Articles tagged 'HR News'

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Some 16% of Large Employers Plan to Still Offer “Skinny” Health Plans

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Nearly one company in six in a new survey from a major employer group plans to offer health coverage that doesn’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s requirements for value and affordability.

Many thought such low-benefit “skinny plans” would be history once the health law was fully implemented this year. Instead, 16 percent of large employers in a survey released Aug. 13 by the National Business Group on Health said they will offer in 2015 lower-benefit coverage along with at least one health plan that does qualify under ACA standards.

The results weren’t unexpected by benefits pros, who realized last year that ACA regulations would allow skinny plans and even make them attractive for some employers. But the new survey gives one of the first looks at how many companies will follow through and offer them. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Rhode Island Latest State to Ban Access to Employee Online Content

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By Philip L. Gordon and Joon Hwang

Rhode Island recently became the fifth state in 2014 and the 17th state nationwide to enact legislation restricting access by employers to applicants’ and employees’ personal online content.

The Rhode Island law follows similar laws enacted this year by Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, continuing a nationwide trend that began in spring 2012.

Rhode Island’s new law embodies many of the prohibitions seen in similar laws. However, in comparison to similar laws, the new law provides relatively narrow exceptions that allow employers to protect their legitimate business interest. Read more…

HR News & Trends

2015 Salary Survey: It’s Another Year – and Another Mediocre 3% Increase

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Is the U.S. economy really improving?

Some people want to think it is, but if you look at the early projections for 2015 salary increases and consider such increases as a strong economic indicator, it’s barely growing — at best.

In other words, it’s time to get ready for another 3 percent raise next year.

Consulting giant Mercer just came out with their 2014/2015 U.S. Compensation Planning Survey, and “the average raise in base pay is expected to be 3.0 percent in 2015.” This is roughly in line with the early numbers from the WorldatWork’s 2014-2015 Salary Budget Survey that projects a 3.1 percent salary increase in the U.S. next year, up from the 3.0 percent employees received in 2014. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Weekly Wrap: Sweet Little Lies? Not When They’re in Your Resume

Resume snobs focus too much on form rather than the experience the author brings to the table. (Photo illustration by Dreamstime)

Raise your hand if you have never, ever fibbed on a resume.

Slightly fudging your previous experience, education, and job credentials has always been a time-honored tradition, and in the past, recruiters and hiring managers simply accepted that people would do that here and there.

Somehow, the world of work survived.

But then, background checks came along and as they got more and more extensive, all that time-honored resume fudging turned into a big problem as people got caught up in the fibs they were telling — as this latest survey from CareerBuilder makes very clear. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go – But It May Not Be an ADA Disability

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By Eric B. Meyer

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

In Sanders v. Judson Center, the plaintiff worked for a non-profit human service agency providing services to disabled individuals identified as “consumers.” The plaintiff, who suffered from a heart condition, was prescribed medication designed to get rid of body of fluids.

One night, while transporting two consumers in a van, the plaintiff was overcome with the need to urinate. So, she pulled over at a rest stop to use the bathroom.

The problem was that the two consumers required constant supervision. And, during the plaintiff’s bathroom break, one of the “consumers” wandered off from the van. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

New Obamacare Wrinkle: Some Employees Get Automatically Enrolled

Health care reform has been a key initiative of President Obama's administration.

Newly hired employees who don’t sign up for health insurance on the job could have it done for them under an Affordable Care Act provision that may take effect as early as next year.

But the controversial provision is raising questions:

Does automatic enrollment help employees help themselves, or does it force them into coverage they don’t want and may not need? A group of employers, many of them retail and hospitality businesses, want the provisions repealed, but some experts say the practice has advantages and is consistent with the aims of the health law. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Union Representation Applies to Referrals for Drug/Alcohol Tests

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By Dale L. Deitchler

The National Labor Relations Board in late July ruled that so-called “Weingarten rights” – the general right of a unionized employee to request union representation in connection with an investigatory interview that could lead to discipline – apply when employees request representation after an employer refers them for a workplace drug/alcohol test.

Based on this ruling in Ralph’s Grocery Co., 361 NLRB. No. 9 (2014), the NLRB overturned an employee’s suspension and discharge, finding the actions were inextricably linked to the employee’s request for representation after referral for a drug test, and ordered a make-whole remedy. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

College Grads Are Engaged, But Here’s How to Engage Them Even More

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We all know that a college education can almost double a person’s median income, but what can it tell us about how engaged that person will be while making that income?

Gallup’s annual Gallup-Purdue Index Report is a great resource for employers looking to get a feel for the well-being and mindset of recent college graduates entering the workforce, and this year’s report shed some light on what the future of engagement holds.

Some key findings were: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Inappropriate Facebook Posts Doom Employee’s Discrimination Claims

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By Eric B. Meyer

On the clock or off, when employees do dumb stuff on Facebook, it could cost them their jobs. And, apparently, their discrimination claims against their former employer, too.

Yep, another employee screwed up online. Go figure.

In Brown v. Tyson Foods, Inc., the plaintiff was suspended after her employer learned that a video on Facebook showed her “shaking her tail” and placing money in the shirt of a male co-worker who was performing an “exotic” dance at work. Read more…

Legal Issues, Recruiting and Staffing

San Francisco’s New Hiring Law: It’s “Ban the Box” on Steroids

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Things aren’t getting any easier for employers in California.

As I posted way back in February, San Francisco has banned the box. Effective next week, Aug. 13, 2014, employers in the city   of San Francisco may no longer inquire about criminal history on employment applications or during interviews.

It’s Ban the Box on steroids, and it may be coming soon to a city near you. Read more…