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Sexual Harassment: The Workplace’s Dirty Little Secret

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 06:00

Recent headlines have been littered with numerous stories of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and rape.   Harvey Weinstein.  Google.  Uber.  Silicon Valley.  SoFi.  Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes of Fox News.  A whopping 310 accusations against filmmaker James Toback.  Mark Halperin.  Taylor Swift allegedly being groped by radio...

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Tax-Reform Changes Lead Some Employers to Raise 401(K) Matches

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:33

A handful of large U.S. corporations announced they are raising the employer match for their 401(k) retirement plans or are making other changes in their benefit plans in the first month after a tax reform law was signed by President Trump. And nearly half of companies surveyed said they are considering taking such an action this year or...

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Is Withdrawing a Discrimination Claim Protected Activity?

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:02

We all understand that filing a discrimination charge with a government agency is protected activity, but one employee recently claimed that withdrawing such a charge is also protected. Read on to see how the court responded to that novel approach. Background “Karen” worked as a senior business analyst at AgStar Financial Services, which...

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Make Recruiting Easy with AI and Chatbots

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 04:00

In yesterday’s Advisor we explored the value of text and app based recruiting with Erik Kostelnik, founder and CEO of TextRecruit, and Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer of iCIMS. Today we’ll look at the rest of the interview with a focus on the place of AI and chat-bots in text and app recruiting. Source: chombosan / iStock /...

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Why HR Should Be Present at Employee Termination Meetings

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 04:00

Who is responsible for delivering the news to an employee when he or she is terminated? Is it that person’s direct supervisor or manager? Is it someone higher in the organization? Is it HR? If it’s not HR, is HR always present? There’s no single answer. The answers to these questions vary by organization—and may even vary within an...

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Employers Cautioned Despite Supreme Court’s Whistleblower Ruling

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 13:46

Although a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on who qualifies for whistleblower protection is seen as a win for corporations in some circles, employers need to think carefully before taking action against employees who engage in whistleblowing, according to an attorney who has been watching the case. In a 9-0 ruling, the Court said whistleblowers seeking...

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Text and App Recruiting Are the Now, and the Future Too

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 08:07

We recently had a chance to sit down with Erik Kostelnik, Founder and CEO of TextRecruit, and Susan Vitale, Chief Marketing Officer of iCIMS, to discuss text and app-based recruiting and communication. Our conversation comes in light of iCIMS’s recent acquisition of TextRecruit. Source: z_wei / iStock / Getty HR Daily Advisor: In your...

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Be ‘Agile’ or Fail: The Top Challenge for HR Teams in 2018

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 06:00

We all have that colleague who overuses buzz words such as: synergy, deep dive, and low-hanging fruit. Yet, every now and again, a buzz word arises that actually impacts your business. BeachcottagePhotography / E+ / Getty Images In 2018, that word is going to be “Agile” and Human Resource (HR) teams will be responsible for making it a reality...

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New Study Reveals 6 Leadership Megatrends Changing the Workplace

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 05:58

With all the buzz around sexual harassment, many would assume that it would be the number one thing bothering the C-suite. However, a new study shows that’s not the case.   The biggest worry on executives’ minds, around the world, isn’t recession, global competition, or labor relations. It’s not even cyber-security. New data...

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Repeated Breaches Result in $3.5M HIPAA Settlement

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 05:23

A major renal care provider agreed to $3.5 million to resolve Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security allegations arising from a series of data breaches at five different facilities over a 5-month span in 2012. eyjafjallajokull / iStock / Getty Images Plus In January 2013 Fresenius Medical Care North America...

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What Is Positive Discipline?

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:00

Facing the prospect of disciplining an employee, many managers would rather … not. Having difficult conversations like this is one of the more frustrating and cumbersome (and, let’s face it, sometimes awkward) tasks a manager faces. And for HR managers, who may be tasked with employee discipline (directly or by assisting) or with training...

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Got Burnt-Out Employees? Here Are 5 Ways to Win Back the Overworked Workforce

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:00

According to a survey administered by Kronos and Future Workplace, 46% of Human Resource (HR) professional respondents (at organizations with 100 to over 2,500 employees) blame burnout for up to half of their staff quitting each year. The top three reasons for this burnout include compensation, unreasonable workload and too much overtime or...

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Leap of Faith: Trusting Your Employees Enough to Go Virtual

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:00

There’s a sea change taking place in the workforce that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Sure, you’ve heard of the “gig economy.” You’re probably familiar with the idea that Millennials—who crave autonomy and value jobs that give them a sense of purpose—are overturning traditional notions of the employer-employee...

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U.S. Pension Fund Assets Grew by 12.7% in 2017, Says New Study

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 05:04

Global institutional pension fund assets in the 22 major markets grew to $41.3 trillion at year-end 2017, according to latest figures in the Thinking Ahead Institute’s Global Pension Assets Study, representing the highest figure since the report began in 1997. Bill Oxford / iStock / Getty Images Plus The total value of assets grew by $4.8...

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Disparate Treatment Versus Disparate Impact

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:00

When trying to be sure the organization does not have any discriminatory policies or actions, HR professionals have a big task. One area many organizations get tripped up on is unintentional discrimination. At the end of the day, discrimination is still discrimination, even if it’s not intentional—and as such, the Equal Employment Opportunity...

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Hiring Refugees Boosts Diversity and Makes Your Company Stronger

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:00

Yesterday we published our interview with Gideon Maltz, executive director of Tent—an organization dedicated to aiding the men, women, and children of the world who have been forcibly displaced from their home countries. Today we’ll explore some of the common issues with refugees, and how to address them. Source: narvikk / E+ / Getty Images...

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How to Create an Effective Learning Strategy Inside Your Organization (Part Two)

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:00

To get the most out of your training and development programs, it is necessary to have an effective learning strategy. In part one of this article, we discussed the importance of conducting a training needs analysis as well as identifying the organization’s capabilities.  Here, we’ll identify what effective training looks like and...

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Back to the Future: Making Sense of the Election Timing Rules for Cafeteria Plans

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:59

When H. G. Wells wrote The Time Machine in 1895, he struck a chord with mankind’s dream of going back in time. Interestingly, some employees may have the same dream regarding health and welfare benefits, in the form of retroactive elections. Like the Wells masterpiece, though, an employer’s ability to allow retroactive pretax elections is a...

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4 Ways to Engage Your High Performer Without Giving a Promotion

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:47

So often I hear companies talk about what they’re going to do next to develop a great performer within their company. The most common solution is to promote the employee to a manager. It sounds logical. The employee has been with the company “long enough.” The employee has exceeded expectations in their role. Of course they should be a...

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ERISA Class Actions Settlements Cost Employers Nearly $1 Billion in 2017

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 05:29

Class action settlements and court decisions related to 401(k) retirement plans in 2017 significantly affected the direction of ERISA litigation, according to the newest edition of an annual law firm report on workplace class action lawsuits. designer491 / iStock / Getty Images Plus The aggregate value of settlements dealing with ERISA litigation,...

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