Federal contractor ‘pay transparency’ rule up for comment

Human Resources News - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:08

by Tammy Binford The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a proposed rule aimed at ensuring that employees of federal contractors are allowed to discuss their compensation. The proposed rule, which was published in the September 17 Federal Register, gives interested parties until December 16 to submit comments. The rule’s language...

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New Hampshire social media privacy law takes effect September 30

Human Resources News - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:30

by Jeanine Poole New Hampshire employers need to be reviewing their policies regarding employee use of social media and electronic equipment now that a new law protecting employee privacy is set to take effect September 30. The new law prohibits New Hampshire employers from requesting or requiring current or prospective employees to disclose some...

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Some extra points about fantasy football and your workplace

EntertainHR - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:30

Although the actual games have been overshadowed lately by the off-the-field misbehavior of some of the players, the NFL season opened last week. And if you listened closely enough, you could almost hear HR managers and small business owners across the country yelling at their employees, “Get off your fantasy football website and get back to...

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Chick-fil-A founder was embodiment of servant leader philosophy

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the phrase “servant leadership.” While servant leadership is a concept I’ve heard about many times in the past, I wasn’t sure where it originated, so I did some research and found that the phrase was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay he first published in...

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Design firm’s DIY social media approach not ‘liked’

Technology for HR - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:03

by Kelly Smith-Haley Blogs. Posts. Tweets. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock since Y2K, you know the use of social media has exploded. Companies are increasingly using social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn not only to promote their own products and services but also to gain exposure for their employees. Likewise,...

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Study shows need to address unintended consequences of diversity efforts

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:59

For years now, employers have focused on the benefits of workplace diversity. They can point to studies showing how work groups in which men and women of all ages, races and ethnicities often outperform less diverse groups.  Sometimes the quest for diversity stems from a desire to capitalize on the talents of all kinds of employees. Other times...

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Clarity amidst confusion: handling mental disability claims

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:58

by Allison B. Wannop One of the most difficult issues employers deal with is how to accommodate an employee with a mental impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Mental impairments can include depression, anxiety disorders, and psychiatric disorders that affect employees’ attendance and performance. Employers may have a...

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Revisiting gender identity discrimination

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:56

by Lauren Moak Russell We have addressed the issue of gender identity discrimination several times. As transgender individuals enter the mainstream of popular culture and employees become more comfortable disclosing their gender identity, employers can expect to see this issue arise with increasing frequency. The following is some guidance on how...

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Secretary of labor speaks at major federal contractor conference

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:54

by Emily L. Bristol To focus on the importance of the federal contractor community’s role in President Barack Obama’s commitment to enacting change with the “power of the pen,” Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez spoke in early August at the 2014 National Industry Liaison Group’s (NILG) national meeting in Washington, D.C....

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Active duty military employees are on leave, not inactive

Diversity Insight - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:50

by Jane Pfeifle An employer’s failure to include a deployed servicemember on a list of employees when it sold its assets may be a violation of the benefit provisions of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).  Facts Jonathan Dorris, a floor hand for TXD Services and a member of the Arkansas National Guard,...

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Informational privacy getting a bit less cloudy

Technology for HR - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:04

by Elijah Yip For organizations that handle sensitive information, one of the concerns with using cloud computing services is ensuring that such information is kept confidential in the cloud. Does the fact that a cloud vendor can access your information destroy its confidential status? It’s a legitimate question because in some contexts,...

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New Massachusetts law provides leave for domestic violence victims

Human Resources News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:57

by Susan Fentin Employers in Massachusetts with at least 50 employees are now required to allow employees who are victims of domestic violence to take up to 15 days of unpaid leave within a 12-month period to deal with the violence. The law, which went into effect August 8, also allows leave for covered family members of domestic violence victims....

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Caught AND recorded in the act

EntertainHR - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:08

E-mails, audio recordings, and video surveillance. This trifecta of evidentiary support was put front and center in two disturbing incidents from the sports world that made headlines in the past week. Earlier this week, Atlanta Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson stepped down, stating his intention to sell the team, because of a 2012 e-mail...

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Maryland transgender rights law takes effect October 1

Human Resources News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:28

by Kevin C. McCormick Maryland’s new law prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals in areas of employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations goes into effect October 1. The Fairness for All Marylanders Act passed the legislature in March and was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley in May. It adds “gender identity”...

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Maryland parental leave law takes effect October 1

Human Resources News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:38

by Kevin C. McCormick Maryland’s new Parental Leave Act (PLA), which grants unpaid parental leave benefits to employees working for some employers too small to be eligible for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), will take effect October 1. The PLA requires employers with 15 to 49 employees to provide unpaid parental leave...

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Change your perspective to find new solutions

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 20:00

by Dan Oswald Yesterday I happened down a road I drive on occasionally. I typically take the road northbound as a shortcut to a particular destination. But yesterday I found myself driving south on the same road and barely recognized it. In fact, I had to turn to my wife and ask if we were on the right road. The surroundings seemed unfamiliar to me...

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Delay on immigration reform sparks questions, complaints

Human Resources News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:41

by Tammy Binford President Barack Obama’s announcement that he will delay taking executive action on immigration reform means employers won’t get quick answers on when or if changes to the country’s immigration system will come. On June 30, Obama promised he would use his executive power to make changes since Congress wasn’t making progress...

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Technology: Does it solve—or cause—hiring dilemmas?

Technology for HR - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:03

With all the change technology has brought to the workplace, a tech-driven hiring solution seems possible. Employers want employees. Jobseekers want jobs. And technology exists that’s designed to conveniently link employers and potential employees. So why do employers still struggle to find the right candidates, and why do those candidates still...

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Ready for kickoff

EntertainHR - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:26

I live in the South. This time of year, that means college football; that also means otherwise healthy friendships will erupt with enough recrimination, envy, taunts, and ill will to put the Corleones and Tattaglias to shame. Everyone crows that this is their year , we’re going to come out on top, and...

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Latest fast-food protests buoyed by NLRB, Obama stance

Human Resources News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 14:22

More fast-food protests are planned for September 4, with the latest round including homecare workers and possible civil disobedience. Fast-food and other low-wage workers have been staging periodic strikes and demonstrations since 2012 in hopes of increasing their hourly wage. In addition to expanding the type of workers represented, planners of...

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