Fringe Benefits Affected by the TCJA: Moving and Transportation Expenses

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:51

The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on December 22, 2017, brought the most sweeping overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) since 1986. Most of the changes took effect January 1, 2018. This article discusses the TCJA’s impact on employer provided fringe benefits and our insights, based on conversations with employers across the...

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16% of Fortune 500 Companies Offer DB Plans to New Hires; Dramatic Decline Over 20 Years

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:28

When a new hire joined a U.S. Fortune 500 company in 1998, there was about a 59% chance he or she would be offered a traditional or hybrid defined benefit (DB) pension. As of 2017, that likelihood dropped to 16% in the same group of employers, according to a new Willis Towers Watson (WTW) retrospective report on large DB plans. DNY59 / E+ / Getty...

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Workplace Diversity Starts with Top-Down Commitment, Finds Randstad Survey

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:57

A new survey, released by Randstad US, reveals that a majority of workers (78%) say a workplace where people are treated equally—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, or religion—is important to them. The new survey uncovers the perceptions and experiences of women and men as they relate to gender equality, diversity, and...

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Disability Discrimination: Kentucky Court Reinstates Fired Worker’s Case

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:53

A federal court in Louisville, Kentucky recently changed its mind and reinstated claims that had previously been dismissed. The court found an employee’s complaint contained sufficient allegations of discrimination based on her disability and her use of medical leave to move forward toward trial. Facts “Allison” spent several years...

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Recruitment Marketing Strategy: Sell Opportunities to Jobseekers

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:33

Is your company having a difficult time attracting the right candidates? With the unemployment rate being so low, savvy recruiters must be creative and innovative. A recruiter’s primary goal is to quickly fill openings with people who possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and cultural fit for their organization’s needs. The days when you...

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Office Romances: Fallout from Breakup Can Cause Headaches Down the Road

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:19

The federal district court of Minnesota recently heard a case regarding sexual harassment after the breakup of a consensual sexual relationship between an employee and her supervisor. The supervisor allegedly was displeased with the breakup and was unsuccessful in restarting the relationship, and a tense work environment ensued. The court...

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Did Termination of Financial Administrator Violate the FEHA?

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:15

A semiconductor company hired a 33-year-old accounting manager not long before it terminated its 59-year-old financial administrator as part of a reduction in force (RIF). The administrator sued, claiming unlawful age discrimination. The trial court granted the company’s motion for summary judgment (dismissal without a trial). In an...

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Katy Perry Kissed a Boy on American Idol and He Didn’t Like It: #MeToo Works Both Ways

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:24

In a move as tone-deaf as some of the singers vying to compete on American Idol, pop princess Katy Perry cajoled a kiss from 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze without his permission. Perry, who serves as one of the three judges on the newly re-booted reality program, wields the power to move contestants on to the next round or dash their dreams...

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Sweet Gift Offers Lessons on Employee Engagement and Company Branding

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 06:00

On the heels of conducting a motivational keynote speech for a client in Las Vegas, one of the key executives sent me the most unique post-event thank you gift.  The gift so resonated with me since it leveraged three of the most impactful drivers of both employee engagement and brand promotion and recognition. First, I’ll share the gift with you...

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Supervisory Status Key in Assessing Liability in Sexual Harassment Cases

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 05:57

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss an employee’s same-sex sexual harassment claim after determining that the supervisor lacked the ability to take tangible employment action against the employee. Professor25 / iStock / Getty...

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7th Circuit: Psych Exam Following Bizarre Behavior was Reasonable

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 05:30

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employer-required medical exams must be “job-related and consistent with business necessity.” That test can be difficult to apply when you’re dealing with mental or psychiatric examinations. A recent decision from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois,...

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Recruiting Through Social Media: A Q&A with Rebecca Barnes-Hogg of YOLO Insights

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 05:27

Are you using social media to recruit top talent? If not, you may want to jump on the hiring bandwagon. After all, 21st-century candidates live online. Anyone with access to the internet can post a job opening online, but there’s so much more out there that can help you build a deep candidate pool that is sure to be successful time and time...

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Massachusetts Court Green-Lights Nurses’ Defamation Claims

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 05:25

Even in times of relative calm, employers sometimes feel that every personnel decision carries the risk of legal liability. Of course, in times of crisis, an employer must often act decisively to protect its business and its reputation. The following case is a cautionary tale about decisive action and one type of legal risk: defamation claims....

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Making Social Media Work for You—Not Against You—in Recruiting for Diversity

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 06:59

Achieving a diverse workforce and learning how to use social media to recruit talent are two common goals for employers. Sometimes, though, the two objectives can work against each other. Gone are the days when employers would specify an age, gender, or other characteristic in a newspaper help-wanted ad. Today’s social media-aided recruiting...

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Strategic HR: Writing a Strong Termination Letter

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:57

Writing a termination letter can be a daunting task when you realize that so much can rise or fall on what it says. A few straightforward strategies can help you prepare a termination letter that provides all the benefits and helps you manage the risks that accompany all termination decisions. What to Leave in and What to Leave Out A termination...

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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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