HR News & Trends

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

A Supervisor-Subordinate Romance Isn’t Necessarily Discrimination

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By Eric B. Meyer

Over the weekend, I read this case (Clark v. Cache Valley Electric Co.) in which a male plaintiff alleged discrimination because his supervisor was allegedly schtupping a female subordinate and treating her better.

(The court said “voluntary romantic affiliation,” but why say in three words, what you can say in one?)

Specifically, the plaintiff alleged that, in exchange for putting out, his female co-worker received better job assignments, bonuses, and other working conditions. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Arguing With the Boss – and Living to Tell About It

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Take it from me: Fighting with the boss is not a career enhancing experience.

I know this because I have worked for a lot of different bosses over the course of my career, and I have done my share of fighting with many of them.

Yes, I’ve battled at some point with just about every person I have ever worked for, but these arguments really break down into two distinctive categories: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

How Employers Hired in 2013: Referrals Were Down, Direct Sourcing Up

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Employee referrals slipped again as a source of hire last year, as talent acquisition leaders increasingly leaned on other recruiting methods to fill their external hires.

The just released CareerXroads 2013 Source of Hire survey — its 13th — found  the 50 participating employers, some with more than 200,000 workers, relied more heavily on direct sourcing and help from third-party recruiters in 2013 than at any time in the previous decade.

They also accelerated their temp conversions, which, at 4.4 percent of the full-time hires, was nearly three times the rate in 2012.

In fact, except for print, every sourcing method tracked by the recruiting  consultancy CareerXroads showed an increase in hiring activity. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey Shows Hiring Manager’s Dilemma: It’s a Job Seekers Market

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It’s a job seekers market, but hiring managers haven’t yet fully adjusted to the change, with 40 percent of them taking almost a month to make an offer, only to find out in many cases that their candidate is turning them down.

Better than 8 in 10 of the MRINetwork recruiters participating in the semi-annual MRINetwork Recruiter Sentiment Study said today’s employment market is candidate-driven, a 25-point jump from the 2012 study.

That means the professional, executive, and managerial candidates, who are the majority of those recruited by MRI franchise offices, can be more demanding when it comes to the nature of the work they want, the companies they’re willing to work for, and the compensation and benefits they’ll accept.

In the MRI survey last fall, recruiters said 42 percent of their candidates who got an offer turned it down. In the current survey, recruiters reported that in almost a third (31 percent) of the turndowns, the reason is another offer. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Appeals Courts Split on Legality of Subsidies Under Health Care Act

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Two U.S. appeals courts Tuesday reached opposite conclusions about the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the law that brings down the cost of coverage for millions of Americans.

In Washington, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to allow subsidies to be provided in exchanges not run by the states.

That 2-1 ruling in Halbig v. Burwell could put at risk the millions of people who bought insurance in the 36 states where these online insurance marketplaces are run by the federal government. Judge Thomas Griffith, writing the majority opinion, said they concluded “that the ACA unambiguously restricts” the subsidies to “exchanges ‘established by the state.’ ” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

President’s Order Bans Discrimination Against LBGT Employees

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President Obama signed an Executive Order Monday banning discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors.

Last month, I blogged here that the White House had announced that it intended to eventually ban LGBT discrimination by federal contractors through Executive Order because the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), did not make it through Congress.

Since that time, several gay-rights groups withdrew their support for ENDA, fearing that it afforded “religiously affiliated organizations … a blank check to engage in workplace discrimination against LGBT people.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

What Is an Intern? The Labor Dept. Lists the 6 Factors That Define One

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By John E. Thompson

We wrote some time ago about a lower federal court’s determination in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures that at least two unpaid interns were “employees” for federal Fair Labor Standards Act purposes.

This ruling is now being reviewed by the New York-based Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Connecticut, New York, and Vermont). The U.S. Department of Labor has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in which it supports the lower court’s decision.

The Labor Department’s filing provides some interesting insight into its views about when an intern is an “employee” for purposes of the FLSA’s requirements. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Health Plans Dropping Contraceptive Coverage Must Notify Participants

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman

In response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court holding in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely held, for-profit entities with religious objections to certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control requirements could avoid the mandate by invoking the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the U.S. Department of Labor has released guidance to address this eventuality.

In the latest set of Frequently Asked Questions on the ACA’s implementation, the Labor Department explains that group health plans offered by closely held, for-profit businesses that intend to cease providing all or some contraceptive coverage must notify plan participants within 60 days after the adoption of a modification or change to the plan’s coverage. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey Says That Candidates Are Now Driving the Job Market

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It’s a job seekers market, but hiring managers haven’t yet fully adjusted to the change, with 40 percent of them taking almost a month to make an offer, only to find out in many cases that their candidate is turning them down.

More than 8 in 10 of the MRI Network recruiters participating in the semi-annual MRI Network Recruiter Sentiment Study said today’s employment market is candidate-driven, a 25 point jump from the 2012 study.

That means the professional, executive and managerial candidates who are the majority of those recruited by MRI franchise offices can be more demanding when it comes to the nature of the work they want, the companies they’re willing to work for, and the compensation and benefits they’ll accept. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Digging Down Into How Employees Are Dealing With Financial Stress

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What are organizations doing to help employees manage financial difficulties?

SHRM (in collaboration with Elevate) explored this question in their recent survey Employee Financial Stress. They found that 61 percent of HR professionals would describe their employees’ financial health as no better than “fair,” where 38 percent would describe theirs as “very good” or “good.”

Organizations that had more full-time hourly employees were more likely to have a response of “fair” compared to organizations with fewer full-time hourly employees who were more likely to report better financial health amongst employees. Read more…