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  • Why manual PTO tracking puts you at risk [Video]

    Why manual PTO tracking puts you at risk [Video]

    Many small firms use manual processes for tracking their staffs' paid time off and attendance. They assume that because they have a modestly sized group, it's manageable.
    - 83 days ago, 25 May 17, 1:34pm -
  • Keep calm and comply on: Preparing for HR change in the face of uncertainty

    Keep calm and comply on: Preparing for HR change in the face of uncertainty

    With a new administration come uncertainty, questions and concerns. Here's how to navigate those complexities and maintain compliance The rapid shifts unfolding for employers this year are bringing concern, confusion and co…
    - 1 May 17, 9:49am -
  • It's time for HR professionals to stop doing administrative tasks

    It's time for HR professionals to stop doing administrative tasks

    When HR professionals spend most of their days bogged down by tedious, time-consuming and tactical tasks, the organization as a whole suffers It's hard to innovate and improve when you're drowning in dysfunction.  Most emp…
    - 3 Apr 17, 10:06am -
  • Why technology isn't enough for HR departments [Video]

    Why technology isn't enough for HR departments [Video]


    - 31 Mar 17, 4:48pm -
  • 6 Questions to Ask HR Technology Providers

    6 Questions to Ask HR Technology Providers

    The strategic relationship you have with your HR technology provider can be as important as the technology itself.  Are you thinking about investing in a new HR technology? You certainly aren't alone.  More and more, organi…
    - 27 Mar 17, 2:37pm -
  • 3 Ways HR Impacts your Organization's Bottom Line

    3 Ways HR Impacts your Organization's Bottom Line

    HR functions play a pivotal role in the performance and success of an organization. When it comes to meeting your business goals and moving the organization toward its bottom line, it's important to make sure you are optimizin…
    - 20 Mar 17, 10:06am -
  • 5 Ways for Non Profits To Control Employee Benefit Costs

    5 Ways for Non Profits To Control Employee Benefit Costs

    As not-for-profit organizations are increasingly scrutinized for their finances and fundraising efficiency, many seek to control administrative costs. Since employee administration, including benefits, is among the top expenses for organizations,…
    - 13 Mar 17, 3:04am -
  • [VIDEO] The 3 Benefits Employees Want Most in 2017

    [VIDEO] The 3 Benefits Employees Want Most in 2017

    With the recruitment landscape growing increasingly competitive, it's important for employers to offer employees the benefits they want most. Discover the three benefits employees want most. 
    - 11 Mar 17, 2:00pm -
  • Optimizing the onboarding experience

    Optimizing the onboarding experience

    Onboarding is not a one-time process - it needs consistent and continuous improvements. Improve onboarding to increase retention Employers shouldn't just view onboarding as something that happens within the first few weeks of…
    - 6 Mar 17, 8:39am -
  • Creating a more connected, integrated HR environment

    Creating a more connected, integrated HR environment

    The world of human resources is constantly changing and expanding. As it does, it is also growing more complex.   HR professionals have no shortage of concerns to deal with on a daily basis. From payroll to compensation, t…
    - 1 Mar 17, 11:18am -

Compensation Today

  • Introducing the Spring 2013 Software Release

    Introducing the Spring 2013 Software Release

    PayScale’s Spring 2013 software release includes several updates that improve user experience and provide advanced analytics unavailable anywhere else. To follow are the highlights from PayScale’s Spring 2013 release.
    - 25 Mar 13, 7:57pm -
  • CFO Corner: Say on Pay Campaigning and the 97% Rule

    CFO Corner: Say on Pay Campaigning and the 97% Rule

    Say on Pay is a big concern for companies, but mainly because so many have done so little to provide real communication and evidence to support their pay practices. We will continue to see compensation design move to a more performance-based model as…
    - 21 Mar 13, 4:14pm -
  • The DOs and DONT's of Cutting Compensation Costs

    The DOs and DONT's of Cutting Compensation Costs

    If you're experiencing the pressure to cut costs, you're not alone. The recent sequestering on the federal budget is the perfect example of making difficult decisions to make ends meet. When those tough decisions need to be made, chances are, you're…
    - 21 Mar 13, 11:32am -
  • Pricing to the Employee vs. Pricing to the Job

    Pricing to the Employee vs. Pricing to the Job

    For some cases, job pricing to the employee may work and make a certain amount of sense, but I tend to focus first and foremost on pricing to the job. Which way works best? Is it better to take a blended approach?
    - 20 Mar 13, 3:29pm -
  • Michelle Obama Says to Hire a U.S. Veteran

    Michelle Obama Says to Hire a U.S. Veteran

    U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama urged companies to hire more veterans last week. The unemployment rate of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is nearly two points higher than the national average, at 9.4 percent. While it’s admirable to hire ve…
    - 18 Mar 13, 10:30am -
  • CFO Corner: Is Your Economic Glass Half-full or Half-empty?

    CFO Corner: Is Your Economic Glass Half-full or Half-empty?

    No one said the road to economic recovery would be easy, but overall we seem to be headed for greener pastures. There are definite signals of economic optimism in businesses even though not all economists are forecasting sunshine and rainbows.
    - 15 Mar 13, 10:30am -
  • 8 New FMLA Changes You Need to Know

    8 New FMLA Changes You Need to Know

    Several new changes to the Family Medical Leave Act went into effect last week on March 8. The most pertinent is the requirement to post the updated FMLA poster, which informs employees of the updated FMLA rules. There are also several forms that hav…
    - 13 Mar 13, 5:10pm -
  • Equity Compensation – Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), Downside Protection with a Couple Downsides

    Equity Compensation – Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), Downside Protection with a Couple Downsides

    In spite of the downsides, RSUs are a great tool. Because they do not require the immediate issuance of stock, companies can avoid creating instant shareholders and paying ongoing dividends. If the individual leaves with unvested units, the company c…
    - 7 Mar 13, 4:18pm -
  • Benefit Considerations for an Aging Workforce

    Benefit Considerations for an Aging Workforce

    Providing retirement options for an aging workforce is beneficial because they typically have a great deal of industry knowledge and are hard workers. When you provide options for your older workers, they are more likely to stay.
    - 6 Mar 13, 4:21pm -
  • Offering Guidance to Federal Contractors, Post Rescission

    Offering Guidance to Federal Contractors, Post Rescission

    The rescission of the “Compensation Standards” and “Voluntary Guidelines” by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) leaves federal contractors with less guidance about how to comply with non-discrimination requirements out…
    - 5 Mar 13, 4:27pm -

DiversityInc

Employment Matters Blog

Financial Times: Recruitment

HRMorning

  • newIRS issues strong warnings about ACA compliance: Should HR be worried?

    IRS issues strong warnings about ACA compliance: Should HR be worried?

    Despite lots of warnings, the IRS has yet to impose any non-compliance penalties on employers during the two years the ACA reporting provisions have been mandatory. And with all of the efforts to kill or water down Obamacare, many employers are wonde…
    - 3 hours ago, 16 Aug 17, 10:42am -
  • newCompare Free Price Quotes on Payroll Services
    No matter how meticulous and experienced you are, handling payroll can be a headache. Outsourcing payroll to a reputable payroll services provider can be an attractive and valuable alternative to in-house processing. It’s less expensive and makes p…
    - 5 hours ago, 16 Aug 17, 8:30am -
  • newCompare Free Price Quotes on Time and Attendance Systems
    Time and attendance systems and, more importantly, their companion software components have been shown to dramatically simplify the tasks associated with tracking work hours and calculating benefits accrued – a process often cited as one of the lar…
    - 6 hours ago, 16 Aug 17, 8:00am -
  • Forget paternity leave, ‘paw-ternity’ leave is the recruiting benefit of the future
    Many employers don’t even offer paternity leave to employees, but one organization offers this benefit for both human and fur babies. The latter is called “paw-ternity” leave, and it’s a benefit in a class all its own. It’s also a perk one…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Aug 17, 11:08am -
  • Firing staffer for ‘gender stereotypes’ memo sets off Google’s free speech nightmare
    When Google fired a software engineer over a memo he wrote criticizing the company’s diversity efforts, little did it know it would set off a chain of events that put it smack dab in the middle of a national media frenzy — and an HR nightmare. Th…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Aug 17, 3:25pm -
  • Game-changing ruling on marijuana has major implications for HR pros everywhere
    Do you have to accommodate employees’ use of medical marijuana even if you have a drug policy that follows federal law and prohibits illegal substances including marijuana? Maybe. A recent landmark court ruling shows just how tricky it can be for H…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Aug 17, 12:05pm -
  • 4 Templates to Enhance Your Candidate Experience
    Let your employer brand shine through your entire hiring process. Your candidate experience can make or break your company’s reputation. Yes, really—43% of candidates who have a negative candidate experience will sever their business with a compa…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Aug 17, 8:30am -
  • The Importance of Developmental Screening for HR & Benefits Directors
    Health screenings play a vital role in workplace core benefits, but do you know the latest type of screening employers are adopting? With 30% of employees having children, many employers now realize the advantages of adding child development screenin…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Aug 17, 8:00am -
  • Do employers take hourly workers for granted? 3 ways to prevent engagement problems
    The turnover rate among hourly workers is a whooping 49% on average, according to some research. When turnover is that high, it almost always means engagement is precipitously low. And in many cases, engagement among hourly workers is suffering beca…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 12:08pm -
  • Worker violated drug policy, so how the heck did company lose in court?
    Yes, employers can — and should — enforce drug policies that prohibit employees from working under the influence of drugs that impact performance and safety, even if the substances are legally prescribed prescription drugs. However, there is anot…
    - 12 days ago, 4 Aug 17, 4:03pm -
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Dosha Pops
Dosha Pops
Dosha Pops

Minding the Workplace

  • newOn racism and bias: Research confirms that Rodgers & Hammerstein got it right

    On racism and bias: Research confirms that Rodgers & Hammerstein got it right

    In the aftermath of the Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist rally, the Washington Post‘s William Wan and Sarah Kaplan set out to learn about the science behind racism and bias. Here’s an answer from one social psychologist they interview…
    - 14 hours ago, 15 Aug 17, 11:41pm -
  • Can an employer fire a publicly-avowed white supremacist?

    Can an employer fire a publicly-avowed white supremacist?

    While following developments concerning the horrific white supremacist/neo-Nazi/KKK rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, I asked myself, how would I like to be working with one of these lovely individuals? I then thought, if I was a manag…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Aug 17, 10:34am -
  • Work, savings, retirement: Generation Jones is getting hammered

    Work, savings, retirement: Generation Jones is getting hammered

    If you were born between 1954 and 1965, then you may identify as a member of “Generation Jones,” that large cohort sandwiched between classic Baby Boomers and classic Generation Xers. The thesis is that Gen Jonesers, on average, have had very dif…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 12:03pm -
  • Workplace bullying and mobbing: Toxic systems and the eliminationist mindset

    Workplace bullying and mobbing: Toxic systems and the eliminationist mindset

    Virulent instances of workplace mistreatment often involve an eliminationist intention on the part of the chief aggressor(s). Two years ago I wrote that the eliminationist instinct may express itself in several ways, including workplace bullying and…
    - 14 days ago, 2 Aug 17, 2:05pm -
  • Documentary: “Coming of Age in Aging America”

    Documentary: “Coming of Age in Aging America”

    “Never in human history are so many living so long.” Dear Readers, through August 1 you can watch for free a compelling one-hour documentary, “Coming of Age in an Aging America,” which tells the multifaceted story about the nation’s aging p…
    - 18 days ago, 29 Jul 17, 11:36pm -
  • Infusing good core values into a new organization

    Infusing good core values into a new organization

    Readers of recent entries are likely aware that I’ve been hip deep in helping to create a new, non-profit organization, the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence (“TJ Society”). From the most recent draft of our by-laws, here is w…
    - 23 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 9:28am -
  • Workplace abusers: A few “bad apples” or part of a terribly bad harvest?

    Workplace abusers: A few “bad apples” or part of a terribly bad harvest?

    In recent weeks, I’ve encountered multiple variations on the “just a few bad apples” excuse/explanation/dodge, meant to assure others that corruption, violence, sexual harassment or assault, or bullying of employees or customers are the acts of…
    - 27 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 12:35pm -
  • When boss behaviors fall short of bullying, but still prompt an “oy”

    When boss behaviors fall short of bullying, but still prompt an “oy”

    If we define workplace bullying as intentional, often repeated, verbal or non-verbal mistreatment of employee that causes mental or physical harm, then it follows that a lot of not-so-great behaviors fall short of that threshold. Bullying, as I’ve…
    - 28 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 10:41am -
  • How travel introduces us to historical figures

    How travel introduces us to historical figures

    When it comes to being a tourist, I am the opposite of those who manage to squeeze every bit of sightseeing out of each day. In fact, if I can connect with one or two memorable places during a given visit to a popular travel destination, I’m pretty…
    - 29 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 8:35am -
  • Addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and incivility in higher education: The roles of law, cultures, codes, and coaching

    Addressing workplace bullying, mobbing, and incivility in higher education: The roles of law, cultures, codes, and coaching

    At the just-concluded International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Prague, I presented a short paper, “Addressing Workplace Bullying, Mobbing, and Incivility in Higher Education: The Roles of Law, Cultures, Codes, and Coaching,” as part of…
    - 32 days ago, 15 Jul 17, 4:24am -

Nolo's Employment Law Blog

  • Overtime, Independent Contractor Status on Regulatory Agenda for Department of Labor
    A couple of weeks ago, the federal Department of Labor announced its regulatory agenda for the immediate future. The DOL does this twice a year, and the announcement indicates what its rulemaking and enforcement priorities will be. The Wage and Hour…
    - 16 Jun 14, 12:55pm -
  • Noncompete Madness

    Noncompete Madness

    Here in California, we don’t have to give much thought to noncompete agreements: contracts by which, typically, an employee agrees not to go work for a competitor or start a competing business for a certain period of time after leaving a job with t…
    - 9 Jun 14, 10:01am -
  • How Does COBRA Work With Obamacare?

    How Does COBRA Work With Obamacare?

    Last week, the federal Department of Labor issued proposed regulations dealing with COBRA notices. The regulatory proposal is quite uninteresting: Basically, the administration is removing the model notices from the Code of Federal Regulations and pr…
    - 12 May 14, 11:34am -
  • Where Do Employers Get Sued the Most?

    Where Do Employers Get Sued the Most?

    According to a very interesting article in the Insurance Journal, employers are most likely to be sued by current or former employees in California, Illinois, Alabama, Mississippi, and the District of Columbia. I’m sure no one is surprised by that…
    - 7 May 14, 12:04pm -
  • Is it Retaliation to Cut Employee Hours to Avoid Obamacare Mandate?

    Is it Retaliation to Cut Employee Hours to Avoid Obamacare Mandate?

    After a couple of delays, the employer mandate portion of Obamacare is now scheduled to take effect at the beginning of 2015. At least, a partial mandate is scheduled to start then for some employers. Companies with at least 100 employees will have t…
    - 28 Apr 14, 11:31am -
  • EEOC Issues Q&A on Religious Accommodation
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued the latest in its question-and-answer series, Religious Garb and Grooming Requirements in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities. I am a big fan of the EEOC’s Q&As on various di…
    - 7 Apr 14, 12:20pm -
  • Supreme Court: Severance Pay is Subject to FICA Tax

    Supreme Court: Severance Pay is Subject to FICA Tax

    Last week, the Supreme Court decided a case about how severance pay must be treated for tax purposes. The employer in the case (United States v. Quality Stores) had declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The employer provided severance pay in two programs:…
    - 1 Apr 14, 11:35am -
  • Overtime Changes? Not So Fast

    Overtime Changes? Not So Fast

    A couple of weeks ago, news outlets across the country were sounding the alarm — or singing Hail to the Chief — over what many of them referred to as an “order” or a “new rule” from President Obama about overtime. What actually happened i…
    - 26 Mar 14, 11:35am -
  • Fired for Jury Duty

    Fired for Jury Duty

    One New York employer thought it had a bright idea: Lay off an employee who is called to serve on a jury, allow her to collect unemployment, then decide, once the trial is over, whether to offer her job back. That’s how the New York Times described…
    - 11 Mar 14, 2:58pm -
  • Another Delay for the Employer Mandate

    Another Delay for the Employer Mandate

    Another day, another delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). Originally, the employer mandate — the part of the law requiring employers with at least 50 employees to provide affordable coverage to their full-time em…
    - 14 Feb 14, 11:52am -

SmartHR

  • High Court Sends Birth Control Cases Back to Circuits

    High Court Sends Birth Control Cases Back to Circuits

    Rather than resolve a dispute over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, the U.S. Supreme Court on May 16 remanded the cases to appeals courts without ruling on the plaintiffs’ religious freedom arguments. The decision to remand seems…
    - 17 May 16, 11:53am -
  • Attitude Shift: The Glacial Pace of Hospital Billing Transparency

    Attitude Shift: The Glacial Pace of Hospital Billing Transparency

    Hospitals are still resisting transparency, and reacting in unconstructive ways to reference-based pricing. The evidence shows many health care providers have some way to go in embracing changes designed to repair our nation’s cost spiral. We in th…
    - 9 May 16, 5:50pm -
  • Plan Loan Activity Slowed Slightly in 2015, ICI Says

    Plan Loan Activity Slowed Slightly in 2015, ICI Says

    The plan loan activity of participants in employer-sponsored 401(k) plans that allow it declined slightly in the first three quarters of 2015, but remained steady with the previous-year period’s levels, according to a recent survey. As of Septemb…
    - 5 May 16, 12:11pm -
  • Steps to Controlling Specialty Drugs’ Impact on Your Self-Insured Plan

    Steps to Controlling Specialty Drugs’ Impact on Your Self-Insured Plan

    By Bruce Roffé  Businesses sponsoring self-insured health plans are desperately seeking ways to reduce health care costs, and it’s no secret prescription drugs make up a significant chunk of those costs. If you look more closely, specialty drugs…
    - 4 May 16, 2:12pm -
  • DOL Considers Lower, $47,000 Overtime Threshold

    DOL Considers Lower, $47,000 Overtime Threshold

    The U.S. Department of Labor is considering a lower, $47,000 salary threshold for its upcoming overtime regulations, according to news reports. A former Wage and Hour Division administrator called the move an “empty gesture” and said that setting…
    - 30 Apr 16, 11:40am -
  • Prohibited Restrictions and Rescission Clarified in Agency FAQs

    Prohibited Restrictions and Rescission Clarified in Agency FAQs

    Compliance with preventive health service requirements and other mandates of the health care reform law, along with disclosure obligations involving mental health parity requirements for health plans, were addressed in frequently asked questions issu…
    - 26 Apr 16, 12:02pm -
  • Impact on Life Duration & Quality Drives Drug Value

    Impact on Life Duration & Quality Drives Drug Value

    A prescription drug’s ability to prolong life is a top factor health plans are using when fixing benchmark prices for drug reimbursement, followed by the drug’s ability to improve the patient’s quality of life, health care stakeholders said at…
    - 19 Apr 16, 10:49am -
  • Paid Family Leave Program Passes in N.Y.

    Paid Family Leave Program Passes in N.Y.

    The 2016 budget bill (S.B. 6406C) signed into law on April 4 by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo includes a paid family leave program that will provide partially-paid leave to nearly every employee in the state. New York is the fourth state, followi…
    - 16 Apr 16, 4:06pm -
  • FedEx Misclassification Settlement Moves Forward

    FedEx Misclassification Settlement Moves Forward

    A federal judge had granted conditional approval to a $226.5 million settlement that would resolve claims that FedEx misclassified its drivers as independent contractors. U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen said his approval was only conditional beca…
    - 15 Apr 16, 11:14am -
  • Care Coordination: Providers, Payers & Plans Put Consumer First

    Care Coordination: Providers, Payers & Plans Put Consumer First

    Health plans and their sponsors should pay close attention to the health care providers that are improving consumer experiences and clinical outcomes, and take note of how they are doing it. In a system where it’s every provider for himself,...
    - 14 Apr 16, 11:32am -

Workplace Prof Blog

  • Hacked Employment Law
    Charlotte Alexander (Georgia State) and Liz Tippett (Oregon) have just posted on SSRN their article (forthcoming Missouri L. Rev.) The Hacking of Employment Law. Here's the abstract of this timely (pun intended!) article: Employers can use software i…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 3:47pm -
  • Firing Nazis
    David Yamada (Suffolk) has a post worth reading over at Minding the Workplace on Can an employer fire a publicly-avowed white supremacist? The answer: almost certainly yes for private-sector employers; yes with some free-speech caveats for public-sec…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 1:10pm -
  • COSELL Registration Closing ... Register Now!
    Michael Green (TAMU Law) sends this update of the registration deadline for the upcoming COSELL conference: This is a final notice about registration for the 12th Annual Colloquium on Scholarship in Employment and Labor Law (COSELL) to be held at...
    - 5 days ago, 11 Aug 17, 9:17am -
  • Herbert & Freeman on the Taylor Law at 50
    Bill Hebert (Hunter College) and Joshua Freeman (Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center) appeared on New York Public Radio's Brian Lehrer Program on Wednesday to discuss New York's public sector collective bargaining law, which is celebrating its 50…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Aug 17, 9:06am -
  • Bisom-Rapp, Bodie Cited in WSJ Article Re: Fired Google Engineer
    Yesterday, Jeff posted on Google Engineer Files NLRB Complaint Regarding Post-Memo Termination. Today's Wall Street Journal quotes Susan Bisom-Rapp (TJSL) and Matt Bodie (SLU) extensively on the viability of the engineer's claims. Here's an excerpt:…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Aug 17, 5:28pm -
  • Google Engineer Files NLRB Complaint Regarding Post-Memo Termination
    This case has managed to hit a bunch of labor and employment issues: A Google engineer first released a memo criticizing Google's diversity efforts and, among other things, arguing that women were biologically less suited to be engineers. It was...
    - 8 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 1:23pm -
  • You're [Not] Fired!
    Yesterday's Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. has hit a historical low point for firings and layoffs: Americans are less likely to be laid off than at any point in at least 50 years. For every 10,000 people in...
    - 8 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 9:00am -
  • Kaplan Confirmed to NLRB; Emanuel Vote Pushed Back
    Today, the Senate confirmed Marvin Kaplan as the newest member to the National Labor Relations Board by a 50-48 vote, bringing the Board an even Democratic/Republican split. Reports are that the vote on William Emanuel, which will produce a Republica…
    - 14 days ago, 2 Aug 17, 10:46pm -
  • Central States Law Schools Association 2017 Scholarship Conference
    Kara Bruce (Toledo), writes about the upcoming Central States Law Schools Association 2017 Scholarship Conference: Registration is Open for the CSLSA 2017 Conference Registration is now open for the Central States Law Schools Association 2017 Scholar…
    - 14 days ago, 2 Aug 17, 10:35pm -
  • Call for Papers - The Taylor Law at 50
    Friend-of-blog Lise Gelernter (SUNY Buffalo) sends along the following CALL FOR PAPERS: The Taylor Law at 50: Bright Spots and Pressure Points .The New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) and the Taylor Law 50th Anniversary Committee…
    - 16 days ago, 31 Jul 17, 11:54am -

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