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  • 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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  • ADA: How to spot — and safely deny — unreasonable accommodation requests

    ADA: How to spot — and safely deny — unreasonable accommodation requests

    From 2006 to 2016, EEOC charges against employers for ADA violations increased nearly 75%. With figures like that, some HR pros feel it makes sense to grant each and every accommodation request that employees make. But that’s not the case. At the…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 8:30am -
  • Compare 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…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 8:30am -
  • Compare 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…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 8:00am -
  • Is Obamacare repeal effort really dead?
    It’s official: Less than a week after the Senate revealed their revised ACA replacement bill – the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to abandon efforts to get the bill passed. The decision f…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 3:29pm -
  • How Employers Can Prepare for ACA Change
    Federal and state changes to the ACA are coming. Employers have worked hard over the past few years to comply with the ACA. It’s not time to stop now. It’s also time to prepare for the future. This infographic provides 5 best practices for prepa…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 8:30am -
  • The Human Resources Management Kit July 2017
    The Human Resources Management Kit – July 2017 brings together the latest information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Human Resources Management related decisions. Learn more! 
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 8:00am -
  • Employer defeats worker’s retaliation lawsuit by calling on its policy
    Can you discipline an employee who has recently complained about harassment? Yes, but you must be ready to prove the discipline was unrelated to the complaint. Attorney Bob Neiman breaks down a recent lawsuit that shows some of the circumstances un…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 4:00pm -
  • Senate’s revised Obamacare repeal bill: What’s different and is it enough?
    After failing to garner enough support for a vote before the July 4th recess for the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 — aka the ACA repeal bill — the Senate went back to the lab and made some changes. Now the revised bill is out, and HR pro…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 3:45pm -
  • How to Execute a Data-Driven Social Recruiting Program
    Are you engaging your employees in a social recruiting strategy? Getting them on board by sharing job postings can really make a difference in your efforts – especially when 44.5% of people say they are more likely to apply for a job if they discov…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 8:30am -
  • Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right: Fueling Employee Engagement With a Social Recognition and Reward Platform
    A highly-engaged workforce drives results and employee engagement programs are key to success. But most companies still lack on-the-ground programs for employee engagement and alignment.  Learn how to leverage time and resources with a social recogn…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 8:00am -
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  • 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Jul 17, 4:24am -
  • Launched in Prague: The International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence

    Launched in Prague: The International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence

    I’m delighted to announce the founding of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, a new, non-profit, membership-based learned association devoted to advancing therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ), a school of philosophy and practice tha…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 5:22pm -
  • Prague: A week of learning about law and mental health

    Prague: A week of learning about law and mental health

    I’m spending a week in Prague, Czech Republic, for the 35th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, sponsored and organized by the International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH). Among other things, today I facilitated a session t…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 4:20pm -
  • When it comes to workplace abuse, evil still trumps stupid

    When it comes to workplace abuse, evil still trumps stupid

    Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman offers a provocative, if somewhat tongue-in-cheek thesis about bad leaders: We should fear the stupid ones more than the evil ones. In support of his point, Burkeman cites a humorous 1976 essay by economist Carlo Ci…
    - 18 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 10:37am -
  • Can institutions be caring servants for a greater good?

    Can institutions be caring servants for a greater good?

    In the opening to his monograph The Institution as Servant (1972; rev. ed. 2009), the late Robert K. Greenleaf stated: THIS IS MY THESIS: caring for persons, the more able and the less able serving each other, is the rock upon which a good society is…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Jul 17, 1:15pm -
  • An afternoon off

    An afternoon off

    Let me start off by admitting that managing work-life balance is not one of my strengths. I tend to get wrapped up in the various projects I’m working on, and it just so happens that I have a lot of them competing for my attention right now. I trul…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Jul 17, 12:02pm -
  • How do social and economic class differences impact workplace bullying?

    How do social and economic class differences impact workplace bullying?

    Do social and economic class differences impact workplace bullying and mobbing behaviors? If so, how? America continues to think itself as a classless society, despite deep and worsening wealth divisions. Now, however, it appears that a combination o…
    - 26 days ago, 27 Jun 17, 1:41am -

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

  • NPR: Huge Convictions in Thai Human Trafficking Trial
    NPR reports: A Thai army general and local politicians are among the dozens of people found guilty at a Bangkok court Wednesday in one of Thailand's largest human trafficking trials. Thailand has faced international criticism for years over human tra…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 4:41pm -
  • New Edition of Labor Law: A Problem-Based Approach
    Congratulations to Paul Secunda, Jeff Hirsch, and Mike Duff on the publication of the second edition of Labor Law: A Problem-Based Approach (2d ed. 2017). Here's the publisher's description: The problem-based approach of Labor Law: A Problem-Based Ap…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 6:11am -
  • Textualism Gone Mad?
    A district court in Minnesota recently held that retaliation against a prospective hire for requesting an accommodation wasn’t actionable under §704(a). At issue in EEOC v. N. Mem'l Health Care was a claim on behalf of an applicant whose condition…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Jul 17, 8:37am -
  • En Banc Second Circuit to Consider Whether Sexual Orientation Protected by Title VII
    Marcia recently had a wonderful blog post here about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit's decision en banc which held that sexual orientation was covered under Title VII. In Hively v. Ivy Tech., the Seventh Circuit specifically...
    - 9 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 6:03pm -
  • Using Sick Days for Mental Health
    There is an interesting article over at CNN.com which looks at using sick days at work to help maintain one's own mental health. Millions of U.S. workers suffer from depression and other mental issues, and the workplace can often excascerbate...
    - 10 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 9:55pm -
  • Missouri Amends and Preempts its Employment Law
    A few weeks ago, Missouri’s governor signed SB43. That law amends the State’s employment law, including the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA), its anti-discrimination statute—mostly in employer-friendly ways. (For media reports on the legislativ…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 12:00am -
  • Unions in the South
    It's no secret that unions have faced especially difficult conditions in the South. That's why two recent stories showing signs of success for union efforts in the South caught my attention (or at least one story of success and one...
    - 11 days ago, 12 Jul 17, 4:18pm -
  • Chinese Workers in Saipan Demand Payment from Trump Protege
    Thanks to Aaron Halegua, a lawyer and research fellow at NYU Law School, for keeping us in the loop about the labor practices of one of Donald Trump's friends in China: Last week, the Financial Times did a story on...
    - 12 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 5:08am -
  • Macron's Plans for Labor
    Many thanks to Dennis Nolan (South Carolina emeritus; NAA) for forwarding Sylvain Cypel, Macron’s California Revolution, which has a detailed discussion of French President Emmanuel Macron's plans for French labor law. Here's an excerpt: Continuing…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Jul 17, 3:16pm -
  • Telework for the Future
    I came across today an interesting new article, on a topic I hadn't thought much about before, posted recently on SSRN. The article, by W.C. Bunting of the U.S. DOJ-Civil Rights Division, is Unlocking the Housing-Related Benefits of Telework: A...
    - 16 days ago, 7 Jul 17, 10:17am -

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