"DOL Revises FMLA Regulations’ Definition of ‘Spouse’" and other #HR News for February 25, 2015

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DOL Revises FMLA Regulations’ Definition of ‘Spouse’

By Allen Smith  2/24/2015

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a revision to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations’ definition of “spouse,” extending FMLA rights to eligible workers in same-sex marriages.

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Commercial Driver Safety Rules Pushed Back

Hours-of-service study, driver training panel launched

By Roy Maurer  2/24/2015

Several anticipated commercial carrier regulations—including rules on electronic logging devices, speed limiters, safety fitness scores for carriers, and the establishment of a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse—have been delayed but are still scheduled for publication in 2015, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).

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The Real ROI for Employee Wellness Programs

Greater employee productivity could far outpace health care savings

By Jennifer Schaefer  2/24/2015

About three-quarters of HR professionals said their organizations offered some type of a wellness program last year, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. And more than two-thirds of respondents from organizations that offered wellness initiatives indicated these efforts were “somewhat effective” or “very effective” in reducing the costs of health care.

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Winning the Long Game: 3 Ways Successful Companies Develop Talent

How to build leaders with broad and deep skills for the long term

By Camelia Ram  2/24/2015

High unemployment and underemployment numbers, falling birth rates, rising retirement ages, longer life expectancy, as well as the “big data” revolution are influencing the gap between the capabilities required for the next generation and those that exist today.

Here are three lessons from companies that are bridging the gaps.

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Do You Have an Awesome Safety Culture?

By Mark Middlesworth  2/24/2015

Following are 25 ways to tell whether or not you have an awesome safety culture. If you can answer yes to most of these, you’re doing great. If not, you have some work to do. Don’t be discouraged, culture change takes time and perseverance.

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Plan for ACA Whistle-Blower Complaints

By Allen Smith  2/23/2015

Employers need to limit whistle-blower liability under the largely unnoticed whistle-blower protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to Mary Pivec, an attorney with FordHarrison in Washington, D.C.

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Workers Contented, Mostly, with Wages and Benefits

An ‘intensifying desire for real wage growth’ noted

By Stephen Miller, CEBS  2/23/2015

Nearly 70 percent of American workers said they were satisfied with the mix of wages and health benefits they receive. One-third expressed interest in changing the current mix of benefits and wages offered by their employers, according to findings from the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

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Pa.: State Legislature Considers ‘Ban the Box’ Bill; Philadelphia’s Law Goes Into Effect

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