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Q&A: Cultural Red Flags Led to Disaster at Enron and Theranos

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 04:00

May 25 marked 13 years since Enron’s CEO and founder were convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges after the Texas energy giant imploded, wiping out $1.2 billion in shareholder equity. And June 15 will mark 1 year since Theranos’s CEO and COO were indicted in a scheme that defrauded investors to the tune of hundreds […] The post...

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5 Cross-Training Lessons from Disney

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 04:00

Disney has very strategic reasons for cross-training its employees, but the practice could apply to any organization looking to improve its workplace culture. Cross-training at the Disney company is more than a discipline—it’s a mandate. Cast members, as Disney’s employees are called, are regularly moved around the company. They shift teams,...

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Virtual Solutions Drive Employee Engagement for a Changing Workplace

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 04:00

continued is a company with a unique setup. A leading provider of online continuing education and career opportunities for health professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, the company does not have a central office. All employees work remotely. That might sound great if your office is next to...

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Boss, You Can’t Say That—It’s Retaliation”

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 04:00

When a federal jury in a retaliation case hands a $1.5 million verdict to a Phoenix police sergeant, the case gets my attention. The April 10, 2019, verdict made headlines in the Arizona Republic, where the lawyer for Sergeant Jeffrey Green extolled the “big and worthwhile victory.” Green has worked for the Phoenix Police Department...

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The Future of Payroll Has Arrived, and It’s Instant

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 04:00

Today, takeout or groceries can be at your doorstep minutes after ordering. Burger King is delivering food to those caught in L.A. traffic jams. Nearly everything in our lives has adjusted to “Smartphone Time” and can be had instantly with a swipe. One of the last holdouts to this lifestyle was our money. Stubborn payment […] The post The...

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New SCOTUS Proemployee Ruling Not a Big Change for Employers

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 05:37

A new ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court shows why it’s important for employers and their attorneys to examine whether employees making discrimination claims have exhausted their administrative remedies before going to court. And if an employee claiming discrimination hasn’t done so, it’s up to the employer to promptly raise an objection. On...

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New Mexico ‘Ban the Box’ Law Set to Take Effect

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 04:21

New Mexico will join the list of states with “ban the box” legislation when a new law takes effect on June 14. Since 2010, New Mexico has prohibited state agencies from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal convictions at the earliest stage of the hiring process. The new law makes that ban applicable to private-sector employers....

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Q&A: Decommissioning Organizational Silos

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 04:00

As an HR manager, you likely have to navigate the labyrinth of different standards and procedures being operated by your organization’s various silos. While silos will always be part of an organization, unnecessary silos really hinder everyone, especially the one department that is supposed to keep meticulous records: HR. I recently had a chance...

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PBGC to Require More Detail in Reportable Events Filings, Introduce New Coverage Determination Form

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 04:00

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) will be changing its reportable events filings to include controlled-group information, company financial statements, and defined benefit (DB) plans’ actuarial valuation reports, adding more detail to five plan or employer events already reportable to the agency that rescues failed pensions. The...

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Cons of Using AI in the Recruiting Process

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 04:00

In part one of this article, we noted that artificial intelligence (AI) is being used more and more throughout the recruiting process. We talked about some of the many examples of that and started to review some of the benefits. Today, let’s further the discussion by outlining some of the potential drawbacks. Using AI in […] The post Cons...

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Start EX Early: Humanize the Candidate Experience

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 04:00

It’s easy to forget that every employee hired into your organization was once a candidate applying for a new job opportunity. These applicants chose your company over hundreds of others in the hopes of starting a new career journey. And it’s a jobseeker’s market today. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of […] The...

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Risks of Improper Leave Administration

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 04:00

Administering different types of paid and unpaid leave can be tricky, especially because so many of them overlap. There are legal ramifications to getting it right in many cases, but there are also risks to employee morale and turnover if you get it wrong. This goes for paid time off (PTO), the Family and Medical […] The post Risks of...

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Pros of Using AI in the Recruiting Process

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 04:00

Does your organization utilize artificial intelligence (AI) in the recruitment process? There are many ways to do so, from recruitment bots to the automation of many of the initial applicant screening steps and much more. Here are some examples of how AI is being used in recruiting: Chatbots can be set up to answer applicant […] The post Pros...

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How to Know When Your Defined Benefit Plan Is Ready to Prepare for Termination

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 04:00

Employer-sponsored private-sector defined benefit (DB) plans have been on the decline for many years as U.S. employers have shifted to defined contribution (DC) retirement plans. Just 17% of private-sector employees had only a DB plan or both a DB and DC plan as of March 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Meanwhile,...

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Types of Bonuses You May Not Be Utilizing

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 04:00

Employee bonuses are often used as tools for motivation and retention. In some cases, they’re used as a means to keep base pay stable while still giving employees recognition. When salaries are increasing but salary budgets are not keeping pace, bonuses can be a way to offer recognition without changing the year-to-year obligations if...

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Four Strategies for Enhancing Your Mentorship Program

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 04:00

Mentorship programs can motivate your employees, develop their leadership skills, and improve productivity. But setting up an effective mentorship program isn’t always easy. In fact, there are many limitations on the traditional mentorship model. The programs of the past, which paired an older employee with a younger one and spanned the...

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Future Human Capital Trends: How to Hire 5 to 10 Years from Now

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 04:00

In part one of this article, I spoke with Brad Denny, Principal at Deloitte, to discuss what its “2019 Human Capital Trends Report” found about what work will look like in 5–10 years and the value of social enterprises. In the conclusion of the interview, we’ll look at the business-critical impact of the human element […] The post...

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Have a Plan to Address the Recognized Hazards of Workplace Violence

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 04:00

An unfortunate emerging issue for employers is the rise of workplace shootings. Even courts and judges have taken note in their judicial opinions that workplace violence is increasing. Of course, employees may be exposed to different degrees of violence at work. Workplace shootings are on the extreme end of the spectrum. The U.S. Bureau of...

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Plan Self-Correction Opportunities Improved in New IRS EPCRS Procedure

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 04:00

Practitioners and plan administrators are celebrating the arrival of several helpful revisions in a newly updated Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) Revenue Procedure 2019-19. The updated procedure for correcting mistakes in qualified retirement plans makes several minor revisions, updates, and...

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Avoiding Pay Compression

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 04:00

Pay compression happens when the pay levels within an organization start to converge, and there’s less and less differentiation for things like years of experience and education levels. This happens far too easily—typically because the pace of raises doesn’t always keep up with the speed of market-level wage increases for new hires. Before...

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