By Ilyse Wolens Schuman
The U.S. Senate this week confirmed the nomination of Lauren McFerran to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
The final tally was 54-40 along party lines. McFerran – who will replace outgoing member Nancy Schiffer – will remain a member of the Board until December 16, 2019.
McFerran’s nomination came as a surprise to many, as former recess appointee Sharon Block had been President Obama’s original choice to replace Schiffer. The President unexpectedly withdrew her nomination on Nov. 12. Read more…
As we look back at the most popular HR trends and topics covered in 2014, a few issues rise to the top.
1. Affordable Care Act
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), compliance was and remains a hot topic.
Key employer mandates will hit in 2015, and avoidance is no longer an option. Companies are looking for help to understand the challenges of ACA and for vendors to help them. Read more…
The Society for Human Resource Management, which touts itself as “the world’s largest association representing HR,” has announced two new members of its 2015 Board of Directors.
The two newly elected to the Board in this Fall’s election are:
- Patrick M. Wright, Ph.D., the Thomas C. Vandiver bicentennial chair and founder and faculty director of the Center for Executive Succession at the University of South Carolina, Columbia; and,
- Gretchen K. Zech, senior vice president of global human resources at Arrow Electronics Inc., Englewood, Colorado. Read more…
It’s an issue that organizations seem consistently faced with today: A lack of skilled workers that can further their growth, success, and ability to compete with competitors.
This “skills gap” is explained by the U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Center for Education and Workforce’s new report titled Talent Pipeline Management: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap, as a result of education and workforce systems in the U.S that are failing to keep pace with the changing needs of the economy.
So how do we remedy this talent shortage and close the skills gap? Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
Under federal law (Title VII), employers cannot discriminate because of one’s sex.
While Title VII does not explicitly coverage transgender employees (i.e., someone born female who presents male, and vice-versa; also known as gender identity), the EEOC’s position is that transgender employees are protected too. Indeed, they’ve begun filing federal lawsuits on behalf of transgender employees who claim to have been discriminated against.
But, the courts have not uniformly accepted the EEOC’s position. Indeed, the state of the law here is very much unsettled. Read more…
Today is Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving when online storefronts like Amazon, Zappos, and Macy’s trot out their best holiday deals — and a day that has become a bigger event in the retail world than Black Friday.
Sales for Cyber Monday hit $2.9 billion last year alone, totaling 31.5 percent more than Black Friday sales figures, and this year is poised to be no different.
However, Cyber Monday is also a work day, and its allure is so strong that many employees are openly planning to do some online shopping today while at the office. Read more…
Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $10.2 million to 19 states to ramp up their enforcement activities “to implement or improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement initiatives in unemployment insurance programs.”
Specifically, the department is searching for businesses that misclassify workers as contractors instead of W-2 employees. The agency is losing out on millions of dollars each year in unpaid taxes, and they intend to find as much of it as possible.
Here are the states receiving the extra funds to increase their enforcement: California, New Mexico, Delaware, New York, Florida, Oregon, Hawaii, South Dakota, Idaho, Tennessee, Indiana, Texas, Maryland, Utah, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and New Jersey. Read more…
In its Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, the Securities and Exchange Commission reports that both the number of whistleblower claims and the magnitude of the financial awards stemming from those claims “were record-breaking” in Fiscal Year 2014.
Under the Dodd-Frank whistleblower incentive program, individuals who report original information that leads the SEC to recover monetary sanctions of $1 million or more are eligible to receive awards of 10 percent to 30 percent of that financial recovery. Read more…
As employers try to minimize expenses under the health law, the Obama Administration has warned them against paying high-cost workers to leave the company medical plan and buy coverage elsewhere.
Such a move would unlawfully discriminate against employees based on their health status, three federal agencies said in a bulletin issued this month.
Brokers and consultants have been offering to save large employers money by shifting workers with expensive conditions such as hepatitis or hemophilia into insurance marketplace exchanges established by the health law, Kaiser Health News reported last May. Read more…