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Feb 28, 2020

9th Circuit Says Prior Salary Can't Justify Gender Pay Disparity
A job applicant's prior salary can't be used to justify wage differences between male and female employees, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 27. The ruling is part of a trend causing employers to reconsider the role a job applicant's salary history should play in setting compensation.

SHRM HR News
Feb 28, 2020

States Sue Labor Department Over Joint-Employer Rule
A coalition of state attorneys general are suing the U.S. Department of Labor over a new rule narrowing the definition of "joint employer" under federal wage and hour law.

SHRM HR News
Feb 27, 2020

Predictable-Scheduling Laws May Impact More California Businesses
Predictable schedules could become the law for hourly workers at California's grocery stores, restaurants and retail stores under proposed legislation, and the Los Angeles City Council is backing a similar ordinance for the state's largest city.

SHRM HR News
Feb 27, 2020

Coronavirus Prompts Companies to Telework
Businesses in the U.S. should plan for "social distancing," such as canceling meetings and conferences and arranging for employees to work from home, according to the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SHRM HR News
Feb 27, 2020

Coronavirus Information and FAQs
This document and the FAQs are intended to provide you with general information about the 2019 novel coronavirus, including how it is transmitted and how you can prevent infection.

SHRM HR News
Feb 27, 2020

Ask HR: How Can I Ace My Interview?
?SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., is answering HR questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. The questions are submitted by readers. This week's questions focus on interviewing for a new job after resigning over an ethics dilemma, and how to interview when you don't have much work experience.

SHRM HR News
Feb 27, 2020

Industrywide Initiative Brings Blockchain to HR
To many human resource professionals, blockchain may sound like an esoteric technology with little practical application in their jobs. But an ambitious initiative called the Velocity Network Foundation (VNF) shows how blockchain has near-term benefits for both recruiters and job seekers. Experts say the project is one of a growing number of uses for blockchain—in talent acquisition, payroll and data security.

SHRM HR News
Feb 27, 2020

How to Evaluate Hiring Assessments
When faced with a hiring decision, HR professionals and managers have to consider everything they know about the applicants. But that might not be enough information to make a choice. To get more information and add objectivity to the decision-making process, many organizations use assessments.

SHRM HR News
Feb 27, 2020

4 Best Practices for Second-Chance Hiring
Yonkers, N.Y.-based Greyston Bakery, the primary supplier of brownies for Ben & Jerry's ice cream, is at the forefront of second-chance hiring, tapping the formerly incarcerated for inclusion in its job pool.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2020

Supreme Court Sides with Employee Who Said He Didn't Read ERISA Disclosures
A former Intel employee can proceed with a lawsuit alleging that the company's retirement plan committee breached fiduciary duties by making poor investments—even though the committee argued that he waited too long to bring the claim.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2020

Pittsburgh's Paid-Sick-Leave Law Takes Effect Soon
After more than a four-year delay, the city of Pittsburgh's Paid Sick Days Act will go into effect on March 15. Here are some of the more notable guidelines that attempt to clarify the ordinance's requirements.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2020

Recertification Q&A: Read a Book, Pass a Quiz, Earn Credit
Have questions about recertifying your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP? The SHRM Certification team answers some of the frequently asked questions they receive from credential-holders. This week, they answer questions about how credential-holders can recertify by reading books.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2020

Organizational Growth Through HR Learning and Development
As the needs of the workforce and organization change, leaders at every level should be expected to continue their learning and development—and those expectations themselves should be ongoing and evolving. Strategic learning and development initiatives present HR professionals with a tremendous opportunity to empower and grow talent in-house.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2020

International Laws Vary on Secret Recordings at Work
Since audio recordings are now so easy to make, it's becoming common for employees to secretly record conversations and meetings at work. This growing practice may or may not be legal, depending on what country you are in.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2020

City of New York Takes Innovative Approach to HR and EEO Practices
When the City of New York's Department of Citywide Administrative Services noticed that many of the city's SHRM-certified HR and EEO practitioners were often racing to attend conferences or sit in on webinars to gain the professional development credits required to maintain their SHRM credentials, the department took the lead to resolve the issue—and further invest in its employees—by becoming a SHRM Recertification Provider itself.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2020

Employer Failed to Prove Employee E-Signed Arbitration Agreement
Because an employer was unable to prove that the e-signature on an arbitration agreement was in fact made by a former employee, a California appellate court ruled that the agreement could not be enforced and a class-action complaint could proceed.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2020

Tips for Making Your Workplace More Sustainable
As climate change dominates headlines, companies around the world are evaluating how they can be good stewards of the environment. To help make your office more environmentally friendly and do your part to protect the planet, here are some easy habits to put into practice.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2020

ADEA Does Not Protect Equity Partner in Law Firm
An equity partner in a law firm is not an employee covered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, according to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2020

Retiree Health Care Benefits Ruled Vested
The plain language of a contract between a union and an employer provided for a vested right to health care benefits for retirees, even beyond the termination of the contract, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2020

Health Agencies: Prepare Now for Coronavirus
?The World Health Organization has warned that the world should prepare for a possible novel coronavirus pandemic. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health and other agencies warned the public to prepare for the "inevitable" spread of the coronavirus within the U.S. Here are steps employers can take to make sure their business operations and workforce are ready.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2020

Will Cannabis Users Get Workplace Protections in California?
A California bill would give medical marijuana users certain employment protections. Here's how the bill would affect employers in the state if it becomes law.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2020

Sacramento Joins Cities that Mandate Panic Buttons for Hotel Workers
An increasing number of California cities and counties have enacted ordinances that require hotels to provide panic buttons to employees. Sacramento's new hotel worker protection law takes effect on July 14.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2020

NLRB Issues New Definition of ‘Joint Employer'
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) tightened up the definition of "joint employer" in a final rule announced Feb. 25.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2020

U.S. ‘Desperate' for More Immigrants
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was recorded at a private event at the Oxford Union in Oxford, England, saying that the U.S. economy needs more immigrant workers to keep growing, according to an audio recording obtained by The Washington Post. The Trump administration wants to have more immigrants come to the U.S., in a "legal fashion," Mulvaney said, according to the recording. He praised the points-based immigration systems in Australia and Canada and said the White House wants to embrace a model closer to those nations.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2020

Weinstein Trial: What Impact Will the Verdict Have in the Workplace?
?Disgraced former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was found guilty Monday of criminal sexual assault and rape in the third degree. criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. With so many changes already taking place, what impact—if any—will the trial's outcome have on U.S. employers and workplace culture?

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2020

City Not Liable for Accident Caused by Employee Driving to Work
The city of Los Angeles was not responsible for the death of a pedestrian killed by a city employee who was commuting to work, a California appeals court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2020

Workplace Protections Growing for Cannabis Consumers
Although employers never have to tolerate on-the-job marijuana use, new legislation and recent court decisions are making it harder to enforce policies against employing cannabis consumers. Here are some state-law developments employers should note.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2020

Career Lessons from Suzanne Zoumaras: Striking a Balance
?When Suzanne Zoumaras describes her role as an HR leader, she talks about other people—and about her teams.There's the senior management team, where, as executive vice president and chief human capital officer at Arena Pharmaceuticals in San Diego, Zoumaras serves as a trusted adviser to the CEO and the rest of the C-suite. There's the human capital team, where she sets the organization's HR vision and priorities and mentors her reports. And there's the companywide employee team, where she "exp

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2020

Sanders Wins Nevada Caucuses as Focus Turns to South Carolina
?Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has emerged as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, heading into the South Carolina primary on Feb. 29. In debates prior to the Nevada caucuses, several workplace issues took center stage, including workplace health care and workplace equity—two of SHRM's public policy focus areas.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2020

Robotic Process Automation Comes to HR
When At Sital was looking to automate the labor-intensive transactional tasks in his company's human resources group that had long been done manually, one of the first technologies he considered was robotic process automation (RPA). Sital, a domain lead for smart automation with Nouryon, a global chemicals company in Arnhem, Netherlands, knew that RPA—smart software designed to automate work activities that are rules-based, manual and repetitive—had been used for years in areas such as finance a

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2020

Viewpoint: Putting Autism to Work
An estimated 70 percent of people on the autism spectrum worldwide are still unemployed or underemployed. But the dearth of talent and skilled labor in tech, manufacturing and engineering is leading companies to rethink their hiring strategies and ways they might accommodate a neurodiverse population.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2020

Changing Careers from Finance to HR
Professionals with finance backgrounds bring important and rare skills to HR, but there are a few gaps in their learning that they'll need to fill. Columnist Martin Yate gives advice on how to make the switch from finance to HR.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2020

How to Build Your Youngest Employees' Skills
?Organizations committing to preparing their workforce with the skills they'll need for the future will want to keep the training and development expectations of Generation Z in mind.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2020

Digital Skills Gap Hits All Levels of Job Market
A crucial digital skills gap among U.S. workers is creating an "invisible drag on productivity," according to the National Skills Coalition (NSC). This gap is not limited to people with IT responsibilities, said Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, a senior fellow at the coalition, which is based in Washington, D.C.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2020

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?

SHRM HR News
Feb 20, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 20, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 20, 2020

The Health Care Industry's Top HR Challenges
?When Jeremy Tolley's company tried to find a registered dietician for a new clinic in a rural area near Roanoke, Va., he says it was like "looking for a purple squirrel."Tolley, who holds a SHRM-SCP, is chief people officer at CareHere LLC, which runs employer health clinics and offers virtual medical services. State records showed that within driving distance of the new clinic, there were only 10 registered dieticians. "It's very difficult to find talent … particularly in rural

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2020

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?

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2020

Member Spotlight: Chad Sorenson
Meet the president and founder of Adaptive HR Solutions in Jacksonville, Fla. He is president-elect of the HR Florida State Council.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2020

Ask an HR Expert: Alcoholism
Should we fire a manager who reportedly has a drinking problem?

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2020

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.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2020

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?

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2020

The Battle of the Satellite Offices
?When teams work in different cities--one at headquarters, one remote--lots of misunderstandings bubble up. The San Francisco team thinks their Chicago colleagues check out early every day and do less work. The Chicago employees rail that California staff get all the recognition and promotions. How can HR and managers rewrite this workplace tale of two cities?

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2020

Maryland Enacts Statewide ‘Ban-the-Box' Law
Certain Maryland employers will soon be banned from asking about an applicant's criminal history before the first in-person interview is conducted. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the new law.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2020

Pipe Welders' Employee Status and Overtime Claim Upheld
Two pipe welders classified as independent contractors by an oil treatment and storage facility company were, in fact, employees and should have been paid overtime, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2020

Internal Audit Used to Demonstrate FLSA Misclassifications
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals permitted employees to introduce evidence relating to their employer's internal audit to demonstrate that their positions had been misclassified under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2020

Poll: Recognition That Works
In your experience as a manager, how have your efforts to recognize and reward your workers been received? Take our poll and let us know.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2020

Get the Job by Turning Problems to Your Advantage
When you're interviewing for a job, have you ever wondered what the hiring manager is thinking? Probably of the stack of work awaiting them after the interview. Here's how to show them you're the solution to their hiring--and workload--problem.

SHRM HR News
Feb 14, 2020

Should Employers Let Workers Report FMLA Absences by Text?
Employees, especially younger workers, often prefer texting and e-mailing to using the phone. So should employers let them text that they're off for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) reasons rather than call in?

SHRM HR News
Feb 14, 2020

Should Employers Let Workers Text that They're Off for FMLA?
Employees, especially younger workers, often prefer texting and e-mailing to using the phone. So should employers let them text that they're off for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) reasons rather than call in?

SHRM HR News
Feb 14, 2020

Researchers Say New Study Method Catches Resume Bias
In previous studies, researchers typically sent employers fake resumes and drew conclusions based on how the employers reacted to them. But this approach can be problematic because the information is phony, employers may not respond to unsolicited resumes and recruiters will likely get upset when they discover that their time has been wasted. Business economics and public policy professors Judd Kessler and Corinne Low, along with doctoral student Colin Sullivan, tested their method, called incentivized resume rating (IRR), in cooperation with employers.

SHRM HR News
Feb 14, 2020

What California's Latest Bag Check Case Means for You
In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court held that the time spent by employees waiting for and undergoing security checks of bags and other personal items is compensable time under California law, even when the policy applies only to employees who choose to bring personal items to work.

SHRM HR News
Feb 14, 2020

How Income-Advance Loans Help Financially Stressed Employees
Income-advance loans help employees who need assistance the most. At a trio of innovative employers in Burlington, Vt., the loans are repaid through payroll deduction, which stays in place after the loan is paid off, but now the money is automatically deposited into a savings account.

SHRM HR News
Feb 14, 2020

Keep Clear of These Common Overtime Errors
Many employers misunderstand overtime requirements, which can be costly as the price of noncompliance is high. Train managers, particularly those overseeing workers newly reclassified as nonexempt, not to repeat the overtime errors other companies have made.

SHRM HR News
Feb 14, 2020

She's Smart—But She's Not Emotionally Intelligent
How can you help a new manager acquire the emotional intelligence skills—patience, empathy and understanding—that don't come naturally to her?

SHRM HR News
Feb 14, 2020

Bringing Women Back to Work After Career Breaks in India
As gender diversity becomes a key focus for companies in India, one key question is how to encourage women who have taken career breaks to return to work.

SHRM HR News
Feb 13, 2020

3 Employment Screening Trends to Know Before You Hire in 2020
Experts believe that the number of class-action lawsuits brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for technical errors will increase; more states and cities will pass ban-the-box laws, salary-history bans and marijuana screening limitations; and federal and state regulators will direct more scrutiny toward the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the screening process.

SHRM HR News
Feb 13, 2020

AI-Based Hiring Concerns Academics, Regulators
Researchers are raising questions about the growing array of new digital tools employers are using to streamline the hiring process. They are studying new sourcing and recruiting platforms powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, as well as algorithm-heavy screening and interview software that analyzes and ranks job applicants. Policymakers are concerned, too.

SHRM HR News
Feb 13, 2020

Canada's Lessons Learned from Legalizing Cannabis
Canadian employers have been concerned about workplace safety following the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in October 2018 and the arrival of edible products in the country's retail market in December 2019.

SHRM HR News
Feb 13, 2020

5 Steps for Adopting a Four-Day Workweek
Four-day workweeks are an opportunity for employees to enjoy long weekends or a day off midweek, but often only if they're willing to put in extra hours during their days on the job. Here are five crucial steps for giving employees the option of a shorter workweek.

SHRM HR News
Feb 13, 2020

Making BOPIS Better: Managers Are Key
Managers are key to making the "buy online, pick up in store" a (BOPIS) better experience. First, know what BOPIS customers expect—and then train staff to meet those expectations.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2020

How to Motivate Pensioned Employees
Will your employees receive a pension? Does it incentivize them to stay on the job--but not to stay motivated or highly productive? Tenured employees hold institutional knowledge and experience that can benefit entire organization. But if they are focused solely on their retirement date, the entire organization loses out. Re-energize your pensioned employees with these strategies.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2020

How to Stop FMLA Abuse
Obtaining medical certifications and recertifications of serious health conditions and having carefully thought-out conversations with employees suspected of abusing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time off can help send fraudsters a message: The employer is monitoring them.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2020

Recertification Q&A: Carrying Over Credits
?Have questions about recertifying your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP? In every issue of SHRM Certification Update, the SHRM Certification team will answer some of the frequently asked questions they receive from credential-holders. This week the team answers questions about carrying over professional development credits from one recertification cycle to the next.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2020

The Power of HR Mentorship: A Two-Way Street
Regardless of the role we play in an organization, we can and should play a role in mentoring. Each of us should have a mentor and serve as a mentor to others. It's a powerful relationship, writes HR consultant Matthew W. Burr, SHRM-SCP.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2020

Black Tech Employees Continue to Face Workplace Racism
Companies including Google and Facebook have pledged to hire more diverse employees, but black employees say that the tech industry is still unwilling to confront bias. Analyses by USA Today and others show major tech companies employ far fewer women and underrepresented minorities than other industries, even in Silicon Valley. Black employees say that racism and discrimination have worsened.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2020

'Knowledge Is Power, But Only If You Know What to Do with It'
As a trainer, Patricia Byrd, SHRM's director of certification relations, stands somewhat outside the HR profession. But that gives her a clear eye on the present and future of the SHRM credential. She draws on her training in sociology and psychology and previous experience in social work, sales and editing to help steer the certification program.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2020

Practice Makes Proficient: Volunteering Grows Competencies
Competency development is not a one-way street, says HR consultant Phyllis Hartman, SHRM-SCP. Each of us has different needs, talents, resources and ambitions. By taking on volunteer activities that develop our HR competencies, we can help our organizations, our communities and ourselves.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2020

Tips for Creating Multipurpose Accommodation Rooms for Employees
Employers with limited space may not be able to provide a separate room for each accommodation. So here are some ideas for creating a multipurpose room to accommodate various employee requests.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2020

Head Chef Not Entitled to Overtime Pay Because Executive Exemption Applied
There was enough evidence to support a jury verdict in favor of a restaurant in a chef's lawsuit for overtime pay, a California appellate court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2020

Norfolk Southern Settles Age Discrimination Suit
Railroad company Norfolk Southern Corporation agreed to pay $350,000 and take substantial nonmonetary action to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2020

Judge Halts EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting
Employers now have a reprieve from reporting pay data by job category, race, sex and ethnicity to the federal government.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2020

‘OK Boomer' and ‘Lazy Millennial' Shouldn't Be Ignored
Though "OK Boomer" has become a popular punchline, particularly in social media posts, it's also the kind of age-related putdown that can create tension and real problems in workplaces that are dealing with intergenerational conflict.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2020

Workplace Romances: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
?Ever crushed on someone you work with? Or asked a co-worker out on a date? If so, you're not alone. Slightly more than half of survey respondents admit to having had romantic feelings for a co-worker and nearly one-fourth have asked a colleague out, according to findings the Society for Human Resource Management released Feb. 12.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2020

3 Key Updates for California Employee Handbooks
Employment laws are always changing, especially in California. That means businesses should be reviewing their employee handbooks and making any necessary updates.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2020

The Art of Role Playing in Developing Management Proficiency
The purpose of role playing is to allow a person to practice a skill or ability they wish to develop. Applying what you learn in a simulated situation allows you to be more effective and comfortable in a real situation.

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2020

The Year Ahead in Learning Technology
The same tech that's pushing the need to upskill is being leveraged to make upskilling possible. The rise of mobile has made learning accessible to everyone, democratizing learning and development (L&D) for all employees. Here's where learning tech is trending for 2020.

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2020

California Worker Can Sue over Incorrect Employer Name on Pay Stub
A worker could proceed with his lawsuit alleging that his former employer violated California law by providing wage statements with an out-of-state fictitious business name of the company, a California appeals court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2020

Monitoring Sales Compensation Can Keep It on Track
Sales compensation systems that go off the rails and reward salespeople for bad behavior grab headlines, but much more common are sales incentive programs that are simply out of date, poorly designed and not monitored closely enough. Such pay systems can lead the sales force to underperform and hamper an organization's growth and profitability. Related SHRM Articles:

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2020

Is Your Business Ready for Kari's Law?
Companies that use multiline telephone systems installed or manufactured after Feb. 16—the 52nd anniversary of the first 911 call made in the U.S.—must comply with a new regulation for calls made to emergency services.

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2020

Trump's 2021 Budget Would Trim Health Services, Boost Border Control
President Donald Trump proposed a $4.8 trillion 2021 federal budget on Feb. 10, with reductions in Medicare and Medicaid based in part on controlling prescription drug costs, and with increased spending for immigration enforcement, defense, veterans affairs and other priorities.

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2020

Demotion Can Be Reasonable Accommodation Under ADA
An employer properly offered a demotion to an employee with a disability as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2020

Religious Harassment Claim Fails
The religious harassment claim of a former firefighter was denied by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since the disrespectful comments about his religion did not interfere with his work performance.

SHRM HR News
Feb 09, 2020

How to Jump-Start a Stalled Job Hunt
When your job search seems dead in the road, it's time to reevaluate. What problems can you solve for a new employer? How can your skills mesh with a new team? Is your resume targeted to the job you seek? And do you know how to turn job offers into interviews? Columnist Martin Yate helps a jobseeker who is stuck in the mud and needs to get traction in his job search.

SHRM HR News
Feb 09, 2020

How to Jumpstart a Stalled Job Hunt
When your job search seems dead in the road, it's time to reevaluate. What problems can you solve for a new employer? How can your skills mesh with a new team? Is your resume targeted to the job you seek? And do you know how to turn job offers into interviews? Columnist Martin Yate helps a jobseeker who is stuck in the mud and needs to get traction in his job search.

SHRM HR News
Feb 09, 2020

When Work E-Mail Stops You from Getting Work Done
Having uninterrupted time to work is a big productivity boost. But workers' concentration is broken throughout the day by e-mail, texts and messages. Is it possible to shut the door, even temporarily, on electronic communication in the workplace? If so, do employers ensure that critical messages are being seen and answered in a timely manner?

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