Articles tagged 'HR basics'

Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: It’s Smart to Anticipate the Needs of New Hires

From istockphoto.com

Put yourself in the role of a new hire.

You are going to start a new job in a week or two and, while the anticipation builds, you wonder about all kinds of things and think of a lot of questions.

As that person’s new manager, you can turn that anticipation into a positive onboarding experience that starts the relationship off on best foot possible, if you will: 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…
Compensation, HR Basics

A New Fad: States, Local Governments Hiking the Minimum Wage

Managers and HR professionals will have to deal with very modest pay increases in 2011. (Photo illustration by Dreamstime).

By Gregory Hanscom

A centerpiece of President Obama’s current legislative agenda is raising the federal minimum wage.

While many doubt a bill raising the federal minimum wage will be passed by Congress, President Obama’s call for such legislation has spurred many states and municipalities to act.

In Pennsylvania, two state senators, Daylin Leach and Mike Stack, just introduced legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $12.00 and prohibit businesses from paying workers who receive tips an amount less than the state mandated minimum wage. Read more…

Compensation, Legal Issues

The Disinformation Surrounding the “Tipped-Employee Minimum Wage”

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By John E. Thompson

A White House report promoting a substantial jump in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s minimum wage perpetuates now widely disseminated propaganda about an alleged “tipped employee minimum wage” of $2.13 per hour.

The fact is that there is no such thing. Talk of a so-called “tipped minimum wage” is designed in part to create a false impression that tipped employees are typically relegated to making less than the actual FLSA minimum wage. Read more…

HR Technology

Tech Insights: Operations vs. HR, or Why Old Techniques Still Have Value

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I recently bumped into software aimed at call center operations.

Normally, that is outside my scope, however this software, Snowfly, was all about incentivizing workers using what we would now call gamification. In this sense the operations folks in call centers have developed a gamified solution to an HR need long before HR got hip to gamification.

In HR, the needs of managers and professionals often dominate our thinking, and what it takes to motivate managers can be quite different from motivating a call center worker. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Is OSHA’s Temp Worker Initiative Foreshadowing Things To Come?

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I support OSHA’s temporary worker focus. Employers need to take more steps to ensure that temporary employees don’t fall through the cracks and do not receive adequate safety training.

However, employers should also make long-term plans based on what the initiative tells us more broadly about where workplace enforcement is heading.

Let’s break our discussion into two subjects: Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: Top 10 Reasons Why Managers Hate Having to Hire Anyone

From istockphoto.com

Most managers hate the hiring process because:

10. It takes too much time and they have so many other things on their plates. Many feel screening and interviews just get in the way of getting their “real job” done.

9. When they need someone, they need them yesterday (or even three months ago). So they don’t really have time to do it right – to gather all the information they need to make an intelligent decision – and this makes them feel ineffectual. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

How Do You Compare Business Results to Employee Engagement?

From istockphoto.com

Organizations struggle to quantify the impact engaged employees have on business results.

Intuitively, it’s a no-brainer — engaged employees cost less and produce more. It’s that simple.

Many studies and reports support that hunch: engaged companies have stronger levels of profitability, and retain their employees.

So, why do most organizations have difficulty quantifying that impact? Much of it is because of the process. Read more…

Legal Issues, News

More States Bump Up Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women

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By Ashley Kaplan

When Jennifer Latowski, a certified nursing assistant at Northwoods Nursing Center, shared with her supervisor that she was pregnant, she was asked to obtain a doctor’s note stating that she had no work restrictions.

Instead, Latowski’s physician issued a 50-pound lifting restriction.

As a result, Northwoods told Latowski she could no longer work for them because they only accommodated restrictions caused from work-related incidents. Latowski filed a wrongful termination suit claiming disability and pregnancy discrimination in Latowski v. Northwoods Nursing Center. Read more…