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HR and IT Must Work Together When Buying New HR Technology

SHRM Article ImageMany of those who manage HR information system upgrades say that not only must they get employees and leaders to adopt new or improved technologies, they must also get buy-in from IT.

How to Choose the Best Background-Screening Provider

SHRM Article ImageThe stakes for choosing a background-screening provider have always been high, but now that decision looms larger than ever. As laws governing background checks constantly shift, regulatory oversight expands and the ranks of applicants misrepresenting themselves grows, selecting a vendor to conduct background screens of your candidates assumes greater weight.

In Focus: Failed Pre-employment Drug Tests Lead to Hiring Refugees

SHRM Article ImageEmployers face the challenge of finding new workers who can pass a drug test.

Trump Blocks ‘Blacklisting Rule’

SHRM Article ImagePresident Donald Trump signed a resolution to permanently block the so-called blacklisting regulations that would have required federal contractors to report labor violations.

Retaliation Claim by Employee Who Was Advocate of Underpaid Co-Worker Allowed

SHRM Article ImageThe anti-retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protect an employee who was terminated after she raised concerns to her company about whether a co-worker's pay complied with the FLSA.

Wage and Hour Claims Lead to Multimillion-Dollar Settlement

SHRM Article ImageImproper break periods or wage statements can result in significant exposure to an employer, as recently highlighted by a federal district court in California.

GE Draws Top Tech Talent as It Transforms into ‘Industrial Internet’ Firm

SHRM Article ImageTop talent from high-tech powerhouses has been jumping to General Electric (GE) as the 125-year-old global conglomerate transforms itself into a developer of "industrial internet" software that connects industrial equipment to maximize performance.

Ease of Business Operations, Quality of Life Matter When Relocating Employees

SHRM Article ImageWhen expanding business operations around the globe, HR professionals should consider cities that make it easier for their businesses to function and for expats to adapt, according to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living Survey.

Most Employers Welcome Mandated E-Verify with Improvements

SHRM Article ImageAbout 9 in 10 HR professionals said they would support a mandatory electronic employment verification system if it included employer protections and better authentication tools and negated the Form I-9, according to research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Viewpoint: There Are New Limits on Disciplining Employees

SHRM Article ImageRecent changes in employment law may constrain managers from disciplining or firing workers.

Your Career Q&A: Growing Your Business—and Others’

SHRM Article ImageIn developing and selling products and services for small businesses, it is important to spell out the deliverables.

Your Career Q&A: 4 Ways to Make a Fast Start on a New Job

SHRM Article ImageBest-selling author Martin Yate, a career coach and former HR professional, takes your questions each week about how to further your career in HR. Contact him at the e-mail address at the end of this column.

Is Paid Parental Leave Right for Your Company

SHRM Article ImagePaid parental leave could sway top talent to sign on with your company.

Member Spotlight: Rebecca Harmon

SHRM Article Image​By day, Rebecca Harmon, SHRM-CP, is an HR executive for a medical device manufacturer. By night, she’s a competitive ballroom dancer. Both roles require her to be quick on her feet with the self-discipline and motivation to keep striving to be her best. In the HR field, that drive led her to earn an MBA, which gives her a big-picture view of the role that HR performs within the organization and the value it brings.Harmon also helps shine the spotlight on HR’s value through her volunteer work. She is currently director of the Tennessee state council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and co-chair of the 2018 state conference planning committee. She previously served as president of her local SHRM chapter, the Tennessee Valley Human Resource Association (TVHRA) in Knoxville. She was named TVHRA SHRM Chapter HR Professional of the Year in 2016 and won the Tennessee SHRM State Council’s HR Excellence Award in 2008. In September, she’ll be demonstrating

Connecticut Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Independent Contractors

SHRM Article ImageThe Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that an individual can be considered an independent contractor even if he or she provides services to only one employer.

Virginia’s Employment-At-Will Doctrine Has Narrow Public Policy Exception

SHRM Article ImageThe Supreme Court of Virginia held that to state a valid wrongful termination claim based on public policy, an employee must allege either that the termination itself violated a statutory public policy or that the employer prevented the worker from exercising statutory rights.

California Court Denies Employer’s Request to Unmask Author of Anonymous Post

SHRM Article ImageA software development company couldn’t force Glassdoor to reveal the identity of a former employee who anonymously posted a review of the company on Glassdoor’s website that allegedly violated a nondisclosure agreement.

Mandatory E-Verify Likely, but There Are Bugs to Work Out

SHRM Article ImageEmployers should become familiar with E-Verify because it's likely to become mandatory, but the electronic verification program, currently a pilot program, still has some bugs that need to be worked out.

Viewpoint: HR Technology’s Future Is Bright in Asia

SHRM Article ImageAsian HR technology focuses on recruiting.

As ACA Remains Law, Focus Turns Back to Regulatory Relief

SHRM Article ImageWhile the Affordable Care Act will remain the law of the land, the statute and its implementing rules could still see modest changes through targeted legislative actions and regulatory adjustments. However, employers subject to the ACA should continue complying with the ACA’s wide-ranging coverage mandates and employee tracking and reporting requirements, benefit attorneys advise.

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