HR News & Trends

HR Management, HR News & Trends

Survey Shows CFOs Are Increasing Their Involvement With HR

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CFOs are becoming more involved in human resources issues, as companies more and more break down traditional silos in favor of ever greater collaboration among departments and divisions.

Better than 8 in 10 CFOs say their responsibilities have expanded in the last three years to touch areas as diverse as marketing and operations.

Human resources leads the list, with 21 percent of the 2,100 CFOs surveyed saying their job now includes at least some involvement with HR issues. Following closely, 19 percent of CFOs reported having some responsibility for IT. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

President Will Withdraw Controversial NLRB Nominee

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By Michael J, Lotito

Perhaps sensing former recess appointee Sharon Block‘s confirmation to the National Labor Relations Board would be an uphill battle, President Obama has reportedly announced that he is withdrawing her nomination.

According to a report by Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico, the President will instead name Lauren McFerran, chief labor counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (known as HELP), as his choice to be the fifth NLRB member.

Many U.S. Senators have been of the mindset that Block should not be “rewarded” with a Board position after the U.S. Supreme Court deemed hers and current Board General Counsel Richard Griffin’s recess appointments unconstitutional in Noel Canning v. NLRB. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Can You Fire an Employee For Having a “Nazi Shrine” on Facebook?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Last week, I read this story in USA Today from Cam Smith, in which he reports that the North Delta Minor Hockey Association fired one of its junior hockey coaches after it learned that he had posted pictures of Nazi items and propaganda — described as a “Nazi shrine” — on his Facebook page.

The Hockey Association defended the termination in a statement in which it characterized the post as containing “extreme and objectionable material believed to be incompatible with an important purpose of our minor hockey association — to promote and encourage good citizenship.”

Now, let’s assume that this went down in the U.S. Could the former employee argue religious discrimination (with a straight face)? Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Why Are America’s Workers Giving Back So Much PTO?

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American employees are taking less vacation time today than at any point in the last four decades.

In fact, in 2013 employees with available Paid Time Off (PTO) took an average of 16 days of vacation, compared to an average of 20 days in 2000.

This is data from a recent report by the U.S Travel Association, conducted by Oxford Economics, which analyzes the impact of forfeited time off. The report’s analysis is based on the Monthly Current Population Survey results reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and a June 2014 survey of 1,303 American workers conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications in conjunction with Oxford Economics. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Voter Actions Undercut Federal Push for $10.10 Minimum Wage

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By John E. Thompson

Earlier this month, several states and localities voted in favor of increasing their minimum wage.

Right on cue, many (including U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez) seized upon these results as ostensibly supporting an increase in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s rate to $10.10 per hour.

On the contrary, the developments emphasize that no such nationwide action is either wise or warranted. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

What A Difference a Year Makes: Employment For Vets Jumps in 2014

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As America honors its military veterans again today, there is encouraging news on the jobs front: The unemployment rate for the nation’s veterans has declined sharply in the year since the last Veterans Day.

Thanks to a nationwide focus on hiring veterans, and especially younger veterans who served in the post 9/11 military, unemployment for all veterans went from 6.9 percent in October 2013 to 4.5 percent last month. The national unemployment rate dropped 1.4 percentage points to 5.4 percent. (All percentages are non-seasonally adjusted.)

Contributing to the sharp decline was a project launched three years ago by JPMorgan Chase and 10 other large employers. As its name implies, the 100,000 Jobs Mission committed to hiring 100,000 veterans by the end of 2020. Now, with more than 170 companies participating, the project has employed more than 190,000 former military. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

When Sexting and Flirting isn’t Sexual Harassment At All

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By Eric B. Meyer

To prove sexual harassment, a plaintiff must have been subjected to pervasive or severe behavior based on the plaintiff’s sex. Further, not only would an objective person have to find the behavior offensive, but the plaintiff must be offended as well.

Usually, when a plaintiff claims sexual harassment, a court takes for granted that conduct at issue offended the plaintiff.

But, I just read about a case that bucked the trend. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Inside Look Into What Our Evolving Workforce Cares About

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Who says that HR professionals aren’t flexible and open to new ways of doing things?

This was one of the thoughts that crossed my mind while reviewing the highlights of the 2014 Cisco Connected World Technology Report, a survey that gives a heavy dose of Millennial and Gen X thinking on a wide variety of workplace topics.

It’s a pretty interesting report. According to Cisco, the survey ”examines the relationship between human behavior, the Internet and networking’s pervasiveness. Examining this relationship unearths data about how companies will remain competitive amid the influence of technology lifestyle trends.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

October Unemployment Drops to 5.8% as 214,000 Jobs Are Added

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Job creation topped 200,000 for the ninth consecutive month, adding 214,000 new non-farm jobs in October.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 percent, the lowest in six years.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which released October’s monthly employment report, also adjusted its estimates for August and September upward, adding 31,000 more jobs to the previous totals. The numbers are seasonally adjusted. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Accommodating a Disability Doesn’t Require You Displace Someone Else

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By Eric B. Meyer

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that companies provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability, if doing so will allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job.

The ADA contemplates a number of different types of reasonable accommodations.

One such accommodation is a transfer into an open position for which the disabled employee is qualified. But what happens when there is no vacancy. Must an employer bump another non-disabled employee to accommodate the one with the disability? Read more…