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Top 3 Management Missteps to Address in the Workplace This Summer

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 04:00

Summers can bring a much-welcomed period of sunshine, good spirits, and vacation, but summer is no time to let good management practices take a vacation as well. Lawsuits are typically more difficult to defend than they are to prevent, and ensuring proper prevention generally falls on management’s shoulders—whether that be an entity’s...

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Scalia Announcement Signals No Change in Direction for DOL

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:33

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to nominate Eugene Scalia as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is seen as a continuation of the DOL’s efforts to roll back Obama-era policies. John Husband, an attorney with Holland & Hart LLP in Denver, Colorado, expects Scalia to continue most of the current DOL...

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Winning Goal for Employers? Women’s Gold Cup Team, Soccer Federation Try Mediation

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:00

Just days after the U.S. women’s national soccer team (WNT) won its fourth World Cup, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin introduced a bill to prevent the use of federal funding for the 2026 men’s World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) agrees to equal pay for the women’s and men’s teams. Headlines related to […] The post...

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Want Your Employees to Be Lifelong Learners? Follow These 5 Tips

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:00

Many employers want to focus more on how they can retain and keep their employees engaged in the coming years, but they don’t focus enough on how they can keep their employees continually learning, which is becoming concerning. Why? Seventy-three percent of adults currently consider themselves lifelong learners, according to Pew Research....

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Compromise Bill Bringing Paid Family Leave to Oregon

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:00

Oregon is joining the ranks of states with a paid family leave law. During its recent session, the state legislature passed a compromise bill similar to the law in neighboring Washington. Oregon’s law, which won’t go into full effect until January 2023, differs from more aggressive bills that were also proposed. House Bill 2005B is...

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5 Things to Avoid When Implementing a New Company Culture

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:00

One study conducted by Columbia University shows that the likelihood of job turnover at an organization with a rich company culture is only 13.9%, whereas the probability of job turnover at an organization with low company culture is as high as 48.4%. Organizations with rich company cultures also tend to be highly competitive, innovative, and...

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Jobseekers’ Market? Maybe Not for Professionals Over 50

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:00

With the low unemployment rate and high demand for workers, jobseekers might think they have it made. People interested in fast-food or retail jobs are often quickly hired, but workers in other fields, especially those who are in their 50s or older and are seeking professions that require higher education and years of experience, often...

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When it Comes to AI, Most U.S. Employees Think It’ll Look More Like WALL-E than Skynet

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:00

Of course, U.S. employees did not put their views of artificial intelligence (AI) in quite those terms, but a new study has shown that 70% of them have a positive attitude when it comes to AI. In the past, the big fear has been that AI will relieve people of their jobs. However, that seems […] The post When it Comes to AI, Most U.S. Employees...

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5 Ways to Use AI for Recruiting

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:00

Believe it or not, with the ever-increasing need for human intelligence in human capital management in the modern-day workforce, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more and more necessary for HR departments and recruiters. Here are five ways you should be using AI for recruiting in 2019 and beyond. 1. Candidate Sourcing Recruiters can use AI...

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How to Protect your Workplace from Political Disruption

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:00

In today’s tense political environment, our divisiveness over politics doesn’t end when employees walk through the office door. You’ve probably seen a coworker turn a hot-button political issue into a heated, unproductive argument. You might have even been part of an online exchange that turned from a reasonable debate to ALL CAPS...

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EEO-1 Pay Data Portal Live, But Compliance Still a Challenge

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:00

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) web-based portal for the collection of newly required pay and hours-worked data is now live, but many employers that are supposed to file the reports may still have trouble meeting the September 30 deadline. The EEOC announced on July 15 that the portal was open to accept the pay […] The...

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What’s Breaking Communication in Your Workplace?

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:00

How much does poor communication cost organizations? A 2011 study that surveyed nearly 400 companies with over 100,000 employees each pegged this figure at $62.4 million per organization per year. The annual productivity losses owing to poor communication were estimated to be $26,041 for each worker in the organizations. What exactly is...

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Understanding ‘Mutual Learning’ in the Workplace

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 04:00

Adopting a “mutual learning” approach can propel your organization forward and keep its employees and partners engaged and satisfied. But what exactly is it, and how can you make sure it is effectively implemented? Keep reading to learn more. Core Principles of a Mutual Learning Approach Here are some of the core principles of a […] The...

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Microlearning Trends for 2019

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00

Microlearning has been on e-Learning and learning and development (L&D) trends lists consistently for the past few years—and for good reason. You can expect to see L&D professionals do even more with microlearning and microlearning technology this year, as detailed in this article. The post Microlearning Trends for 2019 appeared first...

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Pitfalls of Zero-Tolerance Policies

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00

Zero-tolerance policies are a good thing, right? Because of the many workplace misconduct scandals that have become public in recent months, employers are taking harder looks at how they handle harassment allegations, from addressing complaints to carrying out discipline for offenders. At first glance, zero tolerance might seem to be the easiest...

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Workplace Investigations: Remove Bias and Ignore Your Gut

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00

As an HR manager, you’ve almost certainly had to do a workplace investigation. Employee A makes a complaint, saying that employee B did such and such. You talk to employee B, and he or she says that no such thing happened or it happened very differently. How do you measure who is credible and who […] The post Workplace Investigations:...

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Workplace Violence Is on the Rise: Here’s What You Need to Do

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00

Did you know that right now, nearly one in seven employees feels unsafe at work, according to a Society for Human Resource Management study conducted earlier this year, and that HR professionals report that violent workplace incidents are up 36% since 2012? Here’s what you need to do about workplace violence. Asses Risk of Violence […] The...

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Got Rapinoe? What Women’s Soccer Can Teach Employers About Resisting the Urge to Retaliate

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00

On July 7, 2019, the U.S. women’s soccer team won its second consecutive World Cup championship and its fourth world championship overall. The team used the win as another opportunity to protest what it perceives to be pay discrimination. Since filing its equal pay lawsuit last March, it seems the team has been in a […] The post Got...

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Washington Ban on Pay History Inquiries to Take Effect July 28

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:39

Changes to the Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act (EPOA) taking effect on July 28 mean that, with some exceptions, employers will be prohibited from inquiring about wage or salary history and will be required to provide applicants and internal transfers with the wage scale or salary range for open positions upon request. What’s Required...

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Series of ERISA Retirement Benefit Cases Head to Supreme Court Docket

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 04:25

Three lawsuits against corporate retirement benefit plans involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) have been, and a fourth may be, granted certiorari by the U.S. Supreme Court for its next term, a relatively large concentration of these cases in the High Court’s recent history of hearing ERISA matters. Here’s a brief...

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