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Jan 27, 2022

Drug Coverage Disclosures Are Due to the CMS by March 1
Employers that provide prescription drug coverage to employees, retirees or dependents eligible for Medicare Part D must annually disclose to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) if that coverage is at least equivalent in value to a Part D plan. Calendar-year plans must submit disclosures to CMS by March 1.

SHRM HR News
Jan 27, 2022

Supreme Court Revives ERISA Fiduciary Breach Case Against Northwestern
?The U.S. Supreme Court gave new life to a proposed class-action lawsuit brought by participants in Northwestern University's retirement plan.

SHRM HR News
Jan 27, 2022

Updated Rates for California EDD Benefits and San Francisco Paid Family Leave
Businesses with employees in California are generally required to withhold and send state disability contributions to the Employment Development Department (EDD). Rate changes are also relevant to employers who must comply with San Francisco's Paid Parental Leave Ordinance.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

SHRM All Things Work
The All Things Work podcast is hosted by Tony Lee, SHRM's VP of Editorial, and features conversations and timely tips for HR professionals, people managers and anyone...

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

Salon Response to Customer Proposition May Have Created Hostile Work Environment
A male manicurist who was propositioned for sex by a male customer could proceed on his sexual-harassment claim against the salon based on the dismissive response of the female salon manager and co-workers, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

What to Expect Now that OSHA Has Withdrawn Its Vaccine-or-Testing ETS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has withdrawn its emergency temporary standard, which would have required large businesses to ensure employees are vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Nonetheless, the agency is moving forward with its proposal to issue a permanent standard.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

Workers Expect More Conversations on DE&I Issues, Study Finds
Workers want more conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace, according to a study released by the global communications firm Edelman.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

Employer Failed to Prove Existence of Arbitration Agreement
An employee who sued her employer for discrimination, retaliation and failure to provide reasonable accommodations could not be forced to arbitrate her claims because the employer failed to prove the existence of an arbitration agreement, a California appeals court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

Employers Identify Workforce Mental Health Priorities for 2022
Employers are looking to make their well-being programs a differentiator to attract and engage top talent this year. Here are the top actions employers plan to take to improve employees' mental health and well-being.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

First Amendment Does Not Protect Employee's Criticism of Supervisor
An employee's criticism of her supervisor's possible misconduct in her official area of responsibility was not protected under the First Amendment, ruled the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

DOL Issues, Then Withdraws, Guidance on Compensability of COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Time
The Department of Labor posted COVID-19 guidance addressing when employers must pay employees for time spent getting vaccinations and undergoing testing outside of regular work hours, and then withdrew the guidance a day later. For now, employers should continue to review existing DOL and state paid leave guidance.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

12 Case Studies of Companies that Revised How They Compensate Employees
Higher compensation is part of the ransom for dealing with the pandemic for most American companies and industries. So salaries, wages, benefits and perks will cost them more—perhaps a lot more—in the year ahead. The way CEOs and CHROs can make sure the Great Raise works to their companies' advantage is to be proactive, creative and equitable about it. Yet they also must weigh strategically the demands of the moment with their long-term compensation strategy.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

It's Time to Prepare for H-1B Visa Cap Season
Employers interested in sponsoring high-skilled foreign talent are approaching an important time of year: H-1B visa cap season. The electronic registration process to sponsor someone for a new H-1B visa is expected to start in early March.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

Pandemic Fraud Taxes Employers, State Agencies
From fraudulent COVID-19 tests to collect workers' compensation to fraudulent unemployment insurance claims and fake COVID-19 cards, employers and state agencies are having to face cheating head on.

SHRM HR News
Jan 26, 2022

Promotions Got a Boost in 2021
Promotions are on the upswing as the economy continues to rebound from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Jan 25, 2022

OSHA Seeks Permanent Vaccine-or-Testing Rule, Shelves Temporary Directive
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has withdrawn its emergency temporary standard (ETS) that would have require large businesses to ensure employees are vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing by Feb. 9—but the agency is moving forward with its proposal to make the temporary directive a permanent standard.

SHRM HR News
Jan 25, 2022

Employee Who Gave Sufficient Notice of PAGA Claims Can Proceed with Lawsuit
?An employee who brought claims under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) adequately notified the state and her former employer about ongoing violations of wage and hour laws that affected multiple workers, a California appeals court held.

SHRM HR News
Jan 25, 2022

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
Jan 25, 2022

Prepare for Shift to Fixed-Term Contracts in UAE
The new United Arab Emirates (UAE) labor law addresses and codifies a wide variety of topics, including a switch to fixed-term contracts.

SHRM HR News
Jan 25, 2022

What if Customers Prefer Vaccinated Employees?
Although a business's customers may say they prefer to interact with employees who are vaccinated against COVID-19, the business may not disclose the vaccination status of individual employees.

SHRM HR News
Jan 25, 2022

Top Employee Handbook Updates for 2022
Workplace laws are evolving quickly, particularly when it comes to COVID-19-related safety rules and state-level paid-leave requirements. Employers should review their handbooks to ensure policies are updated as the pandemic continues and new laws take effect at the federal, state and local levels.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

Answers to the Most Common COVID-19 Coronavirus Questions
Find the answers to common questions about coronavirus as it relates to the workplace in general, employee leave, and employer policies and practices.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

Best Practices for a COVID-19 ‘Vaccination Sweepstakes'
Some employers are offering cash or prizes to employees randomly selected from a pool of vaccinated entrants. While no official guidance has been issued on Some...

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

H-1B Visa Denial Rate Drops
The denial rate for new H-1B visa petitions fell to 4 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2021, far lower than the rate of 24 percent in FY 2018, 21 percent in FY 2019 and 13...

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

H-1B Visa Denial Rates Drop
The denial rate for new H-1B visa petitions fell to 4 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2021, far lower than the rate of 24 percent in FY 2018, 21 percent in FY 2019 and 13 percent in FY 2020, according to a new report.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

EEOC, OFCCP Launch Initiative to Improve DE&I Efforts
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) have launched a joint program to promote hiring and recruiting practices that enhance equal employment opportunities.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

CEO Who Laid Off Workers over Zoom Will Return to Company
The founder and CEO who sparked a national backlash for firing 900 employees during a Zoom call, is returning to his job. SHRM Online collected information on what happens when a CEO falls from grace and how taking time for reflection can lead to better leadership.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

2022 Cybersecurity Trends: Ransomware, Security-as-a-Service, Zero Trust
The profile of enterprise cybersecurity has never been higher. Some of the most conspicuous trends revolve around ransomware, security-as-a-service and zero trust.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

‘Mouse Movers' Used to Evade Employer Surveillance
The market for "mouse movers," used by at-home workers to circumvent their employers' efforts to monitor them, has exploded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

HR Gets Help Vetting AI Tools
Several companies recently announced that they are adopting new measures to vet vendors' AI tools in order to mitigate data and algorithmic bias in human resource and workforce decisions.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

NLRB Reconsiders ‘Gag Orders' in Arbitration Agreements
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it is considering adopting a new legal standard for whether confidentiality requirements, known as "gag orders," in mandatory arbitration agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

Store Hours Reduced as Employees Call in Sick
Customers are encountering early closings and food shortages at restaurants and grocery stores due to the omicron variant and labor shortages.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

Worker Misclassification Is in Agencies' Crosshairs
Federal enforcement agencies are coordinating enforcement efforts to go after employers that misclassify workers as independent contractors, so employers need to keep their independent contractors at arm's length.

SHRM HR News
Jan 24, 2022

Workers Across Generations Dissatisfied with Employer Training
?Professional development is important for job seekers and employees, according to a new survey, but a vast majority of them say employers are not meeting their training expectations. That dissatisfaction is shared across generations.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2022

What California Employers Need to Know About the Silenced No More Act
California's SB 331, which is known as the Silenced No More Act, took effect on Jan. 1 and expands restrictions on the use of confidentiality provisions in certain employment-related settlement agreements.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2022

Vaccine Requirement for Federal Workers Blocked
Another federal requirement that employees get vaccinated against COVID-19—this time for federal workers—was blocked by a federal district court in Texas Jan. 21.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2022

UK: Disability Workforce Reporting Consultation Launched
A consultation has been launched into whether workforce reporting on disability should be introduced for U.K. employers with 250 or more employees.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2022

New Audit Responsibilities for Plan Sponsors Take Effect
Under a new auditing standard, benefits plan sponsors have added responsibilities when preparing for plan audits and face added liability risks if they fail to meet these new requirements.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2022

Providing Intervention for People in Crisis
Community psychologists and law enforcement officers often receive training to recognize people in crisis and try to stabilize the situation. Employers and their security staff can do the same as they interact with staff, visitors and the public and be key partners in crisis intervention.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2022

Beyond the Numbers: Creating a Truly Diverse Organization
When organizations make perfunctory or symbolic efforts to give the appearance of inclusiveness, employees (and candidates) from marginalized or under-represented groups often perceive those efforts as performative and insincere. Here's how to start the process of meaningful change in your workplace.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2022

Ask HR: How Can I Get Better at Writing E-mails?
How can workers build confidence in their writing skills? Can an employee ask a supervisor to test a co-worker for drug use? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions each week for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2022

Best Practices for a COVID-19 'Vaccination Sweepstakes'
Some employers are offering cash or prizes to employees randomly selected from a pool of vaccinated entrants. While no official guidance has been issued on "vaccine sweepstakes," employers should observe existing rules for vaccine incentives.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2022

Health Care Worker Vaccination Deadlines Extended in Some States
Employers that are covered by the federal government's COVID-19 vaccination directive for health care workers must take swift action to comply with looming deadlines. The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to pause the rule.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2022

European Back-To-Work Plans Delayed amid COVID-19 Resurgence
Amid the latest COVID-19 surge, employers and employees across Europe have pushed back return-to-work plans with government encouragement.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2022

Certification Q&A: Eligibility for and Selecting an Exam
Have questions about the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credentials? In every issue, the SHRM Certification team will answer some of your most frequently asked questions. Have additional questions? Send them to SHRMCertNews@shrm.org.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2022

Agencies Clarify Coverage of Preventive Care Without Cost-Sharing
New federal guidance addresses preventive services that health plans must cover without cost-sharing, including follow-up colonoscopies for those younger than age 50 and the full scope of contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2022

Polarizing Conversations in the Workplace
Workplace leaders strive to keep civil conversations about controversial topics from becoming emotional disagreements that can cause disruption. Proactively addressing any issues raised by such discussions is the best approach—these may not be easy topics to deal with, but action is necessary to ensure workplace civility.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2022

New SHRM Recertification Providers for January 2022
Take the guesswork out of the recertification process for maintaining your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential. When you see the SHRM Recertification Provider seal, you know these programs have been preapproved for professional development credits. Here are the latest companies to be approved as SHRM Recertification Providers. Congratulations!

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2022

HR Students' Limited Work Experience No Bar to Exam Success
?HR students tend to perform well on the SHRM-CP exam and pass at a reasonably high rate, despite their limited experience in the practice of HR, updated SHRM research shows. Recent changes in eligibility requirements and exam affordability have led more students to take the SHRM-CP exam in pursuit of certification before they enter the field as full-time practitioners.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2022

Italy: New Measures May Impact Most Employers Planning Layoffs
New restrictions in Italy apply to more than just offshoring situations. Employers that are planning layoffs in Italy should carefully consider the new provisions.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2022

Jobless Claims Trend Up
States reported that 286,000 workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Jan. 15, an increase of 55,000 from last week's revised level. New jobless claims had hovered around pre-pandemic levels for over a month, as employers avoided layoffs amid labor shortages. Economists believe that omicron-related disruptions are at least temporarily impeding the labor market's recovery.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2022

The Evolution of SHRM Certification: Part I—Changes to Documents and Exams
SHRM's certification documents and exams have undergone a thorough review to ensure they are up-to-date with best HR practices around the globe. Learn about the updates and revisions to the SHRM Body of Applied Skills and Knowledge, formerly titled the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge, and the simplified eligibility requirements for candidates seeking to take the certification exams.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2022

Starbucks Drops Vaccine-or-Testing Requirement
Starbucks reversed course and announced in a message to workers Jan. 18 that the company won't require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular...

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2022

Toxic Culture Top Reason People Quit
A work culture perceived as toxic is the biggest reason why people quit—10 times more important than pay, according to new research.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2022

Weil's Nomination to Be DOL's Wage and Hour Administrator Advances
A Senate committee voted in favor of David Weil's nomination to be the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL's) wage and hour administrator, a position he served in during part of the Obama administration. Now his nomination moves to the full Senate.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2022

How to Revamp Your Resume for Today's Job Market
Jobseekers may be tempted to make their resumes appeal to as broad an audience as possible. That is exactly the wrong thing to do and may be why employers aren't responding, writes career columnist Martin Yate.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2022

Minnesota Amends Lactation Break, Pregnancy Accommodation Rules
The start of the year is a great time for Minnesota employers to review their policies and practices for compliance with the state's lactation breaks and pregnancy accommodations laws.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2022

Issues Arise as Health Plans Begin Covering At-Home COVID-19 Tests
As the requirement to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests took effect, some insurers' systems were not ready to pay the upfront costs of tests bought at a pharmacy. Meanwhile, the government launched a website for ordering free test kits.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2022

Author Offers Career Tips to Students, HR Newbies
SHRM Online spoke with Kay Maddox-Daines, author of How to Get Ahead in HR about pressing questions students and emerging HR professionals have about navigating their careers

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2022

Cal/OSHA Confirms 5-Day Quarantine Period Overrides Exclusion Periods
Cal/OSHA confirmed in its updated FAQs that the California Department of Public Health's isolation and quarantine recommendations replace the Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standards.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2022

Colorado Criminalizes Certain Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements
Colorado employers should take care to determine that restrictive covenants—such as noncompetes—in employment agreements comply with permittable purposes under state law. Intentional violations could result in criminal penalties.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2022

Covered Health Care Facilities Must Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccination Deadlines
Employers that are covered by the federal government's COVID-19 vaccination directive for health care workers must take swift action to comply with looming deadlines. The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to pause the rule.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2022

Climate Change Branding Can Lift Recruitment and Retention
?Job hunters are saying they want to work for employers that support efforts to stop climate change. Here's how employers can show prospects they are taking this requirement seriously.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2022

Climate-Change Branding Can Lift Recruitment and Retention
?Job hunters are saying they want to work for employers who support efforts to stop climate change. Here's how employers can show prospects they are taking this requirement seriously.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2022

Employee Fired After Telework Request Loses Discrimination and Retaliation Claims
A program review specialist for the Texas Department of Agriculture could not establish disability discrimination or retaliation when she was fired a year after her request to work remotely due to medical issues, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2022

Here's How Managers Can Help Employees Set Meaningful Goals
Too often, performance goals set at the start of the year become obsolete by midyear. Here are six ways managers can help employees set meaningful goals for 2022.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2022

Arbitration Agreement Forecloses Litigation of Discrimination Claims
An employer was entitled to compel an employee to arbitrate his claims of discrimination based on his race and national origin, as a valid agreement to arbitrate employment-related disputes existed, ruled the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2022

Rethinking Holiday Vacations in the Era of Remote and Hybrid Work
The prevalence of pandemic-era hybrid work, along with a vaccination-inspired increase in travel, led to a new holiday phenomenon this year: longer working vacations at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2022

Return to Workplace Delayed Due to Omicron Surge
The highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 has resulted in numerous breakthrough cases, which may prompt employers to pause return-to-workplace plans and consider remote work, if they can.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2022

Jargon: It Creates a Wall Between Managers and Employees
Call it corporate speak or business lingo, jargon is ubiquitous in leadership presentations, memos and blogs in every industry. Yet it's counterproductive, especially for managers.

SHRM HR News
Jan 17, 2022

Is Your Sexual-Harassment Training Behind the Times?
Many HR functions are turning to new digital learning approaches to keep pace with these workplace changes and deliver training that's more effective at preventing...

SHRM HR News
Jan 17, 2022

SHRM's 2022 Better Workplaces Challenge Cup Is Now Open
SHRMLabs has launched its second annual Better Workplaces Challenge Cup competition, a search for innovative workplace technologies that will reinvent how work is done.

SHRM HR News
Jan 17, 2022

Why It's Important to Create People-First HRIT Teams
Human resource information technology (HRIT) specialists are worth their weight in gold when it comes to configuring, managing and troubleshooting the growing number of HR technology platforms used in organizations. Yet given recent changes in the workplace, some experts believe HRIT functions need to use more of those technical skills to improve the employee experience rather than just focusing on enhancing the efficiency or regulatory compliance of technology systems.

SHRM HR News
Jan 17, 2022

Is Your Sexual Harassment Training Behind the Times?
Many HR functions are turning to new digital learning approaches to keep pace with these workplace changes and deliver training that's more effective at preventing misconduct and reducing the threat of legal action from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

SHRM HR News
Jan 14, 2022

Starbucks Unionization Efforts Spread
A second Starbucks store in the U.S. became unionized, the National Labor Relations Board recently announced, and organizing efforts at other stores are surfacing.

SHRM HR News
Jan 14, 2022

Unionization Efforts at Starbucks Spread
A second Starbucks store in the U.S. became unionized, the National Labor Relations Board recently announced, and organizing efforts at other stores are surfacing.

SHRM HR News
Jan 14, 2022

UAE: More on the Workweek Changes in the Public Sector
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government recently announced a new workweek for all public-sector employees.

SHRM HR News
Jan 14, 2022

Is It Discrimination, or Just a Failure to Communicate?
Failures to communicate happen frequently in the workplace. During his years investigating and defending discrimination claims, columnist Jathan Janove writes, he encountered numerous situations in which, although discrimination was alleged, that was not the reason for a terminated workplace relationship. Instead, it was a breakdown in communication and trust.

SHRM HR News
Jan 14, 2022

How Does Your Company Support 'First-Generation Professionals'?
As employers strive to make their workplaces more inclusive, they shouldn't overlook first-generation professionals (FGPs). Also known as "class migrants," FGPs are those who move from working-class roots to white-collar careers. Here are tips for supporting FGPs in your workplace.

SHRM HR News
Jan 14, 2022

Most Common 401(k) Savings Default Rate Rises to 6% of Pay
For automatically enrolled 401(k) plan participants, the most common 401(k) default deferral rate is now 6 percent of an employee's pay, research shows. Automatically raising employees' contributions above the initial default rate helped 401(k) savings to hit record levels in 2021.

SHRM HR News
Jan 14, 2022

Ask HR: Should I Consider Turning Down a Promotion?
Would it be harmful to a person's career to turn down a promotion? How can managers keep up morale and productivity if the workplace moves from in-person to remote work? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions each week for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Jan 14, 2022

Citigroup Vaccine Requirement Is Taking Effect
Citigroup's requirement that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 kicked in Jan. 14. Employees who didn't comply by then were placed on unpaid leave and will be fired at the end of the month unless they receive an exemption.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2022

NYC Health Agency HR at the Epicenter of the Pandemic
The talent acquisition team at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had to overcome incredible obstacles as the agency played its critical part combatting the deadly COVID-19 virus over the last 22 months.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2022

Ontario Bars Employee Noncompete Agreements
Ontario recently became the first Canadian province to bar employers from entering into noncompete agreements with employees.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2022

Inflation Rate Hits 7% Year-over-Year, Driving 'Real' Wages Down
With consumer price increases hitting a 40-year high—now up 7 percent year-over-year—and real (inflation adjusted) average hourly earnings falling 2.4 percent last year, pressure is mounting on employers to raise 2022 wages more than they anticipated they would.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2022

Many Companies Cancel, Push Back RTO Dates
?Companies that expected to bring back employees temporarily working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic are again changing their return-to-office dates or putting the return on hold. Airbnb employees, for example, do not have to return to the office until September 2022.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2022

Jobless Claims Tick Up Slightly
States reported that 230,000 workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Jan. 8, an increase of 23,000 from last week's revised level. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits, at 1.5 million, has fallen well under its pre-pandemic average of 1.7 million.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2022

Supreme Court Blocks OSHA's Vaccine-or-Testing Rule
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) emergency temporary standard requiring businesses with at least 100 employees to ensure workers are vaccinated against the coronavirus or wear masks and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. But it allowed the federal government to require COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers at Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2022

What Do the Supreme Court Rulings on Vaccine Directives Mean for Employers?
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) emergency temporary standard requiring businesses with at least 100 employees to ensure workers are vaccinated against the coronavirus or wear masks and undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. But it allowed the federal government to require COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers at Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

Career Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Career and professional development may have taken a backseat to the many demands facing organizations in the pandemic era. Still, restoking career and professional...

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

High Court Seems More Likely to Accept Health Care Worker Vaccine Directive
Although the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to issue a ruling in either case before it challenging the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccination policies, the court seemed more receptive to the rule covering certain health care workers than the directive for private employers.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

Can a Company Be Required to Have a Diverse Board of Directors?
Many state lawmakers have focused on improving workplace gender and racial equity in recent years, which has prompted legislation that encourages or requires diversity on corporate boards. But can a state's efforts to promote diversity infringe on constitutional rights? Several lawsuits against California's gender board diversity law make this claim.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

‘Ban-the-Box' Law Now Covers Federal Contractors
You might have missed it, but the prohibition against employers with federal contracts asking about a job applicant's criminal history—part of a defense funding bill signed in late 2019—took effect in the last days of 2021.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

11th Circuit: Additional Compensation for Salaried, Nonexempt Employee Is Permissible
For employees paid overtime compensation pursuant to the fluctuating workweek method available under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the payment of bonuses, shift differentials or other variable pay for the same week does not invalidate the arrangement.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

Across Latin America, COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Vary
Countries throughout Latin America have been re-examining and revising their laws as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a threat to public health.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

Internship Leads to Job, Lesson in Self-Advocacy
A summer internship at American Express in 2021 not only led to an offer for a full-time job at the company's New York City office when college student Mausam Mehta graduates in May, it also taught her the importance of presenting her authentic self to her employer and advocating on her own behalf.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

Number of Workers Under Vaccine Orders Levels Off
The percentage of U.S. workers covered by COVID-19 vaccine mandates put in place by their employers has held at 36 percent since fall 2021.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

Railroad Employee with Safety Concern Has Retaliation Judgment Reinstated
A railroad inspector who was fired shortly after reporting that wearing a seat belt while driving a "hy-rail vehicle" could be dangerous had a valid retaliation claim, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

Schedule for EEO-1 Reporting Announced
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its tentative schedule for the 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection portal, which is set to open on April 12 with a filing deadline of May 17.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2022

The Next Level of Diversity for Companies in India
Diversity and inclusion have taken on greater prominence for companies in India in recent years, with more firms wanting to build an equitable workplace.

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