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Most Recent New Regulatory and Case Law Developments in Sweden

SHRM Article ImageAs of Jan. 1, 2017, a number of changes in the Swedish Discrimination Act have entered into force.

U.K. Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regs Apply in April

SHRM Article Image​In December 2016, the U.K. government published a revised version of the gender pay gap regulations that are expected to come into force on April 6, 2017.

Franchisors Shouldn’t Micromanage Franchisees’ Compliance Training

SHRM Article ImageWhat responsibility do franchisors have for ensuring that franchisees comply with employment laws?

‘Brogrammer’ Attitude May Hinder Technology Diversity

SHRM Article Image​Forty-five percent of female technology workers say they have witnessed exclusionary behavior in the workplace, according to a new study of more than 1,000 tech workers by Austin, Texas-based tech job board Indeed.

Grassley Reintroduces Mandatory Nationwide E-Verify Proposal

SHRM Article ImageA Republican senator reintroduced legislation that would permanently authorize and require all employers to use the E-Verify program, currently a mostly voluntary online system that helps organizations determine the employment eligibility of workers in the United States.

House Votes to Halt Rules on Government-Run IRAs for Small Businesses

SHRM Article ImageThe House passed two resolutions to block Obama-era Department of Labor rules that allow state and local governments to require employers without workplace retirement plans to automatically enroll employees in state- or local-government-run individual retirement account (IRA) programs that, some say, encroach on private-sector 401(k) plans.

Congress Needs to Clear up FLSA Confusion, SHRM Testifies

SHRM Article ImageThe blocked Department of Labor overtime rule provides an opportunity for future rulemaking to address employers’ Fair Labor Standards Act compliance concerns and provide regulations appropriate for the 21st century workplace, according to testimony presented before a House subcommittee on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Your Career Q&A: Communication Skills Drive Career Success

SHRM Article ImageEffective communication has a truly positive impact on your career, whether in a job interview, in a meeting with your boss, when speaking with co-workers, when making a presentation to the board or when interacting with clients. Working to improve your communication skills is a smart career move and a readily achievable goal.

Congressional Republicans Call for Reform at NLRB

SHRM Article Image​The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made employers' operations unnecessarily cumbersome over the past eight years of President Barack Obama's administration, according to congressional Republicans.

In Focus: Suspended Travel Ban Impacting U.S. Business

SHRM Article ImageA federal court ruling suspended President Trump’s executive order of Jan. 27 that banned immigrants from seven countries from entering the United States. Still, the president’s actions sent shock waves and confusion through the business community and prompted a nationwide immigrants’ strike Feb. 16. Such a travel ban, if enacted, would have significantly changed how many U.S. companies do business.

Alexander Acosta Is Trump’s New Pick for Labor Secretary

SHRM Article ImageA day after CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination for U.S. Labor Secretary, President Donald Trump announced his second pick for the job—Alexander Acosta, a Miami native who served in three presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed positions and who has a history of prosecuting high-profile figures and targeting white-collar crime.

In Focus: 'A Day Without Immigrants'

SHRM Article Image​In support of a national movement, "A Day Without Immigrants," held on Feb. 16, some schools, shops, restaurants and other businesses temporarily closed as individuals marched and attended rallies to support immigrants' contributions to the nation and to protest President Trump's proposed immigration reforms.

eHarmony Seeks Buyer for Job Matching Site Elevated Careers

SHRM Article Image​Ten months after online dating platform eHarmony launched Elevated Careers—a site for job seekers—it is putting that site up for sale, citing lack of experience in the HR technology market.

Top and Bottom Earners Responsible for Most Health Care Spending, Study Shows

SHRM Article ImageLowest-wage earners had, relative to top-wage earners, nearly three times the rate of emergency room visits, a new study shows. But high-earners were prone to unnecessary services and tests, while middle-range earners had lower use, and less misuse, of health services. Health plan designs can take account of these findings.

How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together

SHRM Article ImageIncivility can fracture a team, destroying collaboration, splintering members' sense of psychological safety, and hampering team effectiveness. Belittling and demeaning comments, insults, backbiting, and other rude behavior can deflate confidence, sink trust, and erode helpfulness — even for those who aren't the target of these behaviors.

Need Employees with Up-to-Date Skills? Use Up-to-Date Training

SHRM Article ImageGetting employees to make time for learning and development (L&D) is challenging for L&D professionals, according to a new report from LinkedIn. One reason may be the way in which training is provided.

Employers’ Usual Rules Apply to National General Strikers

SHRM Article Image​Businesses can enforce their typical absence rules if their workers participate in the Feb. 17 National General Strike, but exercise caution.

Fortune 500 Graded “C” in Recruitment Marketing

SHRM Article ImageOne-third of the Fortune 500 scored an “A” or “B” on their recruitment marketing efforts. Recruitment marketing platform developer SmashFly ranked the 2016 Fortune 500 an overall “C” average or “good.”

Candidates Choose Jobs Because of Company Culture

SHRM Article ImageJob seekers are most likely to choose one job over another because of the chosen employer’s culture, according to talent acquisition professionals surveyed by the Korn Ferry Institute.

Creditable Coverage Disclosures Are Due to CMS by March 1

SHRM Article ImageEmployers whose health care plans include prescription drug benefits for employees or retirees who are Medicare-eligible must report to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by March 1 for calendar-year plans whether their drug benefit is expected to cover as much as the standard Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.

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