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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 -

DiversityInc

Employment Matters Blog

  • 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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HRMorning

  • newHow to be a persuasive communicator while working remotely
    Here are a few tools and tactics that will help you become a successful and persuasive communicator via a remote connection. Click to continue »The post How to be a persuasive communicator while working remotely appeared first on HR Morning.
    - 9 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 4:03pm -
  • How AI will power the human side of Human Resources
    AI can give People Operations leaders important insights when it comes to analyzing their people data, and using that data to make actionable decisions.Click to continue »The post How AI will power the human side of Human Resources appeared first…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 7:14am -
  • CDC updates COVID-19 disinfecting, social distancing guidance
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently provided new guidance regarding workplace cleaning, disinfecting, social distancing and ventilation in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation in the U.S. Social distancing When it comes to…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Mar 20, 12:26pm -
  • EEOC reminds employers to stay vigilant on racial bias
    EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon issued a reminder to employers to be vigilant for instances of discrimination in the workplace on the basis of national origin or race. Dhillon said in a news release, “Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic can bring out the be…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 3:47pm -
  • EEOC OKs asking employees, candidates about COVID-19 symptoms
    During the COVID-19 global pandemic, employers are permitted to check employees and job candidates for fevers, the EEOC said in recent guidance. Employers may ask if employees and candidates are experiencing any other symptoms of COVID-19 as well. Se…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 10:00am -
  • HR self-care: The new norm in the age of COVID-19
    By better maintaining their health through self-care strategies, and by building support, HR leaders can more effectively develop the overall wellness that they are striving for.Click to continue »The post HR self-care: The new norm in the age of…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 1:42am -
  • Dealing with acidic attitudes: Help for your managers
    Every workplace has negative people who erode morale. They’re not always easy to pick out of a crowd, but they can do an amazing amount of damage over time. Most of the time, these folks don’t make the big mistakes that call attention to themselv…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Mar 20, 3:17pm -
  • 5 ways the COVID-19 crisis will transform HR’s role
    Human Resources is at the front lines of employers’ response to the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis is forcing almost every business to immediately develop, adapt or improve remote work policies and procedures. As HR pros struggle to keep employees saf…
    - 9 days ago, 24 Mar 20, 1:14pm -
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What you need to know
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides emergency paid family and medical leave and emergency paid sick leave.Click to continue »The post The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What you need to know appeared first on HR Morning.
    - 10 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 11:57am -
  • 5 easy ways to do a mental spring cleaning
    The pandemic has changed how we do business, and created a lot of stress and anxiety. As HR pros scramble to manage their chaotic days, it’s important not to forget some of the basics, especially those annual rituals that help bring a welcome sense…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 9:13am -
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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

  • newNLRB Finalizes Rule Changes That Raise Barriers to Union Representation

    NLRB Finalizes Rule Changes That Raise Barriers to Union Representation

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has finalized changes to its rules that are expected to make union representation efforts more difficult. The final rule, published in the April 1 Federal Register, makes amendments affecting the Board’s bl…
    - 12 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 1:01pm -
  • newHow to Help Employees Create Better Relationships

    How to Help Employees Create Better Relationships

    Do you really know the people you work with every day? For how long have you sat two seats away from someone but all you really know is the person’s name and vaguely what he or she does and to whom he or she reports? The truth is, making and mainta…
    - 20 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 5:00am -
  • newThe Winds of Change Management Mean Challenges for HR

    The Winds of Change Management Mean Challenges for HR

    In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley said, “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” Ask any HR professional about the last merger, acquisition, or divestiture he or she conducted, and you’ll hear the same thing: Large-sc…
    - 20 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 5:00am -
  • newQ&A: Many Employees Stay 3 Years or More with a Bad Boss

    Q&A: Many Employees Stay 3 Years or More with a Bad Boss

    It has been said that employees leave managers, not companies. Recent research found some surprising results about how much employees will put up with before they leave. The research, entitled A Boss From Hell, was conducted by ResumeLab. I had a cha…
    - 20 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 5:00am -
  • newCreating a More Positive Work Environment

    Creating a More Positive Work Environment

    Employers know that a negative working environment can quickly snowball and become unmanageable. It can impact not just morale but also eventually productivity and turnover, leading to escalating costs and problems. As such, it’s easy to see how im…
    - 20 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 5:00am -
  • newWhat Mandatory Work-from-Home Requirements May Teach Us

    What Mandatory Work-from-Home Requirements May Teach Us

    The rapid global spread of COVID-19 has led governments around the globe to place restrictions on human interaction. Even state and national governments that haven’t made isolation or quarantine mandatory have discouraged large gatherings and encou…
    - 20 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 5:00am -
  • States to Decide Stimulus Bill’s Effect on Unemployment Taxes

    States to Decide Stimulus Bill’s Effect on Unemployment Taxes

    The COVID-19 pandemic that has sent the nation’s unemployment rate soaring may eventually—at least in some cases—affect employers’ unemployment insurance tax rates. Just who will be affected, though, remains an open question. With businesses…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 12:53pm -
  • How Promoting Your Authentic Brand Image Can Attract Talent

    How Promoting Your Authentic Brand Image Can Attract Talent

    Not long ago, several former Away employees began to unpack their workforce experiences—and their stories didn’t paint the globally recognized luggage company in the best light. They told reporters that when they took jobs with Away, they imagin…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 5:00am -
  • FFCRA Requires Coverage for COVID-19 Testing

    FFCRA Requires Coverage for COVID-19 Testing

    Along with its requirements for paid leave and unemployment insurance, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA, H.R. 6201) also imposes new coverage requirements on group health plans that relate to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Sec…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 5:00am -
  • COVID-19 Raises Critical Questions About Employee Testing

    COVID-19 Raises Critical Questions About Employee Testing

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for any employer seeking to provide a healthy working environment. To help mitigate some of the uncertainty, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued upda…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 5:00am -

Workplace Prof Blog

  • newComcast and Alternate Causation Structures
    In Comcast v. National Association of African-American Owned Media the Supreme Court held that a plaintiff is required to establish “but for” cause to prevail on a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. After Comcast, it is unclear if lower...
    - 14 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 11:15am -
  • Applying Comcast
    On March 23, 2020, the Supreme Court announced its opinion in Comcast v. National Association of African-American Owned Media. The Court held that a plaintiff is required to establish “but for” cause to prevail on a claim under 42 U.S.C....
    - 2 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 11:15am -
  • Charting a global way forward: COVID-19 special edition of the ABA Int'l LEL Newsletter
    The ABA International Labor & Employment Law Section has published a Special COVID-19 edition of its Newsletter, describing the myriad different responses that countries have taken to adjusting LEL laws to respond to the virus. Here's a description:…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 8:57am -
  • COVID-19 Unemployment Assistance for Independent Contractors
    _Updated on March 28, 2020_ Congress has now enacted the [CARES Act](https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/748/text) that, among other things, substantially extends unemployment insurance benefits (UI) because of COVID-19. (For an o…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 4:16pm -
  • Sixth Circuit, Erie and McDonnell Douglas
    There is an unresolved question about whether McDonnell Douglas is procedural or substantive for purposes of Erie analysis. Today, the Sixth Circuit held that it did not need to resolve this question when analyzing a claim under the Kentucky Civil...
    - 8 days ago, 24 Mar 20, 2:41pm -
  • Comcast and McDonnell Douglas
    In today’s Comcast opinion, the Supreme Court held that plaintiff must prove “but for” cause to prevail on a section 1981 claim. On page 12 of the opinion, the Court discussed how this holding intersects with McDonnell Douglas. Here are...
    - 9 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 2:49pm -
  • COVID's Unique Risk to Garment Workers
    Many thanks to Tequila Brooks for forwarding a link to Maquila Solidarity Network's report Brands Must Urgently Take Steps to Minimize Impact of the Coronavirus on Garment Workers’ Health and Livelihoods. I can tell you firsthand that these workers…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 1:49pm -
  • SCOTUS opinion in Comcast
    The Supreme Court announced its opinion in Comcast today. The Court held that a Section 1981 plaintiff is required to establish “but for” cause to prevail. The Court claimed that statutes have a default rule for causation: a plaintiff is...
    - 10 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 11:40am -
  • Latest Issue of the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy
    Readers may want to check out the latest issue of the Journal of Collective Bargaining in the Academy, "Some Impacts on Faculty: 50+ Years of Academic Collective Bargaining and Counting": https://thekeep.eiu.edu/jcba/ Here's the table of contents. Op…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Mar 20, 12:05pm -
  • Tippett on New Sick Leave Legislation
    Readers might be interested in a new post by Professor Elizabeth Tippett on new federal sick leave legislation. Prof. Tippett explains coverage and exceptions. Find her post here. SFS
    - 13 days ago, 20 Mar 20, 12:54pm -

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