Articles tagged 'HR News'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

39 Reasons Why Your Employee Handbook May Violate the Law

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By Eric B. Meyer

The National Labor Relations Board issued a report this week from General Counsel Richard Griffin, Jr. replete with examples of how your employee handbook is overly broad and violates the National Labor Relations Act.

The purpose of the report is to educate employers, with recent case developments, on what can and cannot be included in an employee handbook.

What can’t be included is anything that could chill your employees from discussing the terms and conditions of employment with one another. That’s because the Act give employees, union or not, the right to do that. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Can Transferring an Employee Actually Be Seen as Discrimination?

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By Eric B. Meyer

When does transferring an employee amount to discrimination?

Well, I think we can all agree that, when an employee’s protected class motivates a company to transfer him to a less desirable position, it’s time to call the lawyers and break out the checkbook.

But, what makes a transfer position less desirable? Read more…

HR News & Trends

Deloitte’s New Human Capital Survey Should Be a Wake-Up Call for HR

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Deloitte recently released its 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report, their annual comprehensive study of HR, leadership, and talent challenges compiled using data from surveys and interviews taken by 3,300 plus HR and business leaders in 106 countries around the world.

The report identifies 10 major trends that emerged from the most current research, and cites the capability gap (measuring the distance between the importance of an issue and organizations’ readiness to address it) associated with each, as well as practical ideas for how to help organizations combat theses challenges. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Another Sign of Tighter Labor Markets: Time to Fill Rates Getting Longer

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With the economy adding jobs at the fastest clip since the depression began eight years, it’s taking longer and longer to fill vacancies. In January, the national average was almost 26 working days, an increase of 3.5 days in the 12 months from the previous January.

The Dice-DFH Mean Vacancy Duration Measure, a sophisticated measure of how long it’s taking employers to fill jobs, came in at 25.7 working days. That’s just off from the 15-year high of 26.5 days recorded for last August.

“U.S. labor markets continue to tighten, albeit at a modest pace,” said Dr. Steven Davis, William H. Abbott professor of International Business and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and co-creator of the vacancy measure. “Evidence of labor market tightening is seen in rising vacancy durations and declining unemployment rates.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Can an Employee Get Fired For Punching a Sexual Harasser?

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By Eric B. Meyer

Can you smack your sexual harasser, complain, and still claim retaliation?

The plaintiff in this case (Speed v. Wes Health System) claimed that she was sexually harassed by her male supervisor for over a year. The court’s opinion details alleged comments and groping in vivid detail. (No recap here. I plan to keep my post PG, damn it! OK, PG-13. You happy, now?).

Whenever the plaintiff supposedly complained, her employer did nothing about the harassment. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Can Your Company Require an Employee to Buy Health Insurance?

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Under the Affordable Care Act, large employers that don’t offer their full-time workers comprehensive, affordable health insurance face a fine.

But some employers are taking it a step further and requiring workers to buy the company insurance, whether they want it or not. Many employees may have no choice but to comply.

Some workers are not pleased. One disgruntled reader wrote to Kaiser Health News:

My employer is requiring me to purchase health insurance and is automatically taking the premium out of my paycheck even though I don’t want to sign up for health insurance. Is this legal?” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Dealing With the “Bathroom Issue” and Transgendered Employees

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By Eric B. Meyer

On my speaking gigs around the country, what’s the biggest issue I hear from HR professionals involving transgender employees?

Yep, it’s the use of the bathroom.

Folks, it’s not that complicated. But, I’ll get to that in a sec.

First, with a tip of the hat to Joshua Block (@JoshACLU), over the weekend, I read this tweet, which links to this story about a Planet Fitness location in Michigan that received a complaint from a female gym member. Read more…

Compensation, Talent Management

Are Higher Wages the Guiding Strategy For Companies This Year?

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President Obama threw down the gauntlet in January’s State of the Union address, challenging Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9/hour, citing a rebounding economy and stagnating inequality.

The current federal minimum is at $7.25/hour, and it’s an uphill battle of red tape, political maneuvering, and competing ideologies to get it raised. However, Congress may be late to the table, as several retailers have taken matters into their own hands. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Employee Appreciation? It’s Not As Good as You Might Think

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Here’s a sobering statistic to ponder on Employee Appreciation Day: Nearly half (47 percent) of employees recently surveyed say they either don’t feel appreciated or feel only somewhat appreciated at work.

This comes from a new online survey in February by Harris Poll for The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, a company that makes sophisticated time and attendance software. Although the findings are pretty interesting, they aren’t terribly surprising given all that we read and hear about the mindset of the workforce today. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

A Growing Question: Just How Effective is Big Data in Hiring?

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Big data is transforming the information world at an alarming rate. It’s no surprise that the data being collected, sliced, sorted, and sold is being used to help businesses make better hiring decisions.

According to The New York Times, a growing number of entrepreneurs are applying big data to human resources and the search for talent, creating a field called workforce science. To quote technology writer Steve Lohr, “workforce science, in short, is what happens when big data meets HR.” Read more…