HR News for February 10, 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. 


HIPAA Action Items After a Data Breach

The cyber attack on Anthem should spur employers to know their obligations

By Stephen A. Riga, Timothy G. Verrall and Danielle Vanderzanden © Ogletree Deakins  2/9/2015    

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, one of the largest health insurers in the U.S., notified its policyholders, members and business partners on Feb. 5, 2015, that it was the target of an external cyber attack that appears to have compromised the confidentiality of medical and other personal information maintained on its information technology system.

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If You’re Bored, Are You Boring?

Not necessarily: Disinterested workers may need more challenges and authority

By Dana Wilkie  2/9/2015

Lately, some of your star workers have grown sluggish and easily distracted, are taking more-frequent and longer breaks, call in sick a lot, show up late and leave early, seem detached during meetings, and are putting in only minimal effort. Could it be your employees are … bored?

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Stopping Unsafe Work Last Line of Defense

By Roy Maurer  2/9/2015

Involving all employees in workplace safety and implementing a system of safety defenses to catch and stop unsafe actions has led to the growth of stop-work authority (SWA) programs. These programs place the responsibility on everyone at a jobsite to watch for safety risks and potential hazards. SWA programs are meant to protect all parties from negative repercussions for stopping work, prevent incidents and promote safety.

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OSHA Enforces Eligibility Limits for Recognition Program

By Roy Maurer  2/9/2015

The decision to strictly enforce limitations on the size of employers that are eligible for a popular Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) small business recognition program is being viewed by some as a disincentive to participate.

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Digital Technology: Demand Is Transforming HR

By Jill Goldstein  2/6/2015

HRIT managers face a fresh set of opportunities and challenges as a result of rapidly evolving digital technology.

Employees are bringing their consumer-based expectations into the workplace, and, as a result, organizations are under pressure to adapt how they interact with customers and manage their operations and staffs.

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Are Training Trends Driven by Youth or Technology?

By Bill Leonard  2/6/2015

How Millennials learn may be reshaping the way employers plan and implement training and development programs.

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DOL Budget Request Promotes Workforce Readiness

By Roy Maurer  2/6/2015

President Barack Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request for the Department of Labor (DOL) includes funding to increase employment services and training opportunities for unemployed workers, double the number of registered apprenticeships, help troubled youths and people with criminal convictions find work, and reform the unemployment insurance system.

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