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Video: Responding to Pay Raise Requests

When workers are turned down for a raise and don’t trust the reason why—or suspect bias—their level of satisfaction with their employer plummets, as shown in this animated slideshow.

BLS: Jobless Rate for People with Disabilities Decreases

The unemployment rate for people with a disability dropped last year, falling from 10.5 percent in 2016 to 9.2 percent in 2017.

Employers’ Health Care Cost Growth Has Plateaued

For employer-sponsored health plans, premium increases have slowed but still outpaces general inflation. Among the factors that might be driving the decline in growth rates are more effective contracting between large employers and health care systems, and the adoption of value-driven plan designs.

Where's the Wage Growth?

The wage gains that economists expect in a tight labor market haven't emerged, recent pay data show, and there's no shortage of reasons as to why not—from low productivity growth and automation to globalization and health care costs.

Don't Look! Reports of Netflix's 'No Staring' Rule Raise Harassment Questions

Netflix employees reportedly are forbidden to look at each other for longer than five seconds under a strict new anti-harassment policy. Whether rules against staring and other behavior exist raises the question of anti-harassment policies and training in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Blockchain Tokens as Compensation Treated Like Equity Awards

Some U.S. companies are using blockchain tokens to as incentive compensation. This raises legal questions as to how the tokens will be viewed and regulated by the Internal Revenue Service and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Alberta: New Occupational Health and Safety Act Expands the Scope of Duties

On June 1, 2018, amendments to Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act came into force, significantly expanding the nature of the health and safety obligations owed by employers and businesses in Alberta.

Mexico: The Importance of Minimum Wages in NAFTA Negotiations

The improvement of the minimum wages in Mexico is, for some, a fundamental topic in achieving a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Pregnant Woman Told That Business Wasn’t Hiring Gets Trial

A potential employer can be held liable under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) for preventing a pregnant woman from applying for a job by falsely telling her that no position is available, the California Court of Appeal ruled.

PAGA Wage-Statement Claim Doesn’t Require Proof of Injury

The California Court of Appeal has ruled that employees need not show actual injury to recover civil penalties from the employer in a Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) suit for the same wage-statement violation.

Hold Managers Accountable for California Meal-Break Compliance

In California, businesses have to make sure their employees have a chance to take meal and rest breaks. If they don't, the penalties can mount quickly. Here's how to help managers comply with meal-break requirements, which can be particularly tricky.

Trump’s Proposed Merger of Labor, Education Raises Questions

The Trump administration’s proposal to combine the Department of Labor (DOL) with the Department of Education might reduce some redundancies, experts say, but could also be detrimental to the DOL’s mission and workforce development efforts.

Succession Planning Is Easier Than You Think

Organizations should be developing replacements for anyone whose sudden departure could disrupt the business, a former executive turned consultant told HR professionals on Wednesday at a concurrent session at the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition.

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: HR Can Find Biases and Change Them

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says it's critical for HR, managers and employees to talk openly about the biases that are preventing women—and especially women of color—from having the same opportunities as men to land good jobs and be paid equally.

DOL’s Final Rule on Association Health Plans Expands Options

A rule finalized by the Department of Labor will make it easier for small businesses to band together to buy health insurance without some of the regulatory requirements that individual states and the Affordable Care Act impose on smaller employers.

4 Tips for Getting the Help You Need at Work

Most people feel good when they help others, but asking someone else for a hand is another story. While it's not always easy, learning how to reach out is a skill in itself—and one that's essential for HR to master in today's quickly evolving workplace.

Ethics Policies Don't Build Ethical Cultures

Chuck Gallagher was leading the good life. He had a nice house, a nice car and a nice job as a certified public accountant. But he threw it all away when financial pressures led him to "borrow" money from his clients' accounts.

It's About Employees' 'Work Identity,' Not Generation or Personality Type

Classifying employees by generation, personality type or other broad categories—rather than by where they're at in the career cycle—may not be the ideal way to get the best out of them, nor to ensure they're happy and motivated in their jobs.

Adam Grant Explains How to Unleash Originality in Your Organization

If you want to hire original thinkers who will drive innovation, stop looking for people who will be a good "cultural fit" and start seeking those who can make a cultural contribution, said best-selling author Adam Grant.

Workplace Policies Don't Have to Be Too 'Politically Correct'

Employment law does not protect the hypersensitive employee but a handbook policy might if it's worded too broadly.

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