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When Skies Aren’t so Friendly: Airplanes Can Be Hotbed of Harassment, Sexual Assault

13 hours 13 min ago

Ahh, the luxury of flying. Getting to sit incredibly close to strangers, being cut off from your e-mail, and having a delicious choice of broken cookies or bland pretzels to snack on. What’s not to love? Well, now you can add sexual predators to that charming list of in-flight hazards. Please Stop Asking About ‘Mile-High […] The...

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Changing Times Highlight Need for Employers to Adapt to an Aging Workforce

18 hours 24 min ago

Here’s an understatement for you: Today’s workforce is not what it used to be. In just the last few decades, employers have seen dizzying change brought on by advances in technology and shifting workforce demographics. Among the most significant factors altering the employment landscape: an aging workforce. Information from the U.S. Bureau of...

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Employees Purring over ‘Pawternity Leave’ and other Pet-Supportive Benefits

18 hours 25 min ago

As the next generation of professionals enters the workplace and the job market tightens, employers are rolling out new benefits and finding more creative ways to attract and retain employees. Things like “pawternity leave” are gaining traction. Implementing new pet-supportive benefits in this uncharted territory requires careful...

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Don’t Ask about Prescription Meds Without Reasonable Belief, Objective Evidence

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:00

Q Is it legal to ask employees what prescription medications they use and whether the medications may affect their behavior or cause a safety issue? A Generally, no. Asking employees whether they’re taking medications that may be affecting their behavior or causing a safety issue is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because...

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Using Real Market Returns for Interest Crediting Reduces Cash Balance Plans’ Volatility, Study Finds

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:00

A shift to using real market returns for interest crediting in defined benefit (DB) plans’ cash balance (CB) features is lessening volatility and making the supplementary retirement accounts more appealing to plan sponsors—especially because this type of formula is more responsive to changing market conditions, according to a recent study. CB...

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Employer Pays $4.4 Million Settlement to Resolve Carpal Tunnel Screening

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:00

In physical, labor-intensive jobs, companies are often concerned about both the ability of employees to be able to do the work and the potential liability for workplace injuries. That liability could come from lawsuits, fines from regulators like OSHA, or workers’ compensation payments. Such companies often look for certain minimum physical...

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Could Off-Duty Actions Get ‘Pool Patrol Paula’ or ‘I.D. Adam’ Fired in MN?

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:00

A number of incidents have surfaced recently in which neighbors or passers-by have called police to report African Americans engaging in seemingly ordinary pursuits. Examples include calls to investigate a college student napping on a couch in her dorm, some friends grilling in a public park, and an 8-year-old girl selling bottled water in front...

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Missing Participants Errors Now Top DOL, IRS Audit Focus, Nudging Out Late Payroll Deposits, Winston & Strawn Says

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 04:00

Federal agency audits are never far from the minds of employer retirement plan sponsors and their third-party administrators (TPAs), but knowing which recurring errors and internal controls most interest the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) right now can be helpful in avoiding or preparing for such inquiries. Two...

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Practice What You Hope to Never Need

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:34

Violence struck at the heart of the Arizona legal community this summer. Over two days in early June, gunshots rang out at a law firm and the offices of two mental health professionals who often serve as court witnesses. For several days while the shooter remained at large, legal workplaces in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding […] The post...

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Women, Don’t Be a Queen Bee at Work

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:56

Anyone catch TV Land’s Younger last week (season 5, episode 9)? Because this is a G-rated blog, I’ll spare you the name of the episode. Suffice it to say, the episode showed that looking out for number one and clawing your way to the top does not help women achieve professional success. Love Affair Upsets […] The post Women, Don’t Be a...

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Desk-Bound Dissatisfaction: What’s Driving Discontent in the American Workforce?

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:00

Picture two very different types of employees: One is chipper, polished, and eager to throw himself or herself headfirst into his or her work every day; the other is bleary-eyed, lethargic, and may have pressed snooze one too many times this morning. While both archetypes certainly exist within the American workforce, the latter stands out...

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Virginia Bathroom Gender Dispute Update: 4th Circuit to Answer Critical Question

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:00

Although he’s been out of high school for more than a year, Gavin Grimm continues to pursue his case against the Gloucester County School Board for refusing to allow him to use the high school restroom of the gender with which he identifies. A recently granted appeal on a novel question of law at the […] The post Virginia Bathroom...

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Hiring Foreign Talent 101

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:00

Oftentimes HR professionals are prepared to handle payroll, recruiting, onboarding, and even internal company disputes, yet many are not trained to take the lead on foreign talent recruiting and management. But that’s becoming a part of the job description for HR professionals as more and more companies are looking to fill the skills gap by...

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Colorado Implementing New Data Privacy Requirements

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:14

Colorado’s new, more stringent data privacy law is set to take effect on September 1, meaning employers face more obligations related to disposal and security of residents’ personal identifying information (PII). The statute defines PII as “a [Social Security number (SSN)]; a personal identification number; a password; a pass code; an...

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Without HR Guidance, Even Adult Clubs Are at Risk for Lawsuits

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:02

When we think of HR, we tend to think of business casual dress in an office environment. But some of the companies that might benefit the most from a strong HR department do not fit that mold. Atlanta strip clubs have had several ugly sets in recent history. After years of treating dancers as independent […] The post Without HR Guidance, Even...

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Generation Z: What We Know and How to Use It

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 09:47

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Jennie Hollmann, Ph.D., Director of Organizational Research at Caliper. We discussed some of their insights about Generation Z and how to attract them as candidates. HR Daily Advisor: I can’t even tell you how many articles I’ve looked at and even published about the Millennials, and...

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When Can You Say No to Religious Garb in the Workplace?

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:00

If your employee’s religious clothing poses a potential safety risk, you can tell them to not wear it, right? Though that might seem logical from a safety perspective, managers need to concern themselves with a discrimination and compliance perspective as well. As is so often the case, the matter is complicated, and some consideration of...

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Getting the Most Out of Leadership Coaching

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 04:00

While coaching is a highly effective way of accelerating your development as a leader, it also represents a significant investment of time and money. Here are 14 ways to get the most out of your leadership coaching experience. 1. Craft a Bold New Future Challenge yourself to move up to a whole new level as […] The post Getting the Most Out of...

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HR Technology and the Employee Experience

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:00

Yesterday we explored a new study that shows that most organizations want to improve employee experience (EX) and boost the engagement levels of their workforce. To overcome these obstacles and create meaningful two-way communication between staff and management, it is vital that HR embrace innovative new technologies such as mobile engagement...

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How Do You Identify Leaders While Recruiting?

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:00

In part one of this article we began to look at how to discover leaders during the recruiting process. Today we’ll look further. Have you ever been in a situation where you explain something to people very clearly? You ask them if they understand, they say “yes,” and then they go and do something completely […] The post How Do You...

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