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2019 Salary Budgets Inch Upward Ever So Slightly

U.S. salary budgets are projected to increase by an average of 3.2 percent in 2019, up from an actual year-over-year increase of 3.1 percent for 2018, confirming that wage growth remains surprisingly stagnant despite record low unemployment.

Technology Roles Are Fastest-Growing Jobs in Retail

The composition of the retail workforce is changing in line with the transformative shift from brick-and-mortar stores to e-commerce operations, according to LinkedIn data.

Changes to Retirement Plan Loan Rules Mean Updating Tax Notices

As of January 2018, the rules are more relaxed for rollovers of defaulted 401(k) loans, but the IRS has not yet updated the model tax notices to reflect the 2018 changes in the law. Thus, employers may want to confirm with their plan administrators that the required tax notices are updated for use in 2018.

A 401(k) Twist on Student-Loan Aid

Abbott Laboratories recently launched a benefit that helps employees save for retirement while paying off student loans. The benefit also sidesteps the taxes that direct student-loan repayment aid would trigger. Should other employers follow this example?

India: Delhi Amended the Minimum Wages Act, Making Penalties More Stringent

​The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 was amended with respect to its application to the National Capital Territory of Delhi and received the president's assent recently.

Germany: Salary Payment in Tokens Regulated

More companies are considering paying their employees in tokens such as Bitcoin. Are there restrictions under German employment law that companies must take into account?

Uber’s Diversity Efforts at Crossroads Following CHRO Departure

​Uber's HR chief human resource officer, who had overseen a range of steps to improve diversity at the organization, stepped down earlier this week, and the verdict is still out on the exact reasons why.

IRS Changes Determination-Letter Program for Retirement Plans

​The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made significant changes to the determination-letter program through which it previously issued favorable determination letters for qualified retirement plans.

Paid-Leave Proposals Debated at Congressional Hearing

​Proponents of paid parental leave squared off against advocates for paid family and medical leave at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Finance.

Fast-Food Chains Scrutinized for No-Poaching Practices

Ten states and Washington, D.C., are starting investigations into whether popular fast-food chains are prohibiting their franchisees from hiring workers away from one another. Worker advocates say that no-poaching agreements prevent workers from switching jobs, locking them into low-paying positions and contribute to wage stagnation.

Entry-Level-Experience Requirements Could Be Hurting Your Hiring

Many companies are asking new graduates to already have years of work experience before they even apply for entry-level jobs, making it more difficult for some young adults to gain a foothold in the labor market.

With ‘Office Calls,’ Employees Can See a Doctor at Work

Employers unable to provide an onsite clinic for employees may be able to facilitate doctor visits via "office calls," which can include a telehealth component as well.

Viewpoint: How HR Can Help Restore Interactive Communication

Companies are concerned with the impact the digital age is having on new talent, and wonder if new recruits will communicate with fellow humans as well as they do with gadgets and devices.

Minimize Risks When Using Big Data Analytics in Hiring

​Despite the many advantages of "big data" analytics, employers must be ready to manage the potential risks, particularly when hiring.

Employers Often Designate Leave as FMLA Despite Objections

​Employees eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) might want to decline FMLA leave for a variety of reasons, but employers often can designate the time off as FMLA anyway.

Employers Open to Ditching Degree Requirements When Hiring

Nine in 10 employers report being ready to accept candidates without four-year college degrees to fill positions in an increasingly tight labor market.

The Practical Guide to HR Analytics

How to use data to inform, transform and empower HR decisions.

Former Employee Must Prove Failure to Accommodate at Trial

​A former employee who sued for failure to accommodate a disability bore the burden of proof at trial even if his employer could not prove a reasonable accommodation was unavailable at summary judgment.

Failure to Supply Documentation Sinks FMLA Claim

A former U.S. Postal Service employee could not proceed with her claims of interference with her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) because the plaintiff never submitted the documentation the employer required for FMLA leave.

13 Ways to Reduce Cyberattack Vulnerability

Cybercriminals consider small businesses a “target of choice,” and a vast number of owners may be leaving their websites and companies unnecessarily vulnerable to attack, a new report suggests. Training employees on sound cybersecurity practices is an integral part of protecting a business, experts note.

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