High Court: Self-Publication of Defamation Not Recognized in Texas

HR Hero Line - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 06:56

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued a decision that may put some employers at ease. When it comes to defamation claims in Texas, several elements are required, including “the publication of a false statement of fact to a third party.” Generally, that doesn’t include instances of self-publication—when the defamed person himself relays...

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Minnesota Tip-Sharing Decision Sets Table for More Wrongful Discharge Claims

HR Hero Line - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 06:40

Recently, a divided Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a restaurant worker who was fired for refusing to share tips with his coworkers can sue for wrongful discharge even though the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA) doesn’t expressly authorize such claims.  Fair or Not Fair, Employee Won’t Share Minnesota’s tip-sharing...

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Small Business Leaders: 3 Tips for Recruiting and Retaining New Employees in 2018

HR Hero Line - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 05:21

As a small business owner, you’re living proof that the American Dream is still alive and well. You’ve taken the risks, made few enough mistakes to successfully grow your business, and now you find yourself fully engaged in a war for the kind of talent that will take your business to the next level. Small companies face unique challenges that...

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3 Strategic Foci for HR in 2018

HR Hero Line - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 06:49

Strategic focus is a business buzzword these days. Just Google the term. You will find that many top business publications have recent articles on the topic. I don’t think that is a new revelation, however. In business—indeed, in life—there is only so much time and energy available. There always are things that must be done—ordinary,...

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New Kronos Study Finds Activities That Drive Employee Success are Often Ignored

HR Hero Line - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 06:49

According to a new study from Kronos Incorporated, onboarding is a critical weakness for a majority of organizations that stalls new hire momentum and threatens to disengage enthusiastic employees during their crucial first weeks on the job. The report—New Hire Momentum: Driving the Onboarding Experience—was conducted by Kronos and the Human...

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Attention HR Pros: Certification Exams are Getting a Makeover

HR Hero Line - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 06:43

U.S.-based Human Resource management practices are quickly transforming and growing more complex. Senior-level HR professionals play expanded roles in the strategic advancement of business outcomes. All HR professionals are also asked to help champion employee engagement and to support improved business decisions with data-driven analytics. HR...

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Year-End Reporting: Double Check Forms Before Submitting—It Could Save You Thousands of Dollars

HR Hero Line - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 06:30

Year-end reporting season is a chaotic time for business owners and Human Resources personnel across the country. This year brings with it just the second season of earlier deadlines for W-2 and 1099-MISC reporting, so businesses can feel overwhelmed and pressured with the need to file on time to avoid fines. Greatland Corporation, a provider of...

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Communication Surrounding Litigation: Loose Lips Sink Ships!

HR Hero Line - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 06:21

Most employers are probably aware that communications with their attorneys for the purpose of obtaining legal advice are protected under the attorney-client and work-product privileges. That means if a lawsuit is filed and the employee’s attorney wants to know what advice you received from your attorney about the matter (or what was prepared...

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An Introduction to Cafeteria Plans: Permitted Tax-Exempt and Taxable Benefits

HR Hero Line - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 07:00

By definition, cafeteria plans allow employees to choose between cash and a variety of employer-provided benefits without having to include the value of their chosen benefits as taxable income. Cafeteria plans are popular because they allow employees to design individualized benefits programs that suit their own special needs. For example, an...

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Cadillac Tax Pushed Back Again, This Time to 2022

HR Hero Line - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 06:43

Buried in the January 22 passage of legislation to re-open the federal government was a welcome bit of news for employers: The effective date of the wildly unpopular “Cadillac Tax” has been pushed back yet again. It is now set to take effect in 2022 rather than 2020 (the original implementation date was January 1, 2018). The Cadillac Tax was...

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New Study Reveals What’s Hindering Productivity in Your Workplace

HR Hero Line - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 06:29

Nintex, which specializes in workflow and content automation, has released a new study revealing the most broken processes in American workplaces and how they contribute to employee satisfaction and performance. Yuri_Arcurs / DigitalVision / Getty Images The study, called the “Definitive Guide to America’s Most Broken Processes,” found that a...

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10 Tips for Managing Salary Expectations

HR Hero Line - Wed, 01/24/2018 - 06:14

A recent Glassdoor survey revealed that more employees are expected to quit in the coming year, citing salary as the main reason why. To get ahead of the turnover, Glassdoor offers 10 tips you can use to help manage your employees’ salary expectations. Determine Your Approach It’s up to you to develop an approach for salary transparency that...

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6th Circuit Court’s Decision Provides Guidance on Draw-on-Commission Policies

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:46

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—held that an employer’s week-to-week, commission-only pay system was generally valid. However, it was illegal for the company’s policy to state that employees had to repay immediately upon termination draws that...

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Employers Left in Wellness-Plan Limbo

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:38

In recent years, more and more employers have implemented wellness programs—employee participation programs that may include wellness education, health or fitness challenges, and even limited medical testing and preventive care requirements—to promote and encourage employee health and wellbeing. Through these programs, they hope to create a...

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Robots Aren’t Taking Over: 86% of Employers say Digitization Will Increase or Maintain Headcounts

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:10

Developing the best blend of technical skills and soft skills is the solution to the Skills Revolution for individuals and employers alike. As technology transforms organizations, skills needs are changing rapidly and companies are struggling to find the talent they need. ManpowerGroup’s new report—Robots Need Not Apply: Human Solutions in...

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What is Paid ‘Safe Time’?

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 05:00

Paid “safe time” refers to paid time off used specifically to deal with issues related to domestic abuse. While many employers offer some form of paid time off, not all employers have specific PTO days allotted to deal with domestic abuse. This can be a critical distinction, as it allows victims in these situations to try to take steps to...

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Benefits to Hiring Ex-Convicts

HR Hero Line - Tue, 01/23/2018 - 05:00

In yesterday’s Advisor, we outlined some of the perceived risks involved for employers who opt to hire ex-convicts. Today, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the potential benefits. There are a lot of potential benefits for employers who consider hiring someone with a previous conviction: The hiring can become evidence of...

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All the Money in the World: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and Wage Disparity Issues

HR Hero Line - Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:56

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ongoing Hollywood reckoning, Kevin Spacey’s downfall was swift following accusations from Anthony Rapp that Spacey sexually assaulted him at the age of 14. Since Rapp came forward, several others have joined him in accusing Spacey of sexual misconduct and predatory behavior. Netflix suspended...

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