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What Does the Kronos and Ultimate Software Merger Mean for HR?

Users of Kronos and Ultimate Software—two of the largest HR technology vendors—may want to get in touch with their account representatives. The two companies have announced a merger, creating the largest pure HR tech company by market share, which could bring changes and new possibilities for customers.

As Coronavirus Spreads, Prepare Infectious-Disease Plans

While cases of the coronavirus have appeared primarily in mainland China, the number of reported cases in other countries continues to rise. Employers in the U.S. should dust off their infectious-disease management plans or, if they don’t have them, draft such plans.

Western Europe: The Law on Hidden Video Surveillance of Workers

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a key judgment refining the rules on video surveillance in the workplace and hidden monitoring of employees.

HR and IT Should Team Up to Fight Cyberattacks

As cyberattacks proliferate, HR and information technology (IT) professionals need to work together to ensure that employees don’t fall prey to phishing, spear phishing and ransomware attacks.

Fired Worker in Massachusetts Gets Triple Jury Award for Unpaid Commissions

A salesperson who was fired after she complained about not receiving the full commission for a contract she negotiated is entitled to triple damages under the Massachusetts Wage Act, according to the state's highest court.

Viewpoint: Rethinking Workplace Burnout

The World Health Organization has recognized burnout explicitly as a workplace phenomenon--acknowledging that burnout is an organizational failing, not an employee problem. How can you switch from putting the onus on employees to care for themselves to holding leaders responsible for stopping burnout before it starts?

Sharpen Your Recruiting Workflow with Service-Level Agreements

Using service-level agreements (SLAs) in recruitment can speed up a laggard hiring process, generate accountability from hiring managers and create the expectation that talent acquisition (TA) is a top company priority.

Judge Upholds New York City’s Predictable-Scheduling Law

Fast-food and retail employers in New York City must comply with both the city’s predictable-scheduling law and the state’s wage and hour laws, according to a recent court ruling.

Proposed State-Sponsored Visas Affirm a Skills-Based Approach to Immigration

A new immigration reform proposal before Congress would create a pilot program for states to opt in and sponsor renewable three-year visas based on each state’s employment needs. The bill, introduced by Rep. John Curtis, R‑Utah, and supported by the Utah governor’s office and state business groups, draws on components of the Australian and Canadian immigration systems.

Lean and Six Sigma in Talent Acquisition

Organizations can reap big benefits from streamlining their talent acquisition processes. Top candidates are hard to come by in a highly competitive talent market and are prized by multiple organizations. The prize often goes to the company that can be first with an offer. But hiring processes can be fraught with too many bottlenecks, too many steps and too little effort to improve. Could Six Sigma and Lean come to the rescue?

Quebec: Considerations When Conducting Surreptitious Video Surveillance

In a recently litigated case, a court upheld an employer's video surveillance of a worker suspected of lying about a shoulder injury.

5 Tips for Working with Employees at Multiple Sites

When employees are scattered across different worksites, HR professionals should allow each location to show its own personality—while having one strong, unifying mission.

The Importance of Pay Equity

As business leaders focus on closing the gender pay gap and states enact broader laws covering fair pay for more workers, HR professionals may want to review their organization’s compensation policies and practices.

Kickstarter Employees Unionize in Historic Move for Tech Industry

Employees at Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform based in Brooklyn, made history Tuesday when it voted to unionize, becoming one of the first tech companies in the U.S. to form a bargaining unit. It will be made up of 85 employees that include engineers, analysts, designers and customer-support specialists.

From the CEO: When Red and Blue Clash in the Workplace

With a presidential election year well underway, people everywhere are talking politics. They’re aligning along party lines and primed to defend their “team.” Not surprisingly, a lot of these political discussions are happening at work.In 2020, political discourse has been, and will continue to be, divisive and volatile. This translates into incivility at work, which is poisonous to business and workplace culture.New Society for Human Resource Management research shows that 42 percent of U.S. em

Ask an HR Expert: Alcoholism

Should we fire a manager who reportedly has a drinking problem?

Calif High Court to Review Meal and Rest Period Premium Calculation Case

Employers must pay a wage premium if they fail to provide a legally compliant meal period or rest break to employees in California. The state high court recently agreed to weigh in on how the rate should be calculated.

Judge Explains Her Decision to Block California’s Ban on Mandatory Arbitration

California employers breathed a bit easier when a federal judge indefinitely paused a law aimed at preventing employers from using mandatory arbitration agreements. Now, the judge has issued an order explaining her reasons.

Preparing for Waves of Retiring Employees

Use caution when asking aging workers about their plans but analyze workforce and benefit data to project when Baby Boomers are likely to leave. Have a process in place to transfer skills to younger workers.

NDAs: Boon or Bane?

​When I litigated employment law claims, nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), which often included nondisparagement clauses, were standard settlement fare. As a defense attorney or mediator, I often used NDAs to help persuade the employer to up the ante and get the case settled. Looking back through the lens of #MeToo, though, I now wonder. In trying to solve claims efficiently, did I enable bad actors?

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