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HR News & Trends

Senate Bill Seeks to Reform the National Labor Relations Board

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So, earlier this week it was all about House Republicans introducing legislation to constrain the enforcement efforts of the EEOC.

Now, it seems that some Senate Republicans are taking aim at the National Labor Relations Board, according to this story from Ramsey Cox at TheHill.com.

Ms. Cox reports that, if the Republicans control the Senate following the November elections, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, will make revamping the National Labor Relations Board a top priority. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

Tech Insights: Measuring Collaboration Is an Important Role For HR

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I bumped into an interesting gentleman at a recent HR analytics conference: Peter Smit. He’s not an HR guy but he did say something of interest, he said he wanted to measure collaboration.

Collaboration is one of those soft and fluffy “HR things.” We’re all for it. It falls within our domain. We might even provide some training on it, but we’ve not gone much beyond vaguely feeling we should encourage it.

Collaboration got a boost from social communication software like Jive and Yammer which often bill themselves as “collaboration platforms.” This new level of investment in collaboration puts pressure on companies to think more clearly about what collaboration is and how to measure it. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Software Flaw Lets Employers Offer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits

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A flaw in the federal calculator for certifying that insurance meets the health law’s toughest standard is leading dozens of large employers to offer plans that lack basic benefits such as hospitalization coverage, according to brokers and consultants.

The calculator appears to allow companies enrolling workers for 2015 to offer inexpensive, substandard medical insurance while avoiding the Affordable Care Act’s penalties, consumer advocates say.

Insurance pros are also surprised such plans are permitted. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: 6 Critical Workforce Issues Companies Face

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Better get ready for all that “seat at the table” talk again.

Global enterprise software developer recently SAP partnered with Oxford Economics on a global study focused on the future of work, but it’s the six critical workforce issues facing HR professionals that they listed that got my attention — and should get yours. 

Workforce 2020 is the result of a survey of more than 5,400 employees and executives interviewed by Oxford Economics in 27 countries, and overall, the key finding is that two-thirds of businesses have not made significant progress toward building a workforce that will meet their future business objectives. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

How Swift Response to Racial Slurs Defused a Discrimination Claim

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By Eric B. Meyer

You have an employee handbook, an anti-harassment policy, training, the whole nine yards.

But sometimes, notwithstanding your best efforts to create a positive, respectful workplace, you receive a complaint from an employee who claims to be the victim of harassment based on [insert protected class here].

All the measures you’ve already installed mean nothing unless you respond to the that complaint appropriately. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

Does Your Organization Have a Domestic Violence Leave Policy?

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Thanks to Ray Rice and TMZ, domestic violence is front and center once again.

Everywhere you look, you’ll see footage of the video and someone giving their opinion on the events, and the aftermath. While it’s tough to watch and listen to, all of this coverage is certainly bringing more awareness to the struggle that domestic abuse victims face today.

So, when it comes to your business, what are you required to do in the event an employee becomes a victim themselves? It depends on the size of your company and what state(s) you have employees in. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Senate Grills Former Recess Appointment Renominated to NLRB

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By Michael J. Lotito

A day after the U.S. Senate returned from its summer recess, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing to discuss the nomination of former recess appointee Sharon Block to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.

President Obama announced his intent to re-nominate Block to the NLRB in July. Block previously served as a member of the Board from January 2012 – when the President seated her and two other members via recess appointment – until the summer of 2013, when her nomination was withdrawn as part of a Senate deal to allow votes on the five current NLRB members. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Premiums For Job-Based Health Insurance Rose 3% This Year

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Premiums for job-based insurance rose modestly for the third consecutive year, reflecting slowed spending, even as key elements of the federal health care law went into effect.

Family premiums rose 3 percent in 2014, one of the lowest increases tracked since the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust began surveying employers in 1999. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)

Nonetheless, the cost of the average family plan rose to $16,834 annually, according to the survey of more than 2,000 employers nationwide. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Number of Positive Drug Tests For Workers Up For First Time Since 2003

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After a decade of slowly declining workplace drug test results, Quest Diagnostics, which describes itself as “the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services,” said more workers tested positive last year, particularly for marijuana and amphetamines.

Although the total positive results are small — of 7.6 million urine tests, only 3.7 percent were positive — it does represent a 5.5 percent increase from 2012′s 3.5  percent positive rate, and is the first increase since 2003, when 4.5 percent of the samples found traces of drugs.

Marijuana was the most commonly detected drug, showing up in 1.7 percent of the urine samples. That was a 6.25 percent increase over 2012. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Survey Shows How Much Millennials Continue to Defy Expectations

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Approximately 80 million Millennials live in the U.S today.

In my last post on talent acquisition trends, I touched on the fact that this group is the largest generation in history and, while the exact percentages vary depending on the research, is expected to make up more than 50 percent of the workforce by 2020.

We may still think of Millennials as “the next generation,” but the fact is that this group will make up the majority of the workforce in the not too distant future, so research on the values and expectations of this generation is valuable – and actionable. Read more…