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Arizona Employers Face Tougher Requirements on Data Breaches

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:54

A new law taking effect this summer means Arizona employers will face more stringent requirements in the event of a breach of personal information (PI) of customers or employees. Rawpixel Ltd / iStock / Getty Images Plu Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2154 into law on April 11, and it will take effect 90 days after the current legislative...

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Pay Equity Laws 101

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:24

Providing equal pay for equal work to employees has been an ongoing concern for decades. Employers need to be particularly wary on this point because not only is pay discrimination illegal but also, it’s something that is subject to increased scrutiny right now, both in the media and by regulatory enforcement bodies like the Equal Employment...

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Turning Passive Candidates into Active Ones

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:21

In yesterday’s Advisor, we noted that passive candidates may be a great resource to try to fill vacant roles. We reviewed several ways to try to find these candidates. Today, we’ll take a look at how to entice a passive candidate to become an active one. Source: laflor / Getty Images Plus How to Entice a Passive Candidate to Apply Here are...

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$550K Verdict in New Hampshire Trade Secret Theft Case Sends Powerful Message

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 05:58

Recently, the New Hampshire Supreme Court emphatically reminded employers of the risks of engaging in unethical behavior when hiring employees to obtain a competitor’s secrets In Halifax-American Energy Company, LLC v. Provider Power, LLC (Feb. 9, 2018), the court upheld a jury verdict of more than $550,000—plus hundreds of thousands of dollars...

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ARA Seeks Expansion of IRS Self-Correction Program for Retirement Plans

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 05:12

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should modify its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) to expand its use by retirement plans seeking to self-correct errors, according to the American Retirement Association (ARA). Doing so would reduce the burden of newly increased Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) fees (see, IRS Adjusts Voluntary...

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How to Find Passive Candidates

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:46

Open positions are becoming tougher and tougher to fill. Recruiters are looking for options to find more candidates for each role simply to have more options to choose from. Sometimes it’s difficult to even find someone qualified. One option some recruiters use is to recruit individuals who aren’t actively jobseeking: passive candidates. These...

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How to Prepare Employees for Leadership Roles

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 08:45

How do you help your new managers succeed? The last thing you want is for a new leader to fail and let down other employees. Clearly, that situation is no good for anyone. But not all employees who take on leadership roles are prepared for what that means. Even for people who excelled in their previous role, leading others is a completely different...

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Fair Credit Reporting Act—Employment Law Basics

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 06:00

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) does far more than regulate the exchange of consumer credit information. You need to understand how it applies to employees and applicants in order to ensure compliance. Below is a general summary of your FCRA obligations. KittisakJirasittichai / iStock / Getty Images Plus ‘Consumer Reports’ and...

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Is Travel Time Compensable for Technicians Paid on an Hourly Basis?

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 06:00

As we previously reported, last week the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its first Opinion Letters in 9 years. Important questions were addressed regarding the interplay of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the compensability of travel time for nonexempt employees. Part 2 of this article will...

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Do You Manage Your Company’s Employee Value Proposition?

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00

In Friday’s Advisor, we were discussing the employee value proposition (EVP), which is the set of things that employees value that are received as part of working there. It’s essentially the reasons employees should work for you rather than the competition. Every organization has an EVP, but not every organization takes steps to manage it. We...

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DOL Issues First Opinion Letters in 9 Years, Provides Clarity on FMLA and FLSA Matters

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:00

As we previously reported, last June the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would reinstate the use of Opinion Letters, an interpretive practice that had been replaced by the issuance of Administrator Interpretations during the Obama years. Opinion Letters provide valuable guidance to employers, as they deal with real-life, day-to-day...

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What Is the Hollywood Model of Work?

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:00

Even if you’ve never been anywhere near a Hollywood studio, you can imagine that it takes hundreds of people to put together a movie—all with differing talents, each with expertise in their respective field. Different actors and directors (and all of the hundreds of other roles that come together to make a movie happen) come together for a set...

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Leverage Text Messaging to Screen More Job Candidates, Market Your Brand

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:00

Employees are the most significant investment an organization will make for its future. Recruiting the right people is an integral part of any business plan, but unfortunately, it is also a challenging and time-consuming task. The 2018 Deloitte “Global Human Capital Trends Report” finds that talent acquisition is the third most important...

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This Company Pays Employees (Twice!) to Go on Vacation: If They Can Prove It

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:00

In yesterday’s HR Daily Advisor we began to explore an interview with the Cassie Whitlock, HR Director at BambooHR, concerning the importance of financial wellness among employees. Today we’ll look at another benefit that they offer: twice-paid vacations, so long employees can prove they actually went. Source: siraanamwong / iStock / Getty HR...

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Communicating the Employee Value Proposition (EVP)

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:00

Whenever a potential employee considers working for your organization, there are a lot of factors they will likely be considering—things like pay, benefits, company image, organizational values, and more. All of these things put together are the things that make up the EVP—the value that an employee derives from working there. Source:...

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Is Employee Entitled to Workers’ Comp When Idiopathic Condition Caused Injury?

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:59

The Arkansas Supreme Court recently heard a case from a former Kroger employee who claims she sustained a brain injury while working; is she entitled to workers’ compensation benefits? Background “Alexis” contended that she sustained a brain injury when she fell while working at Kroger in March 2012. Although she couldn’t remember the...

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Do You Know Why Nearly 75% of Your Employees Plan on Quitting?

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 05:58

North America is currently facing a retention epidemic. Organizations are constantly searching for solutions to keep their best and brightest employees on board. In recent years, they’ve even gotten creative with free lunches, smoothie bars, and yoga rooms. But the appeal of these workplace perks eventually wears off, leaving organizations back...

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Can A.I. Really Build Effective Teams?

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:00

A.I. seems to be in the news all the time, whether it’s in movies and tv, controlling manufacturing, and even including human resources, training, and recruiting. We recently sat down with Phil Alexander, CEO and Founder of Nexus A.I., and Frank Cho, COO of Nexus A.I. Their company is dedicated to using A.I. to help build teams and ensure that...

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What if you Paid Your Employees to Be Financially Savvy?

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 04:00

“According to a recent study, 78 percent of full-time U.S. workers are living paycheck to paycheck and 71 percent said they are now in debt. Leading HR software provider BambooHR strongly believes that having good financial health is critical for its employees to not only live a less stressful life, but to help them do great work while on the...

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Mariah Carey Won’t Let Bipolar Diagnosis “Define” or “Control” Her

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 13:18

Mariah Carey, known as an iconic singer-songwriter and a dramatic diva, disclosed to People magazine last week that she has bipolar disorder.  Although she was first diagnosed in 2001, Carey says she finally sought treatment recently after “the hardest couple of years [she’s] been through.” (Among her recent personal and professional issues,...

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