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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.

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.

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.

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.

Handling Misconduct Allegations Against the C-Suite: How HR Can Prepare Ahead of Time

Handling accusations against a high-level executive requires planning well before any accusations materialize.

Congrats to the SHRM18 Prize Drawing Winners!

Laura Hovis now has $5,000 she can put toward the building of her new home. She won the Grand Prize in the SHRM19 Las Vegas Prize Drawing, held at the SHRM 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition and sponsored by Ultimate Software.

Employers Should Plan for Stronger Pay Equity Laws

Pay equity laws have been around for a long time, but the recent focus on closing the gender pay gap has caused many state and local lawmakers to review and strengthen their laws.

How to Become a Great Leader

What's the secret to becoming a great leader? (Hint: It's not about your title.)

Take 7 Steps to Minimize Chances of Unionization

The National Labor Relations Board under the Trump administration already has overturned much of what was accomplished under the Obama board—or is in the process of doing so.

Top 5 Priorities for the HR Department of One

The HR department is responsible for so much more than just hiring and firing, and the solo HR practitioner is often pulled in so many directions that it's hard to keep up with changing priorities in the profession.

Oregon Workplace Labor and Employment Law Posters

Oregon workplace labor and employment law poster chart.

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