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How employers can help employees after a natural disaster

Employer Law Report - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:04

By Brian Hall In recent months we have seen a significant number of natural disasters – from Hurricanes Irma to Harvey to Maria and the massive wild fires crossing Northern California. Our colleague, Abby Brothers, shares the tax-free options employers can use to support their employees and communities. Check out her full post on Employee...

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Training done right: Effective communication the key

HR Hero Line - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:00

Good training has always been important in the workplace, but today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world of work makes training more important than ever. Changing technology requires frequent skill updates for employees at all levels of an organization. And certainly supervisors need training on new laws affecting the workplace and refreshers on...

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Preparing for electronic discovery in litigation

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:39

by Sarah Caldwell Breslin If you’re involved in current or even threatened litigation, you have an obligation to retain information that is reasonably likely to be relevant and turn it over during discovery (the pretrial exchange of evidence). In the electronic world we live in, this increasingly includes and often revolves around...

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I’m sorry, so sorry: how to apologize at work

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:00

by Molly DiBianca Humility is a virtue. For most of us, it doesn’t come easily. Owning up to a mistake at work can be a difficult task, particularly for employees who want to be good at their jobs and please those they report to. Nonetheless, apologizing is a reality of professional life and a recognition that no matter how hard we try,...

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California employers must adjust to new laws on leave, pay, criminal history

Human Resources News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:15

Pay equity, parental leave, and criminal history are hot topics that have been grabbing attention for some time, and employers in California now need to prepare for three newly signed laws addressing those issues. The new laws include restrictions on employers asking applicants questions related to salary history and criminal history and impose new...

Trump administration discontinues ACA’s CSR payments

Human Resources News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:41

On October 12, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Eric Hargan and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma released a statement announcing that cost-sharing reductions (CSR) payments were to be immediately discontinued based on a legal opinion from the attorney general. In part, the statement noted...

Think before you joke, so you do not litigate funny

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:17

Studies show that laughing boosts immunity, eases anxiety and stress, improves mood, decreases pain, and can even prevent heart disease. Socially, laughing strengthens relationships. In addition to the value of humor in our personal lives, we cannot underestimate the power of humor at work. Humor aides in learning and memory retention, increases...

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13 characteristics of a great teammate

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:19

by Dan Oswald We all have worked side by side with people we have enjoyed and respected—the type of teammates who make work fun. And we all have worked with people whom, well, we didn’t enjoy or respect—the type of teammates who suck all the joy out of work for everyone around them. So, there’s obviously people who make better teammates...

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Rooting out bullying a necessary step in promoting diversity

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:05

Employers looking to advance diversity in the workplace often focus on recruiting diverse groups of potential employees, but recruiting is just one part of the process. Those recruiting efforts won’t be effective if management is blind to a culture that condones workplace bullying.  October is a time when attention turns to bullying in a...

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Office politics: preventing disruptive discourse

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:04

by David L. Johnson Recently, a Pennsylvania YMCA stopped showing cable news shows on the TVs in its gym because they were prompting political squabbles among its members. When filtered into the diverse workplace, passionate opposing political viewpoints can harm productivity and morale and even create liability issues for employers. Sometimes...

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5 tips for accommodating depression, PTSD, and other mental illnesses

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:03

by Mark Wiletsky An estimated 16.1 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2015, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). That number represents 6.7 percent of all American adults who are 18 or older. Seven or eight out of every 100 people will have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...

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How non-Hispanic supervisors can lead Hispanic employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:02

by Jim Davis Between potential language barriers, cultural differences, and a political and social landscape rife with discrimination, it’s important that any employee be able to navigate whatever challenges may arise while leading a diverse workforce. Glenn Llopis, a best-selling author, columnist, and senior advisor to Fortune 500 seeks to show...

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Employers, beware: Facility issues may result in violations of Title VII

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:00

by Jacob M. Monty Many employers are aware of the serious problems that can arise if workers and supervisors engage in racially or sexually motivated taunts and speech. However, few employers realize that they may need to worry about the design and condition of their facilities. The facilities of a now-closed Sara Lee factory in Paris reportedly...

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Labor looks for love

HR Hero Line - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:00

by Richard I. Lehr —“I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places, lookin’ for love in too many faces, searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreamin’ of.” The song “Looking for Love,” written by Wanda Mallette, aptly describes the circumstances of organized...

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Employee collects unemployment despite offensive Facebook post

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 15:16

by Timothy K. Baldwin and Matthew D. Strauss In a recent case, Beagan v. R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the Rhode Island Supreme Court held that an employee who was terminated for posting derogatory Facebook comments about his supervisor was eligible for unemployment benefits. The court’s ruling is a cautionary tale that employers...

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New Executive Order seeks to expand health insurance options

Human Resources News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:21

After several failed legislative attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Donald Trump is now taking matters into his own hands. On October 12, Trump signed a new Executive Order (EO) designed to “expand choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and increase competition to bring down costs for consumers,”...

Harvey Weinstein: beauty and the beastly mogul

EntertainHR - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:12

Over the last week, the fallout from a New York Times article regarding Harvey Weinstein has been swift and significant. On October 5, the Times published an explosive story about Hollywood producer and media mogul Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment spanning decades. More and more women have been coming forward since the story broke to...

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New law bans New York City employers from asking for salary history

Human Resources News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:46

by Charles H. Kaplan and Theresa M. Levine Employers in New York City will be prohibited from asking applicants about their previous salary when an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) goes into effect on October 31. The amendment prohibits employers from asking about applicants’ wages, salaries, benefits, and other...

Make sure employees know what to do if ICE raids your workplace

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 06:00

by Lori Chesser You employ a large number of seasonal workers, many with temporary work visas, at several different sites. You also have a main office. You would like to train your frontline employees on what to do if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows up with a warrant for an immigration raid. What should you tell your...

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New guidance shifts federal policy on religious liberty in employment

Human Resources News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:55

New guidance from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on religious liberty in employment “signals a shift in federal employment law and policy,” according to an attorney who focuses on employment law. Sessions issued the new guidance to all administrative agencies and executive departments on October 6. It identifies 20 principles that...

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