HR News for February 2, 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. 


Hackers Target Companies with Wire Transfer Fraud Scheme

Experts say executives need to be especially cautious

By Aliah D. Wright  1/30/2015

Since October 2014, hackers have been running two scams simultaneously.

First, they’ll hack into a company’s computer system and hold some computers hostage with ransomware. Then, while IT tries to ascertain how to fix that problem, the hackers will hijack an executive’s e-mail account and send an e-mail to an employee with access to the company’s finances to wire money for a seemingly valid business reason.

The FBI reports that companies worldwide have lost more than $215 million to this scheme.

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Are Apprenticeships Programs Set to Take Off in the U.S.?

By Bill Leonard  1/30/2015

Although President Barack Obama made only a brief mention of apprenticeships in his 2015 State of the Union address, proponents believe that these job-based training programs are on the verge of expanding rapidly throughout the United States.

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Career Goals for Many Executives Appear to Be Shifting

Study: When it comes to being CEO, a third say ‘no’

By Bill Leonard  1/29/2015

When researchers for the Korn Ferry Institute recently asked a group of top-level executives “Do you want to be CEO?,” they were surprised by the response. Among the nearly 550 executives polled, approximately one-third (31 percent) either didn’t want the job or were ambivalent about becoming their organization’s top executive.

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Assess Potential Violence Promptly but Carefully

Case highlights tension between accommodating mentally ill workers and providing a safe workplace

By Roy Maurer  1/29/2015

Is an employee who admits to violent thoughts in the workplace a clear-cut case for termination? Not always, as a pair of companies recently found out.

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85% of Companies Targeted Market Median for Base Pay

Job market not seen as compelling significant wage growth

By Stephen Miller, CEBS  1/29/2015

Five years out from the end of the Great Recession, most organizations—85 percent—determined the value of employee jobs in 2014 using the market-pricing approach and targeting employee base salary at the 50th percentile (that is, not pushing wages up by offering above-average pay, which is often needed to attract and retain talent in a competitive job market).

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Recruiting Tech Trends for 2015

By Mir Ali  1/29/2015

With the economy looking up, the war for talent is intensifying, with human capital a key priority on the CEO agenda. As such, organizations need to find new ways to attract, engage, hire and retain talent in a more concerted and focused manner.

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Inclement Weather Poses FLSA Challenges

By Allen Smith  1/28/2015

When work closes because of inclement weather, exempt and nonexempt employees are treated differently under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), management attorneys note.

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