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More Common Traits Among Top HR Managers

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00

In part 1 of this article we explored three things that great HR managers have in common. Today we’ll look at the rest of that list. Source: SolStock / E+ / Getty 1. They’re Not Lax About Unhealthy Events HR people often take the rap for being unfriendly and combative simply because they deal with conflict resolution and handle a lot of the...

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Looking to Hire Veterans? Knock Down Barriers Hiding in Recruiting Practices

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00

With Memorial Day coming up at the end of May, thoughts turn to honoring those who sacrificed their lives in military service. But it’s also a time to recognize the value former military servicemembers can bring to the civilian workforce. That starts with making sure traditional recruiting practices don’t present barriers to jobseekers coming...

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How to Use OKRs as a Method for Goal Setting and Driving Alignment

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00

As a member of HR, you know that an important part of a strong company culture is ensuring there is clarity and alignment across the board. This is often one of the main challenges we see companies trying to address via the performance management process, and with reason: When people know how their work is contributing to the company and its...

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T. Rowe Price Reports 401(K) Plan Loan Usage Drops To 9-Year Low

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:00

The use of 401(k) plan loans in 2018 fell to a 9-year low of 22.5% of participants and continued a steady 6-year decline of nearly 10 percentage points, investment management firm T. Rowe Price said on May 1, drawing on data gathered from nearly 2 million participants for its annual benchmarking report. Source: Andrey_Popov / shutterstock The...

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Comment Period Near End for Proposed OT Rule

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 04:00

As the comment period winds down on a new proposed rule affecting overtime pay, employers need to consider the implications of the proposal that go beyond the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) plan to set a new salary threshold for overtime eligibility. Source: bee32 / iStock / Getty The DOL is accepting comments on its proposed rule through May...

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How HR Can Upskill Executive Teams with AI-Based Coaching Resources

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 04:00

Until recently, the value of coaching services has not been measurable, and finding a compatible coach for an executive also felt like a challenging task. With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), finding the right coach, measuring progress, and seeing executives using the services are much easier and finally enable HR departments to measure...

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The Best HR Managers Have These Things in Common

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 04:00

Effective Human Resource departments are not necessarily noticed when operations go well. Some of the best HR managers can influence corporate culture without having a direct hand in the daily goings-on. Source: fizkes / shutterstock That doesn’t mean that HR managers and personnel aren’t involved; it simply means their positive influence can...

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Dreamers’ Nightmare Leaves Them Stuck On Ground

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 04:00

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained a flight attendant for Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines in Houston after a recent return flight from Mexico. Selene Saavedra Roman is a 28-year-old Texas A&M graduate who grew up in Dallas and is a “Dreamer.” That is, she is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient....

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Files Class/Collective Action Over Unequal Pay

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 04:00

We first covered the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s (WNT) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) discrimination charge against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) in this article. Nearly three years later—and appropriately on International Women’s Day—28 WNT players have filed a proposed class and collective action...

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Can She Bring Those Dragons Anywhere?

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 04:00

Would a bring-your-dragon-to-work day ever fly? The ADA weighs in. Warning: Contains Game of Thrones spoilers Source: Tithi Luadthong / shutterstock Game of Thrones’ Queen Daenerys Targaryen is the Mother of Dragons. During the eight seasons of the HBO series, which concludes on Sunday, she has often been accompanied by one or more of the...

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Gender Bias: The Résumé Edition

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 04:00

One of the first steps during a job hunt is to submit a résumé—with your name at the top in big, bold letters. While your work experience and education are the qualities you hope will stand out, there is still a possibility that hiring managers hold on to some biases and mentally rate candidates based on their names alone. Source: EKKAPHAN...

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DOL Extends Comment Period on Joint Employment Rule

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 04:00

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new deadline—June 25, 2019—for submitting comments on its proposed rule on joint employment. Source: Delpixel / shutterstock The DOL announced the extension on May 13. The original deadline was June 10. The DOL is seeking comments from employers and other interested parties on its proposed...

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Even Employees With Disabilities Must Comply With Your Policies

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 04:00

Question:  An employee who was working restricted duty as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was arrested and isn’t able to come to work until further notice. Can we fire the employee now for attendance reasons, or do we have to wait until he is out of jail? The answer to your question may be different depending on...

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How to Limit Distractions at Work

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 04:00

Distractions not only cause us to take longer to complete tasks but also decrease our quality of work once it’s completed. However, there are ways we can help mitigate and minimize these distractions, and The New York Times best-selling author Joseph Grenny suggests five. Source: UfaBizPhoto / Shutterstock 1. Monitor Emotions Grenny recalls an...

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Confusion Clouds Two More IRS Adjustments to Determination Letters for Individually Designed Plans

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 04:00

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) starting September 1 will accept determination letter applications for a few more categories of individually designed plans, it announced in Revenue Procedure (Rev. Proc.) 2019-20, released May 1. Source: Natalia Bratslavsky / iStock / Getty Once the change is effective, determination letter requests can be made...

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How New Tech Can Prevent 5 Top HR Process Disasters

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 04:00

From recruiting your organization’s next superstar to ensuring all employee payrolls are accurate, the Human Resources (HR) department adds unparalleled value—but these pros are often bombarded with high-touch, time-consuming, and manual processes. While replacing every broken process within HR overnight isn’t an option, implementing new...

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7 Reasons You Need a Global HR Tech Strategy

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:00

Adoption of human resource management technologies has skyrocketed over the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down. The Human Resources Management (HRM) tech market is expected to hit $30 billion over the next 5 years, growing at an over 10% compound annual growth rate, as demand for automation and tools to help HR teams improve...

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How to Offer the Right Benefits Advice to Clients

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:00

Human resource professionals need to consider company characteristics when offering benefits consultancy to clients. Source: zoranm / E+ / Getty Depending on a company’s size, makeup, and market, there are many benefits offerings that you can piece together to create the best package for each one of your clients’ needs. In this article, we...

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#MeToo Mustn’t Ignore That Men Can Be On Receiving End of Harassment

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:00

We are all too familiar with the #MeToo movement and the countless stories that are a reminder of the continuing prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace. The movement has done much to bring to light the pervasiveness of previously unreported claims during the decades since Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. Media reports...

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4 Ways to Take the Bias Out of Performance Reviews

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 04:00

Researchers at Stanford University have recently found that despite a lack of gender differences in objective performance metrics (e.g., grades, fitness scores, or class standing) and decades of equal opportunity efforts, the language used to describe women hurts their advancement opportunities. Source: Artur Szczybylo / shutterstock It’s not...

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