HR News & Trends

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Three Engagement Trends to Plan Next Year’s Strategy By

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Since 2007, Modern Survey has been releasing the results of their annual State of Engagement survey each Fall, and since it’s pretty much the only large-scale engagement study released in Q4, it is extremely helpful in giving organizations an idea of workforce attitudes heading into the New Year.

This year’s report is no different, and identifies three (3) key trends that will be very helpful when planning your 2015 engagement strategy: Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Small Businesses Drop Health Coverage Due to Obamacare Alternatives

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For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Health-law subsidies for workers to buy their own coverage combined with years of rising costs in the company plan made dropping the plan an obvious – though not easy – choice.

“I had a lot of regrets going into it,” Dunn, who owns three Italian Oven restaurants in suburban Atlanta, said of his decision. “I don’t think I have as many now — only because I’ve seen the affordability factor for my managers improve.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Whether Employers Realize It Or Not, It’s Now a Candidate-Driven Market

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The candidate-driven market is here to stay and the pace at which candidates are rejecting offers is quickening.

MRINetwork’s most recent Recruiter Sentiment Study says that  83 percent of the 333 responding recruiters describe the current employment market as candidate-driven. In three years, the percentage of recruiters who say candidates are in the driver’s seat has risen 29 points.

“It is definitely and without a doubt a candidate-driven market, however many employers are still laboring under the same processes as they did when it was an employer-driven market,” the twice yearly survey report notes, quoting one of the participating recruiters. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

NLRB Pushes Through Rule Allowing “Quickie” Union Elections

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By Eric B. Meyer

Cue the haters.

Following a decision earlier last week permitting employees to use company email to badmouth you and unionize, the National Labor Relations Board ended last week by passing a new rule, which, in its words, updated “its representation-case procedures to modernize and streamline the process for resolving representation disputes.”

In other words, faster union elections and more of ‘em.

Here are details on this new rule and what employers can do about it: Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Workplace Holiday “Gifts” – If You Stretch the Definition

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Leave it to the most recent CareerBuilder annual holiday survey to zero in on a completely meaningless but totally fascinating bit of workplace intelligence — the most unusual gifts they have received from a co-worker during the holiday season.

See if you agree that these are, as CareerBuilder’s press release puts it, a creative “definition of the word ‘gift:’ ”

  • A box of Hot Pockets;
  • A chess piece (just one piece, not a set);
  • A fire extinguisher; Read more…
HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

The Top Screening and Employment Issues We Faced in 2014

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I almost can’t believe it myself, but it’s already December. And this point in the year means it’s almost time to close the books on 2014.

As the year comes to an end, I’ve spent some time looking back at the legal trends in hiring and employment screening throughout 2014.

Here is a list of the Top 5 background screening and employment issues from 2014 that are worth reflecting on as we get ready to raise a glass to ring in the New Year. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Possible Impact of Obama’s Immigration Initiative: More FLSA Claims

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By John E. Thompson

Lurking among the numerous considerations raised by President Obama’s “immigration accountability” initiative are the prospects that this action will result in more allegations by or on behalf of the affected individuals that they have not been paid in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

This could come in the form of lawsuits or administrative complaints by the workers themselves, or through enforcement measures by the U.S. Department of Labor in collaboration with other federal agencies and even with foreign governments. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Employers Love Wellness Plans, But the Question is – Do They Even Work?

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If you get health insurance at work, chances are you have some sort of wellness plan, too. But so far there’s no real evidence as to whether these plans work.

One thing we do know is that wellness is particularly popular with employers right now, as they seek ways to slow the rise of health spending. These initiatives can range from urging workers to use the stairs all the way to requiring comprehensive health screenings.

The 2014 survey of employers by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 98 percent of large employers and 73 percent of smaller employers offer at least one wellness program. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of KFF.) Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Court: Screening Workers Going Home Doesn’t Count as Work Time

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By John E. Thompson

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday found that the time non-exempt employees spent in connection with an end-of-workday security screening before leaving the premises did not count as worktime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Instead, it said, the time so spent was non-compensable “postliminary” activity under the federal Portal-to-Portal Act.

Among other things, the Supreme Court said that: Read more…

Culture, HR News & Trends

Google Tops Glassdoor’s 2015 Best Places to Work List

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If your company hasn’t made a “Best Places to Work” list, you should be asking “Why not?”

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of these lists. The Great Place to Work Institute has what is arguably the most prestigious. Companies spend tens of thousands to make the Top 100, and even then, many don’t.

But that’s no excuse for not making some list, somewhere.

There are also “best places” lists compiled by business journals. SHRM chapters have them, as do any number of organizations. Every state has one; some have several. And there’s one in practically every city of size, including in the Yukon, where Home Hardware made the list. Read more…