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SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

DOL Final Rule Will Shift 401(k) Participant Disclosures Online
A new Department of Labor final rule expands the ability of employers to deliver retirement plan information by e-mail with an attached document or by sending links to documents posted online. Greater use of e-disclosures is expected to reduce employers' costs.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

Bringing New Employees on Board During COVID-19
Hiring continues during the COVID-19 pandemic, as some companies need to bring new employees on board to serve customer or product development needs. With states and even counties and municipalities taking different approaches to preventing the spread of the coronavirus, employers are finding themselves addressing a variety of employee needs and concerns.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

Viewpoint: Cancelled Summer Camp Programs Raise FFCRA Leave Issues
Must an employee establish that their child was enrolled in a 2020 summer camp before it was cancelled in order to take expanded leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act? Recent guidance seems to say employers can require they do so, but in practice that might prove difficult.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

H-1B Approvals Up from Last Year
Approval rates for H-1B and L-1 professional work visas rose in the second quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2020 (January-March) while requests for evidence (RFEs) remained high, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

Bill Would Allow Businesses to Provide Some Benefits to Gig Workers
Congress is considering legislation that would allow businesses to provide health- and safety-related benefits to gig-economy workers during the coronavirus pandemic without creating an employer-employee relationship.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

Union Violated Fair-Representation Duty
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the National Labor Relations Board's finding that a union breached its duty of fair representation by ignoring a member's timely request to resign from the union and revoke permission for the employer to deduct dues from his paycheck.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

Worker Must Show Supervisor Knew of Complaint to Prove Retaliation
An employee's claim that her supervisor fired her in retaliation for protected conduct did not prove the supervisor's knowledge of her recent discrimination complaint and so was properly dismissed, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

When Is Fear a Protected Reason for Not Coming to Work?
When workers are scared to report to the worksite during the pandemic, an important question is why they are afraid: a generalized fear versus a specific, protected reason.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

Tips for Managers: Handling Politics and the Pandemic in the Workplace
As employees go back to their workplaces after lockdowns are lifted, they might disagree about how well the federal and state governments, as well as employers, are handling the pandemic. We asked seasoned managers for their best tips on how to keep both political and pandemic debates under control.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

The ‘Career Coaching' Approach to Getting Inside Candidates' Heads and Hearts
The coronavirus pandemic is twisting the paradigm for how to interview candidates—remotely and in person. It's more important than ever to understand what's driving candidates through this period of self-isolation, sheltering in place and working remotely. Consider introducing new questions into your interviews to broaden your understanding of each candidate's approach to these challenging times.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

Managers Get High Marks for Handling Pandemic
About 9 in 10 workers say their managers have done a good job of supporting them during the COVID-19 crisis, and that their companies have provided them with technology and other tools needed to work productively during the pandemic, according to a new survey. Yet very few think their companies have given supervisors enough training to lead during the crisis, particularly when it comes to managing remote employees.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

Silver Linings: Managers See Upsides During the Pandemic
Some company leaders say the coronavirus pandemic has produced an abundance of "silver lining" experiences that have lifted spirits, improved productivity and forged relationships with staffers that will linger long after the coronavirus leaves.

SHRM HR News
May 26, 2020

California Launches Sexual-Harassment-Prevention Training Program
California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) launched a free online sexual-harassment-prevention program that meets the training requirements for nonsupervisory employees in the state.

SHRM HR News
May 22, 2020

People Analytics Guide Return-to-Work Choices
Human resources leaders are turning to people analytics tools to help make difficult decisions as their staffs return to the workplace and face a damaged economy. Whether it's figuring out how to keep workers safe, making decisions on furloughs and layoffs, or ensuring the right number of employees are in the right roles, these technologies collect, blend and analyze people data to guide HR leaders in their "what if" scenario planning.

SHRM HR News
May 22, 2020

Delivery Worker Gets Trial for Race-Based Emotional Distress Claim
A black employee who alleged that his supervisor referred to him using a racial epithet and tried to get him fired by falsely reporting that he had failed to report to work could take his claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress to trial.

SHRM HR News
May 22, 2020

Court Blocks $13 Million Gender Discrimination Verdict Against UCLA
A jury awarded a professor more than $13 million in damages in a gender-discrimination lawsuit—but a California appeals court reversed the verdict, finding that the trial court committed a series of "grave errors."

SHRM HR News
May 22, 2020

Employers Consider Changes to PTO Policies as Unused Vacation Days Accumulate
Companies are facing a dilemma about how to address employees' reluctance to take time off during the coronavirus pandemic. Limited vacation options are keeping some employees at their real or virtual workstations. Others fear they may get laid off and want the payout of unused vacation times that some companies offer. Employers have their own worries. Many want to conserve cash as the economy continues to sour and don't want to have to compensate employees for unused time or let them carry over days until next year.

SHRM HR News
May 22, 2020

Facebook Agrees to $52 Million Settlement over Work-Trauma Claims
Facebook has reached a $52 million deal to settle a class action claiming that the social media giant failed to shield content moderators from psychological trauma.

SHRM HR News
May 22, 2020

College Students Studying HR Learn from Pandemic
?College students studying human resource management can look beyond their curriculums for a case study in preparedness and resilience among the many organizations trying to get back to business during the coronavirus. Some of the key concepts emerging from the pandemic are the need to assess, adapt, innovate, listen, communicate, engage and put people first.

SHRM HR News
May 22, 2020

How to Be a 'Favorite Boss'
The coronavirus pandemic is creating innumerable challenges for HR professionals. Many of you are rising to meet those challenges with innovation, compassion and leadership, notes columnist Paul Falcone. Your actions now define and strengthen the kind of boss you are--you could even be someone's "favorite boss."

SHRM HR News
May 22, 2020

Ask HR: Can I Get Fired for Refusing Vaccinations?
Can an employer require workers to get vaccinations? What should workers do if they are starting to feel disconnected from colleagues while social distancing? ?SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., is answering these HR questions and more as part of a series for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

Safety, Poor Planning Among Concerns as Employers Plan a Return to the Workplace
What is your biggest concern as we prepare to return to our workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic? That was the question the Society for Human Resource Management posed in a recent #NextChat.

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

Managing Employer Brand During the COVID-19 Outbreak
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of employer brand during a crisis, but there is no playbook for this unprecedented time. Employer branding—influencing an organization's reputation as an employer—significantly affects the volume and quality of applicants a company attracts, and it makes a difference to employee productivity, job satisfaction and retention.

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

Expert Q&A: How Is COVID-19 Changing Employer-Sponsored Health Care?
The COVID-19 pandemic is speeding up the evolution of employer-sponsored health care benefits. Observations on what's changing, from "plateauing" high deductibles to an expansion of government health coverage, were recently shared with SHRM Online by two top health benefits experts.

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

HR Leaders Brace for Post-COVID-19 Shocks
Forrester Research has concluded that if companies don't take the necessary actions to prepare for four major shocks this decade, they'll have a difficult time managing in the post-coronavirus era.

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

Labor Secretary, SHRM President on Urgency to Safely Reopen Businesses
Getting employees back on the job as quickly as possible is crucial for restoring the U.S. economy, but employers must take all reasonable precautions to keep them safe, agreed U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in a recent webcast.

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

California Court Provides Roadmap for Unlimited PTO Policies
A California appeals court ruled that under an employer's unlimited paid-time-off (PTO) policy, an employee actually accrued vacation days as she worked and was entitled to be paid for unused days when her employment ended.

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

Pay Cuts Become More Common in Pandemic Downturn
A growing number of companies in sectors hit by the coronavirus pandemic are turning to pay cuts instead of layoffs to reduce their labor costs, hoping to preserve their workforces for a fast recovery. Employment attorneys and HR practitioners said that approach makes sense in these uncertain times, but they cautioned that cutting pay has to be done right to avoid generating resentment and eventually driving away the best employees.

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

2.4 Million File New Unemployment Claims
Another 2.4 million U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending May 16. That brings the nine-week total to about 39 million. Weekly first-time claims have been gradually declining since hitting a record 6.8 million in late March. The number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits reached 25 million for the week ending May 9. Continuing claims data provides insight into how soon the economy may ramp back up. The weekly jobless claims report is the most-timely economic indicator for measuring the impact of the virus on the U.S. economy.

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

COVID-19 and Workers with Disabilities
While some employees may be able to adhere to new protocols to stop the spread of the coronavirus, workers with disabilities could be putting their own lives in danger just by going to work. And staying compliant with these new rules may be a hardship they physically can't manage.

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

Barbara Corcoran of 'Shark Tank' Says HR Drives Innovation Revenue at Successful Companies
?Barbara Corcoran, known for her role on the television show "Shark Tank," is a successful entrepreneur who knows how significant HR's function is in thriving organizations. During a recent Society for Human Resource Management webinar, she spoke about that function and shared insight into building company culture, driving revenue and hiring "happy people."

SHRM HR News
May 21, 2020

Viewpoint: 3 Steps to Make Learning Part of Company Culture
A year ago, Kraft Heinz set out to create a learning culture, starting with leaders setting the example by taking charge of and sharing their own learning. The agile learning culture is needed now during the pandemic more than ever—one that enables employees to demonstrate their ability to quickly adapt to new environments, new protocol and shifting market demands.

SHRM HR News
May 20, 2020

Forecasters Revise Outlook for Higher Health Plan Costs
The coronavirus may lower health care costs for self-insured employers this year, as medical treatment for noninfected patients declines. But pent up demand by those delaying elective procedures could drive up costs once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

SHRM HR News
May 20, 2020

Monday, Monday: How Do You Gear Up for the Week?
Mondays, ugh! The start of the workweek can feel challenging. How do you motivate yourself for the week looming ahead of you?

SHRM HR News
May 20, 2020

How to Protect Company Data When Laying Off Remote Workers
Laying off employees is always painful, but having to do so when they are completely remote adds a new wrinkle: What should employers do to protect the company's data on laptops and other devices when letting remote workers go? Brian Schrader, president and CEO of BIA, an electronic discovery and digital forensics firm in New York City, spoke with SHRM Online about this tricky subject.

SHRM HR News
May 20, 2020

Labor Department Expands Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Rule
?Under a final rule that the U.S. Department of Labor announced on May 20, employers will have greater flexibility to use the fluctuating workweek method of calculating overtime pay for salaried, nonexempt workers whose hours vary from week to week.

SHRM HR News
May 20, 2020

CDC Releases Comprehensive Coronavirus Guidance
?Detailed guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week sets out criteria for reopening the economy and tracking coronavirus cases, with specific instructions for child care centers, schools and day camps, restaurants and bars, mass transit, and all employers with high-risk workers.

SHRM HR News
May 20, 2020

California Issues 'Resilience Roadmap' to Employers for Stage Two Reopening
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a plan to allow the limited reopening of some businesses beyond those in the category of essential critical infrastructure.

SHRM HR News
May 20, 2020

Maryland Enacts Mandatory WARN Act Obligations for Even Small Job Actions
Maryland recently enacted amendments to its Economic Stabilization Act, imposing significant obligations on employers when all or a portion of their operations are closed or relocated.

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

From the CEO: Planning for the New Workplace
The COVID-19 pandemic has left no part of our lives untouched. And even as stores, restaurants and other businesses are cautiously reopening, and life is slowly resuming, this virus has transformed the world forever—especially the workplace.At this critical time, CEOs are turning to us in HR for expert advice on how to navigate the delicate balance between ensuring employee safety and well-being and moving ahead with business. I am one of them. As CEO of the Society for Human Resource Manag

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

Retirement of Officer with Diminished Vision Might Violate ADA
?A station officer of the Somerville City Police Department could continue pursuing his Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim despite his monocular vision, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

Termination Reasons Might Have Been Pretext for Age Discrimination
An employer's stated reasons for firing an employee, which included the reliance on incomplete disciplinary documents and stale discipline, might have been pretext for age discrimination, according to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

Should You Monitor Workers Who Aren't Social Distancing Off Duty?
Employers who choose to monitor off-duty conduct may be legally permitted to send home workers who aren't social distancing off duty, if the policy is applied consistently.

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

Visa Flexibility Extended to Essential H-2B Workers
Seasonal guest workers deemed "essential to the U.S. food supply chain" will be able to stay in the country longer under a new temporary rule prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to labor force disruptions at meat and poultry operations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is removing some limitations on H-2B workers who are already in the United States.

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

HHS 2021 Health Plan 'Parameters' Raise Out-of-Pocket Maximums
For 2021, annual out-of-pocket maximums for most group health plans will increase by about 4.9 percent over this year's limits, the Department of Health and Human Services announced in its 2021 benefit and payment parameters final rule.

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

Ask an Expert: Rule-Breakers
Should we discipline a top performer who doesn't follow the rules?

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

How to Reduce Risk in Workforce Reductions
Many companies have laid off employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More layoffs are possible. Is your organization ready?

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

How Managers Can Motivate Employees
A sizeable paycheck and generous benefits matter to employees. But what really makes people happy and engaged at work is recognition and appreciation, surveys show.

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

Avoiding ‘Zoom Bombing' in the New Age of Meetings
An unwelcome intruder who infiltrates a workplace meeting poses a threat to everyone's wellbeing and safety. The risks have followed businesses online as they move to virtual platforms in light of the global pandemic. Here are some tips to decrease the risk of a virtual intruder.

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

How Are Companies Handling Performance Reviews During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
?The pandemic has upended business as usual for nearly every worker. Some people are busier than ever; others have little to do. Everyone is facing new stress and pressure. In response, some companies are proceeding with reviews, but adjusting for the new realities of work.

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

Viewpoint: Young Workers Need to Share Their Experiences
A recent survey found young adults are feeling disconnected from their work during social distancing. Businesses are certainly meeting and sessions to figure out their response to the pandemic. Are the young adults at your organization involved in those conversations?

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

Viewpoint: 7 Actions to Take Now to Protect Your HR Budget
?As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, many executives predict the global economy will be in a recession for the rest of 2020 and perhaps even into 2021. Before budgets are cut, are you prepared to show how your major HR programs drive the business in this new post-pandemic world?

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

As Texas Reopens, Restaurants Figure Out Their New Normal
As restaurants reopen across the country, servers and patrons are slowly figuring out how to safely navigate something as simple as having a meal during the coronavirus pandemic. For restaurant workers in Texas, there have been far fewer tables to serve, less tips and more cleaning.

SHRM HR News
May 19, 2020

Phone Interviews and the Coronavirus Pandemic
While people around the world are working from home and social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, job interviews are likely going to happen over the telephone. Career columnist Martin Yate offers a three-step plan to prepare for and ace those interviews.

SHRM HR News
May 18, 2020

DOL Streamlines Overtime Rule for Commission-Based Retail and Service Workers
The Labor Department issued a final rule to simplify a federal overtime exemption for commission-based workers in retail and service industries.

SHRM HR News
May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Is Creating Telework Converts
?Telecommuting is the new reality for many U.S. employees. Many are saying they want to continuing working from home when the threat of COVID-19 has passed, even as companies grapple with how—and when—to safely return people to the workplace.

SHRM HR News
May 18, 2020

U.S. Workers Have Lost $1.3 Trillion in Income So Far
New research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Oxford Economics shows that the U.S. workforce has lost $1.3 trillion in annualized income due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SHRM HR News
May 18, 2020

COVID-19 and Late Remittances of Employee Deferrals to 401(k) Plans
An employer that cannot deposit employee contributions into a 401(k) plan in a timely manner due to COVID-19 should document how the pandemic caused the delay and how contributions were deposited as soon as possible after the COVID-19 issue was resolved.

SHRM HR News
May 18, 2020

Member Spotlight: Lindsey Hoskinson
Meet the HR director for RevClaims in Jackson, Miss. Lindsey Hoskinson is also secretary-treasurer of the Mississippi State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management.

SHRM HR News
May 18, 2020

Millennials Say They Are Struggling More to Work from Home
People between the ages of 20 and 30, usually lauded for their prowess with technology, are more likely to say they've struggled with remote work during the coronavirus pandemic. Family pressures, roommates and stress are contributors to the difficulty.

SHRM HR News
May 17, 2020

NYC Ban on Drug Testing Job Applicants Takes Effect
Most New York City employers are no longer able to drug-test job applicants for marijuana use, under a law that took effect May 10.

SHRM HR News
May 16, 2020

Career Fairs Go Virtual in Reaction to Pandemic
Some companies are still hiring during the coronavirus pandemic, and many are turning to virtual career fairs and hiring events to find candidates. Being able to connect with job seekers in a chat-based virtual environment has been a tremendous asset since in-person events are effectively forbidden.

SHRM HR News
May 16, 2020

HEROES Act Contains Numerous Immigration Proposals
The latest coronavirus relief package passed by House Democrats May 15 contains several immigration-related provisions of interest to employers.

SHRM HR News
May 15, 2020

Immunity Certificates: An Idea Whose Time Hasn't Arrived
The idea of coronavirus "immunity certificates" has figured into conversations among government officials and corporate leaders around the world looking for ways to safely reopen businesses and restart economies amid the lethal pandemic.

SHRM HR News
May 15, 2020

House Passes $3 Trillion HEROES Act to Provide More Coronavirus Relief
The U.S. House of Representatives approved another coronavirus relief package, which would provide funds for state and local governments, hazard pay for frontline workers, expanded paid-leave benefits, and student-loan debt forgiveness. The U.S. Senate will now consider the bill, though it is not expected to pass in its current form.

SHRM HR News
May 15, 2020

CDC Releases Guidelines for Reopening Workplaces
?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a set of checklists to help leaders of businesses, schools, child care programs, mass transit and others decide when and how to reopen their facilities after weeks of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHRM HR News
May 15, 2020

Ask HR: Can I Ask to Be Furloughed?
Can an employee ask to be furloughed? And how can laid-off employees job hunt during the pandemic? ?SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., is answering these HR questions and more as part of a series for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

IRS Allows Midyear Enrollment and Election Changes for Health Plans and FSAs
The IRS released two notices allowing employees to make midyear 2020 changes to their health plan enrollments and to change pretax contributions to health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs).

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

New FEMA Kit Provides Framework for Reopening
?The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released an Exercise Starter Kit to help companies discuss and work through how to safely reopen after weeks of coronavirus-related closures. The kit, which includes a customizable slide show and facilitator notes, provides a framework for a virtual half-day workshop that would ideally involve representatives throughout an enterprise, from HR to security.

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

Performance Reviews During COVID-19: Should You Suspend Them?
Should companies suspend performance reviews during the coronavirus pandemic? And why or why not? #NextChat respondnes weigh in.

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

Employees: Google Cuts D&I Program
?Google made headlines this week with some employees claiming that it has significantly rolled back its internal diversity and inclusion initiatives to avoid backlash from conservatives. It's the latest D&I-related controversy to rock the tech giant in recent years.

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

Employees: Google Cuts DI Program
?Google made headlines this week with some employees claiming that it has significantly rolled back its internal diversity and inclusion initiatives to avoid backlash from conservatives. It's the latest D&I-related controversy to rock the tech giant in recent years.

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

Recertification Q&A: Time Requirements for Work Projects
Have questions about how to earn professional development credits for recertification through work projects? The SHRM Certification team answers them here.

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

Connection, Conversations, Courage: Let's Lead on Mental Health
?What can HR do to support Mental Health Month? It has been observed every May since 1949. But these times require HR to go well beyond "support." SHRM Chief HR Officer Sean Sullivan, SHRM-SCP, writes that there is an urgent need for HR to lead on this critical issue. How? Through connection, conversations and courage—three levers that HR is uniquely positioned to push and pull in order to shape and effect change in the workplace.

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

Turning the Corner After a Time of Crisis
The U.S. and the rest of the world are dealing with the upheaval from the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on society and economies. Where do we, as organizational leaders, go from here? This is an opportunity for HR to take our position as leaders as we begin picking up the pieces and rebuild.

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

What Happens When Unemployment Pays Too Well?
?As COVID-19-related restrictions are lifted, companies have started recalling employees to offices and factories around the country. But some are getting a surprising response to the opportunity: "Thanks, but no thanks. I would rather collect unemployment."

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

The Paradox of Leadership After COVID-19
?Leaders have always had to balance the immediate short-term needs of the business with the long-term strategies and vision. This paradox of leadership is especially true as companies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders need to not only formulate return-to-work plans and adjust work processes for the short-term recovery of operations but also discern what longer-term impacts this pandemic will have overall.

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

Viewpoint: Brace for the Coming Wave of Superjobs
In the aftermath of layoffs due to the pandemic, the professional workers who remain employed are likely to see their responsibilities increase, combining work from once-discrete roles and departments. Deloitte calls these new roles "superjobs" and charted their pre-coronavirus rise, fueled by automation, globalization and pressure on firms from start-ups. How can business leaders persuade workers to step up to these new demands?

SHRM HR News
May 14, 2020

How to Manage the Mental Health of Returning Employees
As people begin to filter back into workplaces, managers and HR should anticipate they will have lots of mixed emotions: happiness that they are getting back to work and seeing colleagues; fear of getting sick or bring the coronavirus home to their families; trauma if they've experienced the illness or lost a loved one to it. Here's how to support returning workers and get them back to work.

SHRM HR News
May 13, 2020

Viewpoint: Rethinking the Way to Gender Pay Equity
The ongoing pay gap between men and women has created a complex web of employment law for corporations to navigate. Here's a roadmap that companies can use to identify pay gaps and mitigate pay equity litigation risk.

SHRM HR News
May 13, 2020

How to Accommodate At-Risk Workers
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has updated its guidance on COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, clarifying how to accommodate individuals who are at high risk for severe illness from the coronavirus.

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

When Do Employment Anti-Bias Laws Cover Teachers at Religious Schools?
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on May 11 in two consolidated cases asking whether the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause prevents two teachers from bringing employment discrimination claims against religious schools that declined to renew their contracts.

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

Health Officials Say Opening Economy Depends on Testing and Following a Framework
The phased-in reopening of the economy will vary by region, and officials need to follow a "framework of how we safely open America again," according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a prominent member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Fauci and other public health experts testified remotely during a U.S. Senate committee hearing.

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

Employee Reinstated Despite Missing Work Due to Imprisonment
An arbitrator's decision interpreting a collective bargaining agreement as allowing for reinstatement—rather than termination—of an employee whose imprisonment caused him to violate the employer's attendance policy was an arguably valid interpretation.

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

Lessons on Reopening from Two Global Companies That Have Done It
?Make detailed plans. Start small and expand incrementally. Always put the health and safety of employees first. And be prepared to learn and change. These are the big takeaways from conversations with top leaders at international food giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and China-based Internet search company Baidu, both of which have been restarting operations and bringing employees back to the workplace since late February

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

OSHA Penalizes Hospital for Endangering Workers
A psychiatric facility that had some patients prone to aggression could not overturn a $12,471 citation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled.

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

How to Manage Different Workplace Personalities
Managing diverse personalities isn't easy, but it's important. That's because the most successful teams are formed when a supervisor understands each employee's strengths and weaknesses, knows how to leverage each member's unique talents, and encourages everyone to work together.

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

Managers on the Virus Front Lines
As companies prepare to bring employees back to work following the coronavirus pandemic, it may be people managers who decide which of their reports return first.

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

Helping Employees Get Educated in AI
AI, or artificial intelligence, touches nearly every employee and every consumer across the globe, changing the way we work. Learning to use it requires a combination of digital literacy and soft skills--skills that most workers are going to need in the future.

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

In Bankruptcy, Should You Stay or Should You Go?
When your employer declares bankruptcy, it's time to look for a new job, writes columnist Martin Yate. Target your job, write your resume and build a network to help you land your next position.

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

SHRM 2020 Annual Conference & Expo Canceled
?The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2020 Annual Conference & Expo, previously scheduled for late June in San Diego, has been canceled due to the coronavirus. People who registered to attend SHRM20 will have their registrations automatically transferred to the SHRM 2021 Annual Conference & Expo scheduled for June 20-23 in Chicago.

SHRM HR News
May 12, 2020

Contact-Tracing Apps Can Keep Tabs on Coronavirus
Employers are trying to limit the spread of the coronavirus by having workers use contact-tracing apps that track each co-worker they've been near. While developers laud the ability of these apps to ease the spread of the novel coronavirus in workplaces, privacy advocates warn about their potentially intrusive nature.

SHRM HR News
May 11, 2020

IRS Reverses Course on Employee Retention Credit for Qualified Health Plan Expenses
The IRS has changed its position and will allow employers to receive the CARES Act's employee retention credit when paying health care plan premiums for employees on furlough who are not earning wages.

SHRM HR News
May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Reveals the Value of Caregiving Benefits
The COVID-19 pandemic, by showing the vital role that caregiving benefits can play in employees' lives, may push employers that haven't offered caregiving services and resources to consider doing so.

SHRM HR News
May 11, 2020

Pandemic Could Drive Health Plans to Adopt Reference-Based Pricing
As companies struggle to address the economic impact of the coronavirus, many are looking toward health care costs for savings. Reference-based pricing is an option that could help to control costs for employers and employees alike.

SHRM HR News
May 11, 2020

Will Businesses Get Immunity from Coronavirus Lawsuits?
As more businesses make plans to reopen lawmakers are split on whether to hold employers responsible for shielding workers from COVID-19. Some lawmakers want to protect employers from coronavirus-related lawsuits, but others are concerned such protection would lead to employers not taking proper steps to safeguard workers.

SHRM HR News
May 11, 2020

Nurses' Bias Lawsuit Against Medical Group Should Have Been Dismissed
A jury found that a hospital and medical group created a hostile work environment for three female nurses, but the nurses had not named the medical group in the administrative complaint, so their claims against the group should not have been allowed to go to trial.

SHRM HR News
May 11, 2020

Businesses Develop Safety Protocols as California's Economy Slowly Reopens
As part of a four-phase plan to gradually restart the California economy, Gov. Gavin Newsom is allowing some employers to reopen their workplaces—as long as they meet strict guidelines.

SHRM HR News
May 11, 2020

People Look Forward to Simple Pleasures After COVID-19
Where is the first place you will go when everything reopens and stay-at-home orders are lifted? The answers to a recent #NextChat by the Society for Human Resource Management were wide-ranging, but they typically were simple things.

SHRM HR News
May 11, 2020

Most California Employees with COVID-19 Presumed Covered by Workers' Comp
California Gov. Gavin Newsom just enacted sweeping changes to the state's workers' compensation standards, providing that a broad swath of California workers who contract COVID-19 are presumed to have a workplace injury covered by the workers' compensation system.

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