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NLRB Rules for McDonald’s in Joint-Employer Settlements

McDonald's may settle claims that it engaged in unfair labor practices without admitting liability or joint-employer status, the National Labor Relations Board ruled.

NLRB Rule Gives Employers More Time Before Union Elections

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced major modifications to union election procedures, significantly lengthening the time between an NLRB regional director’s order that there be an election and the election.

Canada: Avoid Inappropriate Interview Questions

During a job interview, many Canadian employers understandably try to connect with candidates, but they should focus on discussing a potential hire’s ability to perform essential job duties and avoid discriminatory inquiries.

Report: Sexual Harassment Has Long-Term Economic Impact on Women

​Sexual harassment in the workplace can have long-term economic impacts on the victims resulting in depression, decreased engagement and/or the decision to leave the job, according to new research from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in Washington, D.C.

Consulting Psychologists Help Workers with Burnout

A consulting psychologist has extensive knowledge of workplace issues, organizational functioning and interpersonal dynamics. He or she can bring clarity to problems that may be uncomfortable, unknown or deeper than they appear--and help alleviate worker burnout.

Professor Denied Tenure After Filing Bias Lawsuit Can Keep Jury Award

The California Court of Appeal upheld a jury award of almost $400,000 in damages to a university professor of Indian national origin and ancestry who was denied tenure and fired from her job.

House Approves Overhaul of Migrant Farmworker Laws

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Dec. 11 to reform the nation’s migrant farm workforce laws. Passage in the Senate is considered a longshot.

AI: Discriminatory Data In, Discrimination Out

Artificial intelligence (AI), increasingly used in recruiting, might inadvertently discriminate against women and minorities if the data fed into it is flawed.

Chipotle Pays $95K to Settle Male Employee’s Sexual-Harassment Claim

Chipotle Mexican Grill has agreed to pay $95,000 to settle sexual-harassment and retaliation claims brought by a male employee against his female boss.

EEOC Plans to Curb ‘Official Time’ for Union Reps Who Aid in Complaint Process

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed a new rule limiting the on-the-clock time federal employees who are labor union representatives can spend aiding co-workers with discrimination complaints.

Labor Department Issues Final Rule on Calculating 'Regular Rate' of Pay

Employers now have more clarity and flexibility about which perks they can include in workers' "regular rate" of pay, which is used to calculate overtime premiums under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that will take effect Jan. 15, 2020.

New H-1B Registration System Ready for 2020 Lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the new online registration system for filing H-1B cap-subject petitions will be ready for the next visa lottery in 2020.

House Approves Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers

The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 11 passed a paid parental leave provision for qualifying federal employees. The Senate is expected to approve the measure, which would then be sent to President Donald Trump for signature.

The Holidays May Be About Kids, But Should They Be at the Company Party?

Year after year, your company's holiday party is for employees only. Their kids aren't invited. This year, you'd like to try something new and welcome workers' children to the event. So, what are the pros? What are the drawbacks? What will the kids do? Are there liability concerns? Might childless workers feel left out? Should you maybe drop the idea?

There Is Much to 'C' in SHRM Certification and Recertification

HR professionals have different reasons for choosing to earn and retain their SHRM certification. Knowing the factors that motivate your peers and colleagues to seek SHRM certification might help you "C" for yourself the benefits of earning the SHRM-CP or SHRM‑SCP credential.

Practice Makes Proficient: Where to Start, Part 2

In competency development, the key is to identify what areas you most need to develop and focus on those. In last month's article, we saw how your career level might require particular competencies. Now we'll see how your job function and organization can help you identify competencies that need development.

Take a Proactive Approach to Improve Your Outlook for 2020

As workplace leaders, HR professionals have a tremendous opportunity to set up our organizations for a great finish to 2019 and a successful start to 2020. How do we accomplish this? Through strategic project management, decisive action and relentless follow-up. Here are some tips.

SHRM Launches Specialty Credential on Workplace Culture

​A new professional development program, the SHRM Inclusive Workplace Culture Specialty Credential, gives HR professionals the strategies and tools needed to successfully shift organizational culture away from toxicity and divisiveness and toward engagement and inclusion.

Inviting Remote Workers to the Holiday Party

As more and more people work remotely, make a concerted effort to bring them into planning parties and celebrating the holidays. They shouldn't feel isolated or alone during what is touted as the happiest time of the year.

H-1B, L-1 Visa Reforms on Tap for 2020

The Trump administration plans to move forward in 2020 with new regulations redefining key aspects of the H-1B and L-1 visa programs, rescinding employment authorization for certain spouses of H-1B workers and restricting or even eliminating work-training programs for foreign-born students with F-1 visas.

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