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Create Winning Teams with Game Theory

2 hours 54 min ago

There are plenty of rivalries between companies, but a company that fights tooth and nail for the upper hand isn’t always the winner. It’s the same in the workplace: A dog-eat-dog culture within your workforce isn’t very productive. If you want to inspire teams to work together and spark peak performance, you need an approach […] The...

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Equal Pay: 4 Steps to Define Comparable Work in Your Company

2 hours 54 min ago

If Massachusetts’ new Equal Pay Act legislation is any indication, sweeping changes are coming, and the crux of forthcoming reforms will be determining comparable work and fair compensation. Companies can get a jump on this by defining and examining comparable work within their own organization to mitigate pay gaps and establish a fair work...

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Latest EEO-1 Advice: Be Prepared, But Wait for More Info Due by April 3

2 hours 55 min ago

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) portal for accepting EEO-1 reports is open, but confusion still surrounds when and how employers are to include the newly required pay and hours-worked data. Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on March 19 ordered the EEOC to provide employers with...

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Improving Nutrition at Work? Only the Carbohydrates Should Be Complex

2 hours 55 min ago

Proper nutrition is one of the easiest ways to keep our bodies fueled for the challenges of day-to-day life, but too often, our diets let us down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 76% of Americans don’t eat enough fruit, and 87% don’t eat enough vegetables. We get too little dairy and […] The post Improving...

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Mobile for Employee Communications

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00

Today, we expect instant access to information, and mobile technology has set the precedent for how we consume and share information—whether it’s through an Internet search, push notifications, or a refresh on social media feeds. It’s surprising, then, that many companies have yet to use mobile as a tool for employee communications, knowing...

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Understanding the Importance of Introverts Inside the Workplace

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00

In the wake of Susan Cain’s influential TED Talk, many companies are starting to see the influence and power of introverts in the workplace, despite a “world that can’t stop talking.” Typically, extroverted personalities are praised and regarded as critical to the current workplace culture, where work spaces are open and meetings take up...

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BYOD Pros and Cons

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00

Are you familiar with the idea of BYOD? If you’re not, it stands for bring your own device—a policy in which employees of an organization utilize their own existing personal devices, like smart phones, for business use. Many organizations today are already utilizing such a policy for their employees. As you can imagine, there are […] The...

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Firing Drummer Was a Protected Act of Free Expression

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 04:00

We are often asked whether being an “at-will” employer means a company can terminate somebody for a discriminatory reason—for example, because she is a woman or a person of color. The answer is no. The at-will-employment doctrine does not protect employers from the consequences of discriminatory job actions. But the 2nd District Court...

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Corporate Leaders Fear Talent Shortage

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00

In an increasingly service- and skill-driven economy, talent acquisition, development, and retention are immensely important for companies that want to stay competitive in the long run. And whether the risk of talent shortage or just the awareness of that risk has grown, a recent Gartner survey shows that the global talent shortage is now the...

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What Is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a condition in which an individual becomes sensitized to one or more chemical agents in their surrounding environment. This sensitization can cause dramatic and frustrating (and sometimes even life-threatening) symptoms and allergic reactions, such as breathing problems (including asthma), headaches, nausea,...

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Proceeds with Equal Pay Fight

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00

On March 8, 2019, all 28 players on the women’s national team initiated a proposed class and collective action in federal court against the U.S. Soccer Federation. Their action alleged discrimination based on sex in violation of the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (Title […] The post U.S....

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What Are Wage Attachments?

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 04:00

A wage attachment, also known by the term wage garnishment, happens when there is a court order requiring an employer to use (attach) some portion of an employee’s wages to some other purpose, such as repaying a debt or paying child support. When an employer receives an order for wage attachment/garnishment, the employer must comply […] The...

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Living in an HR Nightmare? Dream Blissfully with These 5 Strategies

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00

When you’re in the business of serving people, you’ll inevitably experience some stressful challenges. But when they start following you home from the office, it’s time to make a change. Use these strategies to improve your stress levels in five key areas of Human Resources (HR). Choosing a career in HR naturally involves occasional nightly...

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Michigan Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect March 29

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00

The Michigan Paid Sick Leave Act, which will require most employers with at least 50 employees to provide paid sick leave, is set to go into effect March 29. Under the new law, employees of covered employers are eligible for paid sick leave with the following exceptions: Employees exempt from the federal Fair Labor Standards […] The post...

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Finding Hidden Gems and Assessing Their Fit

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00

In part 1 of this article, we looked at the concept of passive candidates, as well as some broad approaches to finding great talent. Today we’ll look at how to find quality candidates and see if they will complement your organization. Brilliant people aren’t hard to find. You can search a database and find someone […] The post Finding...

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IRS Reverses Itself Again to Permit DB Plan Sponsors to Offer Retiree Lump-Sum Windows

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 04:00

Defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors received another “derisking” tool in early March when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Treasury Department unexpectedly reversed course on retiree lump-sum payouts. On March 6, the IRS issued Notice 2019-18, which grants employer plan sponsors the right to offer retirees in pay status the chance to...

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H-1B Season Is Upon Us

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:00

It’s that time of year again when employers that want to hire recent college graduates and other professionals prepare to file H-1B visa petitions. Because U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept petitions up to six months before the employee’s start date, and the first possible start date is the first day of the...

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Workplace Stress Impacts Over 90% of Employees

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:00

It may not be surprising to hear that a large percentage of workers in the United States and the United Kingdom suffer from work-related stress. But the actual number may come as a bit of a surprise. According to a recent survey, 94% of workers report feeling stress at work, and almost a third say […] The post Workplace Stress Impacts Over...

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Q&A: How to Best Recruit Gen Z Candidates

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:00

Millennials already make up a large portion of the workforce, and while organizations have been adjusting, Generation Z has entered the scene. I recently spoke with Terrie Hermann, VP of Marketing at Montage, to discuss how recruiters should approach Gen Z. HR Daily Advisor: How seriously should recruiters take Gen Z candidates at this stage?...

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Securing One-in-a-Million Talent to Catapult Your Profits

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 04:00

If you’ve ever hired the wrong person for the job, you know that the poor fit stings—personally, professionally, and financially. Every rushed or subpar talent acquisition means a new and long road of pain. At best, you must overtrain the new hire while internal customers grow frustrated by missed goals, strained relationships, lackluster...

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