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Does your organization suffer from 'hiring snooze'?
(June 23, 2017)
We’ve all heard the common saying “You snooze, you lose.” Put another way, if you don’t pay attention and do something right away, someone else will do it before you can and enjoy the benefit. Taking too long to complete the hiring process can have the same effect.  Read on

ATK curdles its executive transition
(June 21, 2017)
We wrote last May about the kerfuffle between ABC-TV and daytime host Kelly Ripa. This year, the drama comes out of Boston rather than New York, from America’s Test Kitchen (ATK), the most widely viewed cooking show on public televi­sion. Read on

Looking for solutions to the talent gap?
Don't forget legal concerns

(June 16, 2017)
Employers in an array of fields lament a shortage of talent. No matter what the challenge, employers are increasingly turning to freelancers, part-timers, temporary, and other kinds of workers that don’t fit the traditional definition of employee.   Read on

Iowa workers' comp changes coming July 1
(June 15, 2017)
Changes to Iowa’s workers’ compensation law—changes seen as mostly beneficial to employers—are set to take effect July 1. Read on

Why employee engagement
must be a priority, not an option

(June 14, 2017)
When it comes to your workplace, do you know how many members of your team are truly engaged? On average, U.S. companies have an engagement level of 32%. Basically, one out of three of your team members is engaged.  Read on

All eyes on Philly: Businesses launch
second challenge to city's salary history ban

(June 13, 2017)
For a second time, a Philadelphia business group has asked a judge to block the city’s ban on salary history questions, arguing that the law infringes on business’ free-speech rights. Read on

Los Angeles, San Francisco
minimum wage going up July 1

(June 12, 2017)
Employers in Los Angeles and San Francisco must prepare to pay higher minimum wages starting July 1.  Read on

Think your drug policy is sound?
Better factor in changing marijuana laws

(June 9, 2017)
Not so many years ago employers emphasized the importance of drug-free workplace policies—policies that often included zero-tolerance provisions. But as marijuana laws have undergone significant change in recent years, it’s time to give a second look to policies that may not have been updated in years.   Read on

DOL rescinds joint-employment,
independent contractor guidance

(June 8, 2017)
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has withdrawn two major Obama-era guidance documents, one addressing joint employment and one dealing with independent contractors. Read on

Signaling end of overtime rule,
DOL will seek public input on new regs

(June 8, 2017)
On June 7, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said he will soon formally request the public’s input on new overtime regulations. The announcement signals that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) likely will drop its defense of former President Barack Obama’s overtime rule, according to one expert. Read on

Supreme Court preview? Breaking down Justice
Gorsuch's opinion in the 'frozen trucker' case

(June 7, 2017)
In April,  Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court late in the term. Because Gorsuch is known for adhering to the letter of the law, his confirmation was seen as good news for employers. As his first term comes to an end and the Court starts to release the bigger, headline-making opinions, now is a good time to learn a little more about the newest member of the Court.   Read on

Paid sick leave laws for Chicago-area workers take effect July 1
(June 5, 2017)
Most employers in Chicago and Cook County will be required to offer paid sick leave beginning July 1. The city of Chicago passed a sick leave ordinance last summer, and Cook County (where Chicago is located) passed a nearly identical law in October. The ordinances apply to all businesses that are located in the city or county or are subject to city licensing requirements (except for employers in the construction industry). Read on

Workers and grief: What HR needs
to consider when employees suffer loss

(June 2, 2017)
Knowing what to do when someone suffers the loss of a loved one isn’t easy, especially in the workplace, where some people are open about personal relationships and others strive for separation between their work and personal lives. But no matter an employee’s thinking, certain situations—particularly a death in the family—make explanations at work necessary. That’s when the human resources professional’s role often goes beyond just implementing company policy. Read on

5 common myths about the FLSA
(May 31, 2017)
This article addresses five common myths that could lead to liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA0. Employers should avoid falling into these traps. Read on

 

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