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How to Balance the Need for Surveillance Against Protected Activity?

7 hours 1 min ago

We see it all the time on the news, on our social media websites, and in everyday life: video footage from someone’s cell phone capturing a moment, whether it’s a viral sensation or a mundane video of a cat napping. And sure enough, cellphone recordings happen in the workplace, too. Sometimes cellphone usage is acceptable in the...

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Do Counteroffers Work in the Long Run?

7 hours 2 min ago

When an employee that you value wants to leave, you might dust off the old counter-offer and see if it sticks. But what if that is really only delaying the inevitable? AndreyPopov / iStock / Getty Images Plus In the fight to hold onto top talent, many companies are offering higher salaries to workers who announce they’re planning to quit for a...

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Knowledge Loss: Turnover Means Losing More Than Employees

7 hours 2 min ago

The HR Daily Advisor recently sat down with Ari Bixhorn, Vice President of Marketing, at Panopto to discuss the loss of company knowledge when employees leave an organization. Source: Rafik / iStock / Getty HR Daily Advisor: According to your research, the average turnover at organizations is 16%, with an average 2-year turnover time even at...

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More Ways to Screen Candidates

7 hours 2 min ago

In yesterday’s Advisor, we noted that hiring decisions are imperfect. Despite our diligent efforts, it is quite difficult to consistently get the best candidates who stick around long term. We started to look at some ways to go beyond the standard interview process to further screen candidates in the hopes of making better hiring decisions. Now,...

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4 out of 5 Industries Saw Wage Decline in Q2 of 2018

7 hours 2 min ago

The HR Daily Advisor recently sat down with PayScale’s Chief Economist, Katie Bardaro to discuss their recent findings that Q2 of 2018 saw wage decline. Source: siraanamwong / iStock / Getty HR Daily Advisor: A number of employee advocates went on record before the tax cuts became law warning that so-called “trickle-down economics” have...

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Some Employment Law and Workplace-Related Thoughts Regarding Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:40

A couple of weekends ago, I saw Sorry to Bother You, a film written and directed by Boots Riley. The film—Riley’s first—has received much acclaim and currently has a 95% critics’ rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes. Though the film eventually takes an ambitious turn, its initial premise is that the main character, Cassius Green...

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Help Employees Find the Best Strategy for Their HSAs

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:53

Financial wellness is becoming an increasingly important component of employee benefits packages and a common topic of conversation for human resources professionals nationwide. And with good reason! Nearly three-quarters (72%) of Americans report being stressed about finances and that anxiety can negatively affect their overall health. As a...

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Going Beyond the Interview: Ways to Screen Candidates

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:00

Typically, a candidate screening process starts with reviewing applications and résumés and deciding which ones are qualified and which are not. It progresses to further narrowing the list (if there are enough qualified candidates) and then contacting the qualified candidates on the shortlist and perhaps conducting phone screening to narrow the...

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Answers to the 10 Most Common Workplace Questions

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:00

Mark Adams, editor of Louisiana Employment Law Letter, answers the 10 most common workplace questions. Q We have an employee who currently is salaried. We would like to move him to hourly. Can we do this at any time? A Yes, but if your previously salaried employee was exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) job duties test, he...

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‘Hibernation’ Approach Recommended by Mercer to Wait Out High Demand for DB Plan Derisking Transfers

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 04:00

Following a flood of investment derisking activity after the 2008 global financial crisis (see related October 2017 story), defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors now face the fallout from years of rising demand for insurer buyouts of pension benefit obligations (PBOs). kgtoh / iStock / Getty Images Plus Until now, many plans have found it easy to...

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Gaining Traction with Employee Resource Groups

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 09:00

One of the biggest trends in HR today is the development of employee resource groups (ERGs). ERGs give employees the opportunity to share their passions and talents with their coworkers. Source: JGalione / E+ / Getty Typically, they’re created based on similar demographic characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation....

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Defamation Claims: Stormy Days and Muddy Waters

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 08:47

Stormy Daniels, an adult film star, is suing a sitting U.S. president for defamation. She claims she had a brief affair with Donald Trump in 2006 and was paid to keep quiet about it on the eve of the 2016 election. President Trump tweeted his thoughts about her credibility, and the defamation lawsuit followed. Roy Moore, the unsuccessful Republican...

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What Is Reskilling?

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 08:34

In today’s workforce, technology seems to be changing the way we work more and more each year. We perform more and more of our work online, and we utilize digital and mobile technologies in new and exciting ways. We’re using artificial intelligence to interact with customers and employees. We’re automating more and more tasks and even entire...

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What Role Does Company Size Play When Changing Company Culture

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 07:51

Many organizations are grappling with the need to alter their company, or corporate culture. There are a lot of factors that can influence whether that is successful, including organization size. Company culture is important for any business, but it can be a bit of a vague concept. As defined by Investopedia, “Corporate culture refers to the...

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The 3 Leadership Imperatives: Interactions that Matter

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 06:00

This is the third in a series of three articles dedicated to the wonderful men and women who likely have not read the latest bestseller on leadership but still get up every morning committed to making a real difference in the work, careers, and lives of others. This series will explore the universal, timeless principles that determine how great...

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Affected Parties Suggest Reasons, Methods for Expanding IRS Determination Letter Program

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:00

Retirement plan trade organizations and advocates, law firms, and other affected parties proposed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) an expanded range of circumstances they believe merit review and determination letter judgment by the tax agency. But the recent responses to the IRS’ request for comments on its newly narrowed determination...

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Characteristics of a Positive Workplace Culture

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:00

No employer wants to end up with a toxic workplace culture. Negativity spreads, and it can drive employees away quickly. A positive workplace culture, on the other hand, is associated with higher productivity and reduced turnover—a real win-win. Changing the workplace culture takes time and effort, but the payoff can be enormous. tumsasedgars /...

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Just the Icing on the Cake

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:00

The U.S. Supreme Court was widely expected to decide between religious rights and LGBTQ rights when it issued its ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the case involving a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. But—in the tradition of the Supreme Court—the justices ducked the main issue and...

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The Digital DNA of Job Satisfaction

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:00

Randstad just released a report exploring the relationship between job satisfaction and an employer’s use of digital tools for employee development and support. Based on responses from more than 800 C-suite leaders and department heads, as well as nearly 3,000 workers across the U.S., the Workplace 2025: The Post-Digital Frontier study...

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The First Amendment and Burping

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 04:00

At the beginning of one episode of The Simpsons, Bart is seen writing “The First Amendment does not cover burping” on the blackboard. Although the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law abridging” freedom of speech, more than two centuries of practical application have taught us that...

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