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Top 7 Benefits Articles for 2018

As the year winds down, here's a look back at some of SHRM Online’s most-read articles about employee benefits this year, describing developments and trends that will have continuing impact in 2019.

Recruiting Scams Are on the Rise

Online recruiting scams have re-emerged to prey on job seekers and employers. The Better Business Bureau tracked more than 3,000 recruiting scams in the first 10 months of 2018.

6 Big Compensation Articles in 2018

The hot compensation topics for the year were reflected in these top-read articles from SHRM Online.

Minimum Wage Rates by State and Municipality

A chart of minimum wage rates by state and municipality.

How Does Your Workplace Handle Crying at Work?

People cry at work for a variety of reasons. For both employees and managers, it’s important to practice emotional intelligence and think before reacting.

SHRM Introduces Specialty Credential in People Analytics

Earning the SHRM People Analytics Specialty Credential demonstrates that HR professionals have the foundational knowledge and analytics literacy to examine relevant, real-world business issues and effectively communicate data-supported recommendations to their organizations.

Family of Practitioners Joins Family of SHRM Certification-Holders

​Patricia Clendening, SHRM-SCP, her husband, David, SHRM-CP, and son Christopher, SHRM-CP, work together in the HR consulting practice that she founded.

Veterans at Work Certificate Open for Registration

​The SHRM Foundation's new Veterans at Work Certificate Program is now open to all HR professionals. This free, educational program, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, is part of the SHRM Foundation's commitment to building more-inclusive workplaces and focuses on best practices for attracting, hiring and retaining veterans.

Career Resources and Tools for SHRM Members Really Work

​SHRM's career resources pages for SHRM members reflect the Society's commitment to advancing the HR profession and serving HR professionals through continuous improvement. These user-friendly, interactive tools help you meet your commitment to developing your career and helping your organization.

Why Are Workers Quitting Their Jobs in Record Numbers?

More U.S. workers are quitting their jobs than at any time since the numbers have been recorded. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 3.5 million people—or 2.3 percent of the total workforce—left their jobs voluntarily in October, the most recent month for which data exists. Private-sector workers quit at a rate of 2.6 percent in October, up from 2.4 percent the previous year.

Year-End Tax Bill Modestly Expands Tuition and Retirement Benefits

Congress is considering a year-end tax-relief package that would further delay the Affordable Care Act "Cadillac tax," ease some regulations on retirement savings plans and expand the use of tax-exempt tuition benefits, although not as broadly as employer groups wanted.

When Under Stress, Managers Reveal Their Dark Sides

Nearly 3,000 comments that workers made about their bosses reveal that, when under stress, their managers can be condescending, ridiculing and indecisive.

13 Ways to Improve Written Warnings and Manage Employees Better

Written warnings are meant to help document employee behavior or performance problems, but they can fall short.

Emojis Deemed Harmless but Retaliation Claim Advances

A plaintiff who was fired a week after reporting unwanted advances could proceed with her retaliation claim.

Top 10 California HR News Articles for 2018

California HR professionals had to deal with quite a few changes in 2018. This year's most-read SHRM Online articles covered marijuana legalization, pay equity, background investigations and more.

Top 9 Diversity and Inclusion Stories for 2018

Dealing with, and preventing, racism and harassment in the workplace were popular global and cultural effectiveness topics for our readers in 2018. Here are the top 10 stories from SHRM Online.

Viewpoint: How to Maximize HR Software-as-a-Service

The ability to build HR software-as-a-service (SAAS) offers unique possibilities, and at the same time can present distinct challenges that organizations should be aware of and plan for to minimize disruption.

Viewpoint: FMLA Leave Can Affect Year-End Bonuses

Leave taken under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can affect incentive pay tied to attendance and productivity. Employers should understand how holiday pay and leaves law interact.

On-Demand Pay Apps Are Catching On

More employers are providing workers with apps that let them cash out accrued earnings prior to payday. While instant access to earned pay is a popular perk, employers should set guidelines when making it available.

Don't Fall for These Year-End E-Mail Scams Targeting Payroll Data

The holidays and tax season present opportunities for cyber thieves seeking to steal employee data, especially bank information relating to direct-deposit credentials.

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