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SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

Post-COVID-19 Nightmare: Substance Abuse on the Job
At least 30 states are reporting COVID-19-related spikes in fatal opioid overdoses and heightened concern about substance use disorders, which poses a serious threat to worker safety and could cost tens of thousands in productivity losses, absenteeism, presenteeism and workers' compensation claims.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

5 Lessons Managers Can Learn from Casinos About Reopening Their Business
Most U.S. casinos have reopened amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That's enough of a data set to see what gaming centers have done right and done wrong after opening their doors to the public again. It's also enough to provide some lessons for other businesses looking to reopen—especially those that tend to draw large numbers of people in close quarters.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

The Cover Letter: A Powerful Executive Briefing
?Not all job postings require you to upload a cover letter, and some resume databases don't even allow it. But if you get the chance to do so, take it. Try using the executive briefing format, advises career columnist Martin Yate, to succinctly match your skills with the company's needs.

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

More Racial Diversity at Tech Companies Can Help Eliminate Biased Products
In the wake of national and international protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd while in police custody, companies are revisiting their approach to diversity and inclusion (D&I) policies. Innovative technology companies have little to show for efforts they've made in previous years to raise the number and profile of black employees at their firms.

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

Responding to Employees' Spouses' Coronavirus Concerns
Many spouses of workers are worried when they go to worksites during the pandemic, and some employees are afraid to work onsite because they have family members who are at high risk.

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Application Deadline Extended
President Donald Trump signed a bill into law on July 4 giving small businesses that are struggling during the coronavirus crisis an additional five weeks to apply for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program.

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

Federal Agencies Plan to Address Gig-Worker Status, Pay Data Collection
The federal government plans to propose a rule on gig-worker classification, revise pay-data collection rules and address student workers' right to unionize, according to the spring 2020 regulatory agenda, which was issued later than expected due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

Prepare for Open Enrollment Challenges During a Difficult Year
With open enrollment for employee benefits coming up in the fall at most U.S. organizations, employers have an opportunity to reintroduce their benefit programs in ways that demonstrate how they can support workers during an unprecedented time.

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

COVID-19 and Deciding Who Continues Working from Home
?More employers are considering extending work-from-home (WFH) options as coronavirus cases continue to surge in parts of the country. But how does an employer or supervisor decide who may continue working remotely and who should be at the organization's physical site?

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

Seattle Enacts Paid-Sick-Leave Law for Gig Workers During COVID-19 Crisis
The Seattle City Council enacted an ordinance that temporarily provides paid sick and safe time to gig workers for online-based food-delivery services and drivers for transportation network companies with 250 or more gig workers worldwide.

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

California Issues Statewide Guidance for Mandatory Cloth Face-Coverings
State guidance instructs Californians to wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces, as well as outdoors when distancing is not possible.

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

Departments Issue Further Guidance on COVID-19 Testing Coverage
The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury issued a new set of FAQs with additional guidance on complying with coronavirus-related legislation that requires health plans to cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing without cost-sharing, prior authorization, or other medical management requirements.

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

Heading Off Employee Disruption in Light of COVID-19 and Social Unrest
The COVID-19 pandemic, the death of George Floyd and the subsequent social unrest have triggered fears, resentments and anxieties in many U.S. workplaces. Where does this leave the leaders of your organization as they attempt to manage staff conflict that may, at times, appear to be unreasonable and unwavering?

SHRM HR News
Jul 05, 2020

Some Companies Are Making Virtual Internships Work During COVID-19
Not surprisingly, most college students are missing out on traditional internships this year due to COVID-19. About 22 percent of employers said they were canceling internships entirely, with another 19 percent undecided as of May 1, according to the latest polling from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Employer responses showed that most (83 percent) modified their summer internship programs—instead of eliminating them—by making them virtual, shortening them or both.

SHRM HR News
Jul 02, 2020

Businesses That Are Temporarily Closing Worksites Face Hard Choices
Some reopened worksites are temporarily shutting their doors again as a result of state orders or local spikes in COVID-19 infections. These businesses are facing tough choices over when to close in one area while remaining open elsewhere and whether to furlough or lay off employees who can't telecommute.

SHRM HR News
Jul 02, 2020

Only Half of Employee's Knee Disability Was Work-Related
Because only half of an employee's total permanent disability was caused by a fall at work, and the remaining half was due to degenerative conditions, a California appeals court reversed a decision by the state's workers' compensation board, which granted a 100 percent disability award.

SHRM HR News
Jul 02, 2020

California Employer Waived Right to Compel Arbitration
Even though an employee and employer entered into an agreement to arbitrate employment disputes, the employer's participation in proceedings before the California Labor Commissioner constituted a waiver of the employer's right to compel arbitration of the employee's claim against it, a California appellate court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jul 02, 2020

CDC Guidance Reiterates Importance of Cloth Face Masks
?As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in some states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reiterated the importance of wearing cloth face masks to contain the virus, noting that doing so is most likely to be effective when masks are "widely used by people in public settings."

SHRM HR News
Jul 02, 2020

U.K.'s Extended Job Scheme Aims to Support Firms, Workers
U.K. employers participating in the country's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be able to start bringing furloughed employees back on a part-time basis this summer.

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

Don't Be a Bobblehead
Many HR pros act like bobbleheads within their organizations, says Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP, a director-at-large on the Society for Human Resource Management's Board of Directors and vice president of human resources at LaRosa's Inc. They nod in acceptance of senior management because they don't want to rock the boat. In an excerpt from his second book, HR Rising!! (SHRM, 2020), Browne encourages HR professionals to take more risks at work.

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

Ask HR: Mental Health Amid COVID-19
Need time away from work to recover from COVID-19? Here's how to ask. ?SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is answering questions each week for a column in USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

As Jobs Disappear, Employees Hang On to What They Have
?Employees spooked by continuing high unemployment are holding on to the jobs they have at rates not seen in nearly a decade. While typically a sign of employee loyalty, low turnover these days can also signal fear, hopelessness and stagnation. Employers can head off those negative feelings and maintain morale and energy in the workplace by communicating with empathy and giving employees more control over decisions, experts say.

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

NextChat: Should Employers Monitor Workers' Social Distancing Away from Work?
Employers are taking a number of different steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. But should they monitor their employees to see if they are adhering to social distancing while off duty? Why or why not?

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

The Future of Remote Work in India
Experts believe that work from home—which many companies in India strictly prohibited until earlier this year—will be more common once COVID-19 is over. But how much more common is uncertain.

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

DOL Proposes Less-Restrictive Fiduciary Standard for Investment Advisors
The U.S. Department of Labor proposed new guidance that would let investment professionals who advise 401(k) plan participants, and who meet impartial conduct standards, to receive payments from the mutual funds they recommend.

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

Nearly 5 Million Jobs Gained in June, Unemployment Rate Drops Again
The U.S. economy showed positive job gains for the second straight month in June, adding 4.8 million jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to an approximate 12 percent from an adjusted 16.4 percent in May, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There's been a significant rebound in industries such as leisure and hospitality that once experienced the greatest job losses, as the economy slowly continues to recover.

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

Nearly 5 Million Jobs Gained in June; Unemployment Rate Drops Again
The U.S. economy showed positive job gains for the second straight month in June, adding 4.8 million jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to an approximate 12 percent from an adjusted 16.4 percent in May, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There's been a significant rebound in industries such as leisure and hospitality that once experienced the greatest job losses, as the economy slowly continues to recover.

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

Recruitment Research: A New Way to Find Top Talent
An offshoot of the executive search industry, recruitment research is a multistep methodology that targets desired candidates and connects them with employers using a flexible pricing model. The process is equal parts detective and skilled salesperson.

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

Rethink Work-From-Home Employee Perks
?As working from home stretches into the summer and beyond at many companies, some firms are adopting interesting, innovative incentives to maintain engagement and productivity among telecommuting employees.

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

PPP Loan Disrupts Tip Sharing for Restaurants and Bars
?As some states and local areas are reopening businesses, restaurants and bars that have received a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) are revamping their business model to accommodate the guidelines. Instead of bringing back a full staff at once, many restaurant owners or managers have reconstructed their employees' working hours, internal tip-pooling policies and schedules, for both the front-of-house and the back-of-house workers. It's all caused confusion for many employers and employees.

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

How Should Multistate Employers Approach Workplace Mask Policies?
Developing policies and best practices for wearing masks in the workplace can be particularly daunting as employers grapple with different regional rules and evolving federal guidelines.

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

DOL Provides Guidance on FFCRA Leave Due to Summer Camp Closures
Department of Labor guidance clarifies that, as with school or child-care center closures, employees can request leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to care for a child due to a closed summer camp or similar program.

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

FCRA Disclosure May Be Part of Application and Include Authorization
While the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that a disclosure of rights be provided in a separate document, it may include lines for signature and date, and be part of an application packet, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

Employee's Daily Hitch Rate Requires Overtime Pay
An oil employee who was paid a daily hitch rate while working on a rig was not paid on a "salary basis" as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act and as such should have been eligible for overtime pay, ruled the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

Executive Order Emphasizes Skills over Degrees for Federal Jobs
?President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 26 that directs the federal government to take the emphasis off whether a job candidate has a college degree and instead assess an applicant's job skills.

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

Executive Order Puts Emphasis on Skills Over Degrees for Federal Jobs
?President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 26 that directs the federal government to take the emphasis off whether a job candidate has a college degree and instead assess an applicant's job skills.

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

Use E-Mail Strategically to Land a Job
The fastest way to get your resume in front of a hiring manager is to e-mail it. Use every bit of your e-mail--including your address and subject line--to make a strong first impression, advises career columnist Martin Yate.

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

McDonald's Restaurants Ordered to Strengthen Coronavirus Safety Procedures
Several Chicago McDonald's restaurants were ordered to require masks and social distancing and train managers on coronavirus-related safety measures.

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

Local Spikes in COVID-19 Cases Lead to More Travel Restrictions
Although new coronavirus cases are on the decline in some states, other states have seen an uptick in cases as they begin to reopen. In response, some governors are requiring travelers from certain locations to quarantine and possibly forgo paid-sick-leave benefits.

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

DOL Proposes Strict Scrutiny of ESG Investments in Retirement Plans
The Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule that would require plan sponsors to perform additional investment analysis to use environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds as investment options for 401(k) or pension plans.

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

DOL Opinion Letter Clarifies Administrative Exemption
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued five opinion letters, including one providing analysis of the administrative exemption. The others addressed various Fair Labor Standards Act exemptions and requirements affecting salespeople.

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

3 Checklists for Avoiding LGBTQ Discrimination in Your Benefit Programs
These three checklists can help employers to find and correct discriminatory language and practices in the benefit programs, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal law bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

3 Checklists for Avoiding LGBTQ Discrimination in Your Benefits Programs
These three checklists can help employers to find and correct discriminatory language and practices in their benefit programs, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal law bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

Sparring Over ACA Picks Up Before 2021 Supreme Court Ruling
Ahead of the November 2020 elections, the Trump administration and Republican states want to convince the Supreme Court to find the entire Affordable Act Act (ACA) unconstitutional, while Democrats are defending the act. The court is expected to issue a ruling next year.

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

When Employees Become Activists
?In recent months, a surge in activism has seen thousands standing up for causes such as Black Lives Matter or protesting COVID-19 government shutdowns. Are employees who participate risking their jobs each time they take to the streets or post politically charged comments on social media? The answer varies depending on what they do and where they work.

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

Employer Didn't Have to Consult Newly Certified Union About Serious Discipline
Employers don't have a duty to bargain about certain employee disciplinary matters with a newly certified union before the first collective bargaining agreement is finalized, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

DoorDash, Uber Eats Sued for Misclassifying Workers
Two popular on-demand food delivery services have been sued in California for allegedly misclassifying delivery workers as independent contractors, in violation of state law.

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

Child Care Complicates Return to Work
?Childcare shortages and concerns are complicating a return to the workplace for many parents as the coronavirus continues to spread and options remain unclear for schools, camps and daycare. There are no easy solutions on the horizon for these parents or the companies that employ them. "We're still very much in a learning mode," said Robert A. Boonin, an employment attorney with Dykema in Detroit and Ann Arbor. "Employees and employers will be making some hard decisions in the very near future, but I don't think there's a concensus about the best way to go forward."

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

Child Care Complicates Return-to-Work
?Childcare shortages and concerns are complicating a return to the workplace for many parents as the coronavirus continues to spread and options remain unclear for schools, camps and daycare. There are no easy solutions on the horizon for these parents or the companies that employ them. "We're still very much in a learning mode," said Robert A. Boonin, an employment attorney with Dykema in Detroit and Ann Arbor. "Employees and employers will be making some hard decisions in the very near future, but I don't think there's a concensus about the best way to go forward."

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

Unions Organize in Response to COVID-19 Safety Concerns
Unions with resources to increase their membership ranks have had significant organizing opportunities during the pandemic, as workers focus on safety concerns. Other unions, however, have seen their funds dry up in the recession.

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

Ask HR: 5 Ways to Reward Remote Teams
With many workers now remote, the traditional ways of recognizing a team may not be feasible. But don't let that deter you—you can get creative, says Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer for SHRM. Taylor answers HR questions weekly for a column in USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

Viewpoint: 12 Tips for Return-to-Work Communications
Training, education and effective communication are key to returning employees safely to the workplace. These tips can help HR communicate with clarity and empathy about emotionally fraught return-to-work issues.

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

What the Supreme Court Ruling on DACA Means for Employers
The June 18 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program provides relief not only for the hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants it covers, but also for the organizations that employ them—but only temporarily.

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

SHRM Webcast: Compliance Tips from the EEOC Chair
?As they establish new policies and practices for the coronavirus age—from taking employee temperatures to requiring face masks—employers must be careful to comply with anti-discrimination and medical records laws and to offer accommodations when appropriate. Janet Dhillon, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), answered common questions on these topics and more during a webcast conversation airing today with Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

Revisit Wage and Hour Policies During the Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has shifted some employees to remote work permanently while others are telecommuting more frequently. Employers' wage and hour policies and enforcement should account for the rise in telework.

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

What to Do If an Employee Is Arrested During a Protest
?As protests continue around the country over racial injustice, employers may be unsure about what to do if workers are arrested. Can they enforce or relax their attendance policies, support employees who participate in protests, or monitor off-duty conduct? Here's what employment attorneys had to say.

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

PEP Up: DOL Wants to Hear Employers' Views on 401(k) Pooled Employer Plans
The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking input on upcoming 401(k) regulations involving pooled employer plans shared by unrelated businesses with a common administrator, and how they might run afoul of conflict-of-interest restrictions.

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

NextChat: HR Professionals Hope Safety Initiatives, Remote Work Will Continue in Future
The nature of work has changed since COVID-19 forced employers to rethink how to conduct business. #NextChat respondents share how they think work will change and the changes they hope to see.

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

IRS Proposal Clarifies Tax on Excess Pay at Tax-Exempt Organizations
The IRS issued a proposed rule for an excise tax on the portion of pay that exceeds $1 million for each of the five highest compensated employees at a tax-exempt organization.

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

Take a Chance on Me
The following is an excerpt from HR Rising!! (SHRM, 2020), the second book from Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP. Browne encourages HR professionals to show the organization why it should take a chance on them as a leader who is willing and able to work outside the too-narrowly defined boundaries of HR.

SHRM HR News
Jun 24, 2020

Faking COVID-19 Illness Can Have Serious Consequences
Employees who fake coronavirus-related illnesses to get out of work—though doing so may be rare—could lose their jobs and cause unnecessary panic in the workplace. Employers should take each claim seriously and also have procedures in place to identify false claims.

SHRM HR News
Jun 24, 2020

Jobless Claims Hold Steady
The number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits dipped to 19.5 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 11 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment.

SHRM HR News
Jun 24, 2020

Jobless Claims Plateau at Nearly 20 Million
The number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits dipped to 19.5 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 11 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment.

SHRM HR News
Jun 24, 2020

Opportunity Marketplaces Show Workers Growth Options
A lack of internal growth opportunities is one of the most common reasons talented people leave their organizations. While bad bosses or unhappiness with pay get attention as causes of attrition, an inability to provide clear career paths or internal development opportunities is the "silent killer" of employee retention.

SHRM HR News
Jun 24, 2020

Responding to COVID-19 in the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates has responded to the pandemic with restrictions and curfews, but these have been eased.

SHRM HR News
Jun 24, 2020

Learn and Listen: Race and Equality in the Workplace
?Discussions of race and equality, sparked by the recent protests over police brutality against black men and women, are likely to arise in the workplace. As a manager or human resources professional, what do you do if they occur on company time? Facilitate them or quell them to avoid conflict?

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

How to Make the Right Hiring Decision
Hiring a new employee can be an opportunity to bring new energy to the team, but it can also bring turmoil if the wrong person is hired. The best way to make the right hiring decision is to put in the time upfront thinking through the job description and common traits of successful team members as well as defining the company culture before the position is even advertised.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

GPA Minimums May Be Spoiling Your Diversity Goals
Having new graduates provide their grade point average, or GPA, has long been an application requirement for early-career job candidates. But doing so could be hurting diversity recruiting efforts, according to Liz Wessel, the CEO and co-founder of WayUp, a New York City-based job site and resource center for college students and recent graduates.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

Signs That You're a Mansplainer at Work
He interrupts colleagues to opine on topics on which he's no expert. He comes off as a know-it-all. It can sound condescending or patronizing. Be on the lookout for the mansplainer, because he—or she—can hurt workplace morale.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

Meeting the Needs of Nonparent Workers
As support programs for new parents have increased, with expanded time off and other benefits, managers need to be careful that they don't neglect workers who aren't parents and who also need time away.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

Will Remote Work Hinder Careers?
As businesses cautiously reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees continue to do their jobs at home. While remote work gives employees more control over juggling professional and family responsibilities, managers new to supervising employees from afar may—whether consciously or not—mentor, groom and promote the employees they see at the workplace and neglect the career progress of those who remain at home.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

What Does the High Court's LGBTQ Ruling Mean for Employee Benefits?
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that employers can't terminate workers based on their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) status, and employers should understand that the ruling provides employment protections beyond being fired.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

Supervisor Was Not Personally Immune from Retaliation Claim
An atheist firefighter could proceed with his claim of retaliation by his supervisor who he claimed threatened to fire him after he complained of harassment based on religion and gender, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

Tax Consultants Were Not Exempt Under the FLSA
Property tax consultants were doing work related to the production of the business's commodities, rather than assisting in the running of the business or administering its business affairs. Therefore, they were not exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), according to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

California Localities Take Different Approaches as State Reopens
California's leaders and health officials are starting to ease coronavirus-related safety mandates, but the rules aren't relaxing at the same pace for everyone. Some cities and counties are reopening businesses and social activities more quickly than others, depending on how effective their social distancing measures have been at halting the virus's spread.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

HR Storytellers At-Home Edition: Alexander C. Pullen
Alexander C. Pullen, HR manager at GWU and a member of SHRM's Young Professional Advisory Council, reflects on the coping mechanisms he has discovered amid recent racial tensions, including practicing intentional self-care, finding individual ways to impact society for good, and advancing fairer and more equitable workplaces for all.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

Canada Provides COVID-19 Emergency Benefits Response
The Canadian federal government has enacted emergency benefits valued at more than $250 billion Canadian dollars to alleviate the financial impacts from COVID-19.

SHRM HR News
Jun 23, 2020

The Uncertain Future of Texas Paid-Sick-Leave Ordinances
The Texas Supreme Court refused to review a case that could have decided whether municipal paid-sick-leave ordinances in Texas are lawful. Austin, Dallas and San Antonio each passed ordinances, though all three laws had been halted by lower courts.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

SHRM: Small Employers Find New Ways to Do Business During Pandemic
?Nearly half of small businesses in the U.S. with 500 or fewer employees expect it will take six months or more for their organization to return to normal levels of profitability following COVID-19. In the meantime, owners have started rethinking the way they do business, according to new research from the Society for Human Resource Management.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

Boeing Names D'Ambrose Executive Vice President of HR
?Michael D'Ambrose, a director-at-large on the Society for Human Resource Management's Board of Directors, will become executive vice president of HR at Boeing beginning July 6. He will be responsible for the company's leadership and learning, talent planning, employee and labor relations, total rewards, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

California Local Minimum Wage Increases Are Still Coming in July
Many cities and counties in California are scheduled to increase the minimum wage under their local ordinances starting July 1. These wage increases are still scheduled to be implemented despite the impact of the global pandemic on many businesses.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

Minimum Wage Increases Are Still Coming in July
Many cities and counties in California are scheduled to increase the minimum wage under their local ordinances starting July 1. These wage increases are still scheduled to be implemented despite the impact of the global pandemic on many businesses.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

Proofreading the Final Draft of Your Resume
?A clear writing style is a major communication skill that open doors to success, and there are many recruiters and managers who will not forgive poor spelling, punctuation and grammar. Take the time to proofread your resume for these common errors, advises career columnist Martin Yate.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

Ride-Hailing Service Not Liable for Accident Caused by Driver
Lyft, an app-based ride-hailing company, could not be held liable for an accident caused by one its drivers because the driver was not acting within the scope of his employment at the time of the accident, a California appeals court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

COVID-19 Safety Plans Can Reduce Return-to-Workplace Fears
Employers are taking steps to make their workplaces safe from COVID-19, but many aren't pulling these actions together in a comprehensive plan. That's a missed opportunity, as such plans can reduce workers' fears about returning to worksites.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

IRS Proposes Letting HRAs Pay Direct Primary Care and Health Ministry Fees
An IRS proposed rule would let health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) pay for care received through direct primary care arrangements or health care sharing ministries. Both are options to traditional employer-provided group health care plans.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

#NextChat: Tips for Small Businesses Post-COVID-19
Respondents to a recent SHRM #NextChat offered suggesitons on how small businesses can adapt following COVID-19.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

Trump Suspends New H-1B Visas Through 2020
President Donald Trump signed an executive order restricting foreign nationals from using certain temporary employment-based visas through the end of the year and extending a green card ban enacted in April through 2020.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

NLRB Upholds Ban on Using Company E-Mail for Union Organizing
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently held that an employer didn't violate federal labor law by barring call-center employees from using the company's e-mail system to discuss union organizing activities.

SHRM HR News
Jun 22, 2020

UK: How Will Flexible Furloughing Work?
On June 12, the United Kingdom government released detailed guidance on the new flexible furlough scheme.

SHRM HR News
Jun 21, 2020

Slack, Zoom CEOs Discuss Move to Remote Work
Eric Yuan, CEO of videoconferencing company Zoom, and Stewart Butterfield, CEO of collaboration platform provider Slack, told the virtual audience of the EmTech Next Conference how they've dealt with growth and data security challenges during the pandemic, how insights gained during COVID-19 may spur technology innovations and how the move to remote work may permanently change talent strategies.

SHRM HR News
Jun 21, 2020

Should You Invest in a Thermal Scanner?
?As businesses start to reopen after the coronavirus pandemic closures, thermal scanning has gotten buzz as a tool to make the workplace safer. The technology uses infrared cameras that can detect elevated skin temperature from a distance, quickly and accurately. Fever is one known symptom of COVID-19, but it's not the most common one.

SHRM HR News
Jun 21, 2020

Helping Pet Owners—and Their Pets—Cope with the Return to the Office
During COVID-19 shutdowns, employees working from home had more time than ever to dote on their dogs, cats and other creatures. Now, as workers are starting to return to the office, pets—and their owners—likely are feeling separation anxiety.

SHRM HR News
Jun 19, 2020

Staffing Agencies Not Liable for Alleged Workplace Bias by Client Company
Two staffing agencies could not be held liable for a client company's alleged discriminatory failure to promote two black employees because the agencies were not involved in the decision-making regarding promotions, a California appeals court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jun 19, 2020

Zoom Offers Encryption for All Users
Video conferencing company Zoom will now offer end-to-end encryption to customers of both its free and premium services, a reversal of its decision to restrict access for some users.

SHRM HR News
Jun 19, 2020

New OSHA Guidance Clarifies Return-to-Work Expectations
?The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance for reopening businesses that recommends each establishment conduct a hazard assessment for all jobs. It also clarifies OSHA's positions on temperature checks, coronavirus testing and face masks.

SHRM HR News
Jun 19, 2020

Wellness Programs Show Modest Benefits, as Efforts Pivot to 'Well-Being'
Wellness programs only modestly affect employees' health, a two-year study at the University of Illinois found. There is evidence these programs can improve employee engagement and productivity, however, especially when they address emotional and financial well-being.

SHRM HR News
Jun 19, 2020

New Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Forms Available
The U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Treasury Department issued new forms and guidelines to help clear up confusion about the Paycheck Protection Program, which was created to help small businesses keep workers on their payrolls during the coronavirus crisis.

SHRM HR News
Jun 19, 2020

Viewpoint: The Untold Story of HR
Good HR education and training covers how to comply with employment law, practice good management and counsel employees. What it doesn't cover is the emotional toll the job can take as HR practitioners grapple with conflict, employees' medical troubles and animosity toward HR. HR consultant Janet Hebbe shares some difficult stories about her HR career and ways to handle the emotional toll.

SHRM HR News
Jun 19, 2020

Ask HR: Want a Promotion? Beware of This Bias
If you're asking for a raise or promotion, be honest with yourself about your workload and performance, and mindful of self-serving bias, counsels SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP. Make sure you can back up your request with data that proves you deserve a boost. Taylor is answers HR questions weekly for a column in USA Today.

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