SHRM HR News
Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Lockdowns
Employers can learn key lessons from the self-imposed and regional lockdowns in 2020, whether that’s the success of remote work for many employees, the challenges others find with teleworking and who is an essential worker who is not eligible for remote work.
Class of 2021 Uniquely Prepared to Join the Workforce
​With the COVID-19 pandemic poised to continue deep into 2021, the next generation of professionals faces substantial challenges when entering the workforce. But their unique perspective may also give them an advantage.
President Issues Executive Order on Increased Worker Safety During Pandemic
President Joe Biden issued an executive order Jan. 21 calling for increased protection of the safety and health of workers from COVID-19. The order requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to consider whether any emergency temporary standards on COVID-19, such as masks, are necessary.
Biden Administration to Review Rules for Employee Health and Retirement Plans
The Biden administration is reviewing Trump administration final regulations with an eye toward replacing many that address employer-sponsored health and retirement plans, and has frozen all proposed regulations pending their review.
Ask HR: Can Companies Mandate the COVID-19 Vaccine for Employees£
Can employers require their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine£ How can companies that offer health insurance manage requests from employees' spouses for coverage£ SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions each with for a series in USA Today.
Biden Administration Freezes Proposed and Pending Regulations
On President Joe Biden's first day in office, his chief of staff asked all federal agencies to freeze proposed regulations and those with pending effective dates—which includes several workplace rules.
Canada: Employers Reassess Business Travel During COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised issues among Canadian businesses about work travel, employment law experts say, forcing companies to re-evaluate their travel policies.
Benefits Are Often an Afterthought During Recruitment
Employee benefits can be a highly effective recruitment tool, but too often benefits are only discussed by employers during the onboarding process, after an offer has been accepted. Benefits also can be overlooked as a key to employee retention.
Appropriations Act Requires Employer Actions to Ensure Mental Health Parity
Employer-sponsored health plans must document their compliance with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires equal coverage limits for mental health and medical benefits, and be prepared to give regulators, on request, a copy of this analyses.
President Biden Appoints New Agency Heads
President Joe Biden has named new heads of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and National Labor Relations Board.
NLRB General Counsel Ousted
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, was ousted from his post on Jan. 20. Robb’s term was set to expire on Nov. 17.
Certification Q&A: Verification Review
In order to protect the integrity of the SHRM certification program, SHRM conducts verification reviews of a percentage of recertification applications to ensure they meet SHRM certification standards. Here's what you need to do if you are selected for review.
Add Kinesthetic Learning to Your Development Toolkit
HR is a professon of doing--creating new policies and strategies, rolling out new programs, and coaching leaders and managers. If you're studying for the SHRM certification exam, try to incorporate kinesthetic learning, the processing of information by using touch and movement.
Bringing Stay Interviews to Your Organization
Considering the challenges we have all faced in 2020, a stay interview conducted early in 2021 would be a great way to engage the workforce and implement changes that can be made throughout the year.
The HR Department in Planning Mode
While our plans for 2020 may have fallen through, that doesn't mean we can't plan effectively for 2021, despite the pandemic and its unknown challenges. Regardless of timing or innovation, if you're failing to plan, you're likely planning to fail.
First-Time Unemployment Claims Reach 900K
States reported that 900,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Jan. 16, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell to 5 million. About 16 million people are receiving some type of unemployment aid.
President Biden's Immigration Plan Legalizes Millions of Undocumented Workers
Newly sworn-in President Joe Biden unveiled legislation Jan. 20 that would create a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 10-12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, offering expedited green card eligibility to “Dreamers”—undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children—as well as those under temporary protected status (TPS) and farmworkers.
Employers Should Note These Workplace Litigation Trends for 2021
In the midst of a pandemic, employers may have more workplace compliance and employee relations matters to resolve than is usual. Training supervisors to properly respond to key issues before they escalate can help employers stay out of court.
UK Calls on Pension Fiduciaries to Help Protect Plan Members from Scams
U.K. regulators are calling on the pension industry to step up the fight against scams that target employee retirement savings—a problem that appears to have intensified during the coronavirus pandemic.
EEOC Finalizes Guidance on Workplace Religious Protections
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved revisions to its guidance on religious discrimination claims for the first time in 13 years. The updates clarify the legal protections available to employers and employees, according to the agency.
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