Articles tagged 'HR News'

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…

HR Basics, HR News & Trends

Independent Contractor Compliance: What Employers Need to Consider

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Independent workers – whether they’re called independent contractors, freelancers or the self-employed – continue to be a significant factor in the American economy.

According to Randstad’s Workforce 360 study, 43 percent of the workforce says they are interested in pursuing non-traditional work arrangements, and more than 2.6 million workers are already living the “free agent” lifestyle.

Government agencies at the Federal and State level have noticed this movement. Various agencies on both levels are now targeting this population through legislative efforts and increased audits. Read more…

HR Technology, Legal Issues

The Unintended Consequences When Workers Bring Their Devices to Work

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By Paul Starkman

At the top of the list of risks guaranteed to give HR a headache this year is employee use of personal technology for work.

It was only a few short years ago that employers began to embrace the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, allowing employees to use their personal phones, tablets and laptops for work.

Today, bring-your-own-device into the workplace is a given, with nearly two-thirds of technology-dependent Millennials using a personal device at work. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

BLS Minimum Wage Report: Is There Anything Worthwhile In it?

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By John E. Thompson

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a report entitled Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers, 2013 which claims that approximately 1.8 million hourly-paid workers made less than the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s $7.25-per-hour minimum wage last year.

It also asserts that another 1.5 million hourly-paid workers earned exactly this minimum rate.

These statements are already being touted as additional support for increasing the FLSA minimum wage. On the contrary, even a cursory look at the methodology gives rise to serious doubt that the report has almost anything worthwhile to say in this regard. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: More Evidence of Why You Should Worry About Retention

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Here’s some shocking news: employees aren’t terribly satisfied with their jobs, their employers, their growth opportunities under their current employers, or the way their organizations recognizes people for doing good work.

That just about cover it, doesn’t it?

I know what you’re thinking: what’s so surprising about all of this, anyway? What is it hat I don’t know already? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Republican Bills Would Halt NLRB’s “Ambush” Union Election Rule

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman and Michael J. Lotito

As a preemptive strike against a final “ambush” representation election rule, Republican lawmakers in both chambers introduced legislation that would blunt its intended effects.

In February, the National Labor Relations Board reissued its controversial proposal that would not only expedite union election procedures, but also fundamentally alter the way elections are carried out, and remove many employer due process rights.

The reissued proposal was substantively the same as that initially introduced in June 2011, which triggered over 65,000 comments. The Board will hold public hearings on this proposed rule in the coming weeks. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Appeals Court Says Yes, Employees CAN Openly Discuss Wages

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By Eric B. Meyer

Over the past several years, seemingly, we’re seen the National Labor Relations Board take a more active interest in employee handbooks.

We’ve certainly seen it with respect to social media policies; especially, where these policies purport to limit the rights of employees to discuss their employment with one another. This is because Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act allows employees to discuss their terms and conditions of employment together.

And you don’t need to have a union either. The act applies in most every private-sector workplace. Read more…

HR Basics, Legal Issues

Get Ready, Because the H-1B Visa Games Are Ready to Begin

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By Shanon R. Stevenson

The Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen’s bow and arrow will not help employers on April 1, 2014 when the competition for H-1B work visas begins.

On April 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting H-1B petitions for foreign workers in professional or specialty occupation jobs to fill the 65,000 available slots for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and the 20,000 available slots for applicants who hold a U.S. master’s degree or higher. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

The Leadership Drought: Why It’s the No. 1 Issue for Organizations Today

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Last week, I discussed one of the trends (re-skilling HR teams) called out in Deloitte’s annual Global Human Capital Trends report for 2014.

Recently released and influenced by the work of Bersin by Deloitte, the report examines 12 trends that represent the way employees today are driving their organizations to innovate and transform human capital practices.

The report, as usual, is full of interesting data on human capital management trends and observations about the impact of those trends. It is definitely worth a read.

This week, I’d like to look at another top talent issue facing organizations around the world as identified by Deloitte: leadership. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

3 Months and Counting: Top State Law Changes for Employers in 2014

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By Ashley Kaplan

The legal environment for employers is always changing. And nowhere is this felt more strongly than at the state (and even local) level.

While every year tends to bring a handful of federal labor law developments, a lot of the legislative momentum happens in the state legislatures.

We’re only three months into the new year and we’ve already tallied the following state changes: Read more…