4 Tips for Better Diverse Team Communication

HR Hero Line - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:00

A very good friend of mine, who is of Polish decent, was reading an article in Polish next to me and pointed to a name referenced repeatedly, that being Michał Anioł. She looked up at me peering over her shoulder and said, “You know this guy.” piola666 / iStock / Getty Images Plus I honestly had no clue who she was talking about and said so....

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DOL Proposed Rule Would Loosen ‘Commonality’ Test for Offering AHPs

HR Hero Line - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:00

A rule recently proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would give employers with a “commonality of interest” the chance to offer health coverage jointly through association health plans (AHPs). grinvalds / iStock / Getty Images Plus The proposal, published January 5 (83 Fed. Reg. 614), would broaden the definition of “employer”...

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Use Good Benefits Communication Tools, and Wake Up the ‘Young Invincibles’

HR Hero Line - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:00

The young professionals on the bus seat behind me were talking about this year’s medical benefits, and I listened in.  It’s my business.  (Benefits, that is … not eavesdropping.) “Benefits sign-up time.  I hate it.  They’re sending me those thick envelopes, but I just don’t get it.”   “Do the math.  Just decide based on money....

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Act like you own the place

HR Hero Line - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:26

by Dan Oswald I was at a conference last week with a group of senior executives and company owners. Not surprisingly, one of the topics the group discussed was how to identify and attract top talent. It was suggested that a common trait in the best employees is that they act like owners. That might sound a little vague. I’ve worked for owners...

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Will & Grace: New Run, Same Naughty Karen

HR Hero Line - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:34

Back in March, I wrote about the revival of Will & Grace, though we all know it is really the Jack & Karen show.  Over the years, we have seen the softer side of Karen Walker, which lies far (really far) below the surface of her martini-swilling, insult-slinging, pill-popping, Botox veneer. In the series revival, we have seen Karen’s...

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Can Wearable Technology and Predictive Analytics Prevent Workplace Violence?

HR Hero Line - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 07:00

In late January, it was revealed that wearable activity trackers, such as Fitbit, were doing more than just tracking activity. These wearables were also sharing very sensitive military information, unbeknownst to its users. While wearables may pose a threat to your company’s secure data, could they potentially save your employees’ lives,...

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1st Circuit Reminds Employers to Ensure All Parties Have Agreed to Arbitration

HR Hero Line - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:52

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit—which covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island—held that an arbitration agreement between a company and a vendor wasn’t enforceable against one of the vendor’s delivery drivers who didn’t have notice of the agreement. The court’s ruling...

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Why Isn’t Workplace Sexual Harassment Training Working?

HR Hero Line - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:51

As I write this article, the newspapers and airwaves are filled with more reports of alleged sexual harassment in workplaces around the country. It’s as though the media has suddenly discovered a whole new world of discrimination to report on. For HR managers, these stories aren’t surprising—they’re frustrating. olaser / iStock...

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Zero-Tolerance Sexual Harassment Policies Could Help Curb Unwanted Advances

HR Hero Line - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:51

Employees are more likely to report sexual harassment they witness at work when there is a zero-tolerance policy in place, according to a new Florida International University (FIU) study. Findings show companies where zero-tolerance policies are a top-priority are particularly effective in increasing the reporting of the most common forms of sexual...

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Can Local Governments Set Higher Minimum Wage Than the State?

HR Hero Line - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 06:01

Throughout the country, much has been made of varied initiatives to increase the minimum wage from its current level under federal law to higher levels. Many commentators frequently propose $15 an hour as the new minimum wage, and some municipalities throughout the country have enacted local ordinances to push their minimum wage higher than the...

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10 Best Practices for Successful Onboarding

HR Hero Line - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 05:00

Welcoming a new employee into a long-term positive relationship with their organization requires an effective onboarding. How can you take steps to ensure that the process is as successful as possible from both the employee and the organization’s perspectives? Following are some best practice tips for effective onboarding. Source: 1001Love /...

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Paid Family Leave Proposals Gaining Attention, Possibly Momentum

HR Hero Line - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 13:56

With all that’s going on in Washington, D.C., it’s easy for issues to get lost in the noise and clutter, but paid family leave is managing to remain a topic of conversation. Recent months have seen various paid family leave proposals floated. The issue was mentioned in the January 30 State of the Union Address and reportedly has been the...

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3 Qualities of Effective Leadership in the Modern Workplace

HR Hero Line - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 06:53

The concepts and values of leadership have evolved over the years. While the ideas of “Be loyal to your employer and do what you are told,” “Get people to follow you,” or “Climb your way to the top” used to be the standard mode of operation, times have changed. The workforce today is not interested in being dictated to, giving absolute...

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11th Circuit Stuns Police Department in Reversal of Taser Termination

HR Hero Line - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 06:41

Recently, a panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia—reversed an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) discrimination matter and sent it back for further proceedings to the district court that had dismissed it before trial. Jupiterimages / Stockbyte / Getty Images The 11th Circuit’s...

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HR Manager Ranked One of the Best Jobs to Have in 2018, Says Glassdoor

HR Hero Line - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 06:14

With nearly two in five (38%) job seekers and employees, including more than half (56%) of Millennials (18- to 34-year-olds), looking for a job now or planning to in the next year, Glassdoor has announced its annual jobs report identifying the 50 Best Jobs in America for 2018. The report highlights the 50 best jobs based on each job’s overall...

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Relocation Benefit Options

HR Hero Line - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:00

Does your organization offer relocation assistance or any form of relocation benefits? Some organizations opt to do so, as it can mean the employer can expand its geographic scope when looking for a new employee, and perhaps find someone who is not already located in the target area. Finding someone who is not local can be a way to get great...

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What Do HR Experts Have to Say about Onboarding?

HR Hero Line - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 05:00

Despite the importance of onboarding, the process if often overlooked. According to The Learning Match Maker, 91% of employees stay with a company for at least a year if that company has an efficient onboarding process. That number only drops to 69% after 3 years. The onboarding process is often not conducted as effectively as it could be. So much...

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How to Take Action: Strategies for Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Workplace in 2018

HR Hero Line - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 07:00

The volatility of 2017 further surfaced a number of longstanding and important issues, like racial and gender equality and diversity of thought in the workplace. While these issues aren’t new, the political climate created an environment where we all proactively address diversity and inclusion more frequently, bringing it to the forefront of...

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New Year Brings New Job Applicants, More Exposure to Equal Pay Act Claims

HR Hero Line - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 06:41

With hiring about to pick up, this is a great time for a refresher on employers’ obligations under the Equal Pay Act (EPA), brought to you by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Two for One “Hannah” served as acting superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) from 2006 to 2007...

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Hiring Could Be Even More Difficult in 2018 as Employers Compete for a Shrinking Talent Pool

HR Hero Line - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 06:38

Employers have high expectations for business and headcount growth in 2018, but a severe skills shortage in the fastest growing sectors could hinder plans, according to the 2018 U.S. Salary Guide from Hays, a specialist recruitment agency. Based on a survey of more than 3,000 people, the Hays US 2018 Salary Guide asked U.S. professionals, managers,...

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