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California Employees Can’t Seek Back Pay Under PAGA

Employees cannot collect unpaid wages under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), the California Supreme Court has ruled. PAGA allows workers to seek civil penalties for labor code violations on behalf of the state, but they must pursue back wages in separate actions against their employers.

Younger Employees Face Rewards, Risks in Stock Compensation Plans

Millennials and Generation Z employees value participation in their employer's stock compensation program, which lets them feel connected to their company and participate in its growth potential. But they should be mindful of investing too much of their net worth in the company that employs them.

Accept the Unexpected: How HR Can Create a Crisis Management Plan

It is one thing to expect the unexpected. It is quite another to accept the unexpected. Here's how to create a response plan that links crisis management and business continuity meaningfully and effectively.

Artificial Intelligence Boosts Employee Performance

Technology tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and cloud-based analytics platforms, along with aggregated “big data” organized into informational dashboards, may have cracked the code for improving worker productivity.

‘Just Text Me’: Job Interviews by Today’s Preferred Communication Tool

Recently, employers are eliminating visibility in favor of efficiency and near limitless candidate accessibility through interviews by text. In the constantly evolving hiring market, employers can gain a significant competitive advantage by understanding how this new process works, the benefits it can afford, and implementation strategies that simultaneously reduce potential risks.

Putting Humanity into HR Compliance: The 3-3-1 Assessment

Looking for a good way to assess company leaders, managers or individual workers? Ask these three questions as an intervention or as a check-in on performance. This method is fast, simple and highly effective.

How Workplaces Can Fight Human Trafficking

​Companies can combat human trafficking--the act of compelling a person to engage in sexual acts or forced labor--by creating an environment hostile to human traffickers. That means educating employees about how to recognize trafficking and how to properly intervene in suspected cases.

California Court Upholds Large Jury Award in Disability-Bias Case

A warehouse worker who was fired shortly after telling his employer of a lifting restriction can keep a $550,000 jury award for punitive damages, a California appellate court ruled.

Germany: Do Employees Have a Right to Half Days’ Leave?

Regional German labor courts have considered whether employees are entitled to half days’ leave and come to different conclusions. This article examines the issue and gives advice on how employers should deal with half-day leave requests.

Managing Staff Morale Amid Layoffs in India

As India’s economic growth slows, some companies are trimming staff to cut costs. Here are six steps, suggested by HR professionals with experience handling layoffs, to help ease the process on both employees and remaining staff.

Feds Tell Google to Let Workers Express Political and Workplace Opinions

Google must ensure that its workers can speak up on political and workplace issues, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

Labor Board Reduces Standard for Unionized Employers to Update Work Terms

The National Labor Relations Board eased the standard for determining whether employers in a unionized workplace can make certain changes to workers' terms and conditions of employment without requiring additional bargaining with the union.

Employer Must Designate Paid Family Leave Under Labor Contract as FMLA Leave

Although an employee is entitled to take paid family and medical leave under a collective bargaining agreement, the employer still must designate unpaid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protected time off as such, even if the employee prefers to use the paid time off first.

Myth-Busting the SHRM Certification Exam: Part 1

​Urban legends. Bad advice. Misinformation. There are too many myths circulating about the SHRM certification exam that we've heard in personal anecdotes or read on discussion forums. Let's start with three big ones—busted! These debunked misconceptions pertain to both the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. In the next issue, we'll bust the rest of the top 10.

Indiana Tech HR Program Parallels Growth of Profession

Indiana Tech HR's program, led by Jeffrey Walls, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, has a rich history of promoting SHRM certification and bringing big groups of enthusiastic HR students to the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.

Generation Z and Millennials Seek Recognition at Work

Younger employees are more dissatisfied at work than older colleagues but say recognition rewards would make them more loyal to their employer. Even small financial rewards are appreciated, but so are social rewards that deliver on a desire for connections with others, such as peer-to-peer kudos, experts say, and there are apps for that.

Recertification Q&A: Clarifying Categories of Credits

​Have questions about recertifying your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP? In every issue, the SHRM Certification team will answer some of the frequently asked questions they receive from credential-holders.

Practice Makes Proficient: Getting Better at Consultation

Growing your Consultation competency will help you become more effective in HR. Greater proficiency will allow you to work with business partners and leaders to identify challenges and to design and implement HR solutions. With it, you can better lead and support change management and provide a high level of customer service.

Germany: Defamation via WhatsApp Justified Immediate Discharge

Sharing an untrue, defamatory claim about a colleague with another co-worker through WhatsApp justified termination without notice in Germany.

California Lawmakers Approve Strict Independent-Contractor Test

Employers would have a difficult time classifying workers as independent contractors under a bill that the California Senate passed on Sept. 10. Gig-economy businesses, such as Uber and Lyft, oppose the bill because their drivers would be deemed employees under the proposed legislation.

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