Articles tagged 'HR News'

HR News & Trends, Training & Development

Workplace Training Bill Passes House, Expected to Be Signed Into Law

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman

One of the few employment-related bills considered by Congress this term is on its way to President Obama’s desk.

On July 9, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) by a vote of 415-6 (with 11 not voting).

As previously discussed, last month the Senate approved this bill, which primarily reauthorizes and consolidates a number of federal job training programs. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey: Temp, Permanent Hiring May Increase Over Next 6 Months

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I can’t tell: Is this actually good news, or simply wishful thinking?

CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast says that nearly half of U.S. employers “plan to add full-time, permanent employees over the next six months, and one-third plan to hire temporary or contract workers – both improvements over the same period in 2013.”

The key word there is “plan,” because employers saying they “plan” to hire isn’t the same thing as saying they “will” be adding additional staff. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

A Sobering Report on Work-Life Policies and Parental Stress

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Bright Horizons recently conducted a national study, The Modern Family Index, that explores what it means to be a working parent today.

The study revealed some insights — including that working parents still perceive that their responsibilities with their family may cause them to experience significant challenges at work.

Bright Horizon’s research highlights that much has changed towards how parents approach family obligations and the level of conflict they experience. But, how positive are those changes when, overall, many employees still feel like they can’t be honest with their supervisors about family responsibilities? Read more…

Benefits, Talent Management

Right to Request Flex: It Seems to Be on the Fast Track in the U.S.

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Flexibility stops plodding and goes for the fast track

In 2012, the tally of employees covered by a legislated right to request flexible schedules was:

Flash forward to today. As we acknowledged our many rights on the 4th of July, the Right to Request (RTR) gathered momentum and threatened to join them. A decade-old UK practice spread to its resistant former colony. Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Are You Ready For the Coming Decade of Change and Innovation?

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I used to love that little Volkswagen Bug, the “Love Bug” named Herbie that many early Gen Xers like me remember vividly.

Herbie was the do-good little car with a mind of its own, a driverless car that helped Dean Jones win many races and save the day. Over and over again. Movie after lovable movie.

However, someday in the near future, fleets of driverless cars may displace millions of paid drivers in the global marketplace — not the “Herbien” vision of buddy work I remember from my childhood. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Pregnancy Accommodation at Work

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By Steven E. Kaplan

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review Young v. UPS, a decision that will determine whether and to what extent an employer must provide pregnant employees with work accommodations, such as light duty, under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).

On Jan. 9, 2013, the Fourth U.S. Court of Appeals, based in Richmond, VA., upheld the district court ruling in Young that:

  1. The employer did not “regard” a pregnant employee as disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and, Read more…
HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

How Off the Clock Use of Social Media Can Still Impact Your Workplace

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By Eric B. Meyer

Last month I was speaking about social media and the workplace to a fabulous audience at the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando. (Email me if you want a copy of my slide deck).

One of my session themes was that there is no such thing as employees using social media “off the clock.” That is, even if an individual tweets or updates her Facebook status outside of the four walls of the workplace, that communication can still impact the workplace.

Dan Davis at IBM’s Social Business Insights blog recently wrote about this, and another Twitter user described it as the “24/7 social media conundrum” Two recent incidents described below bear this out. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Poll Finds That Workers Dislike Penalties In Wellness Programs

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Workers believe employer wellness programs should be all gain but no pain, according to a poll released this week.

The poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found employees approve of corporate wellness programs when they offer perks, but recoil if the plans have punitive incentives such as higher premiums for those who do not take part. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)

Wellness programs, which are encouraged under the federal health law, are structured in various ways. In some plans, the worker has to join a particular program, such as an exercise class, while others focus on outcomes, such as the employees’ blood sugar or cholesterol. Evidence is mixed about whether any substantially improve workers’ health or lower costs to employers and insurers. Read more…

HR News & Trends, HR Technology

The Key to Generation Mobile: It’s a State of Mind, Not a Function of Age

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We’re at a turning point with mobile technology.

For many users, tablets and smartphones are no longer a convenience or entertainment tool, but a necessary part of their working lives. A recent survey by Aruba NetworksAre You Ready For #GenMobile? — identifies these users as “Generation Mobile.”

The research, conducted to take stock of mobility’s increasing prominence in people’s working lives, examines survey responses from over 5,000 members of the public across the USA, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and UAE. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

How the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Affects Your Workplace

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By Eric B. Meyer

Mid-morning on Monday, the Internet broke shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc..

Jeez, I’m still cleaning out my Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook feeds.

In case your wifi, 4G, 3G, dial-up, TV, radio, and other electronics picked the wrong day to quit, the long and short of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision is this: Smaller, closely held (think: family owned) companies don’t have to provide Obamacare access to birth control if doing so would conflict with an employer’s religious beliefs. Read more…