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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.
    - 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 -

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  • The Bubbler – September 2018

    The Bubbler – September 2018

    Welcome to this month’s edition of the Bubbler! Now that fall is fast approaching we’re refreshing your memory of some key recent developments as we head into the new season: Massachusetts’s new non-compete reform law lays out specific rules an…
    - 12 Sep 18, 12:21pm -
  • Avoiding Unexpected Liability for Former Employees’ Medical Expenses
    Adherence to the COBRA health care continuation rules is not always high on an employer’s list of priorities. Compliance is often “outsourced,” and even when handled “in-house,” it rarely consumes much attention. A recent case, Hager v. DBG…
    - 12 Sep 18, 10:50am -
  • Reminder for NYC Employers: Sexual Harassment Compliance Begins Tomorrow!
    Now that Labor Day is behind us, we are looking ahead to the various compliance deadlines facing New York State and New York City employers this fall. As a reminder, beginning tomorrow, September 6, 2018, all New York City employers are required to …
    - 5 Sep 18, 6:48pm -
  • FLSA Collective Action Provision, Too, Does Not Make Mandatory Bilateral Arbitration Agreements Unenforceable
    In our sister blog, ADR: Advice from the Trenches, Gil Samberg explains the Sixth Circuit’s ruling, applying the Supreme Court’s reasoning in the recent Epic Systems case, that the “collective action” provision of the FLSA does not render a…
    - 30 Aug 18, 2:43pm -
  • New York State Department of Labor Releases Draft Sexual Harassment Prevention Materials
    The New York State Department of Labor (DOL), in consultation with the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR), has released drafts of its model sexual harassment prevention policy, complaint form, and harassment prevention training program. In…
    - 27 Aug 18, 12:30pm -
  • #MeToo and the Need for an Investigative Process
    The #MeToo movement has galloped through both private industry and the public sector leaving many accused of wrongdoing, but with no clear process to confirm whether the accusations are true. The consequences of this collective rush to judgment by em…
    - 19 Aug 18, 7:07pm -
  • NYC #MeToo Update: Sexual Harassment Poster and Employee Fact Sheet Just Released
    Earlier this year, we wrote about the sweeping legislative changes enacted by New York State and New York City aimed at preventing workplace sexual harassment in the wake of #MeToo. Now, the NYC Commission on Human Rights has released guidance on the…
    - 17 Aug 18, 12:06pm -
  • New Massachusetts Non-Compete Law Goes Into Effect October 1, 2018
    Non-compete reform has come to Massachusetts, with wide-ranging legal and practical implications for any employers with workers in Massachusetts. Employers have just six weeks to consider and adopt a new approach to non-compete agreements for their w…
    - 14 Aug 18, 10:52am -
  • The Bubbler – August 2018

    The Bubbler – August 2018

    We want to dedicate our August Bubbler feature to our readers, who have helped Mintz’s blog achieve such an august reputation. This month’s namesake (Emperor Caesar Augustus) would have been proud to see all of the activity out of the Empire Stat…
    - 8 Aug 18, 10:45am -
  • Massachusetts Non-Compete Legislation Awaiting Governor Baker’s Signature
    Employers in Massachusetts are watching closely as a non-compete bill was recently passed by the Legislature and is now on Governor Baker’s desk. Currently slated to take effect on October 1, 2018, the law will significantly impact the drafting, im…
    - 8 Aug 18, 9:47am -

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    • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Devoted and skilled advocate for equal rights and equal opportunity

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Devoted and skilled advocate for equal rights and equal opportunity

      The passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a deeply sad and momentous occasion. As an Associate Justice of the Court, Justice Ginsburg was a steady and passionate voice for equal rights and equal opportunity. Given the moniker t…
      - 4 days ago, 19 Sep 20, 11:58am -
    • Amid this pandemic, folks are digging deep to provide welcomed goods and services

      Amid this pandemic, folks are digging deep to provide welcomed goods and services

      I’m going to sound a little Pollyannish in this entry. Yesterday it struck me once again how many people are digging very deep to provide goods and services to all of us, to keep small businesses up and running, and to generally give us some sembla…
      - 10 days ago, 12 Sep 20, 3:13pm -
    • Teaching as everyday leadership (pandemic edition)

      Teaching as everyday leadership (pandemic edition)

      This strange, anxious, and difficult period, marked by a pandemic that has changed our lives dramatically, has caused me to engage in no small amount of reflection on my role as an educator. I keep coming back to the notion of teaching as a form of e…
      - 16 days ago, 7 Sep 20, 3:14am -
    • Next Avenue on posttraumatic growth: PTG following PTSD

      Next Avenue on posttraumatic growth: PTG following PTSD

      Barbra Williams Cosentino, writing for Next Avenue (link here), writes about recovery and renewal in a valuable piece on posttraumatic growth: The concept of Posttraumatic Growth, or PTG, was developed in the 1990s by psychologist Richard G. Tedeschi…
      - 22 days ago, 31 Aug 20, 5:30pm -
    • On recovering from adversity and loss to have his finest moment
      Here in the U.S., Joseph Biden, the Democratic Party’s nominee for President, delivered an acceptance speech at his party’s nominating convention that has received widespread praise for its moral conviction and strength. A man not associated with…
      - 33 days ago, 21 Aug 20, 10:27am -
    • Puerto Rico enacts workplace anti-bullying law

      Puerto Rico enacts workplace anti-bullying law

      In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has enacted a workplace anti-bullying law that allows employees to file a legal claim for in response to severe bullying and abuse. The National Law Review, an online legal new…
      - 42 days ago, 12 Aug 20, 1:35am -
    • MTW Revisions (August 2020)

      MTW Revisions (August 2020)

      Dear readers, I’ve gathered some posts that I’ve revised over the years and have not shared in previous “MTW Revisions” features. This particular collection emphasizes workplace bullying and toxic or difficult work environments. I hope you fi…
      - 47 days ago, 7 Aug 20, 12:10am -
    • America’s pandemic economy: Little news and big news alike, it’s pretty sad right now

      America’s pandemic economy: Little news and big news alike, it’s pretty sad right now

      Just last week, I was thinking about how nice it will be to once again grab a late lunch and spend part of the afternoon working at the Pret A Manger cafe in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. For a downtown, high-volume chain eatery, it had a homey and c…
      - 54 days ago, 31 Jul 20, 4:34am -
    • Can we use this challenging time to plant seeds of creativity and compassion?

      Can we use this challenging time to plant seeds of creativity and compassion?

      Will the coronavirus pandemic prompt us toward creating a better society? Exploring this possibility for the New Yorker, author Lawrence Wright interviewed Gianna Pomata, a retired professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s Institute of the Histo…
      - 59 days ago, 26 Jul 20, 12:00pm -
    • Understanding workplace bullying and mobbing: Some lockdown resources

      Understanding workplace bullying and mobbing: Some lockdown resources

      Especially here in the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic is compelling many of us to shelter-in-place in our homes, or at least to judiciously limit our trips outside. For those who wish to use this time to do a deeper dive into understanding workplace…
      - 66 days ago, 18 Jul 20, 2:41pm -

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    • 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

    • newUsing AI to Improve Hiring Legally and Ethically

      Using AI to Improve Hiring Legally and Ethically

      Artificial intelligence (AI) and the ability to predict outcomes based on analysis of patterns are helping advance almost every area of human society, ranging from autonomous vehicles to predictive medicine. The business world derives great value fro…
      - 21 hours ago, 22 Sep 20, 5:00am -
    • newOutside Stresses That Impact Work Performance

      Outside Stresses That Impact Work Performance

      Employers know that workplace stress can lead to burnout, a situation best avoided! But stressors outside of the workplace can also cause problems within the workplace. Employers should be aware of the common life stressors that could significantly i…
      - 21 hours ago, 22 Sep 20, 5:00am -
    • newTop Tips for Building a High-Performing Remote Workforce

      Top Tips for Building a High-Performing Remote Workforce

      Whether you are a recruiter guiding clients on doing business in our new normal or an HR leader driving a cultural change based on the effects of the global pandemic, there are some simple things you can do to maintain a high-performing culture, whet…
      - 21 hours ago, 22 Sep 20, 5:00am -
    • newPandemic Spurs Midyear Changes to Retirement Plans

      Pandemic Spurs Midyear Changes to Retirement Plans

      Many employers searching for cost savings in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic naturally have begun scrutinizing their contributions to benefits, such as retirement plans. The rules for making changes to retirement plan terms—and permit reductions…
      - 21 hours ago, 22 Sep 20, 5:00am -
    • newClear Communication: Using Summaries for Long Reports

      Clear Communication: Using Summaries for Long Reports

      In a previous post, we discussed the use of color coding in reports as a means of drawing attention to key pieces of information and illustrating trends in data at a high level. Another useful way to demonstrate key points of a large data set or repo…
      - 21 hours ago, 22 Sep 20, 5:00am -
    • How Employers Can Help Parents Tackle Remote Learning

      How Employers Can Help Parents Tackle Remote Learning

      Schools throughout the country are creating various plans associated with reopening. Several districts in my state, Massachusetts for example, have announced hybrid returns with students alternating between attending school and remote learning (somet…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 5:00am -
    • When Candidates Have Multiple Offers: How Their Perspectives Can Inform Yours

      When Candidates Have Multiple Offers: How Their Perspectives Can Inform Yours

      When job candidates apply for new positions, they often hope to receive a half-dozen offers to choose from. Or, they may hope to use one offer to leverage a more favorable salary and better benefits from another. However, this rarely works out in pra…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 5:00am -
    • Color Coding for Clear Communication

      Color Coding for Clear Communication

      When reading reports, it’s easy to get lost in huge amounts of data and information. Often, those reading the reports can lose sight of the forest for the trees. In other words, it can be difficult to see the big picture because of the need to focu…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 5:00am -
    • What to Do if an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

      What to Do if an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

      We’re all well aware of the risks of contracting COVID-19 by now. But work must go on, and when it does, there’s an additional risk of employees contracting the virus. Should this happen, it’s irrelevant whether they contracted it at the workpl…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 5:00am -
    • How to Choose an Employee Benefits Consultant

      How to Choose an Employee Benefits Consultant

      Both job candidates and employees expect competitive and accessible benefits from employers, especially given the tight labor market. Providing employees with the benefits they want can improve their morale and performance and lead to higher producti…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 5:00am -

    Workplace Prof Blog

    • ETUI Virtual Conference: Rethinking Labour Law in the Digitalisation Era
      he European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the European Lawyers Network for Workers (ELW) Network, and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), with the support of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights ELDH, are pres…
      - 2 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 1:30pm -
    • Webinar: Labor Rights Under the USMC (the new NAFTA)
      I hope many of you will join me in attending [virtually] the webinar The USMCA (the new NAFTA): Moving to Effective Enforcement of Labor Rights, on Thursday, 17 September 2020 12:30-1:30 (EST). Here's a brief description: The United States-Mexico-Can…
      - 13 days ago, 9 Sep 20, 2:15pm -
    • Bisom-Rapp on Bostock
      Susan Bisom-Rapp (TJSL; visiting Cal Western) has posted on SSRN her essay The Landmark Bostock Decision: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Bias in Employment Constitute Sex Discrimination under Federal Law. The essay was solicited by and writte…
      - 15 days ago, 8 Sep 20, 5:28am -
    • Happy Labor Day!
      The image is Hammering Man -- a series of sculptures in varying sizes that depict a man with a motorized arm swinging a hammer in a slow, steady motion. American artist Jonathan Borofsky says he created the sculptures as tribute...
      - 16 days ago, 7 Sep 20, 11:37am -
    • A Tip Against Taking Tips
      Matthew Miller-Novak (Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer) sends this guest post describing a recent case: Restaurants should proceed with caution when handling their employees’ tips. Recently, an Ohio bartender filed a class action against Local Cantin…
      - 19 days ago, 4 Sep 20, 12:32pm -
    • "The Many Facets of Bostock" at University of Florida
      Rachel Arnow-Richman, the University of Florida's new Gerald Rosenthal Chair in Labor & Employment, has just announced an upcoming event: The Many Facets of Bostock. This is a Moderated Q&A program with an outstanding lineup, including Nan Hunter, Su…
      - 19 days ago, 3 Sep 20, 4:43pm -
    • LERA Webinar: Behind the Scenes of the Library of Congress’s New Occupational Folklife Project
      Tequila Brooks sends word that the D.C. branch of LERA is offering the webinar Ironworkers, Nurses, Hairdressers and Port Pilots: Behind the Scenes of the Library of Congress’s New Occupational Folklife Project. The speaker is Nancy Groce, Senior F…
      - 21 days ago, 2 Sep 20, 12:24pm -
    • Harris on Unconscionability in Worker Training and the Right to Job Quality
      Jonathan Harris has a twofer of new pieces posted on SSRN, both of which are definitely worth checking out. The first, Unconscionability in Contracting for Worker Training, 72 ALA. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2021), provides a really interesting take on.…
      - 24 days ago, 29 Aug 20, 5:36pm -
    • Flake on Sports-Spectator Harassment
      Dallan Flake (ONU) has just posted on SSRN his article Protecting Professional Athletes from Spectator Harassment. I had the pleasure of reading an earlier draft and highly recommend it. Here's the abstract: Instances of spectators harassing professi…
      - 27 days ago, 27 Aug 20, 10:19am -
    • A View From Chapel Hill
      Given all of the attention that UNC-Chapel Hill has received recently, it was suggested to me that readers might be interested in a view from the ground (not sure whether or not to thank Rick Bales for suggesting that I...
      - 36 days ago, 18 Aug 20, 10:21am -

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