SHRM HR News
Tips to Correct Common Website Design Barriers
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Website features may inadvertently pose barriers to people with disabilities. This chart highlights common barriers and solutions.
Can People with Disabilities Use Your Careers Website?
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Design barriers might be closing off your access to this talent pool and opening employers up to legal liability.
Potential Job Applicants Sue Companies with Difficult Online Forms
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Did you know your careers website could soon be challenged as inaccessible? Litigation challenging inaccessible websites is sprouting up, not just against businesses open to the public but also against employers over inaccessible careers portals under state law in California. Could California prove to be a trendsetter in this developing area of employment law?
How to Make Your Careers Website Usable for People with Disabilities
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Regardless of whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or state law requires careers portals to be accessible, many employers want their careers websites to be so that they can recruit people with disabilities—a talent pool that could help employers fill jobs more quickly in the tight labor market. To achieve this goal, these businesses should not only strive to meet technical standards but make quick fixes and implement website-accessibility policies.
Mobility Professionals Take on HR-Like Qualities
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
​Employee relocation—long viewed mostly as a logistical endeavor of shifting people and their belongings from one place to another—has been taking on a larger, more strategic role for many organizations.
Timing of Demotion Decision Sinks FMLA Claim
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
A former county recreation commission employee could not proceed with his Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claim against the commission because it had decided to demote him, and he had refused to accept the new job, before he applied for FMLA leave.
FMLA Failure-to-Promote Claim Is Viable
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
A Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) discriminatory interference claim can be based on a failure to promote, but an exercise-of-rights interference claim can’t be based on a corrected error that didn’t prevent a worker from taking entitled leave, according to a federal district court in Nevada.
Don’t Require Employees to Keep Written Warnings Confidential
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Trying to discourage workplace gossip by prohibiting employees from discussing their written disciplinary warnings usually isn’t a good idea on the part of employers, employment attorneys say.
Are Supervisors Who Earn Less than Subordinates Eligible for Overtime Pay?
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
​What would happen if a supervisor made less money than his or her employees? Would the supervisor be eligible for overtime pay?
Is Mere Existence of Anti-Harassment Policy Enough to Win Disputes?
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Judges may be prone to dismiss harassment claims against companies that have anti-harassment policies, recent research indicates, but companies shouldn’t rely on that to get them off the hook if they are faced with a claim.
Women Slowly, Steadily Take Seats on Boards of Directors
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
​A new California law requiring publicly traded companies to increase the number of female board directors is the latest example of efforts to improve gender diversity in business leadership. Some large companies are leading the way, but progress is slow.
Viewpoint: How a Department of One Can Help Eliminate Hiring Bias
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
When the American Alliance of Museums--a small nonprofit with an HR department of one--set a goal of increasing diversity and inclusion in its hiring practices, there were three obstacles in the way. And one of those was the HR director herself.
Viewpoint: Three Options for Navigating to Talent Hot Spots
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Highly-skilled, in-demand workers tend to cluster in cities where innovations and break-throughs happen almost daily. Companies don't necessarily have to move their headquarters to these cities, but they can establish a presence in them--and reap the benefits of a larger pool of talent.
Change Maker for Hire: What to Look for When Hiring for Innovation
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
How to look for change makers who can help make your business thrive in an uncertain world.
Can You Require That Employees Attend Social Functions?
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
The holiday season is coming, and many employers will be hosting social events at the workplace and offsite. Workers may look forward to participating in the annual festivities, but can you require that they attend? Here’s what employment law attorneys said.
Employers Don’t Want New Overtime Rule to Repeat 2016 Mistakes
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
​Cut services, layoffs, reduced employee benefits—these are just some of the reasons employers said they opposed the 2016 overtime rule during a hearing the Department of Labor held on its upcoming proposed overtime rule.
Minimum Wage Rates by State and Municipality
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT
A chart of minimum wage rates by state and municipality.
Employees Are the Focus of Next-Gen HR Service Technology
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Employee experience platforms have created a buzz in the human resources technology industry, but what exactly are these systems, and what new benefits can they deliver? Employee experience platforms are software or online portals that help employees find basic HR information on their own—letting HR provide higher-level service and boosting employees’ perceptions of HR and the company.
What Happens When We Teach Machines to Think Like We Do?
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Robots and artificial intelligence are new tools recruiters are using to find and screen job candidates--freeing them up from tedious tasks to focus on more strategic efforts. But beware of the unintentional consequences of teaching machines to think like we do: stereotypes and discrimination.
FMLA Retaliation Claim Survives
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT
A short period of time between a discharge decision and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave may be sufficient to establish pretext for retaliation when the employer knew of misconduct prior to the leave but discharged only after a return from the time off.
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