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Employees Can Continue to Apply for DACA Program

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 03:00

It isn’t any secret that immigration issues have been a hot topic in employment for the last several years. One such issue involved the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly referred to as “DACA.” A recent U.S. Supreme Court case shed some light on that program for employers—for now. Here are the details. What...

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Who Is NOT Covered by the FLSA?

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 03:00

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) mandates the federal minimum wage level and requirement to pay employees overtime for hours in excess of 40 per workweek. While there are many more components to the FLSA, these are two that tend to get a lot of attention. Most employers are subject to the FLSA, but there […] The post Who Is NOT Covered by...

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‘Soft Safe Harbor’ May be Possible for Employers Submitting Diversity Materials

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 03:01

The Trump administration’s request that employers doing business with the federal government submit training materials used as part of their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts is sparking confusion and concern, but some questions are being answered. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the division of the U.S....

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Automation Will Displace 85 Million Jobs Over the Next 5 Years, Finds Report

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 03:00

As the unemployment rate continues to ebb and flow with rising levels of COVID-19 cases, jobseekers are in for more unfortunate news; a new  report released by the World Economic Forum indicates that over the next 5 years, automation will force many roles to become obsolete. The Future of Jobs 2020 report has found that COVID-19 has...

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Ways HR Can Support Web Accessibility for a Remote Workforce

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 03:00

Web accessibility is a vital component of workplace equity and one frequently neglected in the conversation following the pandemic workforce shift. Now, employers are seeking remote solutions to their workplace needs, but accessibility often goes unaddressed. Employees with disabilities or those in underserved and rural areas experience specific...

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(Infographic) Are Remote Workers Productive?

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 03:00

Many experts and HR practitioners lauded the value of flexible and remote work situations for their employees, based on years of research. The primary argument against implementing these measures from leadership was “but what about their productivity?” Now the largest remote work experiment has been forced upon us, and the results are in. Take...

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Travel Policies, Payroll, and Leave—COVID-19 Questions That Just Won’t Go Away

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 03:00

During the COVID-19 pandemic, questions about when employees may or may not travel, how to assess temperature checks at the front door, and a wide array of other issues have continued to crop up. Whenever an employer feels like it’s gotten its arms around the appropriate answers, circumstances change, with states opening and closing, infection...

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Remote Control—How Employers Can Avoid Litigation Disadvantages in the WFH Era

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 03:00

Remote work is here to stay. The shift from in-person office work to working from home has been dramatic, and the data and commentators suggest it may be permanent. Employers, therefore, need to develop thoughtful telecommuting options and employment policies to go with them. For companies with workers in other states, the work-from-home (WFH)...

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Simple Ways to Fix Your Candidate Experience

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 03:00

With everything that’s broken in the world right now, HR and talent acquisition (TA) professionals must focus on creating experiences that can deliver speed, convenience, and help, says Tracey Parsons, President of Parsons Strategic Consulting, in a recent HR Now session. In the session, “Building Now: Candidate Experience When It Seems...

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Helpful Summary of EEOC’s New COVID-19 Guidance

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 03:00

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released updated guidance for both employers and employees addressing common questions related to COVID-19 and the federal employment laws. The update pulled together information from other agency resources, modified two existing questions and answers, and added 18 new ones. Read on to...

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Let Them Watch Netflix!

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 03:00

The Internet and a wide range of social media channels and media-sharing tools understandably create concerns among company leaders and HR professionals about how employees are spending their time—and the potential productivity-draining impact these tools and devices can have. So, companies often establish policies, rules, guidelines, and...

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Agency Asks Federal Contractors for Copies of Diversity Training Materials

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 05:53

The agency that monitors whether federal contractors comply with requirements against discrimination in employment is asking employers to provide copies of diversity training materials as part of its push to enforce President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Order (EO) dealing with diversity efforts. On October 21, the Office of Federal Contract...

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Christy Harris on Developing Talent Through the Lens of Diversity, Inclusion

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 03:01

Employers large and small have long touted the benefits of developing a diverse workforce. But to get the most from diversity efforts, HR professionals need a clear view, not one clouded by a limited plan. Instead, they need to look through a lens that shows how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) should have a place […] The post Christy...

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Teaching Business Ethics for Better Corporate Culture

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 03:00

In a competitive business environment, there is often temptation among companies, their employees, and executives to cut corners to further their own interests. In the short term, bad actors may see their efforts rewarded; however, in the long term, most are found out, and the consequences can be tremendous, including bad publicity, fines, and even...

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How to Keep Up with Nonexempt Teleworkers’ Time

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 03:00

For many employers, the telework experiment necessitated by COVID-19 has been a surprising success. Many are considering whether to continue the work-from-home option for at least a portion of the workforce. One lingering concern, however, is how best to track time for nonexempt workers who are away from the physical workplace. New DOL Guidance...

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Corporate Culture Week Exclusive: Engaging Off-Site Employees

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 03:00

Editor’s note: Throughout the week, we’ll be featuring exclusive insights into the world of corporate culture. Employee engagement plays a vital role in your organization’s culture as it helps retain top talent. Earlier this week we shared tips for helping you improve engagement for all workers, but here, we’ll be focusing specifically on...

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A Response to Change: Assessing Executive Candidates and Arming Incumbents for Organizational Success

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 03:00

The events of 2020 have served as a catalyst for change in many areas of our lives. As individuals, we have been forced to think, act, and interact with one another differently. As organizations, we are propelled to establish more inclusive, agile, and flexible workplaces. Making such adaptations at an accelerated pace is no small […] The...

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Creative Communications—Ideas for a Trying Time

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 03:00

Communication is always a critical best practice for nurturing and engaging a productive and loyal team. In the midst of COVID-19 uncertainty, however, it’s more important than ever. At The Trade Desk, a global digital advertising technology company in Ventura, California, Vina Leite, Chief People Officer, says the company has been fortunate to...

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Corporate Culture Week Exclusive: Culture Matters

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 03:00

Editor’s note: Throughout the week, we’ll be featuring exclusive insights into the world of corporate culture. This article will provide tips for conveying your culture to jobseekers and potential candidates. Culture matters to employees. Just as employers are eager to find the “right fit,” so, too, are employees hoping to land a job in an...

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Purl: A Pink Ball of Yarn Champions Workplace D&I

Wed, 10/21/2020 - 03:00

One silver lining of the pandemic is that I have had an opportunity to catch up on some of my favorite Pixar short films with my daughter—most recently, the SparkShorts film Purl. Our protagonist, the titular Purl, is a warm and (quite literally) fuzzy sort who is hired into a fast-paced, male-dominated company, aptly called […] The post...

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