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EEOC, Employees Continue to See Success in Disability Cases

19 hours 23 min ago

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has quietly maintained its focus on disability discrimination. Since July 1, 2018, the agency has filed 19 lawsuits alleging various violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and has collected more than $6 million in settlements. Leave policies. A major area of focus for the EEOC is...

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10 Things America’s Healthiest Employers Have in Common

19 hours 23 min ago

Health, fitness wellness—whatever you want to call it—is a major focus in the United States, with health-related trends increasing significantly as Americans become passionate about staying fit and eating well. Ildo Frazao / iStock / Getty Images Plus Ironically, at the same time that obesity rates are rising—over one-third of adults and 17%...

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Gamifying Employee Engagement

19 hours 23 min ago

Renowned game designer Jane McGonigal describes gamers as super empowered, hopeful individuals, attributes that she believes can be channeled into real-world contexts. The business world today really needs a lot of super empowered and hopeful employees, given that 85% of them are currently either lacking in engagement or actively disengaged. And...

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Two More Reasons HSAs Are Essential for a Healthy Retirement

19 hours 23 min ago

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) can be used to save for both current and future health expenses, demonstrating their value as a tool for physical and financial health today and in retirement. In addition to the triple tax advantage and investment capability that was discussed in yesterday’s article, here are reasons three and four to consider...

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New North Carolina Law Aims to Help Employers Relying On Certificates of Relief

19 hours 23 min ago

A new North Carolina law offering protections against negligent hiring and retention claims is set to take effect December 1. Source: designer491 / iStock / Getty The law is designed to help shield employers from certain claims filed in connection with their hiring or retention of employees with criminal records. The law provides that an employer...

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How to Combat Transphobia in the Workplace

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 04:00

According to one report by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 90% of the 6,450 transgender and gender-nonconforming people who were surveyed reported “experiencing harassment or mistreatment on the job or took actions to avoid it.” And a whopping 47% of the individuals surveyed reported being fired, not hired, or denied a promotion...

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Two Reasons HSAs Are Essential for a Healthy Retirement

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 04:00

Despite the recent increase in discussion around the need to save wisely for retirement, many Americans underestimate the healthcare costs they will face when they retire. In a study conducted by HSA Bank, 67% of consumers believe they will need less than $100,000 for healthcare expenses in retirement, and 82% believe they will need less than...

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Workplace Digital Transformation: How HR Professionals Can Juggle the Many Tools Available to Them

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 04:00

Today’s organizations are embracing digital tools and applications more than ever, and at the same time workers can be overwhelmed with the breadth of options to execute the day-to-day requirements associated with their roles. Jumping from one platform where collaboration is taking place to another where knowledge assets are hosted, does not make...

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USERRA Claim by Veteran Who Applied for New Job After Deployment

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 04:00

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), the federal law that establishes the rights and responsibilities of uniformed servicemembers and their civilian employers, generally guarantees an employee returning from military service or training the right to be reemployed in his former job with the same benefits....

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Does a Formal or Informal Outfit Boost Office Productivity?

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 04:00

It used to be that a 9–5 job meant snappy Charles Tyrwhitt suits and briefcases all through the office. But these days, many companies are happy to let their employees dress how they like (so long as it doesn’t affect their work!). Does dressing comfortably increase or decrease productivity though? Business Casual The influx of younger...

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Examine Your Interview Process: Is It Effective?

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 04:00

Being able to identify employees with long-term potential is truly an art form, and companies that get it right typically outperform those that don’t. The companies that excel have a well-defined system in addition to having key decision-makers highly engaged early on and throughout the interview process. Furthermore, companies that are...

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Sports’ Impact on the American Workplace

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 04:00

It’s probably just as well baseball games don’t usually last until 3:30 in the morning, as a recent 7-hour World Series clash between the Red Sox and the Dodgers did. There is no doubt there were some bleary-eyed Saturday shift workers in Massachusetts the next day who stayed up hoping that their team would come out on top. As the NFL season...

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It’s High Time We Rethink Soft Skills. Here’s Why—and How—to Do It Now

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 04:00

The time has come to blow the whistle on two words that do well on their own but must never be put side by side: soft skills. When ignored, these two words can derail a career and a life. Source: rafal_olechowski / iStock / Getty What exactly are soft skills? The term refers to competencies such as communication, time management, problem solving,...

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5 Tips for Handling Tricky Religious Accommodations

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 04:00

When an employee’s religious beliefs conflict with a workplace policy, you need to consider whether a reasonable accommodation can be made without creating an undue hardship. Many times, religious accommodations present challenging issues for supervisors and HR professionals, but these five tips can help ease the struggle. altmodern / iStock...

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Why Employees Feel Inferior and What to Do About It

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 04:00

Inferiority complexes run rampant in organizations. Truth? It isn’t the organizations that create the issue but rather the structures that reinforce it. Source: mediaphotos / Vetta / Getty Consider the fact that school systems teach rules. Rule number one:  Put authority figures (teachers, parents, guardians, etc.) up on pedestals.  Respect...

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Voters in 4 States Weigh in On Medical, Recreational Marijuana

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:24

Voters in four states took up the issue of marijuana use when they went to the polls November 6, and the results will have an impact on employers. In two states—Missouri and Utah—voters approved measures to allow medical use of marijuana. Voters in two other states—Michigan and North Dakota—voted on recreational use of marijuana, with...

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Considerations for Hiring Competencies

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:00

Today we are joined by Tara Gullans, Industrial Organizational Psychologist at Caliper, to discuss what to look for when it comes to new hire competencies. Source: designer491 / iStock / Getty Daily Advisor: As a quick reminder for those who might not be familiar, can you explain what a competency model is? Gullans: A competency model is a...

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Bad Apples 101: Dealing with Difficult Employees

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:00

No one becomes an HR professional, a manager, or a business owner with the delusion that it will be all puppies, rainbows, and cotton candy. So why do some leaders shy away from dealing with difficult employees or throw up their hands like there’s no solution? A recent case from the federal district court in New Orleans gives us a chance to...

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Only Four 12-Ounce Beers Per Employee Per Day? Party Foul!

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:00

WeWork has enjoyed a meteoric rise.  If you’re not familiar with the company, WeWork leases office space which it turns around and leases to other businesses.  It’s particularly popular with the startup crowd. To appeal to the young, hardworking startup crowd, WeWork has offered an interesting array of perks to its tenants.  One of the most...

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Make Compliance a Priority with These 5 Online Training Hacks

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 04:00

Most organizations already understand the importance of compliance training. Even if they aren’t experts on the subject, they at least know the fees and penalties associated with violating applicable laws and regulations. Its value comes down to dollars and cents, which is why it’s so surprising that many companies view compliance training as...

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