SHRM HR News
Employers Tackle Social Factors Imperiling Workers’ Health
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
More employers are working on community health initiatives with their local business associations and municipal governments to address social factors linked with poor employee health.
Putting Humanity into HR Compliance: Collapse the HR Triangle—Enable but Don’t Be an Enabler
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
How can HR professionals help managers have difficult conversations in a timely, constructive way? And how can HR do so without creating a communication triangle with the three points being HR, management and employees?
Do State Wage and Hour Laws Apply on the Outer Continental Shelf?
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a dispute about whether state or federal employment laws applied to an offshore drilling rig worker's wage and hour claims for time spent on a platform located more than three miles from the California coast.
Maine Joins States that Ban Salary-History Inquiries
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
Maine recently became the latest state to ban employers from asking job candidates about their current or past earnings—joining seven other states that impose such bans.
District Judge Says ERISA Doesn’t Pre-Empt CalSavers Retirement Plan
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
​California can require employers to deduct pay from employees' paychecks for a state-sponsored retirement savings plan without running afoul of federal law, a federal judge in California ruled March 29.
Microinternships Offer New College-to-Career Path
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
Professional short-term projects serve as mutual auditions for employers seeking talent and college students interested in certain roles or industries—all outside of the formal, semester-long internship program structure.
Unhealthy Forms of Masculinity Can Persist in the Workplace
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
Today, many men are reflecting on how their behavior affects other people in ways they haven't before, and rethinking the traditional, masculine forms of leadership.
Are Escape Rooms and Games Great Ways to Test Potential Hires?
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
Some companies are using escape rooms, lazer tag and board games to measure job candidates' strengths and weaknesses, though skeptics say this is a less than ideal approach to hiring.
Quebec: Draft Regulation Would Put Constraints on Recruitment Agencies
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
In June 2018, amendments made to the Quebec Labor Standards Act (LSA) included additional obligations for personnel placement agencies and temporary foreign worker recruitment agencies. These amendments now are on the verge of being enforced.
UK: Slow Progress Is Being Made on Gender Pay Gap
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
April 5 was the first anniversary of the U.K. requirement to report gender pay gaps by businesses with 250 or more employees and the results were disappointing.
Caution Student-Employees Against Travel Abroad During ‘Cap-Gap’ Period
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
Foreign nationals in the United States who are transitioning from student visas to employer-sponsored visas may have a hard time returning to the U. S. if they travel abroad between the date their student visa expires and Oct. 1, when professional visas take effect.
Germany: Expiration of Leave at Year’s End Is No Longer Automatic
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
A German court has overturned a long-held principle in German law, and, as a result, a worker’s leave no longer automatically expires at the end of a calendar year.
Germany: Employees Have Broad Rights to Personnel Files
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
Employees can access their personnel files and get a copy of any other data processed and stored about them, even during an ongoing trial, according to a Dec. 20 ruling by Germany’s State Labor Court of Baden-Württemberg.
California Bill Would Expand Definition of Race to Include Hairstyle
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
New Mexico Expands Employment Protections for Medical Marijuana Users
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
New Mexico lawmakers recently expanded the range of conditions for which medical marijuana may be used and created new employment protections for employees who legally use medical marijuana. Here’s what employers should know.
Synagogue Teachers’ Wage Claims Not Barred by Ministerial Exception
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
Teachers at a California synagogue preschool were not ministers within the meaning of the First Amendment's ministerial exception, so they were allowed to proceed with their state-law wage and hour claims.
HHS Secretary Azar Wants Employers to Help Control Health Care Costs
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
To rein in health care costs, employers can avoid plans with “backdoor rebates” on prescription drugs, contract directly with hospitals and guide employees to high quality, competitively priced doctors, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told a gathering of large employers.
Microsoft Pay-Equity Case Raises Contentious Issues
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
A group of women who worked for Microsoft are challenging a court’s decision that won’t let them proceed with a class action asserting nationwide gender-discrimination, but others—including the Society for Human Resource Management—contend that the decision upholds manager discretion in performance evaluations and pay practices.
Can Employers Require Measles Vaccines?
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
The recent measles outbreak raises the question of whether employers can require that workers get the vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) or prove immunity from the illness.
British Columbia Takes Steps to Close the Gender Pay Gap
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT
While pay for Canadian women in the past 50 years has inched closer to that for Canadian men, the gap between what men and women earn for doing the same jobs continues to be a source of concern across the country, including in British Columbia, Canada.
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