HR News & Trends

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

LinkedIn Lawsuit Puts Background Screening Function in Question

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Have you ever used LinkedIn to check up on someone? An employee or a prospective new hire?

I know I for one am guilty of this. And while I’ve never actually given the “recommendations” on LinkedIn much weight, I’ve often wondered whether employers actually rely on them to make a hiring decision.

Social media sites have given us a whole new window through which to view candidates — both professionally and personally. A recent case has pushed the issue back into the headlines, and this time, LinkedIn is in the spotlight. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

New Survey Shows That the Leadership Gap Is Wider Than Ever

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OMGoodness! A recent survey by SuccessFactors, an SAP company, found that 34 percent of executives say “a lack of adequate leadership is among the major impediments to achieving workforce goals.”

Another 42 percent say company growth plans are “slowed by lack of access to the right leadership.”

Well, none of this surprises me. (I’ll bet you aren’t surprised, either.) The past few years have been particularly hard on leaders, with most everyone agreeing we’re practically in a leadership drought. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Staffing Industry Employment Hits an All-Time High

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Staffing activity has reached its highest point since the start of the Great Recession nearly seven years ago, and, if the trend continues, could set a new record before the end of the year.

The American Staffing Association’s Staffing Index now stands at 104.75, just shy of the record 105.28 set for the week ending December 9, 2007. The Index measures weekly changes in temporary and contract employment as reported by agencies invited to participate in the weekly survey. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

What Do You Do When an Employee Says They’re Quarantined With Ebola?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Five minutes ago, after taking the obligatory selfies and between games of Candy Crush, one of your employees texted from an Ebola quarantine tent to alert you that she will be out of work for 21 days while under observation for Ebola.

As an employer, what are your obligations? What workplace laws are implicated?

And of course, because half of you are thinking it, can you just fire her? Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

What You and Your Business Need to Know About Obamacare, Year 2

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For business owners, two things in life are certain: taxes and rising health care costs. The two become nearly interchangeable when new IRS Health Care Reporting requirements go into effect, starting in 2016.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), large employers (or those employing more than 50 full-time workers) face penalties if they fail to offer minimal coverage to employees. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance decisions were largely up to the individual business.

Beginning in 2016, large employers must report very specific information to the IRS to remain compliant, and the IRS has recently issued draft copies of the health care coverage forms. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Is There Really a War For Talent, or Are We Just Paying Lip Service to That?

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Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey compares the expectations and perceptions of 2014’s university graduates with the realities of the working world according to both 2012 and 2013 graduates.

This comparison casts a focused and specific lens on the issue of entry-level talent development, and, gives us some insightful data.

Accenture’s survey underlines that, at the end of the day, many organizations are not effectively developing their entry-level talent.

When we consider that 69 percent of 2014 graduates state that more training or post-graduate education will be necessary for them to get their desired job, we see that organizations are likely facing a major talent supply problem. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

A Social Media Blunder Can Cost an Employee of Any Rank Their Job

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By Eric B. Meyer

Here’s more proof that both entry-level employees and C-Suite executives can do dumb stuff.

When I go out to eat, I’m not that picky. While I often have a taste of fine dining, I can do beer and wings with the best of ‘em.

I like my beer cold and my wings spicy. I take these two things for granted when my food is served to me. That, and the person preparing the food has a shirt on. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Managerial Malpractice? Letting Sick Employees Come to Work

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Are people busier on the job now than ever before?

It’s something I think about because I talk to a lot of people, and when I get them on the phone, the conversation always seems to get into how crazy busy they are at work and how it doesn’t seem like the craziness is going away anytime soon.

In fact, this ultra-busy business environment we all seem to be in now even popped up in a survey last week on people in the workplace who are sick with the flu. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Think That an Employee Might Be Faking Sick? Check on Social Media

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By Eric B. Meyer

It’s that time of year again — open enrollment, flu shots, and CareerBuilder.com’s annual list of the most creative excuses for missing work.

But before I get to that, how about some missed-work statistics based on responses from 2,203 hiring managers and human resource professionals, and 3,103 U.S. workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government), from a survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from ­­Aug. 11 to Sept. 5, 2014:

  • 28 percent of employees have called in to work sick when they were actually feeling well; Read more…
HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Do Fingers With Frostbite Constitute a Disability Under the ADA?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Let’s talk about what it means to have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act.

In Wilson v. Iron Tiger Logistics, the plaintiff, a truck driver, developed frostbite on a bunch of fingers while performing maintenance on his truck in Canada in -25 degree weather.

That’s dedication to your work! Although, speaking of dedication and cold weather, I think of those smokers who stand 21 feet away from our office in the dead of winter — not -25 degrees, but still pretty frickin’ cold — holding that cigarette to their lips. Now, that is some serious dedication. Read more…