IRS Clarifies HSA Preventive Care Rule, Provides Transition Relief

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:55

Male sterilization and male contraceptives are not considered “preventive care” for health savings account (HSA) purposes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed in Notice 2018-12. However, the March 5 notice also provided transition relief for applicable fully insured plans at least through the end of 2019. utah778 / iStock / Getty...

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Equal Pay Act Case Gets New Life from 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:41

In 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia—reversed a decision to grant summary judgment—meaning the trial court had found there was no case to move forward—in favor of a governmental entity. Instead, the appeals court...

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Employee Experience Designer: The New Role of HR

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 03:36

The role of HR is undergoing a transformation. Where HR traditionally focused on compliance and risk management, over the past few decades, with the growth of culture-forward companies, it’s evolved to encompass the entire experience. HR managers are now, arguably, also designers and keepers of company culture. Raised by an engineer and a...

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How the Best Places to Work Use Family-Friendly Benefits to Maximize Potential

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 03:00

In a competitive job market, employers are always looking for a leg up on the competition. So it’s no surprise that when Fortune and Great Place to Work release their annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For business leaders, people operations pros and job seekers all dive in with great interest. One key takeaway from this year’s...

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Supreme Court May Have to Decide Fate of DOL Fiduciary Rule

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:38

The future of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule could land on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court now that a federal appeals court has vacated the rule, including the expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and associated exemptions. NiroDesign / iStock / Getty Images Plus The 2-1 decision, announced March 15 by the...

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Put the Ball in Their Court—’Offensive’ and ‘Defensive’ Job Interview Techniques

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:00

In light of March Madness, it seems appropriate to think about your job interview techniques in terms of effective offensive and defensive moves. Best way to start? Put the ball in the job applicant’s court. Start with the Job Description Present a copy of the job description to the applicant and have one in front of you. Go through the...

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Courts Uphold Dismissal of Fired NFL Coach’s Defamation Claims

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:00

You may remember that Jonathan Martin, a former starting offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins, suddenly left the team during the 2013 season. He was a second-round draft pick in 2012 who played college football at Stanford. In college, he was twice selected as an All-American offensive lineman. During the 2012 season, he played at...

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Fringe Benefits Affected by the TCJA: Moving and Transportation Expenses

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:51

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 - 04:28

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 - 04:57

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 - 04:53

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 - 04:33

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 - 04:19

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 - 04:15

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 - 07:24

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 - 05:00

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 - 04:57

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 - 04:30

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 - 04:27

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 - 04:25

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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