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USCIS Modifies Unlawful Presence Policy for Foreign Students, Exchange Workers

A memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) clarifies that students and exchange visitors who hold F, J and M visas and have violated the terms of their status will not accrue “unlawful presence” while their applications are pending if they file for reinstatement in a timely manner.

Government Slow to Adopt Digital Recruiting

Government contractors in the private sector are twice as likely as their public-sector counterparts to use online tools and social media for their recruitment needs, according to a recent survey.

Meal and Rest Break Requirements by State

Meal and rest break requirements by state provided by XpertHR.

H-1B Visa Denials, Requests for Evidence Increase

New data confirms what many employers have been reporting anecdotally: Requests for evidence (RFEs) and denials issued for H-1B visa petitions rose considerably in 2017.

3 Steps to Minimize Risks with Auto-Deducted Meal Breaks

​Auto-deductions for nonexempt employees' meal breaks can be less risky if employers take three steps.

New York Steps Closer to Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is setting the stage to begin debate over the legalization of marijuana for recreational use during the 2019 legislative session. The current marijuana program only allows medical marijuana use.

California Legislators Consider Hotel Safety Law Similar to Chicago’s

A Chicago ordinance requiring hotel employers to equip certain hotel employees with portable emergency contact devices took effect July 1. A similar bill is working its way through the California Legislature.

Is There Too Much Diversity Tech?

Can you have too much of a good thing? As HR leaders try to decide which diversity tech tools best fit their needs, more and more providers are coming into the market.

DOL Supports Industry-Certified Apprenticeship Programs

Employers are closer to being able to participate in industry-led, government-sanctioned apprenticeship programs separate from the federal and state registered apprenticeship system that many find cumbersome.

Elections Raise Specter of ‘Medicare for All’ vs. Employer Benefits

After the 2018 midterm congressional elections, will momentum grow for single-payer health care—such as by expanding Medicare so anyone can sign up ("Medicare for all"), as many progressives advocate? Given that possibility, employers are organizing to defend employer-sponsored health benefits.

How to Conduct Stay Interviews: Preparation

Giving company leaders scripts of answers to likely employee questions can facilitate stay interviews.

Tales from the HR Crypt

An author shares the most outrageous incidents she has encountered in her HR career.

Reasons Given for Termination Are Critically Important

Proper documentation is an important component of human resource management, a recent employer victory in a discrimination case shows.

Why Virtual-Reality Training for Employees Is Catching On

We learn by doing, so simulations that let us experience scenarios help us learn and remember better. Enter virtual reality training.

Despite Low Unemployment, Employers Don’t Plan to Boost Bonus Budgets

Although the incentive pay pie won’t be much bigger next year, variable pay such as bonuses can still motivate top performers.

How to Conduct Stay Interviews: 5 Key Questions

Five questions make stay interviews effective. When you follow up each query with strong probing questions, you will get all the information needed to develop individualized engagement and retention plans that really work.

OSHA Proposes Change to Electronic Record-Keeping Rule

Worksites with 250 or more employees would not be required to electronically submit certain data to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under a proposal to roll back an Obama-era rule.

Deputies Denied Donning and Doffing Disbursement

Sheriffs did not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to compensate their deputies for time spent donning and doffing police gear or driving to and from work in marked patrol vehicles.

Appeals Court Rejects Claim of Retaliation for Taking Leave

An employee who claimed he was fired in retaliation for taking leave had his claims rejected by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which noted that the challenged discharge occurred too long after the leave request to be retaliatory.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Noncompete Law

Massachusetts employers must comply with new noncompete rules for agreements that are executed on or after Oct. 1. The legislation was nearly a decade in the making and was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Aug. 10. Here's what employers should know.

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