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Can the EEOC Be Persuaded to Keep Collecting Pay Data?

At a public hearing Nov. 20, panelists from various backgrounds all agreed that pay equity is an important issue for the government, employers and workers alike, but they disagreed on how to address the wage gap and eliminate discriminatory pay practices.

Philadelphia’s Portable Benefits Plan Could Be Gig Economy Model

Philadelphia is about to become the first city in the country to approve legislation that would create a portable bank of paid time off for domestic workers—and it could create the model for the gig-economy workforce.

3 Challenges New Managers Face and How Training Can Help

Common challenges first-time managers face are delegating or communicating effectively, thinking like a leader, or serving as a boss to their former peers. Navigating them is critical not only for their own success but their team and their organization. Fortunately, training can help them acclimate to their new role.

Review Finds NLRB’s Board-Member Recusal Process Is Compliant

The National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) ethics program for board-member recusals is "strong and fully compliant with all applicable government ethics requirements," according to a report that was released to the public Nov. 19 following an 18-month review of the board's practices.

Is There a Future for Price Transparency in Health Care?

Publicly posted, reliable prices for health care services remains an elusive goal, but a new rule requiring hospital price disclosures aims to help. Meanwhile, help employees to take advantage of pricing information that is available.

Beware of Workplace Ageism Claims Stemming from ‘OK, Boomer’

If you've logged into your social media accounts recently, you've probably seen the memes and hashtags centered on an apparent generational dispute fueled by dismissive comments, such as "OK, boomer" and "OK, millennial." So what happens if the rhetoric finds its way into your workplace?

Climate Change Will Alter How and Where Business Is Done

Climate change is predicted to make natural disasters more common and more severe. At the same time, sea-level rise is expected to increasingly endanger coastal areas and could influence where organizations locate operations in the future. Of the world's largest cities, two-thirds are in low-lying coastal areas.

When They Need to Take FMLA Leave, Who Should Workers Tell?

Employees must notify employers of their need to take time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when such leave is foreseeable, but who exactly should they tell? Their supervisor? HR? A third-party administrator (TPA)? Multiple people?

Inclusion: Out of the Training Room and into Employees' Hands

Employees' daily interactions drive inclusion and belonging, and that means company leaders should move inclusion efforts out of the training room and into workers' hands.

Supervisor’s Remarks Give Life to FMLA Retaliation Claim

A nurse who was fired after patients complained about her behavior during at-home visits may go to trial on her Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation claim. The claim advanced based partly on her supervisor’s reproachful remarks and conduct toward her after she took leave, according to the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Topless Dancers Are Employees, Not Contractors

A $4.5 million verdict for a class of topless dancers who worked for a Philadelphia club was upheld. The district court correctly determined that the dancers were employees under state and federal wage and hour laws, according to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

How to Recession-Proof Your HR Career

Despite a notably low unemployment rate, the U.S.'s long-running economic boom may well be nearing its end, as a chorus of warning bells signals the strong potential for a recession in the near future.Employment growth in the country is slowing, with employers adding only 165,000 jobs a month, on average, over the first seven months of this year, down from an average of 223,000 a month in 2018. In addition, an escalating trade war between China and the U.S. is stirring economic volatility. Anoth

From the CEO: Preparing Future HR Leaders for the Future of Work

Our workplaces are undergoing a disruptive revolution, where artificial intelligence, automation, shifting demographics, globalization and rapid-fire social change are transforming every job and every business.Unfortunately, as our recent reporting on SHRM.org shows, college students are not getting effective preparation for this new world of work. Today's students are lacking in both hard and soft skills, and many new grads find themselves unemployed, underemployed or struggling professionally,

Dollar General Agrees to Pay $6 Million for Alleged Race Bias in Hiring Process

​Dollar General will pay $6 million to settle a race-discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC alleged that the discount retailer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by using a broad criminal background check that led the company to deny jobs to black applicants at a much higher rate than white applicants. Dollar General agreed to the settlement without admitting any wrongdoing.

Building a Learning Culture: What Small Employers Can Learn from Large Ones

Shining a spotlight on learning also underscores training as a recruitment and retention strategy for organizations of all sizes. Small organizations can learn lessons from larger organizations on creating a learning culture.

Federal HR Needs Agility to Meet Changing Workforce Needs

The federal workforce must have talent, learning and agility to fulfill its mission to serve Americans “the way they deserve to be served,” said Margaret Weichert, the woman in charge of that effort. As deputy director for management at the White House Office of Management and Budget and as the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the U.S. government’s HR department, Weichert is implementing the Trump administration’s overhaul of human capital strategy, practices and IT infrastructure for the federal civilian workforce.

New York State Bans Discrimination Based on Reproductive Health Decisions

New York State now prohibits employment discrimination based on an employee’s (or a dependent’s) reproductive health decision-making. Businesses with employees in the state should note that the law took effect immediately.

As Life Spans Grow, IRS Wants to Lower Retirement Plan Required Payouts

With people living longer, the IRS has proposed reducing required distribution amounts from retirement plans beginning in 2021, which would let participants withdraw funds over a more realistic life expectancy period.

Don't Tip Your Hand in Your Job Search

Your decision to pursue other employment may be in your best interests, but it is not in your employer's best interests. Career columnist Martin Yate strongly advises against telling an employer that you are actively pursuing other opportunities. There are other approaches.

Employers Look to Value-Based Health Care Strategies

Employers are nudging workers toward high-performing doctors and hospitals and away from wasteful services and low-rated health providers in an effort to cut costs and improve employee health. Value-based plan designs can promote better health outcome, even with the same plan premiums and deductibles, advocates say.

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