Job Descriptions: Worth Doing or a Tedious Waste of Time?

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 05:27

Job descriptions—usually seen as just another task on the to-do list for HR professionals—are generally an underused resource. But you can rely on them for a variety of reasons, including recruiting, performance reviews, reasonable accommodations, and employee classification. The often overlooked process of writing job descriptions, if done...

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Pay Stub Headaches: Penalties for Noncompliant Wage Statements Can Add Up

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 05:25

Issuing inaccurate or incomplete itemized wage statements, also known as “pay stubs,” can result in significant liability for employers. California law requires employers to provide specific information in pay stubs and imposes significant penalties on employers that fail to follow those requirements. The number of lawsuits based on...

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The Opioid Crisis and the Workplace

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:00

The National Safety Council (NSC) has begun its nationwide road tour through areas of the United States that have been heavily hit by the opioid crisis. As part of that campaign, they have taken ownership of the Celebrating Lost Loved Ones map. Since the opioid crisis has taken its toll on businesses as well, from lost productivity to abuse at...

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Vacation Pay Lawsuit Takes Excursion to Appellate Court and Back

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 06:57

Winnebago County, Illinois recently attempted to avoid a claim for accrued but unpaid vacation pay under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA) by invoking the 1-year statute of limitations in the Illinois Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act. Read on to learn whether the Tort Immunity Act gives a break to...

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5 Ways to Build Up Your ‘Diversity Fitness’

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 06:45

For years, technology leaders have been talking about diversity. “Talking” and “doing” are very different things though, evidenced by the fact that most startups are still dominated by white men. Side note: If you’re still not convinced diverse companies perform better, you’ve got some reading to do before going any further. But if you...

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New Survey Reveals Employees Favorable Outlook on Artificial Intelligence

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 06:44

According to a global survey of nearly 3,000 employees across eight nations conducted by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, four out of five employees surveyed see significant opportunity for artificial intelligence (AI) to create a more engaging and empowering workplace experience, yet admit a lack of transparency from their employers...

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First Impressions: Nearly Half of Employers Know if a Candidate Is a Good Fit within the First 5 Minutes

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 06:27

Acing an interview is an important step in landing a job, but it’s no easy feat, and your time to show yourself off is limited. According to a new CareerBuilder survey conducted by The Harris Poll, around half of employers (49%) know within the first 5 minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good or bad fit for a position, and only 8%...

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Caution Advised for Employers Considering DOL’s New PAID Program

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:48

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) announcement of a pilot program aimed at getting employers to voluntarily work with the department to resolve “inadvertent” overtime and minimum wage violations represents an opportunity for employers to fix mistakes without litigation, but attorneys who work with employers on wage issues urge caution. The...

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Escalator Principle: Are Returning Servicemembers Entitled to Bonuses?

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:48

The federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) gives many rights to employees who leave work to enter active military service. First and foremost, of course, is the right to reinstatement when they are released from active duty. But it’s not just reinstatement in the job the employee left, however. The employee...

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It’s Time to Kill the Job Description

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:38

Most companies consider job descriptions to be a necessary evil. No one likes writing them, sure, and it takes a lot of time and energy to put an informative one together. But if you’ve got an open role, you need to have a job description—right? Not necessarily! Let’s take a step back and examine the assumption that job descriptions are a...

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9th Circuit Adopts Workweek as Proper Measure for Minimum Wage Compliance

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:33

Following the lead of several other courts of appeals and the long-held position of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—recently concluded that minimum wage compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)...

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Exception to the Rule: Understanding the DOL Fiduciary Rule

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:31

In part one of this article, we covered the roles and responsibilities of a plan fiduciary and evaluated the new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule’s impact, even though full implementation has been delayed—extended to July 1, 2019. In this article, we’ll cover the exception to the fiduciary rule, as well as some steps employers...

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How Data is Evolving Human Resources

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 05:30

The field of People Science is transforming the way that HR is practiced in progressive companies, and changing the perception and expectations of HR along the way, by showing how the responsibilities of HR can be quantified, improved and most importantly, correlated with business results.  Any competent Chief People Officer will have their own...

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RecruitCon 2018 Keynote Bob Kelleher Shares 10 Tips for Hiring the B.E.S.T Workers

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:00

Is your company experiencing high turnover rates? Are you struggling to keep top talent engaged? Most companies tend to blame turnover on engagement, but they don’t have an engagement issue; they have a HIRING issue.   Does this sound like your organization? You have high voluntary turnover. You have trouble keeping your employees...

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Knowledge is Power: How Healthcare Transparency Programs Can Make Your Organization a King

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:55

Knowledge is power. It’s an old, and somewhat cliché, adage, but extremely relevant when it comes to navigating today’s healthcare ecosystem. Why? Because health care is confusing. A 2017 UnitedHealthcare report revealed that only 9% of consumers were able to define all four basic insurance concepts outlined in its survey: insurance premium,...

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Work Schedule Conflict Leads to Religious Accommodation Lawsuit

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:38

A recent decision by the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals— which covers Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming—provides another reminder that religious accommodations come in all shapes and sizes—and that proving “undue hardship” is often a high hurdle for employers. Although a number of religious discrimination...

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5 Login Lessons from Hawaii’s Ballistic Missile Alert Fiasco

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:20

Phones across Hawaii lit up at 8:07 a.m. on January 13 with an alert that a ballistic missile was hurtling toward the state. Two minutes later, Governor David Ige learned that the alert had been mistakenly sent. But it took another excruciating 15 minutes before he took to Twitter to clarify that there was “NO missile threat to Hawaii.” Why the...

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Don’t Wait for Full Implementation of New DOL Fiduciary Rule to Understand It

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 06:11

With the new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule in effect, and the phased implementation and extended transition period set, it is reasonable to imagine that all members of the retirement plans community have been refreshing their understanding of the fiduciary duties tied to plan administration. However, recent surveys1 of defined...

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Women as Warriors: What Black Panther Teaches Us About Women in the Workplace

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 14:49

Coming off the heels of a fantastic Blockbuster first few weeks, nearly $900 million made at the box office globally, and premiering during Black History Month, there is no denying that Black Panther is just the start of a monumental cultural movement. Black Panther is being touted as not only one of the year’s best films, but possibly one of the...

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IRS Issues 2018 Form W-4, Updated for TCJA Changes

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 07:00

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the 2018 version of its Form W-4, which reflects changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Employees are not required to resubmit Form W-4 to their employer, but some will find it advisable to do so. A revamp of the W-4 was necessitated by TCJA changes such as the elimination of personal...

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