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Nontraditional Wellness Benefits Improved Firm’s Engagement and Retention

SHRM Article ImageFrom standing desks to five-minutes of meditation and taking team walks, nontraditional wellness benefits can help employees to manage their health.

After Sex Scandals, How Will Men Change Their Behavior?

In wake of Weinstein sex scandals, advocates urge men to be allies for women in the workplace. Don’t shun them to avoid possible impropriety

PGA Tees Up Training with Certification Customized to Career Paths

The PGA of America creates a new development program to bridge its generation gap.

Termination of HR Manager Who Was Purportedly Dating Subordinate OK’d

SHRM Article ImageEmployers have a legitimate interest in preventing potential conflicts of interest between romantically involved managers and subordinate applicants or employees, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Viewpoint: AI Arrives in HR

SHRM Article ImageWhile we've all read about robots and artificial intelligence (AI) as potential threats to our jobs, I'm happy to report that this new technology is starting to bring amazingly positive changes to HR. AI comprises software algorithms that can analyze large amounts of data to make smarter decisions. The term "AI" has been used to mean artificial intelligence, augmented intelligence and a few other interesting ideas. As I learn more about this huge marketplace, the term "assisted intelligence" is starting to make the most sense to me.

2018 Payroll Tax Cap Will Nudge Slightly Higher

SHRM Article ImageThe maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security payroll tax in 2018 is $128,700 up by $1,500 from the $127,200 maximum for 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on Oct. 13. Of the estimated 175 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2018, about 12 million will pay more because of the increase in the "taxable-maximum amount," beginning on Jan. 1, 2018.

Flat Salary Increase Budgets Create Winners and Losers

SHRM Article ImageAs organizations continue to contend with the falling unemployment, they’re luring and keeping good workers by directing pay raises to star performers and using job promotions and nonmonetary benefits to keep in-demand workers engaged, recent research shows.

Despite Awareness, Training and Strict Laws, Workplace Sexual Harassment Is Rampant

SHRM Article ImageA new poll demonstrates the vast extent to which women encounter inappropriate sexual conduct from men across U.S. society.

Your Career Q&A: Starting an HR Department from Scratch

SHRM Article ImageYou have a rare career opportunity to work for a vibrant, growing company that has the leadership foresight to include HR management in its plans for growth and financial success. It's a big responsibility and a long-term challenge, but the experience gained can benefit your career for a lifetime.

Play or Pay: Rising Penalties' Role in Complying with the ACA

SHRM Article ImageEvery year the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in effect, some employers must decide whether they will play according to the ACA’s rules or pay ACA penalties. Understanding those rules is imperative, especially now that repeal and replace efforts have failed. Even employers that are trying to comply may slip up and have to pay fees, which are adjusted up each year.

Fired Worker Entitled to $900,000 Award After Injury Limited His Work Hours

SHRM Article Image​A local union was liable for disability discrimination when it fired an employee who could no longer work more than eight hours a day because of a car accident, the California Court of Appeal ruled, upholding a jury award of $900,000 in damages to the worker.

Leave Laws by State and Municipality

SHRM Article ImageA chart of leave laws by state.

How Text Messaging Broadens Recruiting Outreach, Cuts Time to Fill

SHRM Article ImageTexting can foster better engagement among younger people who grew up with it and often consider traditional forms of communication, such as e-mails and phone calls, to be inconvenient and old-fashioned.

The Challenges of Showing Appreciation on Boss's Day

SHRM Article ImageToday is National Boss's Day! Do you think employees feel obliged to give their managers a card or gift? Should the company to take the lead by having leaders, instead of rank-and-file workers, arrange tokens of appreciation for supervisors?

Despite CEO Reluctance to Participate, DOL Announces Apprenticeship Task Force

SHRM Article ImageThe U.S. Department of Labor today named 20 business, trade, union and government leaders to a task force on apprenticeships.

Singapore: New Standards on Flexible Work Arrangements Issued

SHRM Article Image​The Singapore Ministry of Manpower, National Trades Union Congress and the Singapore National Employers Federation jointly released new standards on flexible work arrangements.

UK FAQs: Performance Management

SHRM Article Image​This month we tackle some of the complicated issues that arise in the context of performance management in the United Kingdom.

Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2017

SHRM Article ImageThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2017.

Minimum Wage Rates by State and Municipality

SHRM Article ImageA chart of minimum wage rates by state and municipality.

Trump's Executive Orders Seek to Roll Back Health Plan Requirements

SHRM Article ImagePresident Donald Trump's executive orders, which direct federal agencies to issue new rules allowing businesses to buy health insurance across state lines through association health plans and to use stand-alone health reimbursement arrangements to pay plan premiums, were praised by some for offering new flexibility in health coverage, especially for plans offered in the small group market. But others raised concerns about higher costs for those who remain in individual and small group health plans.

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