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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COBRA Continuation Coverage: Who Pays?

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

Most employers are aware that the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires group health plans sponsored by covered employers to allow qualified beneficiaries to have “COBRA continuation coverage” in the event that they lose group health plan coverage for specified reasons. COBRA applies only to employers who had...

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Trump Administration Seeks to Expand Short-Term Health Insurance

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:39

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury (the Departments) issued a proposed rule on February 20 seeking to expand the availability of short-term, limited-duration health insurance by allowing consumers to buy plans providing coverage for any period of less than 12 months, rather than the current maximum period of...

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Who Let the Dogs in? Handling Requests for Service Animals at Work

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:30

It seems like I’m seeing more and more people with service animals—particularly “comfort animals” meant to ease anxiety or similar problems. Delta Airlines has had such a problem with comfort animals causing issues on its planes that it recently announced it was tightening its restrictions. Under the Americans with Disabilities...

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Automation, Talent Shortages and Trade Protectionism Among Top Business Trends for 2018

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:05

Innovative technology adoption, talent shortages, and trade protectionism are predicted to be the top trends in service delivery for 2018 and the next several years, according to research by KPMG. According to the latest quarterly KPMG Global Insights Pulse survey, investing in new and improved information technology and investing more in robotic...

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Maintaining Compliant Policies Proves to Be a Powerful Defense Against Class Claims

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

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal underscores the importance of maintaining and enforcing compliant wage and hour policies. Indeed, having the right policies in place may very well be an employer’s most powerful weapon for defeating wage and hour class claims. One California employer’s written wage and hour policies...

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DACA Deadline Still Important Despite Court Rulings

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:35

With the calendar hitting March 5­—the original date for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to begin winding down—employers need to consider the date’s impact on their workforce. BeeBright / iStock / Getty Images Plus Although two different federal courts have issued rulings temporarily blocking DACA’s phaseout, many...

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Engagement: 3 Lessons Learned from Kevin Sheridan’s Native American Sister and Iraq War Veteran

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 07:00

Last summer I went home to the Native American Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin on which I was raised.  I always find it so grounding to go home to the “Res,” as it is known to the locals.  It was especially grounding this trip because I got to spend 2.5 peaceful hours with my Chippewa little sister, Melissa Doud, on her new pontoon...

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Employers Overestimate Impact of Wellness Programs and Incentives on Employees’ Health Behavior

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 07:00

Despite U.S. employers and employees placing a high priority on health and well-being, employees say that employer efforts are falling short of employees’ expectations, according to research from leading global advisory, broking, and solutions company Willis Towers Watson. A majority of employers (56%) believe their well-being programs have...

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Too Poor for Arbitration? Employee’s Financial Situation Must Be Considered

HR Hero Line - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 06:24

Arbitration agreements can be a great way to manage the risk and expense of litigation. However, you must ensure that your arbitration agreement is enforceable. The Appellate Division, First Department in New York, recently reversed a lower court’s decision and sent the case back for further proceedings out of a concern that the employee...

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