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What U.S. Employers Can Learn About Work/Life Balance from These 6 Countries

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 04:00

For most career-driven women who are also proud members of a family, maintaining a proper work/life balance can feel like an uphill battle. To say that things have gotten exponentially more difficult during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic—a time when women have to be professionals; caregivers; and, in many cases, full-time educators for their...

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Building Trust in a Remote World

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 04:00

Over the past few months, one phrase has come up over and over again in seemingly all of my conversations: “leadership trust.” Companies are realizing that building and maintaining the bond between leaders and their employees is especially important right now with large swaths of their employee base working remotely. Source: fotoscool /...

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How COVID-19 Court Closures Impact Your Background Checks

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 04:00

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted office closures and work-from-home mandates everywhere, including in government offices and county courthouses. When the courts are closed or operating on limited schedules, parole hearings and divorce proceedings are not the only activities impacted. Court closures can also throw a wrench in your hiring...

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Making the Decision to Focus on Diversity and Inclusion

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 04:00

The recent protests and expansion of the Black Lives Matter movement have caused many to reevaluate their beliefs and find new ways to take action. Leadership and HR at IntelliDyne considered the movement to be a call to action and the opportunity to reinforce and expand their diversity and inclusion efforts. Meet Marisa Krafsig, the...

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HR’s Role in Suicide Prevention (Podcast Transcript)

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 04:00

The topic of suicide is heavy, but also one that is very important in the context of employee mental health. What does HR do when an employee threatens suicide? What if they attempt it? What if they succeed? These troubling circumstances are more than a “maybe.” Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States with over 47,000...

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Working Parents Suffering Pandemic Stress, But Employers Can Help

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 04:00

Most employers agree that a diverse workplace benefits from the insights and skills of working parents. After all, parents are often the ones who know best how to relate to coworkers, clients, and customers who are also parents. And it’s the working parents who often have mastered the art (science?) of juggling tasks and getting things...

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Retrain to Retain Hospital and Health System Employees

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 04:00

Losing a job is one of the most stressful events in life. In fact, it often ranks among the highest stressors on lists of life-altering events such as a death in the family, divorce, and serious illness. To date, millions of people have lost their jobs due to the global pandemic, COVID-19. Source: shutteratakan / Shutterstock The...

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Navigating D&I Blind Spots During the Hiring Process

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 04:00

Blind spots are just that—unintentionally biased perspectives that we all have, but are unaware of, that can cause us to make decisions based on misconceptions. Source: Artur Szczybylo / Shutterstock These feelings can cause organizations to miss out on top talent and can result in certain employees being overlooked for key positions....

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Future of the Workplace: Lessons of a Digitally Heightened Model

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 04:00

If you’re sitting in your home office—or at your kitchen table turned home office—right now reading this article, then chances are you’re one of the many workers who were forced to go remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As for many others in your situation, remote work is now one of the primary forms of working. And for many...

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Critical FLSA Update: Recent Legal Changes That Will Affect Your Company

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 04:00

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has taken recent steps to help employers comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL’s Final Rule, which took effect January 15, 2020, clarified the types of employee benefits that may be excluded from a nonexempt employee’s “regular rate.” The FLSA requires payment...

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How Decentralization Could Lead to Increased Diversity in Tech

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 04:00

The racial reckoning of 2020 has forced nearly every major company and publicly traded entity to address the inequities within them and perpetuated by their activities. While Big Tech has responded with pledges to commit millions of dollars to diversity and inclusion funds and initiatives, it remains to be seen whether this money will have an...

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California Injunction Assails Uber, Lyft Business Model

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 13:35

Uber and Lyft are under orders to reclassify their drivers in California as employees instead of independent contractors, after a judge issued a temporary injunction on August 10. Uber quickly announced it would file an emergency appeal. The injunction comes as a result of a lawsuit the state filed claiming the app-based rideshare...

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Latest Additions Still Leave NLRB with One Empty Seat

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 08:06

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) swore in two members on August 10, leaving the Board with one empty seat and its Republican majority intact. Marvin E. Kaplan, a Republican beginning a new term after serving on the NLRB since August 2017, and Lauren M. McFerran, a Democrat who is also a veteran of the Board having held a seat...

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Giving Candidates ‘More Than a Job’ Is More Important Than Ever

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 04:00

The recent PwC survey Future of Recruiting found that candidates today want more than just a job. They seek an employee experience that provides them with a sense of purpose and pride in their work and the organization they work for. While fielded before COVID-19, the survey results are still relevant, says Bhushan Sethi, Global People...

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California Employers Receive Guidelines for Responding to Virus Outbreaks

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 04:00

The Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening, issued by Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), offers guidance to help businesses reopen and provide a safe, clean environment for employees and customers. The following article highlights key provisions in the guidance for managing a COVID-19 outbreak in the...

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DEI for All: How Big Data Is Eliminating Bias in the Workplace

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 04:00

The term “shecession” started trending in April of this year because a majority of the jobs lost from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic were held by women, and it was coined by C. Nicole Mason of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). The phenomenon raises the question “Is there a bias in COVID-19 layoffs?” Market...

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Digital Training Can’t Afford to Be Seen as a Luxury

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 04:00

COVID-19 forced many organizations to pivot to digital learning within a matter of days. In March, most thought they’d be offering instructor-led courses again in a few months. Now, we’ve realized COVID-19 isn’t going away—it’s our new normal. Source: Rawpixel.com / Shutterstock Digital training used to be a luxury. Now, it’s...

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Behavioral Health in the Education Sector

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 04:00

ake1150sb / iStock / Getty Images Plus Although all sectors of American life have been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, education has arguably been hit the hardest. Most state governments issued stay-at-home orders and closed public schools in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, forcing a rapid transition to...

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Managing Employee Fear

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 04:00

In times of uncertainty—like now, during a global pandemic—it’s natural to be fearful and anxious about what’s happening around us. There are plenty of concrete, specific things that may be making employees fearful or anxious right now, such as: Source: FGC / Shutterstock Fear of exposure to the coronavirusFear of job loss or pay...

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Can an Employee Be Fired for Protesting?

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 04:00

2020 is already shaping up to be one of the most divisive election years in recent memory. In the last few months, there have been protests about beach closures, mask requirements, and police reform. Some cities have had consecutive, daily protests for over a month. During this time of heightened political activity and emotions, it is important to...

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