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Vetting Recent College Graduates

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:04

In 2017, 74% of employers said that they were going to hire recent college graduates. That trend is likely to remain because of increasing competition and fewer qualified applicants. Keep reading to learn more about how you can vet and mold recent college graduates into high performers for your own organization. Pros and Cons to Hiring Recent...

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Establishing Policies for Remote Workers Is Vital

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:57

A recent study by Upwork shows that nearly two-thirds of organizations in the United States rely on remote workers. However, most of these companies lack established policies for their remote workers. The study’s findings also revealed the importance of establishing a policy for remote workers in today’s workforce. Source: AlexBrylov / iStock...

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Does America Have a Civility Problem? Yes. Wait, No.

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:13

A recent survey showed that 93 percent of Americans think that the U.S. has a problem with civility. That same survey showed that 92 percent of employed Americans think that their own workplace is civil. If you are stretching your head, join the club! An annual poll that tracks the state of civility in the United States once again finds that the...

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Employer Probably Should “Give a f___ about” Employee’s Religion

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:05

Religion has been a major feature in many historical conflicts. It probably comes as no surprise then that religious conflicts around the globe are on the rise. And it’s no wonder that in our religiously pluralistic nation, employers and employees find it difficult to navigate the religious accommodation requirement in Title VII of the Civil...

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Special from #SHRM2018: Sheryl Sandberg Says Men Still Rule the World

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 04:00

Men still rule the world, says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg—but I’m not sure it’s going that well. Sandberg, author of best-seller Lean In, delivered her thoughts at SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago. Adam Grant interviewed her. Source: coffeekai / iStock / Getty Some of Sandberg’s points: As men get more successful,...

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DOL Finalizes AHP Rule in Slightly Narrower Form

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:06

Employer groups will be able to start offering association health plans (AHPs) as soon as this September 1, under the final AHP rule announced June 19 by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). grinvalds / iStock / Getty Images Plus Like the version proposed in January, the final rule allows employers with a “commonality of interest” to offer...

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Working Parents Are Suffering in These 5 Aspects of the Workplace

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:33

More than one in three working parents believe they’re treated worse than their coworkers. About a quarter of new parents say it’s hard to develop their careers. In fact, one in five says he or she has been passed over for opportunities. These findings from the Bright Horizons Family Solutions paint a troubling picture of the working...

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Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities—Why Bad Actors Target HR Departments

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:25

Your organization’s C-suite isn’t the only target at risk of cyberattacks. Cybercriminals frequently target human resources (HR) departments with the goal of collecting financial and personally identifiable information (PII). HR departments not only are more likely to have cybersecurity vulnerabilities but also are the keepers of a great deal...

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Special from #SHRM2018: Culture Beats Skills and Stars … Until the IPO

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:11

You can hire for skills, or hire stars, for culture fit, or for a mixture of those, says best-selling author Adam Grant. Data show that with fast-growing start-ups, cultural fit trumps. However, as companies grow, culture becomes a problem. Grant, a professor at the Wharton School of Business, offered his tips at SHRM’s Annual Conference and...

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Special from #SHRM2018: Can Applicants Own Their Background Information?

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:00

I recently sat down with Tammy Cohen, the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer with InfoMart at #SHRM2018. InfoMart puts background information into the hands of the owner—and uses block-chain technology to permanently store verified information. Source: phive2015 / iStock / Getty Background Checks Come in All Shapes and Sizes We began our...

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What Happens when an Alleged Harasser Claims Discrimination?

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 07:36

Occasionally, an employee accused of harassment will file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claiming that he was subjected to disciplinary action even though he was innocent or that he was the real victim of harassment. Without more information, the EEOC should dismiss such a charge since none of the laws it enforces...

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The Trump Effect: Navigating the Minefield

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 07:27

Recent presidential politics, combined with employee social media use, create a potential minefield for private-sector employers. In many respects, the law in this area still is in its nascent stages, but developments are rapidly occurring. Source: Mike63 / iStock / Getty Infamous Bicyclist’s Lawsuit Enter Juli Briskman. She’s the...

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Teamwork Encouraged, But Not When It Comes to Class Action Lawsuits

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 05:53

“There is strength in numbers.”  “Teamwork makes the dream work.”  “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  You’ve heard these quotes before and many like them probably a thousand times.  yogysic / DigitalVision Vectors / Getty Images They are applicable to so many situations, whether it is in the advancement of...

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Making Assumptions about Generations

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 04:00

There exists an idea that those who are born of certain generations share similar traits. However, such broad-strokes appraisals of individuals from specific generations is a great way to miss out on a great candidate. Source: momcilog / E+ / Getty Indeed, making assumptions, including generational assumptions, about candidates is a form of...

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HR Can Transform Employees Financial Wellness

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 04:00

Yesterday we heard from Kristen Berman, cofounder of Duke’s Common Cents Lab and Bradley Swain, a behavioral researcher at the Common Cents Lab, concerning the ability of HR to influence America’s financial health. Today, we’ll hear the rest of what they have to say. Source: TCmake_photo / iStock / Getty Default Employees into...

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Special from #SHRM2018: Diversity Still a Challenge in 2018

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:34

The HR Daily Advisor recently sat down with Debra Squyres, Chief Customer Officer and Annie Shapiro, Director of Content and Communications at Namely at #SHRM2018 here in Chicago. We discussed their freshly published research, Workplace Diversity Report 2018. Portrait of a group of businesspeople in an office Diversity in the Workplace We began by...

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Special from #SHRM2018: 5 Tips to Prepare for the “Future of Work”

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:19

In a packed session (16,000 attendees) at SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition, Board Chair Coretha Rushing outlined the five areas with which HR managers must cope to be ready for the workplace of 2022. An important read for every HR professional. 5 Things HR Must Do to Be Ready for 2022 Deal with Tougher People Issues. What with #MeToo and...

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Immigration Issues a Major Concern for Employers in the Upcoming Year

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 04:02

When we ask employers and HR professionals “What part of your job keeps you up at night?” one of the most common responses is “my company’s immigration matters.” This concern was evident in Littler’s 2018 Employer Survey in which 1,111 in-house counsel, HR professionals, and C-suite executives provided feedback on the top issues...

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HR Teams Have the Power to Transform America’s Financial Health

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 04:00

The HR industry is on the front lines of America’s fight for financial health; it just doesn’t realize it yet.  Millions of lower- to middle-income Americans—including hourly wage earners and Gig Economy workers, are struggling with income volatility, low savings rates, and high personal debt. HR teams and executives have a unique...

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Research Shows a Need to Improve Workforce Data Confidence and Skills

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 04:00

According to new research, the CIPD and Workday there is a strong relationship between the use of people data and strong business outcomes. The research shows that organizations with a strong people analytics culture are much more likely to report strong business performance. However, the survey also highlights that the widescale adoption of...

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