HR News & Trends

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: How Our Gridlocked Government Impacts the Workplace

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Managing a workforce is never easy, especially in the complex economy we face here in the early 21st century.

A new survey from Littler Mendelson, the world’s largest employment and labor law firm, shows just how complex and challenging our current work environment is.

Littler surveyed more than 500 in-house counsel, HR professionals, and C-suite executives, many from the nation’s largest companies, for it’s 2014 Executive Employer Survey. Released late last month, this third annual survey, analyzed just “how employers are being impacted by current economic conditions and regulatory changes during the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Economy Adds Another 200,000 Jobs in July, Longest Streak Since ’97

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The U.S. economy added more than 200,000 new jobs for the sixth consecutive month, a streak not seen since 1997.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics said 209,000 new jobs were created in July across a broad swath of industries. Unemployment edged up slightly to 6.2 percent as a trickle of additional workers, perhaps buoyed by the job growth, reentered the labor market.

The BLS also adjusted upward its initial reports for May and June, adding another 15,000 jobs. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Texting For Talent: Is This a Recruiting Trend Whose Time Has Come?

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Many HR departments are at a crossroads with their recruiting effort, wondering how to improve staffing and wondering which technologies they should implement into their process.

Using texting as a means of candidate communication is an option being explored by a growing number of firms. But for every supporter there is a critic — and for good reason.

Sure, texting can improve the candidate experience and speed up the process when handled properly. However, many firms do not have the infrastructure or resources to implement a centralized texting platform, integrated solution, or structured texting campaigns. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Yes, It’s Wrong to Disclose Employee Medical Info on Facebook

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By Eric B. Meyer

Yes, disclosing an employee’s medical info on Facebook is stupid, plus, it may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, too.

In Shoun v. Best Formed Plastics, Inc., the plaintiff allegedly suffered a bad shoulder injury at work. And, after the plaintiff reported it, the person who processed worker’s compensation claims for his company, posted the following on her Facebook page:

Isn’t [it] amazing how Jimmy experienced a 5 way heart bypass just one month ago and is back to work, especially when you consider George Shoun’s shoulder injury kept him away from work for 11 months and now he is trying to sue us.” Read more…

Global HR, HR News & Trends

Is a National Jobs Bank the Solution To Fair Employment in Singapore?

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Following the latest developments affecting employment practices in Singapore, the launch of the national Jobs Bank marks the final stage of the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) roll-out since it was first announced in September 2013.

The FCF signifies a new step towards fairer employment practices for Singapore and can be seen as a response to the growing unhappiness among Singapore citizens due to competition with foreign workers in a tight labor market.

A popular topic addressed in Singapore’s National Budget 2012 & 2013, the government has since reduced the foreign worker quota and increased foreign worker levies in a bid to maintain a strong Singapore core within the workforce. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

The Dark Side of Silicon Valley: A Tech Space-Driven Drug Culture

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By now, many of you are familiar with the Google executive that was killed on his yacht last year by a call girl who is accused of injecting him with a fatal overdose of heroin.

In the aftermath of this startling case, the San Jose Mercury News started digging into what it calls Silicon Valley’s “drug culture.”

Specifically, the newspaper found that there is an increasing propensity for those in the technology space to abuse illegal and prescription drugs to cope with the breakneck pace of work that the sector demands. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

NLRB General Counsel Goes After McDonalds and Business Franchises

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By Michael J. Lotito

In a move that could have a dramatic impact on the franchise business model, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard Griffin has announced that his office intends to name a parent franchisor as a respondent in cases involving alleged unfair labor practices committed by franchisees if the parties are unable to reach a settlement.

According to the Board, the agency is currently investigating the various charges, and may name the franchisor company — fast food giant McDonalds  – as a joint employer should a complaint be issued. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Friends at Work: The Younger You Are, the More Important They Become

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Censuswide and LinkedIn recently partnered up to explore how friendships at work impact employees’ experiences and perspectives of their workplaces.

Their study, titled Relationships @Work, surveyed more than 11,500 full-time professionals between the ages of 18-65 in 14 countries, including the U.S, Sweden, India, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil and the U.K.

What did they find? A large percentage of professionals surveyed (46 percent) admit that work friendships play a role in their overall happiness, and it’s clear from the research that the amount of value placed on workplace friendships, and the level of confidence (or how personal they were) varies significantly depending on the generation. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Court: No 1st Amendment Protection For Teacher Trash-Talking Online

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By Eric B. Meyer

Do you remember Natalie Munroe?

She’s the teacher who enjoyed a cup of coffee in the spotlight a few years ago after getting suspended for bashing her students on her personal blog.

Among other things, she described her students as argumentative f*cks who may engage in Columbine-style shootings.

Out of all this, back in June of 2012, she sued her employer, alleging that her employer deprived her of First Amendment constitutional rights. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

The Message Is Clear: Workers Still Want Balance, Growth, Advancement

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The economy may be improving, but job numbers show it’s a long way from fully bouncing back from pre-recession levels.

According to a survey from Kelly Services, 66 percent of the world’s workforce is looking for a new job and researchers say the employees most likely to leave are a company’s top talent!

Baby Boomers (aged 49-66) are the most likely to switch employers, with a staggering 74 percent planning to look for another position, compared with an extremely troubling 69 percent of Gen X (31-48) and 66 percent of Gen Y (19-30). Read more…