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New Policies May Discourage Employers from Hiring Foreign Nationals

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers have been given expanded discretion to deny visa petitions and benefit requests, as well as broadened latitude to refer foreign nationals—including workers whose petitions or requests have been denied and lawful status has expired—for removal proceedings.

Neutral System That Automatically Rounded Employee Time OK in California

An employer’s use of a payroll system that automatically rounded employee time up or down to the nearest quarter-hour did not violate California wage and hour law, the California Court of Appeal ruled.

Minimum Wage Rates by State and Municipality

A chart of minimum wage rates by state and municipality.

Platform-as-a-Service Helps Solve Cloud Customization Challenges

Platform-as-a-service (PAAS) ranks among the most-unknown but useful technologies in the human resources arena. PAAS solutions are cloud-hosted environments that include infrastructure but no data or software.

Your Career Q&A: From Nonprofit to Commerce

How can HR professionals working in nonprofit industries make the switch to for-profit companies? Best-selling author Martin Yate, a career coach and former HR professional, offers his advice.

How Can HR Handle Intentional I-9 Immigration Violations?

HR professionals are sometimes placed in sticky situations when it comes to workplace compliance. Now that the federal government has ramped up its immigration-enforcement efforts, it is critical that HR practitioners ensure that their companies are following proper employment-verification procedures. So what can HR do if an employer ignores immigration rules? What happens if workers provide false documents? Here's what immigration attorneys told SHRM Online.

FMLA Leave May Not Preclude Unemployment Benefits

​An employee taking unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may be deemed unemployed under the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.

Termination of Assurance Pay After FMLA Leave Upheld

An automotive retailer that guaranteed minimum compensation to a manager after purchasing his prior employer did not violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when it ended the compensation arrangement shortly after the manager’s medical leave.

California's 2018 Midyear Minimum Wage Increases

On July 1, a number of localities in California increased their minimum wages. This chart summarizes those changes.

Big Apple’s Law Mandating Temporary Schedule Changes Takes Effect

Enacted this past January, New York City's "temporary schedule change" law becomes effective on July 18. The law provides employees with the right to request two temporary schedule changes per calendar year for personal events, and employers must ensure that they are prepared to respond to their employees' requests for changes in work schedules and understand what types of personal events qualify for leave.

7 Fast-Food Chains Agree to End No-Poaching Deals

Ten states and Washington, D.C., are starting investigations into whether popular fast-food chains are prohibiting their franchisees from hiring workers away from one another. Worker advocates say that no-poaching agreements prevent workers from switching jobs, locking them into low-paying positions and contribute to wage stagnation.

Experts: U.S. Immigration Policies Are Making It Harder to Fill Job Openings

The Trump administration’s immigration policies and procedures are making it more difficult for United States-based employers to fill job openings, according to talent and immigration experts. The government has stepped up its scrutiny of visa applications, resulting in delays and higher costs for hiring foreign workers.

2019 Salary Budgets Inch Upward Ever So Slightly

U.S. salary budgets are projected to increase by an average of 3.2 percent in 2019, up from an actual year-over-year increase of 3.1 percent for 2018, confirming that wage growth remains surprisingly stagnant despite record low unemployment.

Uber CHRO Resigns Following Whistle-blower Complaints

​Uber's HR chief human resource officer, who had overseen a range of steps to improve diversity at the organization, stepped down earlier this week, and the verdict is still out on the exact reasons why.

Technology Roles Are Fastest-Growing Jobs in Retail

The composition of the retail workforce is changing in line with the transformative shift from brick-and-mortar stores to e-commerce operations, according to LinkedIn data.

Changes to Retirement Plan Loan Rules Mean Updating Tax Notices

As of January 2018, the rules are more relaxed for rollovers of defaulted 401(k) loans, but the IRS has not yet updated the model tax notices to reflect the 2018 changes in the law. Thus, employers may want to confirm with their plan administrators that the required tax notices are updated for use in 2018.

A 401(k) Twist on Student-Loan Aid

Abbott Laboratories recently launched a benefit that helps employees save for retirement while paying off student loans. The benefit also sidesteps the taxes that direct student-loan repayment aid would trigger. Should other employers follow this example?

India: Delhi Amended the Minimum Wages Act, Making Penalties More Stringent

​The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 was amended with respect to its application to the National Capital Territory of Delhi and received the president's assent recently.

Germany: Salary Payment in Tokens Regulated

More companies are considering paying their employees in tokens such as Bitcoin. Are there restrictions under German employment law that companies must take into account?

IRS Changes Determination-Letter Program for Retirement Plans

​The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made significant changes to the determination-letter program through which it previously issued favorable determination letters for qualified retirement plans.

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