"What Employees Don't Know About Their Health Care" and other #HR News for February 17, 2015

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What Employees Don’t Know About Their Health Care
Study reveals gap in knowledge among America’s workforce
By SHRM Online staff  2/17/2015
Employees need to know so much in order to effectively use their health care plans that it can be overwhelming, research findings by BambooHR reveal.

The firm, an online HR software provider for small and medium businesses, recently asked more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees for their thoughts on their health care insurance. The feedback showed that employees care deeply about the quality of their insurance but feel confused about its coverage and costs, and are unsure about new requirements imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

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Obama Immigration Policy Halted by Federal Judge in Texas
By JULIA PRESTON
FEB. 17, 2015
A federal judge in Texas has ordered a halt, at least temporarily, to President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, siding with Texas and 25 other states that filed a lawsuit opposing the initiatives.

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Target the Best Candidates During Mass Hirings
By Bill Leonard  2/16/2015
All indicators point toward a strengthening U.S. job market, and a growing number of employers are looking to hire hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of new employees. For example, Home Depot announced on Feb. 10, 2015, that it would be hiring 80,000 workers in the upcoming spring months.

While the Home Depot announcement is probably an extreme case of what some recruiting experts call “mass hirings,” many businesses seem to be looking to ramp up their hiring efforts in 2015. And as more employers commit to large-scale hiring, competition for skilled talent will only intensify, which means corporate recruiters and HR professionals must be aware of both the best practices and pitfalls when recruiting and hiring in large numbers.

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Worksite ‘Danger’ Redefined in Canada
By Roy Maurer  2/16/2015
A clearer definition of “danger” for the purposes of stopping unsafe work and changes to the work-refusal process at federally regulated workplaces in Canada went into effect in late 2014.

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Ambush Election Rule Criticized Before Senate
By Allen Smith  2/13/2015
The Senate is mobilizing against the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) ambush election rule.
Employers had their day before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Feb. 11, 2015, testifying against the rule issued by the NLRB last December and scheduled to take effect April 14.

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Study: Teleworkers More Productive—Even When Sick
By Aliah D. Wright  2/13/2015
Teleworkers are more productive and less likely to take time off work—even when sick, a new survey reveals.
Human capital experts interviewed by SHRM Online said the study reveals what those who have successfully deployed telework for years already know: that with proper management and guidance, telework can provide many benefits for employer as well as employee.

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Rely on Conduct Rules to Discipline Workplace Threats
By Allen Smith  2/13/2015
The Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA’s) direct-threat defense sounds like it would align seamlessly with an employer’s zero-tolerance workplace violence policies. But employers are on safer ground relying on their conduct rules than the direct-threat defense when there may be a workplace threat, experts say.

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