Midwest Employers Report Most Optimistic Hiring Outlook for 2nd Year in a Row

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:47

With the unemployment rate hovering at 4%, it’s no wonder employers are reporting optimistic hiring trends for Q2 2018. According to the recently released ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, U.S. employer hiring confidence is staying strong. The Q2 2018 Hiring Outlook reports that 1 in 5 employers plan to grow their workforce in the 3 months...

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Austin, Texas Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:29

Last month, the Austin City Council passed a new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance—the first of its kind in the south. The Council voted 9-2 to implement the policy in the early hours of February 16, 2018. The ordinance applies to private-sector employers located in Austin, Texas, and requires employers to provide paid sick leave (PSL) to employees...

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5 Ways to Increase Employee Benefits Engagement at No Additional Cost

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:19

Human resource professionals know the benefits of offering relevant and effective health and wellness benefits to their employees, but keeping employees engaged with them can often feel like a full-time job. And with shrinking budgets to support benefits programs after they’re rolled out, how do you find ways to make sure your employees are...

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Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect April 1

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 09:53

Massachusetts employers will face new obligations regarding pregnant women and new mothers when the state’s new Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) takes effect on April 1. AleksandarNakic / E+ / Getty Images The PWFA requires employers to provide pregnant women and new mothers “reasonable accommodations” both for their pregnancies and for...

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Date for Employers to Submit H-1B Petitions Nears

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 07:53

Employers will begin filing petitions for H-1B visas on April 2, and immigration attorneys expect U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to quickly reach the 85,000-visa cap. The H-1B program allows U.S. companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that normally require a specialty degree. The 85,000 visas available...

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Recruiting Technology: How Video Can Attract Active and Passive Jobseekers

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:00

Is your company using video in the recruiting process? If not, you may want to consider incorporating this technology into your recruiting strategies, as we are living in a digital age that is currently faced with a competitive candidate-driven market. Talent acquisition professionals are “mining for gold” it seems when searching for top...

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Firing Employee Who Made Threats: Opposition Isn’t Always Protected

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:00

The Iowa Court of Appeals recently found that an employee who made violent threats on Facebook couldn’t sue her former employer for retaliation after she was terminated. The court’s decision is important because it allows employers to make termination decisions when a protected complaint is pending. In other words, not all opposition is...

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EEOC Outlook for 2018: What Should Employers Expect from the Agency?

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:00

Many federal agencies and their regulations experienced a lot of changes during 2017. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), by contrast, had a relatively uneventful year. No major controversial issues surfaced, key leadership positions were left unfilled, and some EEO issues are important to the president’s daughter—and by...

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Unpermitted Internet Use at Work Can Be Catastrophic for Both Employees and Employers

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:42

In Texas, impersonating another person online is a crime under Tex. Penal Code § 33.07. A plethora of legal implications have developed in the labor and employment law context with the rise of social media and advertising sites such as Craigslist. Employers may not yet realize the impact such sites can have on their organizations, but the use of...

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Ban the Box Now: More the Rule than Exception when Screening

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 06:00

Ban the box laws that remove the box on applications that job applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal record are now more the rule than the exception for Human Resources professionals when screening applicants. As of March 2018, 30 states and more than 150 cities and counties have ban the box laws, according to the National Employment...

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6th Circuit Rules Title VII Prohibits Transgender Discrimination

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 06:00

On March 7, 2108, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—granted summary judgment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on its claim that a former employee of a funeral home in Michigan was fired from her job because of her transgender status in violation of Title VII of the Civil...

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Timing Is Everything—and Sometimes Bad Timing Can Be Costly

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 05:47

English mentalist Tony Corinda once said, “Good timing is invisible. Bad timing sticks out a mile.” A federal judge in New Orleans recently rejected an employer’s request to dismiss its former employee’s pregnancy discrimination case. The court’s decision rested in part on the allegation that the employer fired her...

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Implement Innovative, Integrated Practices for Healthcare Cost Savings

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 05:07

A group of best-performing companies has achieved a $2,251 per employee per year (PEPY) healthcare cost advantage over the national average in 2017 ($9,950 compared with $12,201), according to global advisory, broking, and solutions company Willis Towers Watson’s 22nd annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey. Willis Towers Watson...

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How Effective Are Your Workplace Wellness Programs?

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00

Workplace wellness programs have great power to create healthy employees, improve employee engagement, and can lead to better employer engagement. Today we will look at the highlights of a new guide on workplace wellness. We are also joined by Hector De La Torre, Executive Director of Transamerica Center for Health Studies® (TCHS) and Dr. Cristina...

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EEO-1 Deadline Coming Up March 31

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:10

March 31 is the deadline employers must meet for submitting EEO-1 reports to the Joint Reporting Committee (JRC). The JRC represents the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) for purposes of collecting employers’ EEO-1 reports. This year’s filing period was extended after...

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North Carolina Hospital Settles Religious Discrimination Claims Over Flu Vaccine Policy

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 06:00

Many healthcare providers in North Carolina have instituted policies requiring their employees who have patient contact to receive the flu vaccine each year. Such policies will typically include a process by which an employee can object to receiving the vaccine based on religious beliefs or medical concerns, such as an allergy to the...

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3 Ways to Prepare Millennials for Leadership Positions

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 06:00

We’re in the middle of a substantial workforce gap. As Baby Boomers and Gen Xers proceed into retirement, Millennials are taking over as the largest portion of the U.S. workforce, according to Pew Research—leaving a huge gap to fill in terms of leadership. Source: g-stockstudio / iStock / Getty Images Plus In fact, a study by Deloitte found...

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Fewer Organizations Implementing Hard Minimums/Maximums on Severance Packages

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 05:57

A new survey confirms there are major changes afoot in severance and separation benefits that will dramatically impact employer brand and talent management. Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), a talent development and transition company, and Compensation Resources, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the design and implementation of organization-wide...

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Financial Wellness: Employers Enhance DC Retirement Plans to Improve Employees’ Financial Security

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 05:56

With concerns mounting that employees aren’t saving enough for retirement, U.S. employers are making significant enhancements to their defined contribution (DC) plans, now considered the main retirement savings vehicle for most working Americans, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking, and solutions...

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Employee Engagement Opportunity: 46% of Workers Love Celebrating March Madness in the Office

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 05:46

Are you looking for a way to engage your employees? The upcoming March Madness college basketball tournament may offer a great opportunity, as a new survey from staffing firm—OfficeTeam—finds that employees are mad about sporting events. Professionals said they spend an average of 25.5 minutes per day on sports-related activities in the office...

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