Articles tagged 'HR News'

HR News & Trends, Training & Development

Closing the Skills Gap: Is Free Community College Really the Answer?

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Last week at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, President Obama spoke about America’s College Promise, a program that if passed would provide a free community college education to most any student able to maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

The program would be funded by a combination of federal and state monies.

During his presentation, the President said that,

Community colleges should be free for those willing to work for it — because in America, a quality education cannot be a privilege that is reserved for a few. I think it’s a right for everybody who’s willing to work for it.” Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

President Calls For Paid Sick Leave For All American Workers

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By Eric B. Meyer

In an announcement made late Wednesday on LinkedIn, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, posted that President Obama will call upon Congress today to pass the Healthy Families Act.

I’ve blogged about the Healthy Families Act before here. Essentially, the Healthy Families Act would require companies with 15 or more employees to permit each employee to earn at least one (1) hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Court OKs Firing of Public Employee Who Criticized Boss on Facebook

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By Eric B. Meyer

You know all that stuff you read on the Internet about employees who can badmouth their boss on the Internet, all in the name of free speech, and not get fired for it?

Yeah, about that.

Here’s a recent opinion from the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans about a 25-year police sergeant, a public employee, whose First Amendment freedom of speech rights were not violated when she was fired for posting Facebook comments, which were critical of her boss. Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

2015 HR Trends: More Tech Adoption and a Greater Focus on Talent

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Global economic growth and the resounding need to engage employees in all parts of the globe dominated HR headlines in 2014. But as one year closes and another one moves ahead, it’s time to once again predict what is in store for 2015.

Here are three (3) distinct HR trends that we fully expect to headline conversations in the new year. You’ll see that the common thread in these trends is the emphasis on new technologies and innovations that will drive the HR industry forward.

From benefits technology to leveraging big data to better understanding your employees, 2015 will bring with it sophisticated new technologies and methods for HR, which, if approached correctly, will be a win for all parties. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Is Transexual Discrimination Legal? One Company Says That It Is

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By Eric B. Meyer

Over the weekend, I joined a Facebook thread discussing a recent federal court complaint filed in Texas by a former Saks employee, Leyth O. Jamal (Jamal V. Saks).

Ms. Jamal claims that Saks violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against her because she is transsexual.

Saks claims that the complaint lacks merit because Title VII doesn’t prohibit discrimination against transgender employees. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Expecting a Solid Raise in 2015? Don’t Hold Your Breath

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For five years now, I have been writing stories based on consultants and analysts projections of what kind of raises businesses are planning to give employees in the coming year.

And for five years, I have been reading these salary surveys and writing the same thing: raises next year will be about 3 percent.

Yes, one of the defining characteristics of our mediocre economic recovery has been the miserly increase in employee pay even as businesses recovered and recorded record profits. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Recruiting in 2015: Better Get Ready to Start Dating

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When I was asked recently for my thoughts on what 2015 will bring for talent acquisition, I responded with – dating.

Partly, I just couldn’t get myself to repeat the endless series of annual predictions proliferating around the Internet: the year of the mobile, social, collaboration, telecommuting, people are important, blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda.

But truly, this will be the year when the vendor talked about for years as a potential entrant into the recruiting game will finally emerge: eHarmony. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

New Data Tells Some Surprising Truths about Millennials

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Most employers say that competing for talent is one of their greatest challenges.

Employers that want to remain competitive will need to meet the requirements of rapidly shifting demographics in the workforce.

Cangrade, a company specializing in data science and predictive analytics to help firms hire, engage, and retain employees, crunched the numbers from their recent large-scale study. Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Study Should Make Us Reconsider Technology Implications on the Job

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A recent Pew Research Center report examines the impact that technology has on workers and provides some counter-intuitive data.

Digital Life in 2025: Technology’s Impact on Workers looks at a representative sample of adult Internet users and the role or impact of digital technology on their work lives.

The report helps to identify the role of technology in different areas of business, what certain workers find most valuable, and provides surprising perspective on the discussion of whether technology is keeping employees productive, or spreading them too thin and negatively pressuring them to stay constantly connected or “plugged in.” Read more…

HR News & Trends

SHRM, U.S. Chamber Sue to Block NLRB “Quickie” Election Rules

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By Eric B. Meyer

It’s on now!

Yesterday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that it had filed a complaint in federal court against the National Labor Relations Board to strike the NLRB’s election rules, passed last month, which would create faster union elections.

Joining the Chamber as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), National Retail Federation, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Read more…