the ways in which they will design jobs, organize work and develop employee skill sets so that technology and people can work together for future growth.  

According to Ultimate Software’s Vice President of Human Capital Management Innovation, Cecile Alper-Leroux, in her blog post Reshaping the Future of Work in 2018 “we are facing significant new technology...


What Bomb Cyclone? When Work Works Winners Weather Storms with Workflex



Severe weather events, like the recent “Bomb Cyclone” along the Eastern seaboard, can negatively impact organizations disrupting productivity and derailing employees’ ability to get to their jobs. However, employers who utilize effective workflex practices can help alleviate many of the problems and stresses caused by weather emergencies.

For example, some of the recent When Work Works (WWW) Award winners with worksites located along the East Coast experienced minimal disruption of business continuity. These organizations had already implemented effectual workplace policies and reported little impact on work productivity while keeping...


Please join SHRM Government Affairs and the Council for Global Immigration on Twitter #HRSOTU for the 2018 State of the Union 



On Tuesday, January 30 at 9:00 pm ET President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address to the nation (SOTU). In his remarks, the President will address his public policy agenda, which will likely include key HR issues surrounding immigration reform and health care, among others. Future decisions made on these initiatives will impact you and your workplace and may affect the way you prepare for what’s ahead.   

Please join the @SHRMATeam at 8:45 p.m. ET on January 30 for a live Twitter chat under...


Learn to Navigate Life's Challenges



Life is full of challenges: some of the hardest are those faced by recently released felons.  Jon Ponder, the founder and CEO of Hope for Prisoners (the Las Vegas-based non-profit that trains and helps place individuals recently released from the judicial system) understands the key to a re-entering individual’s success is their commitment to this change. 

At last week’s graduation of H4P’s latest class, he again stressed the importance of positive attitudes that lead to making the rest of their lives the best of their lives: it gives them the...


How Competencies Can Help You Land Your Next Job



I typically write articles here specific to veterans who are transitioning into the civilian sector.  However, this one not only is very applicable to the veteran community, but can help anyone who is looking for their next job!

One of the most challenging aspects of landing a new job is getting past the initial screening stage.  Part of that process, involves condensing all your experience, info a resume that’s only one or two pages long (please don’t go any longer than that!). 

This task is especially challenging for those who...


Getting a Good Night's Sleep Easy as…Z-Z-Z…



We’ve all heard fellow employees say that all they need is five or six hours per night to function well the next day. But is it enough? And is the quality right?

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults sleep between seven and nine hours each night. Many of us don’t get it regularly. But sleep quality is as important as quantity – and just as many issues can arise when it’s lacking.

Promoting good sleep health in your company helps to demonstrate support of a healthy work-life balance. Employees appreciate the encouragement to...