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Changing Expectations on Sexual Harassment Policies and Training

SHRM-certified HR professionals in the era of the #MeToo movement have the responsibility and obligation to design policies and educate our workforces on sexual harassment, retaliation, bullying and hostile work environments.

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Recertification Q&A: Carrying Over Credits

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your SHRM credential.

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New policy permits SHRM-certified participants to earn up to 2 PDCs per year

Facebook Close to Finalizing Changes for Job Ads

Facebook recently revealed more details about planned changes to its employment advertising system that are designed to prevent discrimination.

Viewpoint: Employees Busted Taking FMLA Leave for a Caribbean 'Booze' Cruise

Employees abusing leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is alive and well, especially in summer. Fortunately, there are several ways to keep employees from misusing FMLA leave. Here are 10.

Putting Humanity into HR Compliance: Only the CEO Can Eradicate Sexual Harassment

Since the 1980s, we’ve experienced explosive growth in the HR profession, the employment law profession and HR consulting. At the same time, we’ve experienced explosive growth in employment litigation. What we haven’t experienced is improvement in assuring harassment-free workplaces. And we haven’t experienced improvement in HR effectiveness in preventing harassment.

Fired New Hire Can Sue Former Employer for Making False Comments

A worker who claimed that his new employer fired him after his prior employer falsely said he was bound by a noncompete agreement can proceed with his lawsuit against the former employer, a California appeals court ruled.

California Employers May Need to File Pay-Data Reports Similar to EEO-1

A California bill that would require large employers to file with the state government annual pay-data reports with information sorted by race, ethnicity and sex has cleared a key hurdle. Now the state Assembly must decide the bill’s fate.

Appeals Court Revives Trump’s Orders on Federal Labor Relations

A federal appeals court brought new life to President Donald Trump's executive orders that could make firing employees and weakening their union representation easier for federal agencies.

Walmart Revolutionizes Its Training with Virtual Reality

A quiet virtual reality revolution is occurring at Walmart. Since 2017, when the company began using virtual reality headsets in its training centers—called “Walmart Academies”—Walmart has used the technology to improve the employee experience, better assess workers’ skills and present new ways of training staff.

Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam

Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam: A Guide to Success on the SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® Exams, is a new guidebook to help you understand and prepare for the tests.

IRS Allows Health Plans to Cover More Treatments Before Deductible Is Met

The IRS added treatments for a range of chronic conditions to the list of preventive-care benefits for which a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) can pay—even if a plan enrollee's health care spending hasn't surpassed the plan deductible—without running afoul of the rules allowing pretax contributions to health savings accounts (HSAs). The change is expected to make HDHP/HSA plans more attractive.

Judge Dismisses Challenge to Rule Expanding Short-Term Health Plans

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., struck down a lawsuit challenging a 2018 Trump administration rule that expanded the scope of short-term, limited duration insurance (STLDI) plans sold on the individual health insurance market. STLDI plans, which need not comply with all of the Affordable Care Act's coverage requirements, can be a lower-cost alternative to COBRA for some employees. Premiums for STLDI plans can be paid by employers through excepted-benefit health reimbursement arrangements.

Workers Sue Yale University Over Workplace Wellness Penalties

A class action lawsuit on behalf of Yale University's workers alleges that the university's employee wellness program uses financial incentives that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

2020 Leap Year Highlights Extra Pay Period Challenge

Leap years, such as 2020, can be a headache for HR and payroll professionals—resulting in an extra payday in the calendar year, depending on when and how employees are paid. The problem of an extra pay period, however, isn't exclusive to leap years.

The Extramarital Affair at Work

Gossiping. Backstabbing. Falling morale. Fading respect for leaders. What workplace event could cause all these things? An extramarital affair. Romances between co-workers, and extramarital affairs especially, tend to raise eyebrows. So how is a manager or HR director supposed to deal with it?

Employers May Catch Temporary Break on Impending California Privacy Law

Thanks to recent negotiations among state lawmakers, it appears that California employers may get a temporary reprieve on some of the more sweeping data-privacy requirements that were set to take effect in just a few short months.

Paid Leave Soon to be Required in Nevada

On June 12, 2019, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak sign into law SB 312, which will require Nevada private-sector employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid leave a year.

Court: New York’s Bar on Sexual-Harassment Arbitration Pacts Is Pre-Empted

A federal district court ruling confirms that employers that are covered by the Federal Arbitration Act can rely on arbitration to resolve sexual harassment disputes, despite the efforts of a state legislature to limit the claims that may be sent to arbitration.

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