HR News for January 29, 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. 

Here are today's top stories:

What HR Should Know About Anonymous Gossip App Memo

By Aliah D. Wright  1/26/2015

Memo, a new messaging app in which people can gossip about work anonymously, has drawn the ire and interest of both employees and employers.

But its creator tells the Society for Human Resource Management that he believes the app can help HR better engage employees.

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Ill.: Minimum Wage for State Contractors and Subcontractors Raised

By SHRM Online Staff  1/23/2015

As one of his last acts in office, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order raising the minimum wage requirements for state contractors and subcontractors to $10 per hour.

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DOL’s Narrowed ‘Companionship Services’ Definition Vacated

By Allen Smith  1/22/2015

The other shoe has dropped, and the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) narrowed definition of “companionship services” for a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption has been struck down as being inconsistent with the law.

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Obama Promotes Cybersecurity Plan in SOTU

By Roy Maurer  1/21/2015

President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact broad cybersecurity legislation during his State of the Union address Jan. 20, 2015, after the mammoth Sony data breach in November served to highlight the struggles companies face in keeping data safe.

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New Legislation Focuses on High-Skilled Immigrants

By Roy Maurer  1/21/2015 

Congressional Republicans have introduced three bills to bring more high-skilled immigrants to the United States after criticizing President Barack Obama’s executive actions announced in late 2014 for largely focusing on undocumented workers.

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