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Joint-Employment Standard Back in Spotlight as Appeals Court Reenters Case

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 06:26

An appeals court’s decision to grant a motion to reconsider a case involving joint employment is the latest development in an issue that has sparked much confusion in recent months. On March 1, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to step back into the case, and the court granted the...

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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Statute Raises New Questions for Employers

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 06:00

Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana statute has taken effect, and dispensaries are open. The law contains a specific caveat barring employers from “discriminating” against employees who use medical marijuana with a legal state certificate. Pennsylvania employers will now join others in a growing number of states learning how to...

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Be Aware of Common Mistakes in Employee Retirement Plans

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 06:00

Employee benefits and retirement plans must comply with various laws and regulations to maintain their tax-qualified status. Some errors that can cause a plan to lose its tax-qualified status may occur in the underlying plan document. More commonly, the error will result from a failure to follow the terms of the plan, and even a small error can...

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Getting Social Media Recruiting on the Right Track for Diversity

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 06:00

Recruiters may find themselves in a love-hate relationship with social media. Previously, we’ve addressed how it’s great for finding and attracting strong candidates, but it’s also possible to use social media to exclude candidates that might lead an employer to a more diverse workforce. Solutions to that conundrum do exist, though. The risk...

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Releasing Information to ICE Can Land You in Hot Water—Just Ask Motel 6

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:55

For the second time in recent months, the popular budget motel chain Motel 6 finds itself on the defensive after a federal lawsuit filed in Phoenix, Arizona, accused the chain of volunteering guests’ personal information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, leading to the detention and deportation of guests. danielfela /...

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Equal Pay Ruling Supports Trend Against Asking Applicants for Salary History

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 13:41

A new appeals court ruling is just the latest sign of the risks associated with basing salary offers on applicants’ pay history. An 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—ruled on April 9 that basing a salary offer on an...

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More Money, More Problems (When You Terminate an Employee)

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:00

One of the most common questions we receive is what an employer can do when an employee is terminated and owes the company money. In response, our clients hear one of the most common phrases in this area of the law—no good deed goes unpunished. Below are some guiding principles regarding employer benefits and employee termination. What Are We...

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Equal Pay: #Metoo Is Not Just About Sexual Harassment

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:00

The #MeToo movement has focused on sexual harassment in the workplace, but employers should be cognizant of another major gender issue that has been the focus of regulatory agencies in recent years—equal pay. The Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 both prohibit discriminatory pay and pay disparities based on sex. A...

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Should HR Professionals Fear Generation Z?

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:18

I recently interviewed a very poised, confident, and soon-to-graduate college candidate for a technology position. When I asked him what he was looking for in a position, he answered, “The Three Ps.” I was familiar with the Four Ps so was intrigued with this rather clever response, which for him stood for “People, Progress, and Product.” I...

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Embrace Your Inner Whistleblower! (And Fight Retaliation Claims)

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:00

From one perspective, whistleblowing is an act of justice by a self-sacrificing hero, says Dr. Ken Broda‐Bahm; but from the other perspective, it’s the ultimate betrayal by a divisive malcontent. Once you understand that, Broda-Bahm adds, you can move your culture to a place where whistleblowers are much less of a threat. Broda-Bahm, Senior...

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Implement an LMS with Answers to These 5 Questions

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:00

The costs of owning and implementing a learning management system can quickly push you beyond your budget if you fail to plan accordingly. So, how can directors and managers create a true picture of their actual LMS costs to avoid ballooning expenses? Start by asking yourself several key questions before signing on the dotted line. Source: Hilch /...

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Looking for An HR Compliance Tool? HR Leaders Reveal Top 3 Requirements

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:00

Keeping workplace policies and practices current and legal has become increasingly complex, as critical issues like sexual harassment prevention, healthcare coverage, and pay equity work their way through courts, legislatures, and agencies. Your compliance obligations are changing daily. How to track the myriad changes and keep up with your...

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Promoting a Positive Culture Through World-Class Employee Communication

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 06:00

One of the most effective ways to promote a positive work culture is to make employee communication the cornerstone of employee engagement. EmployeeChannel’s latest survey was designed to learn more about the communication requirements of nondesktop and remote employees, versus the needs of employees in the corporate office. The research revealed...

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Gender Plays Vital Role in How Workers Are Saving for Retirement, Finds Willis Towers Watson

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 05:59

Financial wellness continues to be one of the top priorities for workers of all ages. However, a new survey shows that gender plays an important part in how workers are saving for retirement and securing their financial freedom. The 2017 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey—conducted by global advisory, broking, and solutions company Willis Towers...

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Employee Participation in High Deductible Health Plans Grew More Than 60% in 2017

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 05:18

Rising healthcare costs continue to plague employers and employees alike, so it should come as no surprise that participation in high deductible health plans (HDHP) grew by more than 60% last year. A new report reveals which areas of the United States are most impacted by rising healthcare costs and highlights the types of voluntary benefits...

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Should You Allow Employees to Sleep on the Job?

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 04:00

Not everyone gets a good night’s rest. From home obligations to stress, there are seemingly hundreds of reasons why your employees may not be getting the necessary shut-eye each night. Almost all of us have felt the urge to take a quick refreshing nap during the day, and many sleep experts agree that it can be beneficial. Napping could even allow...

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Desperate Housewives Case Addresses Wrongful Termination Based on Failure to Renew Contract

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 04:00

It should not be surprising that in California, prominent court cases involve the entertainment industry at times. In my last EntertainHR blog post, I discussed the 2006 California Supreme Court’s decision in Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Productions, where the court held that within the adult-oriented situation comedy Friends writers’...

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Unemployment Near Record Lows: Who Can You Hire?

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 04:00

With unemployment hovering near record lows, employers are finding it tough to fill some positions. They’re starting to change tactics, often looking at previously ignored groups of jobseekers or changing how they attract applicants altogether. Let’s take a look. Who Can You Hire? Employers have been focusing more efforts on groups they may...

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Leading, Unofficially

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:14

This edition of The Oswald Letter is a guest post from Elizabeth Petersen, Project Director for Simplify Compliance. For most of us, the path to becoming a leader starts years before an official leadership title and a team of employees are granted. Source: monkeybusinessimages / iStock / Getty In truth, informal leadership can be a greater...

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Digitally-Savvy Companies Have a Greater Ability to Attract and Retain Talent

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 06:00

As more and more young people join the workforce, companies must be prepared to adapt to the changing times. A new study has revealed that companies who are more technologically inclined have a better chance at retaining and attracting younger workers.   Randstad US has released new findings from a study examining the digital proficiency of...

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