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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Men Think Women Leaders Are Represented Equally, But Only 10% of Women Actually Hold Leadership Positions

HR Hero Line - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 06:19

2018 is shaping up to be the year of gender equality, with Iceland leading the transformation by requiring all companies to enforce equal pay for all workers. However, a recent study shows that these strides are being hindered in the United States because employees have gotten used to the status quo and don’t feel there is any urgency for...

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Improving Employee Engagement with HR Technology: A Look at Tech Focused Strategies

HR Hero Line - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:20

With employee engagement being such a covered topic due to the benefits it provides to strategy development and overall business improvement, you would think that statistics in this area would be booming – unfortunately, that’s not the case. If we take a look back prior to 2012, a global decrease in employee productivity was estimated to have...

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EEOC Training Programs Help Employers Fight Sexual Harassment

HR Hero Line - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:00

The recent high-profile sexual harassment accusations leading to public humiliation and terminations has highlighted the need for companies to properly train their supervisors and employees on what is and is not harassment. Just as these allegations are appearing on the front pages of newspapers, on October 4, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity...

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Why You Should Be Offering Frequent Performance Feedback

HR Hero Line - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:00

A large part of Human Resources (HR) is ensuring that a company runs smoothly at all times. Since there are a lot of working parts in any single company, there is also a lot that needs to be addressed, kept track of, and engaged with for prime performance results. Your employees are what keeps the company going, but HR keeps the employees...

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Tax Law Fueling Changes to Employer Benefits and Compensation Programs

HR Hero Line - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:27

The new tax reform law is fueling changes to corporate America’s employee benefits, compensation, total rewards, and executive pay programs, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking, and solutions company. The survey of 333 large and midsize employers reveals nearly half (49%) of the respondents are considering...

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Getting Back to Basics with Stay Interviews

HR Hero Line - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 05:00

As an HR professional, you have probably had your fair share of exit interviews. While they are designed to get valuable input from employees that are transitioning out of the company, the results can often be skewed. Employees are either afraid of future backlash and are overly positive, or have an ax to grind and take the opportunity to do so....

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Are Your Interviews Safe from Age Discrimination?

HR Hero Line - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 05:00

In yesterday’s Advisor, we took at look at some ways to avoid age discrimination in job posts and in the job application. Now let’s continue by looking at ways to avoid age discrimination during the interview. Source: Tom Merton / OJO Images / Getty Images Plus Avoiding Age Discrimination: Tips for the Interview Here are some tips for avoiding...

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Does That Law Apply to Me? Sick Leave Laws Raise Questions for Out-of-State Employers

HR Hero Line - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 07:00

Maryland is now the ninth state to have enacted a paid sick leave law. Effective February 11, 2018, the Healthy Working Families Act became law as the result of a veto override, which understandably means there are still a few details related to the law’s enforcement and implementation to be ironed out. In fact, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan...

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Federal Court Won’t Let Plan Make Service Provider Defendant in Fiduciary Suit

HR Hero Line - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 06:03

The spotlight that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has shined on fiduciary duties for retirement plans has heightened awareness among plan sponsors and their third-party administrators (TPAs). But the proposed rule hasn’t necessarily made some plan sponsors more willing to accept the responsibility of the role. designer491 / iStock / Getty...

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Avoiding Age Discrimination in the Recruiting Process

HR Hero Line - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 05:00

Age discrimination often happens inadvertently. After all, most of us don’t set out to intentionally exclude older workers. We can rationally recognize that older workers are just as valuable as any other worker, and may often bring years (even decades) of experience and knowledge. Yet, age discrimination—both intentional and...

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Modifying the Workplace for Older Employees

HR Hero Line - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 05:00

As our population demographics change over the years, employers are finding themselves with a workforce that is ever-changing in composition. While those in the Millennial cohort are finding their feet in the workplace and advancing into more senior roles, there are plenty of Generation Xers and Baby Boomers who plan to stay in the workforce for...

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