HR News for February 4, 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. 


Drug Test Your Workforce Lawfully, Effectively

By Roy Maurer  2/3/2015 

Data shows a dramatic decline in positive drug tests among U.S. workers in recent decades, however, certain kinds of drug use has gone up in the last 10 years, and most drug users are employed, according to industry experts.

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Overcoming Complaints About Wearing Protective Gloves

By Julie McFater  2/3/2015

Gloves are the frontline protection for the hands. Proper glove usage can reduce or eliminate injuries due to heat, cold, pinching, slicing and punctures.

If gloves are not being worn, they cannot do their job. Yet we’ve all seen it—pairs of gloves lay discarded on top of a machine as workers get their hands banged, bruised and sliced. Why is this?

Here are some of the main complaints about wearing safety gloves and ways to address them.

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Final Rule Streamlines Pension Funding Notices

Regulations make allowances for good faith errors

By Stephen Miller, CEBS  2/3/2015

A final rule to ensure that workers receive annual notification of the funded status of their defined benefit pension plans, published in the Federal Register on Feb. 2, 2015, by the Department of Labor (DOL), clarifies the content that must be included and provides allowances for good faith errors.

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NAFTA Good Source for Recruiting Foreign Employees

By Allen Smith  2/2/2015

Employers familiar with U.S. immigration laws are at a competitive advantage, according to Robert Groban Jr., chair of the National Immigration Practice Group at Epstein, Becker & Green in New York City. He told SHRM Online that this is especially true for health care providers, as the United States is expected to need an additional 1.6 million direct-care workers by 2020.

There are several strategies for recruiting foreign workers that health care employers might consider. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), for example, can be a key tool for U.S. employers to hire foreign health care workers from Canada and Mexico, he noted.

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Paid Paternity Leave—an Antidote to the ‘Mommy Track’?

Seminar extols benefit of ‘use it or lose it’ leave just for fathers

By Dana Wilkie   2/2/2015

Until U.S. businesses give their male workers paid paternity leave—and insist that fathers use it—then taking time off a job to care for a newborn will continue to stigmatize mostly women, stalling their careers and deflating their earnings, argued several panelists during a recent New America Foundation seminar. 

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EEOC: Restaurant’s Seasonal Job Ads Discriminated Against Men

By Allen Smith  2/2/2015 

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects men as well as women from sex discrimination is the message gleaned from a recent lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The EEOC is alleging that restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday discriminated against male employees with its temporary assignments in a Utah resort town.

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