Unemployment Near Record Lows: Who Can You Hire?

HR Hero Line - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 03:00

With unemployment hovering near record lows, employers are finding it tough to fill some positions. They’re starting to change tactics, often looking at previously ignored groups of jobseekers or changing how they attract applicants altogether. Let’s take a look. Who Can You Hire? Employers have been focusing more efforts on groups they may...

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Leading, Unofficially

HR Hero Line - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:14

This edition of The Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, Project Director for Simplify Compliance. For most of us, the path to becoming a leader starts years before an official leadership title and a team of employees are granted. Source: monkeybusinessimages / iStock / Getty In truth, informal leadership can be a greater...

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Digitally-Savvy Companies Have a Greater Ability to Attract and Retain Talent

HR Hero Line - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 05:00

As more and more young people join the workforce, companies must be prepared to adapt to the changing times. A new study has revealed that companies who are more technologically inclined have a better chance at retaining and attracting younger workers.   Randstad US has released new findings from a study examining the digital proficiency of...

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Your Workplace Culture is Perpetuating These Productivity Killers (And What to Do About It)

HR Hero Line - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 05:00

The buzz in your pocket. The chime in your headphone. The message bubble at the top of your desktop. Every day, employees are bombarded by notifications from their computers, smartphones, tablets, and even their smartwatches. Needless to say, overstimulation is killing productivity. The solution? Center your workplace culture around total...

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Court Vacates $16M Judgment Against Cigna for Recouping Overpayments

HR Hero Line - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 04:43

A federal appeals court vacated a judgment totaling more than $16 million against a health plan administrator for its actions in attempting to recoup overpayments to an out-of-network hospital. The case is Conn. Gen’l Life Ins. Co. v. Humble Surgical Hosp., LLC, 878 F.3d 478 (5th Cir., Dec. 19, 2017). designer491 / iStock / Getty Images...

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Pros and Cons of Employee Engagement Surveys

HR Hero Line - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 03:00

Does your organization utilize employee engagement surveys? If it does, you are undoubtedly familiar with many reasons why they’re often cited as being critical to gauging the “temperature” or “mood” of the workplace. Indeed, there are many potential benefits to be gained but also some potential drawbacks. We’ll explore some of each...

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How to Improve Managers’ Lives

HR Hero Line - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 03:00

Are your managers happy? Are they satisfied with their jobs? How can the HR team (or the greater organization) impact their satisfaction levels and make the job less frustrating? Here are some ways they can do just that: Create meeting guidelines to reduce wasted meeting time. For example, every meeting should have an agenda, and this agenda...

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TCJA Removes Some Disaster Damage from Safe Harbor 401(k) Hardship Eligibility

HR Hero Line - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 05:00

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 enacted in February relaxed certain restrictions on hardship withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans (see, New Federal Budget Relaxes Hardship Withdrawals for Retirement Plan Participants), starting in 2019. But defined contribution (DC) retirement plan sponsors also should be aware that, in contrast,...

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Financial Wellness: 5 Tips to Engage Employees

HR Hero Line - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 04:59

Financial stress of employees costs the U.S. $250 billion in lost time. According to a recent Mercer financial wellness survey, 62% of the employees surveyed were worried about just keeping up with monthly expenses. So what choices do you and your employees have to combat financial stress? StockFinland / E+ / Getty Images Here are five tips to...

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Can I Have Your Number? Dealing with Changed Social Security Numbers

HR Hero Line - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 04:52

Q. One of our employees who has worked for us a little over 2 years just presented us with a new Social Security number (SSN) and said the old one we have been using is no longer her number. I have never heard of this before. Do we terminate the old record/file and rehire her with the new information, or do we just change the SSN and have her fill...

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What is Résumé Fraud?

HR Hero Line - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 03:00

Résumé fraud occurs anytime someone intentionally provides false information on his or her résumé, presumably with the hopes it will make him or her more likely to be considered for a job. This often also encompasses application fraud—which is the same idea, but it occurs anywhere in the application process. There are even business services...

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Supreme Court Rejects Narrow Interpretation of FLSA in Overtime Case

HR Hero Line - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:06

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in a case directly affecting employers of auto service advisers is expected to have implications for employers of other kinds of workers as well since the Court rejected the notion that exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must be construed narrowly. The Court’s April 2 ruling in Encino...

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Upholding the Psychological Employment Contract

HR Hero Line - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 05:00

Do you realize that every one of us has a psychological contract with our organization? The psychological contract is a concept that describes the understandings, beliefs, and commitments that exist between an employee and an employer. Although it is unwritten and intangible, it represents the mutual expectations that are felt between the two. The...

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Hiring Forecast: Open Positions and Hiring Plans Expected to Increase in Q2 2018

HR Hero Line - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 04:55

If you plan on hiring in the second quarter of 2018, you’re not alone. A recent hiring forecast, released by Brilliant—a search, staffing, and management resources firm—indicates that businesses are planning to increase their overall hiring plans in the next 12 months. The Brilliant Q2 2018 Hiring Forecast, studies the hiring trends and...

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Employee Retention Idea: Make Schedules Employee Friendly

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

With unemployment rates inching ever lower, employers are becoming more and more concerned with employee retention. Vacancies are getting tougher to fill, making it even more of a concern when an employee leaves. As such, employers are always on the lookout for things that may impact employee retention rates. One such thing is how employee work...

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How Does Paid Leave Help Employers?

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

Paid leave can be any type of leave that an employer offers to employees with pay. It includes things like sick days and vacation days, but most of the time when we’re discussing “paid leave,” the context is leave that goes beyond the standard paid time off (PTO) plan. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave is a classic type of leave...

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Good Girls: Three Moms Channel Walter White

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

NBC’s new show Good Girls is far more Weeds and Breaking Bad than the comedy I expected, but it provides an interesting glimpse into the workplace through a trio of moms resorting to desperate measures to make ends meet. Our three anti-heroines are: Source: Viktorcvetkovic / iStock / Getty Annie, a single mom earning minimum wage working at a...

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Is Sexual Orientation Protected by Federal Law?

HR Hero Line - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 06:14

The U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island—recently upheld a six-figure jury award for a firefighter’s “sex-plus” discrimination claim, ruling that federal antidiscrimination law extends protections to gay and lesbian workers in cases where they claim discrimination...

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TCJA Creates Catch-22 for Sexual Harassment Settlements

HR Hero Line - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 05:00

One of the primary concerns addressed through the #MeToo movement is that claims of sexual harassment in the workplace are often settled discreetly and without scrutiny. For years, employers have resolved sexual harassment claims with a settlement payout in exchange for a general release of the company from all liability. The terms of the...

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What HR Needs to Know About Tax Reform’s Impact on Engaging Independent Contractors

HR Hero Line - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 03:38

In 2017, 40.9 million Americans chose to work as independent contractors – about one third of the total U.S. workforce. By and large, these independent professionals work this way because they choose to do so. Their contributions – both to the workforce at large and to the American economy – are significant, about $1.2 trillion dollars each...

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