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HR News & Trends

Staying Calm and Prepared for Potential Workplace Ebola Issues

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By Howard Mavity

I remember the near hysteria and the lack of clear workplace and public health guidance when I began receiving questions about responding to AIDS in the workplace in 1984. If you have forgotten how people reacted, watch the excellent Dallas Buyers Club.

We’re in a similar situation with Ebola. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Reddit Pulls Back Remote Workers Despite New San Francisco Law

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More than 1,200 high tech start-ups and household names from Yelp to Salesforce call San Francisco home.

Web phenom Reddit, the self-styled “front page of the Internet,” is small but influential. It became its own lead story last week as word leaked out that it had offered its numerous, and in many cases long-term remote employees, the choice of relocation to San Francisco headquarters or a “generous severance package.”

The move-here-or-move-on edict did not seem tied to performance issues, the collapse of collaboration or imminent financial or competitive peril. In fact, the high-flying firm had just secured a $50 million investment from a group of tech funders (unrelated to this policy, we are told.) Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Study: Minimal Savings For Employers Who Cap Medical Payments

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In an effort to slow health care spending, more employers are looking at capping what they pay for certain procedures — like joint replacements — and requiring insured workers who choose hospitals or medical facilities that exceed the cap to pay the difference themselves.

But a study released Thursday finds employers might be disappointed with the overall savings. While the idea, known as “reference pricing,” does highlight the huge variation in what hospitals and other medical providers charge for the same services, the report says, it does little to lower overall health care spending. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Temp Staffing Still Rising as Time to Fill Rates Get Even Longer

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On the heels of a survey finding that a quarter of all employers plan to add temporary staff this quarter comes a forecast that temporary agency staffing will increase 8.7 percent over last year.

Temp industry consultant G. Palmer & Associates says temporary employment will average 2.978 million workers in the fourth quarter. For the last quarter of 2013, the average was 2.739 million. As of September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports temp agencies employed a record 2.934 million workers. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Survey Says Nearly One-Third of Employers Plan to Hire This Quarter

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In what could be the strongest finish since before the Great Recession, an increasing number of employers say they intend to hire full-time permanent workers this quarter.

CareerBuilder’s quarterly survey of employers found 29 percent of them expect to add permanent headcount before the end of 2014, an increase of four percentage points over those saying that last year.

While hiring expectations don’t necessarily translate into action, so far this year more employers have ended up hiring more than what they told CareerBuilder they planned. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

The Big Disconnect: Study Shows the Gap Between HR and Employees

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ADP recently released a report which, based on data they’ve collected from several studies, examines the causes and implications of a persistent disconnect recorded between HR’s and employees’ perceptions.

The topic is an interesting one: Despite the vast improvement in and efficiency of communications tools and processes that we’ve witnessed over the years, employees and HR departments have seemed to maintain notably differing perceptions on many key human capital management effectiveness issues.

This disparity holds true globally, and in companies of all sizes. ADP has noted this trend in three of their ADP Research Institute global studies in 2013: Quantifying Great Human Capital Management, Employee Perspectives on Human Capital Management, and HR 360. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

California the Latest State to Require Paid Sick Leave on the Job

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With federal legislation continuing to prove elusive, California in September joined a growing number of states and cities that require employers to provide paid sick time off for their workers.

The California law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires large and small employers to provide at least three days paid sick leave annually to employees who work 30 or more days a year. The leave would be available if they or a family member becomes ill.

When it takes effect in July, it’s expected to affect 6.5 million workers. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

EEOC Warns That a Duty to Accommodate May Extend After Childbirth

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By Eric B. Meyer

Seems one employer may not have received the memo. Now, the EEOC is taking aim.

Over the summer, the EEOC issued new guidance on accommodating pregnant employees. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act doesn’t require reasonable accommodation for pregnant employees. That is, unless you accommodate other employees who are not considered to have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In that case, you need to do the same for pregnant employees.

Got it? If not, Jeff Nowak has a good discussion here, focusing on light duty accommodations for pregnant employees. Read more…

HR News & Trends

September Report Shows Hiring Up, Unemployment Down to 6-Year Low

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Propelled by strong hiring across a range of occupations and industries, September saw 248,000 new jobs added to the economy, which helped drive down unemployment to a six-year low of 5.9 percent.

The monthly jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also adjusted upward its count of hiring in August and July, increasing both by a combined 69,000 jobs. August’s initial anemic 142,000 estimate, which surprised analysts and prompted worrying about a hiring pause, was upped to 180,000.

Economists predicted September’s numbers would be in the 215,000 to 220,000 range. The higher number, plus the upward revisions, says that the August slowdown — only the second time this year hiring was under 200,000 — man just have been a blip. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Supreme Court Will Hear Workplace Religious Discrimination Case

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By Eric B. Meyer

Have you noticed a theme here with my blog posts this week?

Yes, It’s been all about religious discrimination.

And yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it is going to decide EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., a case involving an employee who wore a headscarf (or “hijab“) to work for religious reasons, but was told to remove because it conflicted with Abercrombie’s clothing policy. Read more…