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

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 05:59

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 - 04:57

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 - 04:47

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 - 04:29

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 - 04:19

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 - 08:53

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 - 06:53

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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Recruiting Technology: How Video Can Attract Active and Passive Jobseekers

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:00

Is your company using video in the recruiting process? If not, you may want to consider incorporating this technology into your recruiting strategies, as we are living in a digital age that is currently faced with a competitive candidate-driven market. Talent acquisition professionals are “mining for gold” it seems when searching for top...

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Firing Employee Who Made Threats: Opposition Isn’t Always Protected

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:00

The Iowa Court of Appeals recently found that an employee who made violent threats on Facebook couldn’t sue her former employer for retaliation after she was terminated. The court’s decision is important because it allows employers to make termination decisions when a protected complaint is pending. In other words, not all opposition is...

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EEOC Outlook for 2018: What Should Employers Expect from the Agency?

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:00

Many federal agencies and their regulations experienced a lot of changes during 2017. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), by contrast, had a relatively uneventful year. No major controversial issues surfaced, key leadership positions were left unfilled, and some EEO issues are important to the president’s daughter—and by...

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Unpermitted Internet Use at Work Can Be Catastrophic for Both Employees and Employers

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 04:42

In Texas, impersonating another person online is a crime under Tex. Penal Code § 33.07. A plethora of legal implications have developed in the labor and employment law context with the rise of social media and advertising sites such as Craigslist. Employers may not yet realize the impact such sites can have on their organizations, but the use of...

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Ban the Box Now: More the Rule than Exception when Screening

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 05:00

Ban the box laws that remove the box on applications that job applicants are asked to check if they have a criminal record are now more the rule than the exception for Human Resources professionals when screening applicants. As of March 2018, 30 states and more than 150 cities and counties have ban the box laws, according to the National Employment...

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6th Circuit Rules Title VII Prohibits Transgender Discrimination

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 05:00

On March 7, 2108, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—granted summary judgment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on its claim that a former employee of a funeral home in Michigan was fired from her job because of her transgender status in violation of Title VII of the Civil...

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Timing Is Everything—and Sometimes Bad Timing Can Be Costly

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:47

English mentalist Tony Corinda once said, “Good timing is invisible. Bad timing sticks out a mile.” A federal judge in New Orleans recently rejected an employer’s request to dismiss its former employee’s pregnancy discrimination case. The court’s decision rested in part on the allegation that the employer fired her...

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Implement Innovative, Integrated Practices for Healthcare Cost Savings

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:07

A group of best-performing companies has achieved a $2,251 per employee per year (PEPY) healthcare cost advantage over the national average in 2017 ($9,950 compared with $12,201), according to global advisory, broking, and solutions company Willis Towers Watson’s 22nd annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey. Willis Towers Watson...

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