H-1B season is upon us
(March 5, 2014)
It’s that time of year again, when employers that want to hire recent college graduates and other professionals begin to file H-1B visa petitions. The first possible start date for most H-1B employees is the first day of the federal fiscal year, October 1. Because U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accepts petitions up to six months before an employee’s start date, it will begin receiving H-1B petitions on April 1. Here’s an overview of what to consider before the deadline and some information about how the H-1B process may change in the future.
EEOC sends employers strong signals
on medical leave
(February 28, 2014)
Over the last several months, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a significant number of lawsuits alleging disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act against employers across the country. The cases are instructive because they highlight the EEOC’s current enforcement policies, identify common areas of risk under the ADA, and confirm why HR personnelgenerally like to take a deliberate approach when dealing with accommodation issues.
NLRB sets public meeting on proposed election rules
(February 26, 2014)
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has set two days of meetings in April to hear opinions on proposed changes to rules governing union representation elections.The NLRB will meet for April 10-11 at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., to allow members of the public to present their views on what probusiness interests have labeled “quickie” election rules.
Building an ethical culture: What HR needs to know
(February 24, 2014)
Human resources professionals spend a lot of time working to create a respectful work environment. Much of that effort is necessary to stay in compliance with antidiscrimination and other workplace laws, but a true focus on ethics goes beyond legal compliance.
New resources available for upcoming rules
for federal contractors
(February 24, 2014)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted new resources on its website to help federal contractors comply with new regulations pertaining to recruiting people with disabilities and veterans.
Does 'at-will employment' really
mean what you think it does?
(February 21, 2014)
Many employers rely heavily on “at-will employment” to terminate unsatisfactory employees. In theory, if at-will employment applies, you can fire a worker at will, which means for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. However, if a termination decision is challenged, it can be difficult to show that a bad reason or no reason was not discriminatory, particularly if the affected employee belongs to a protected group.
Documents, documents, documents: What to keep, what to shred
(February 19, 2014)
The hiring process has a way of creating a lot of paperwork. A single job opening can bring a flood of resumes, cover letters, and applications from a horde of hopefuls. Once the decision has been made, the question becomes what to do with the pile of documents the hiring process generates.
Volkswagen's Chattanooga workers reject UAW representation
(February 17, 2014)
The votes are in, and the wait is over. In what can only be characterized as a major setback for organized labor, Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees have voted to reject union representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW).
Are you using the correct forms to conduct background checks?
(February 12, 2014)
Under regulations issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which replaced the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the enforcer of most provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers were required to begin using a revised “summary of rights” form for background checks as of January 1, 2013. It’s a year later—has your organization updated its forms?
New regulations delay ACA's 'play or pay' provision for some employers
(February 11, 2014)
In yet another unexpected turn in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama administration announced Monday that it is delaying the application of the law’s employer responsibility provision (also commonly referred to as the “play or pay” provision) for some small employers until 2016. The administration let the public know about the delay when the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS released final regulations addressing the much-publicized provision.
Great applicant, great employee, or both? Tips on finding the best
(February 7, 2014)
Want to nudge Bill Gates down a bit on the list of wealthiest people? Just come up with a formula for making the perfect hire. Employers the world over will beat a path to your door and compensate you handsomely. But if you can’t come up with such a formula, you can still improve your hiring methods and make your workplace more successful.
NLRB resurrects proposal on speeding up union elections
(February 5, 2014)
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is reprising its 2011 effort to change the rules related to union representation—an effort that sparked opposition from employers then and will surely do so again. A statement from the NLRB says that in substance, the proposed amendments are identical to the representation procedure changes first put forth in June 2011.
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