HR News & Trends

HR Management, HR News & Trends

Survey Shows the Criminal Offenses That Concern Employers Most

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Nearly 600 human resources professionals told EmployeeScreenIQ about how they use employment background checks to make hiring decisions and their candid feedback is detailed in the just-released, fifth annual survey of U.S. based employers.

The new report looks at how companies manage the process of employment screening, their practices concerning Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) guidance, candidates’ self-disclosure of criminal records and how they address adverse findings.

In the past few years, the EmployeeScreenIQ Trends Survey has become a benchmark many employers use to evaluate their background screening policies and practices. This year’s survey provides a unique cross-section of opinions and insights from an assortment of organizations and is critical for HR professionals that want to learn about what their industry peers are doing. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Homing From Work? It Also Means You’re Working From Home

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Every year we get stupid business phrases that become part of our lexicon:

  • Use it or lose it!
  • Necessary evil
  • A seat at the table
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Silo mentality
  • At the end of the day…”

For 2014 I’m calling it – “Homing from Work!” Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

What Is Engagement Worth? Amazon’s Pay to Quit May Let Us Know

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The cost of turnover is estimated at 150 percent of an employee’s annual salary. But what if you could spend just $5,000 to find out which of your employees are engaged, and which ones are thinking of leaving?

That’s what Amazon is trying with its new “Pay to Quit” initiative, an unorthodox retention method borrowed from Zappos, another online retailer and Amazon subsidiary. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Does the ADA Now Require That You Accommodate Stealing?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Back in 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Walgreens from disability discrimination.

Specifically, the EEOC claimed that Josefina Hernandez, a cashier at Walgreens’ South San Francisco store, who suffered from diabetes, was on duty when she opened a $1.39 bag of chips because she was suffering from an attack of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

The EEOC further alleged that Walgreens knew of Ms. Hernandez’s disability and fired Ms. Hernandez after being informed that Hernandez had eaten the chips because her blood sugar was low, even though she paid for the chips when she came off cashier duty. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Remembering the Work of So Many “Average” Heroes in Boston

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Today is a solemn day of remembrance and tribute.

Our U.S. headquarters is located near Boston, and several of our employees are regular runners of the Boston Marathon. Last year was a brutal, heart-wrenching blow to all of us, but of course, no more so than to those who lost loved ones or survived the horrific events one year ago today.

In honor of those who remain Boston Strong, I’d like to focus on the average people. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Here’s What Great Employers REALLY Do

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I’ve been thinking a lot about great employers lately, probably because I attended the Great Place to Work annual conference in New Orleans last week, and, because I came across this blog post at HBR with this intriguing title — Seven Things Great Employers Do (That Others Don’t).

After hearing two days of great employers from organizations honored as a Great Place to Work talk about what made them so great, I thought this list was a nice underpinning to all they had to say. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Will Congress Require Sex Harassment Training For Its Employees?

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By David N. Goldman

Many private employers, and the agencies under the federal executive branch, provide regular sexual harassment training to their employees. Yet, one notable employer, the United States Congress, does not.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, seeks to bridge that gap.

This week, Speier introduced a resolution to amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to require members and their staff to take “a specific program of training in the prevention and deterrence of sexual harassment in employment.” (Section 1 (a)(1)).

The annual training would be two hours for new members and employees, and one hour thereafter. (Section 1 (a)(3)(B)(ii)). Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

U.S. Senate Once Again Rejects Paycheck Protection Act

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman

As expected, U.S. Senate supporters of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199) failed to muster the 60 votes needed to advance the bill to a floor vote.

This bill would have, among other things:

  • Expanded damages available under the Equal Pay Act (EPA) to include potentially unlimited compensatory and punitive awards for wage discrimination; Read more…
HR News & Trends, Talent Management

What Does Talent Want? A Strong Brand and a Great Place to Work

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A look at LinkedIn’s recently released Talent Trends 2014 report provides some interesting data about what’s on the minds of today’s professional workforce.

As the study confirms, we live in an age of unprecedented transparency: “More job opportunities are viewable online, and the available context – information on the company, its culture, and the team including the hiring manager – has never been richer.

LinkedIn’s platform itself proves this point, and this ever-increasing transparency is certainly changing the landscape of talent acquisition. It asks to us to consider how the talent, people, are approaching and considering new careers. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

President Set to Issue Order to Enact Provisions of Paycheck Fairness Act

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman and Michael J. Lotito

Because the House of Representatives is not expected to consider the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199) this term, President Obama will reportedly implement provisions of this measure applicable to federal contractors via Executive actions on Tuesday (April 8).

The move will coincide with Equal Pay Day, and is the latest in a series of recent Presidential actions designed to implement employment law reform by bypassing Congress. Read more…