SHRM HR News
Facial Analysis Technology in the Workplace Brings Risks
Facial recognition technology has been under the microscope as organizations and lawmakers re-evaluate its use in the wake of global protests about racial injustice. Technology giants Amazon, IBM and Microsoft all recently announced that they would stop selling facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States, citing the technology’s potential for violating human rights and concerns about racial profiling.
Screening for Applicants’ COVID-19 Concerns: Can You£ Should You£
HR professionals know that the interviewing process can be time-consuming and costly, and there’s always the risk that a candidate will accept an offer elsewhere. But 2020 brings a new concern and potential risk—that fear of COVID-19 will cause candidates to back out of the process even after an offer has been made.
Employees Look to Employers to Rise Up Against Racism
​The killing of George Floyd in June has sparked social unrest around the country, and many employees are expecting organizations to speak up—and to speak out—against racism.
Managing Both Onsite and Remote Workers Requires Finesse
Managers may find themselves dealing with resentment between employees who are allowed to continue working remotely and those who are being told they can't any longer. Point out safety efforts at the worksite and benefits that can help with stress and anxiety.
Wellness Programs Step Up as Worksites Reopen
Collaboration between facilities managers and HR wellness leaders can be vital to ensuring workplaces are safe as employees return to work.
Do Your Employees Know Why You Believe in Racial Equity£
If your company is stepping up to condemn racism and discrimination and to reduce bias in hiring, don't frame it as something the company "has to do." Falsely labeling diversity efforts as charity or compulsion will only further divisions between employees. Here are some suggestions for how your team can meaningfully communicate and execute your commitment to anti-bias and dismantling racism.
Navigating the New Normal in International Business Travel
What can your company expect in terms of your employees’ ability to travel internationally as parts of the world begin to come out of months of lockdown£ And what will the ongoing restrictions and changes in everyday life mean for your company’s ability to transfer or hire new foreign national talent in key areas£ Only time will tell exactly what will happen, but we are beginning to see patterns and hints of what is to come.
Virginia ‘Bans the Box’ on Marijuana Possession
New legislation took effect in Virginia on July 1 that prohibits employers from requiring job applicants to disclose information related to past criminal charges for simple marijuana possession. Simple possession refers to having a minimal amount of the substance for personal use without an intent to distribute it.
EEOC Expands Mediation Program During Coronavirus Pandemic
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on July 7 two six-month pilot programs—one for its mediation program and one for its conciliation process—to make mediation more widely available and to bring about more uniformity in conciliations.
Virtual Benefit Fairs Draw Interest for Fall Open Enrollment
For the fall 2020 open enrollment period, during which employees will select their benefits for 2021, more employers are expected to "go virtual" by taking benefit fairs online, with cyber equivalents for vendor booths and Q&A opportunities.
DOL Can Infer FLSA Damages from Limited Evidence of Hours Worked
In an enforcement lawsuit on behalf of unpaid child workers, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) can prove wages owed based on the days and weeks that a plurality of the children claimed to have worked, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
OSHA Citation and Penalty Vacated
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lack of sufficient notice required an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation and penalty to be vacated.
Team Angst and Brokering Peace in the COVID-19 Era
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the world, the nation and the workplace. People are tired and anxious, and it’s inevitable that those frustrations and fears will make their way into the workplace. When tempers are short, staff members become impatient with one another, and workers may become less restrained about airing their political beliefs or—worse—bullies may start to pick on and badger other workers. It’s time to step in. How you step in, though, can make all the difference.
Post-COVID-19 Nightmare: Substance Abuse on the Job
At least 30 states are reporting COVID-19-related spikes in fatal opioid overdoses and heightened concern about substance use disorders, which poses a serious threat to worker safety and could cost tens of thousands in productivity losses, absenteeism, presenteeism and workers’ compensation claims.
5 Lessons Managers Can Learn from Casinos About Reopening Their Business
Most U.S. casinos have reopened amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s enough of a data set to see what gaming centers have done right and done wrong after opening their doors to the public again. It’s also enough to provide some lessons for other businesses looking to reopen—especially those that tend to draw large numbers of people in close quarters.
The Cover Letter: A Powerful Executive Briefing
​Not all job postings require you to upload a cover letter, and some resume databases don't even allow it. But if you get the chance to do so, take it. Try using the executive briefing format, advises career columnist Martin Yate, to succinctly match your skills with the company's needs.
More Racial Diversity at Tech Companies Can Help Eliminate Biased Products
In the wake of national and international protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd while in police custody, companies are revisiting their approach to diversity and inclusion (D&I) policies. Innovative technology companies have little to show for efforts they’ve made in previous years to raise the number and profile of black employees at their firms.
Responding to Employees’ Spouses’ Coronavirus Concerns
Many spouses of workers are worried when they go to worksites during the pandemic, and some employees are afraid to work onsite because they have family members who are at high risk.
Paycheck Protection Program Application Deadline Extended
President Donald Trump signed a bill into law on July 4 giving small businesses that are struggling during the coronavirus crisis an additional five weeks to apply for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Federal Agencies Plan to Address Gig-Worker Status, Pay-Data Collection
The federal government plans to propose a rule on gig-worker classification, revise pay-data collection rules and address student workers' right to unionize, according to the spring 2020 regulatory agenda, which was issued later than expected due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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