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Technology Gender Gap: Report Finds Only 10% of Tech Executives are Female

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 05:48

A new report—recently released Entelo, a recruiting automation platform that modernizes hiring—found staggering gaps between the numbers and roles of women in tech vs. men, gaps that were consistent across the country. Further, the data showed a 50% drop in representation from women when comparing entry-level to executive roles within the...

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Sex Sting Creates a Hornet’s Nest for South Dakota Employer

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 05:37

An employee was netted in a sex sting after he arranged for an escort while he was off duty. Instead of finding love, he found himself suspended from his job—and eventually terminated. Was the employee entitled to unemployment benefits? Employee Stung by ‘Love’ “Simon” began working as an applications analyst for Rapid City...

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Only 5% of Office Romances are Disclosed to HR, Finds New Survey

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 05:22

While some may feel that office romance is a taboo topic, 41% of employees have engaged in intimate coworker relationships, according to a new survey, released by Namely. The survey also uncovered that less than 5% of employees who engaged in an office romance confided in HR—even if company policy required formal disclosure. Namely’s Love...

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Integrating Health and Safety into Wellness Programs Can Lead to Greater Employee Wellbeing

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 05:13

HR Daily Advisor recently reported that workplace wellness programs may be missing the mark and a new report from the Campbell Institute drives this point further home. While many organizations today are focused on wellbeing programs that tackle smoking cessation, weight loss, or nutrition—not bad programs in and of themselves—the Campbell...

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Get the Most of Your Workforce by Modernizing Time Management

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:43

A 1,000-person business has a total of 2 million employee hours to use or waste. Companies tend to meticulously manage and optimize money, resources, and materials, but fail to similarly optimize and manage their time. To get the most out of their workforce, businesses need to find ways to optimize the processes surrounding their most […] The...

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Fringe Benefits Affected by the TCJA: Meals, Achievement Awards, and Other Expenses

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 05:55

The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on December 22, 2017, brought the most sweeping overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) since 1986. Most of the changes took effect January 1, 2018. In part one of this article, we discussed the TCJA’s impact on employer provided fringe benefits, in regard to […] The post Fringe Benefits...

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IRS Clarifies HSA Preventive Care Rule, Provides Transition Relief

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 05:55

Male sterilization and male contraceptives are not considered “preventive care” for health savings account (HSA) purposes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed in Notice 2018-12. However, the March 5 notice also provided transition relief for applicable fully insured plans at least through the end of 2019. The result is that fully...

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Equal Pay Act Case Gets New Life from 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 05:41

In 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia—reversed a decision to grant summary judgment in favor of a governmental entity. The appeals court sent the case back to the trial court for further proceedings based on the...

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Employee Experience Designer: The New Role of HR

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:36

The role of HR is undergoing a transformation. Where HR traditionally focused on compliance and risk management, over the past few decades, with the growth of culture-forward companies, it’s evolved to encompass the entire experience. HR managers are now, arguably, also designers and keepers of company culture. Raised by an engineer and a...

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How the Best Places to Work Use Family-Friendly Benefits to Maximize Potential

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:00

In a competitive job market, employers are always looking for a leg up on the competition. So it’s no surprise that when Fortune and Great Place to Work release their annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For business leaders, people operations pros and job seekers all dive in with great interest. One […] The post How the Best...

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Supreme Court May Have to Decide Fate of DOL Fiduciary Rule

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 06:38

The future of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule could land on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court now that a federal appeals court has vacated the rule, including the expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and associated exemptions. The 2-1 decision, announced March 15 by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,...

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Put the Ball in Their Court—’Offensive’ and ‘Defensive’ Job Interview Techniques

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 06:00

In light of March Madness, it seems appropriate to think about your job interview techniques in terms of effective offensive and defensive moves. Best way to start? Put the ball in the job applicant’s court. Start with the Job Description Present a copy of the job description to the applicant and have one in front […] The post Put the Ball...

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Courts Uphold Dismissal of Fired NFL Coach’s Defamation Claims

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 06:00

You may remember that Jonathan Martin, a former starting offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins, suddenly left the team during the 2013 season. He was a second-round draft pick in 2012 who played college football at Stanford. In college, he was twice selected as an All-American offensive lineman. During the 2012 season, he played at […] The...

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Fringe Benefits Affected by the TCJA: Moving and Transportation Expenses

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:51

The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on December 22, 2017, brought the most sweeping overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) since 1986. Most of the changes took effect January 1, 2018. This article discusses the TCJA’s impact on employer provided fringe benefits and our insights, based on conversations with employers...

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16% of Fortune 500 Companies Offer DB Plans to New Hires; Dramatic Decline Over 20 Years

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:28

When a new hire joined a U.S. Fortune 500 company in 1998, there was about a 59% chance he or she would be offered a traditional or hybrid defined benefit (DB) pension. As of 2017, that likelihood dropped to 16% in the same group of employers, according to a new Willis Towers Watson (WTW) retrospective […] The post 16% of Fortune 500...

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Workplace Diversity Starts with Top-Down Commitment, Finds Randstad Survey

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:57

A new survey, released by Randstad US, reveals that a majority of workers (78%) say a workplace where people are treated equally—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, or religion—is important to them. The new survey uncovers the perceptions and experiences of women and men as they relate to gender equality, diversity, and...

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Disability Discrimination: Kentucky Court Reinstates Fired Worker’s Case

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:53

A federal court in Louisville, Kentucky recently changed its mind and reinstated claims that had previously been dismissed. The court found an employee’s complaint contained sufficient allegations of discrimination based on her disability and her use of medical leave to move forward toward trial. Facts “Allison” spent several years...

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Recruitment Marketing Strategy: Sell Opportunities to Jobseekers

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:33

Is your company having a difficult time attracting the right candidates? With the unemployment rate being so low, savvy recruiters must be creative and innovative. A recruiter’s primary goal is to quickly fill openings with people who possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and cultural fit for their organization’s needs. The days when you...

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Office Romances: Fallout from Breakup Can Cause Headaches Down the Road

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:19

The federal district court of Minnesota recently heard a case regarding sexual harassment after the breakup of a consensual sexual relationship between an employee and her supervisor. The supervisor allegedly was displeased with the breakup and was unsuccessful in restarting the relationship, and a tense work environment ensued. The court...

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Did Termination of Financial Administrator Violate the FEHA?

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 05:15

A semiconductor company hired a 33-year-old accounting manager not long before it terminated its 59-year-old financial administrator as part of a reduction in force (RIF). The administrator sued, claiming unlawful age discrimination. The trial court granted the company’s motion for summary judgment (dismissal without a trial). In an...

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