HR News & Trends

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Skills Gap? What If Everyone Feels They Have Great Skills?

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We hear a lot about job skills — mainly, how so many American workers don’t spend enough time developing them — and how the lack of skills is what is holding many back from getting hired.

Employers have been claiming there is a skill gap problem, but what if the very people who are looking to get hired don’t believe there is a problem at all?

That’s what some new research seemed to show this week, when The Udemy Skills Gap Index, an independent survey commissioned by online learning company Udemy, reported that although 61 percent of Americans believe that the current workforce has a skills gap, they but don’t see themselves as part of the problem. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

Top 10 Talent Trends That HR Pros Really Need to Know

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CEB data show 10 trends that HR professionals should be aware of and four things to look out for in the next 12 months

Despite 73 percent of HR professionals viewing HR as a “strategic” function – that is, one that contributes to strategic business goals rather than a more humble ambition to “keep the business running” – only 52 percent have the talent data to prove HR’s value to the organization, or the data needed to inform business decisions.

As CEB research shows again, talent is (or should be) at the heart of every major business decision that senior managers make. This makes it imperative that HR professionals have the data and information to support line managers, and also the confidence that their work will, and should, shape the direction their company takes. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Senate Bill Seeks to Reform the National Labor Relations Board

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So, earlier this week it was all about House Republicans introducing legislation to constrain the enforcement efforts of the EEOC.

Now, it seems that some Senate Republicans are taking aim at the National Labor Relations Board, according to this story from Ramsey Cox at TheHill.com.

Ms. Cox reports that, if the Republicans control the Senate following the November elections, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, will make revamping the National Labor Relations Board a top priority. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

Tech Insights: Measuring Collaboration Is an Important Role For HR

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I bumped into an interesting gentleman at a recent HR analytics conference: Peter Smit. He’s not an HR guy but he did say something of interest, he said he wanted to measure collaboration.

Collaboration is one of those soft and fluffy “HR things.” We’re all for it. It falls within our domain. We might even provide some training on it, but we’ve not gone much beyond vaguely feeling we should encourage it.

Collaboration got a boost from social communication software like Jive and Yammer which often bill themselves as “collaboration platforms.” This new level of investment in collaboration puts pressure on companies to think more clearly about what collaboration is and how to measure it. Read more…

HR News & Trends, TLNT Events

Addressing Manufacturing’s Unique Talent Management Challenges

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In case you haven’t heard, manufacturing in the U.S. is making a comeback.

Despite the old and outdated notion that most American manufacturing moved overseas, manufacturing has actually been growing steadily and now supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States —about one in six private-sector jobs, according to the latest figures from the National Association of Manufacturers.

More to the point, more than 12 million Americans, or 9 percent of the workforce,  are employed directly in manufacturing.

Yes, manufacturing is a growing and critical part of our economy, and that’s one of the reasons why TLNT is putting on the first-ever HR in Manufacturing Forum Nov. 4-5 in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Software Flaw Lets Employers Offer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits

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A flaw in the federal calculator for certifying that insurance meets the health law’s toughest standard is leading dozens of large employers to offer plans that lack basic benefits such as hospitalization coverage, according to brokers and consultants.

The calculator appears to allow companies enrolling workers for 2015 to offer inexpensive, substandard medical insurance while avoiding the Affordable Care Act’s penalties, consumer advocates say.

Insurance pros are also surprised such plans are permitted. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: 6 Critical Workforce Issues Companies Face

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Better get ready for all that “seat at the table” talk again.

Global enterprise software developer recently SAP partnered with Oxford Economics on a global study focused on the future of work, but it’s the six critical workforce issues facing HR professionals that they listed that got my attention — and should get yours. 

Workforce 2020 is the result of a survey of more than 5,400 employees and executives interviewed by Oxford Economics in 27 countries, and overall, the key finding is that two-thirds of businesses have not made significant progress toward building a workforce that will meet their future business objectives. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

How Swift Response to Racial Slurs Defused a Discrimination Claim

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By Eric B. Meyer

You have an employee handbook, an anti-harassment policy, training, the whole nine yards.

But sometimes, notwithstanding your best efforts to create a positive, respectful workplace, you receive a complaint from an employee who claims to be the victim of harassment based on [insert protected class here].

All the measures you’ve already installed mean nothing unless you respond to the that complaint appropriately. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

Does Your Organization Have a Domestic Violence Leave Policy?

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Thanks to Ray Rice and TMZ, domestic violence is front and center once again.

Everywhere you look, you’ll see footage of the video and someone giving their opinion on the events, and the aftermath. While it’s tough to watch and listen to, all of this coverage is certainly bringing more awareness to the struggle that domestic abuse victims face today.

So, when it comes to your business, what are you required to do in the event an employee becomes a victim themselves? It depends on the size of your company and what state(s) you have employees in. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Senate Grills Former Recess Appointment Renominated to NLRB

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By Michael J. Lotito

A day after the U.S. Senate returned from its summer recess, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing to discuss the nomination of former recess appointee Sharon Block to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.

President Obama announced his intent to re-nominate Block to the NLRB in July. Block previously served as a member of the Board from January 2012 – when the President seated her and two other members via recess appointment – until the summer of 2013, when her nomination was withdrawn as part of a Senate deal to allow votes on the five current NLRB members. Read more…