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Sep 20, 2019

House Passes Bill to Ban Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements
Employers would be banned from enforcing pre-dispute arbitration agreements with employees under a bill that was approved Sept. 20 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

SHRM HR News
Sep 20, 2019

Federal Agencies Pledge to Keep Fighting Pay Disparity and Workplace Bias
Federal leaders who enforce anti-discrimination laws assured House members last week that they're still committed to protecting workers' civil rights despite lawmakers' criticism about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's decision not to collect pay data and other issues.

SHRM HR News
Sep 20, 2019

Hong Kong Protests Impact HR
The recent protests in Hong Kong have led companies to take extra precautions to ensure safety, minimize business disruptions and uphold their brand.

SHRM HR News
Sep 20, 2019

Data-Driven Benefit-Selection Tools Are Just Getting Started
Personalization lets shoppers use e-commerce platforms to pick products or services that meet particular needs, often based on their purchasing history. What if benefit selections during open enrollment worked the same way? It's happening, but efforts to make decision-support tools easier to use have also encountered hurdles.

SHRM HR News
Sep 20, 2019

Spanish Decision May Mean Tougher Video-Surveillance Rules
Employers in Spain may not be able to fire a worker caught on a surveillance camera doing something prohibited if the company hasn't informed workers about the video system and its purpose, according to a recent trial court decision.

SHRM HR News
Sep 20, 2019

NLRB Proposes that College Student-Workers Can't Organize Unions
College or university students working in jobs connected to their studies aren't employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act and so can't unionize, according to a new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed rule.

SHRM HR News
Sep 19, 2019

Hairstyle-Discrimination Bans Help Shield Workers from Race Bias
California recently became the first state to ban workplace discrimination based on hairstyle. New York quickly followed with similar legislation, and New Jersey lawmakers have also considered a comparable bill. Here's what employers should know about this emerging trend.

SHRM HR News
Sep 19, 2019

Secretary of Labor Nominee Scalia Defends Record at Congressional Hearing
Eugene Scalia, President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Department of Labor, answered tough questions from Senate Democrats about his qualifications for the position at a Sept. 19 hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

SHRM HR News
Sep 19, 2019

Sexual Harassment Is Defined Differently Across the Americas
The definition of "sexual harassment" varies across North and South America. Employers operating in different jurisdictions should note these differences to ensure cross-border compliance and create a workplace free from harassment.

SHRM HR News
Sep 19, 2019

GM Strike Will Be Costly for Company and Workers
General Motors (GM) and labor unions have much at stake with approximately 46,000 workers on strike. Even a short strike is costly and the longer the strike runs, the greater its impact will be on the economy.

SHRM HR News
Sep 19, 2019

When Displaying an American Flag at Work Offends Some Employees
To commemorate Sept. 11, an employer hung two American flags in the workplace. Some employees who were born in other countries complained. What would you do?

SHRM HR News
Sep 19, 2019

California Governor Approves Bill that Could Upend the Gig-Economy
?Gov. Gavin Newsom just signed a controversial bill that will make it difficult for California businesses—particularly those in the gig economy—to classify workers as independent contractors.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2019

Looking for Female CEOs? Consider Board Service as a Qualifier
?Board membership can be a pathway for women to attain CEO roles, according to new research from Georgetown University. That experience—coupled with serving as chief operating officer, president or executive vice president—can serve as a way around the requirement that a candidate have served as a CEO.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2019

SHRM CEO Proposes Revamping Labor Market Data
The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board heard and approved recommendations to change how national labor market data is collected and presented to improve employment opportunities in the areas with the most need.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2019

Last-Minute Tips for Complying with EEO-1 Pay-Data Reporting
Employers have less than two weeks to file their EEO-1 Component 2 data—pay information broken down by job category, race, sex and ethnicity—to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. To avoid technical issues and delays, employers shouldn't wait until the Sept. 30 deadline.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2019

Federal Government's Proposal Seeks to Streamline HR Practices
A proposed federal rule would make it easier for government agencies to demote or fire poor-performing employees. The Office of Personnel Management proposal also would revise regulations that govern new federal employees' probationary periods and agency data collection on adverse employment actions.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2019

Traumatized Bus Driver Could Not Return to Work Until Cleared
A bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) did not have an age-discrimination claim when he was not allowed to return to a light-duty position like younger employees. The plaintiff tried to return to work six months after a traumatizing incident with a passenger but had not complied with the CTA's return-to-work procedures.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2019

Plans to Revoke H-4 Work Authorization Postponed
Eligible spouses of H-1B visa holders can continue to seek and renew work authorization until at least 2020, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2019

When Employers Pay Association Dues, Workers and Company Benefit
Paying employees' professional association dues and credentialing fees is an investment in an engaged and loyal workforce that more employers, large and small, should consider making.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2019

How Do the EEOC and OFCCP Use EEO-1 Reports?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) require employers to file the EEO-1 report annually, with additional pay-data information due Sept. 30 this year. But what purpose does the EEO-1 serve? Here is an overview of how the agencies may use both of the report's components, 1 and 2.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2019

UAE Steps Up Enforcement of Preferential Hiring for Nationals
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has begun implementing a more stringent application of its existing UAE Labor Law market testing process, with the goal of prioritizing the hiring of nationals. Now the program has expanded to encompass all companies in the UAE.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2019

Supervisor's Anti-Military Stance Taints Investigation
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employer can be liable for discrimination under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act for wrongfully terminating an employee, even though the supervisor who harbored anti-military sentiments did not make the ultimate decision to fire the employee.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2019

Liar, Liar … Now You're Fired
Let's say your worker calls in sick on Monday, claiming she's got the flu. Later that night, you bump into her at a concert, and she seems just fine. Did she lie to you? And if she did, is her deception grounds for firing?

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2019

Many U.S. Workers Worry They'll Be Fired
Even though the U.S. unemployment rate is at a record low, nearly half the country's workers are worried they'll lose their jobs, according to a new poll.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2019

Past Acceptance of Absences Does Not Bar Enforcement of Attendance Policy
An employee could not use the Americans with Disabilities Act to enforce an employer's previous agreement to excuse the employee from work on an as-needed basis.

SHRM HR News
Sep 16, 2019

Seeking to Hire the Best and the Brightest? Consider the O-1 Visa
The O-1 temporary work visa is thought of as the "celebrity visa" for academic heavyweights, Nobel Prize winners and movie stars—and while that's true, it's also a misunderstood and underutilized option for in-demand talent like highly educated technology workers or successful entrepreneurs.

SHRM HR News
Sep 16, 2019

On-Demand Pay Broadens Workers' Financial Well-Being
In a world where 4 in 10 Americans can't cover an unexpected expense of $400 and workers are quitting their jobs at higher rates than at any other time on record, HR managers are searching for tools that both encourage worker retention and improve employees' ability to better control their finances. Several firms are adopting services that support on-demand pay for earned wages, a type of payment system that promises to disrupt traditional weekly, biweekly and monthly payment schedules.

SHRM HR News
Sep 16, 2019

Wide Range of California Legal Issues Challenge Employers
California workplace laws cover a wide array of topics—from wage and hour issues to mobile-device safety to accommodations for people with disabilities, to name a few. Employers need to be familiar with all of these issues to ensure that they're in compliance, particularly in today's 24/7 workplace.

SHRM HR News
Sep 16, 2019

Wide Range of California Legal Issues Challenges Employers
California workplace laws cover a wide array of topics—from wage and hour issues to mobile-device safety to accommodations for people with disabilities, to name a few. Employers need to be familiar with all of these issues to ensure that they're in compliance, particularly in today's 24/7 workplace.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2019

Your Career Q&A: Formal Language vs. Readability in Resumes
There are accepted rules for clear written communication in formal documents, and a resume is a formal document. But language evolves to suit the needs of the time and the medium of communication, and resumes have been impacted mightily by both.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2019

Viewpoint: 8 Things Managers Do That Make Employees Quit
Here are eight common leadership mistakes that help explain why employees choose to leave their jobs. Understanding them, and how they impact your team, will help you identify those who are at flight risk and make changes that may convince them to stay.

SHRM HR News
Sep 13, 2019

California Employees Can't Seek Back Pay Under PAGA
Employees cannot collect unpaid wages under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), the California Supreme Court has ruled. PAGA allows workers to seek civil penalties for labor code violations on behalf of the state, but they must pursue back wages in separate actions against their employers.

SHRM HR News
Sep 13, 2019

Younger Employees Face Rewards, Risks in Stock Compensation Plans
Millennials and Generation Z employees value participation in their employer's stock compensation program, which lets them feel connected to their company and participate in its growth potential. But they should be mindful of investing too much of their net worth in the company that employs them.

SHRM HR News
Sep 13, 2019

Accept the Unexpected: How HR Can Create a Crisis Management Plan
It is one thing to expect the unexpected. It is quite another to accept the unexpected. Here's how to create a response plan that links crisis management and business continuity meaningfully and effectively.

SHRM HR News
Sep 13, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Boosts Employee Performance
Technology tools such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and cloud-based analytics platforms, along with aggregated "big data" organized into informational dashboards, may have cracked the code for improving worker productivity.

SHRM HR News
Sep 13, 2019

‘Just Text Me': Job Interviews by Today's Preferred Communication Tool
Recently, employers are eliminating visibility in favor of efficiency and near limitless candidate accessibility through interviews by text. In the constantly evolving hiring market, employers can gain a significant competitive advantage by understanding how this new process works, the benefits it can afford, and implementation strategies that simultaneously reduce potential risks.

SHRM HR News
Sep 13, 2019

Putting Humanity into HR Compliance: The 3-3-1 Assessment
Looking for a good way to assess company leaders, managers or individual workers? Ask these three questions as an intervention or as a check-in on performance. This method is fast, simple and highly effective.

SHRM HR News
Sep 13, 2019

How Workplaces Can Fight Human Trafficking
?Companies can combat human trafficking--the act of compelling a person to engage in sexual acts or forced labor--by creating an environment hostile to human traffickers. That means educating employees about how to recognize trafficking and how to properly intervene in suspected cases.

SHRM HR News
Sep 12, 2019

California Court Upholds Large Jury Award in Disability-Bias Case
A warehouse worker who was fired shortly after telling his employer of a lifting restriction can keep a $550,000 jury award for punitive damages, a California appellate court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Sep 12, 2019

Germany: Do Employees Have a Right to Half Days' Leave?
Regional German labor courts have considered whether employees are entitled to half days' leave and come to different conclusions. This article examines the issue and gives advice on how employers should deal with half-day leave requests.

SHRM HR News
Sep 12, 2019

Managing Staff Morale Amid Layoffs in India
As India's economic growth slows, some companies are trimming staff to cut costs. Here are six steps, suggested by HR professionals with experience handling layoffs, to help ease the process on both employees and remaining staff.

SHRM HR News
Sep 12, 2019

Feds Tell Google to Let Workers Express Political and Workplace Opinions
Google must ensure that its workers can speak up on political and workplace issues, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2019

Labor Board Reduces Standard for Unionized Employers to Update Work Terms
The National Labor Relations Board eased the standard for determining whether employers in a unionized workplace can make certain changes to workers' terms and conditions of employment without requiring additional bargaining with the union.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2019

Employer Must Designate Paid Family Leave Under Labor Contract as FMLA Leave
Although an employee is entitled to take paid family and medical leave under a collective bargaining agreement, the employer still must designate unpaid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protected time off as such, even if the employee prefers to use the paid time off first.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2019

Myth-Busting the SHRM Certification Exam: Part 1
?Urban legends. Bad advice. Misinformation. There are too many myths circulating about the SHRM certification exam that we've heard in personal anecdotes or read on discussion forums. Let's start with three big ones—busted! These debunked misconceptions pertain to both the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. In the next issue, we'll bust the rest of the top 10.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2019

Indiana Tech HR Program Parallels Growth of Profession
Indiana Tech HR's program, led by Jeffrey Walls, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, has a rich history of promoting SHRM certification and bringing big groups of enthusiastic HR students to the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2019

Generation Z and Millennials Seek Recognition at Work
Younger employees are more dissatisfied at work than older colleagues but say recognition rewards would make them more loyal to their employer. Even small financial rewards are appreciated, but so are social rewards that deliver on a desire for connections with others, such as peer-to-peer kudos, experts say, and there are apps for that.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2019

Recertification Q&A: Clarifying Categories of Credits
?Have questions about recertifying your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP? In every issue, the SHRM Certification team will answer some of the frequently asked questions they receive from credential-holders.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2019

Practice Makes Proficient: Getting Better at Consultation
Growing your Consultation competency will help you become more effective in HR. Greater proficiency will allow you to work with business partners and leaders to identify challenges and to design and implement HR solutions. With it, you can better lead and support change management and provide a high level of customer service.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2019

Germany: Defamation via WhatsApp Justified Immediate Discharge
Sharing an untrue, defamatory claim about a colleague with another co-worker through WhatsApp justified termination without notice in Germany.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2019

California Lawmakers Approve Strict Independent-Contractor Test
Employers would have a difficult time classifying workers as independent contractors under a bill that the California Senate passed on Sept. 10. Gig-economy businesses, such as Uber and Lyft, oppose the bill because their drivers would be deemed employees under the proposed legislation.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

6 Ways to Boost Employee Concentration
?Kirsty Senior has been in HR for more than a decade, and she has seen a lot of employees grapple with distractions—specifically smartphones and social media—at work. Now, as the co-founder of CitrusHR, an HR consulting firm in England, she reflected on what strategies have worked for getting employees to focus."The most successful thing I have seen is designing a workplace that allows people to be agile and work where the current task best suits," she said. "But also, [you need t

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

Oct. 14 Deadline Nears for Medicare Part D Coverage Notices
Plan sponsors that offer prescription drug coverage must provide notices of "creditable" or "non-creditable" coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals before each year's Medicare Part D annual enrollment period—in 2019, by Oct. 14. The notice obligation is not limited to retirees and their dependents but also includes Medicare-eligible active employees and their dependents and Medicare-eligible COBRA participants and their dependents.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

Cities in California and Beyond Continue to Expand Workplace Protections
As the federal government focuses on deregulatory actions, California municipalities have moved forward with local laws that provide more protections for employees.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

Employee Activism Is on the Rise
?Workers are speaking up through social and traditional media when their employers take actions they don't agree with. Here are some steps organizations can take to keep employee involvement from escalating into walkouts or other signs of protest.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

Employee Activism on the Rise
?Workers are speaking up through social and traditional media when their employers take actions they don't agree with. Here are some steps organizations can take to keep employee involvement from escalating into walkouts or other signs of protest.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

Employee Criticized for Accent Goes to Trial
A Nigerian employee of the Architect of the Capitol's information technology division whose supervisor allegedly disparaged his accent and moved him from customer-facing positions could go to trial on his failure-to-promote claim, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

Obesity Alone Is Not a Disability Under the ADA
Without evidence of an underlying physiological disorder or condition, extreme obesity is not an impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

A Primer on Drug and Alcohol Testing for Manufacturers in Canada
In the Canadian manufacturing industry, a workplace drug and alcohol policy can be a key feature of an employer's health and safety program. Here is an overview of the key stages in drug testing from pre-employment testing to return-to-work testing.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

Labor Department Updates 50-Year-Old ‘Regular Rate' Pay Rule
Employers may soon have some clarity on which perks must be included in workers' "regular rate" of pay, which is used to calculate overtime premiums under federal law. The Labor Department recently sent a final rule on this topic to the White House for review.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

Labor Board Rejects Boeing Workers' Micro-Bargaining Unit
A proposed bargaining unit at a South Carolina Boeing plant—which was limited to only two job classifications within an aircraft production line—wasn't appropriate for a union election, according to a Sept. 9 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

Union Organizers' Activities May Be Barred When Charitable Solicitations Are Allowed
Businesses that permit charities to seek contributions on their property may bar union organizers who aren't employees from engaging in union activity in their parking lots, the National Labor Relations Board decided, overruling a prior decision that was two decades old.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2019

Your Career Q&A: Finding Your Work-at-Home HR Job
The remote jobs for HR professionals are out there--you just have to know where to look to find them. Columnist author Martin Yate, a career coach and former HR professional, tells this jobseeker how to search for home-based HR jobs and gives advice on how to tweak resumes to target jobs.

SHRM HR News
Sep 09, 2019

Flexible Work Critical to Retention, Survey Finds
Nearly a third of workers have sought out a new job because their current workplace didn't offer flexible work opportunities, such as remote work or flexible scheduling. FlexJobs, a Boulder, Colo.-based jobs site for flexible work, said 16 percent of the 7,300 workers who responded to its annual survey said they are currently searching for a new job because of flexibility issues. Eighty percent (up from 75 percent in 2018) said that they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options.

SHRM HR News
Sep 09, 2019

Does AI Have a Place in Open Enrollment?
During open enrollment, if employees are not making informed choices that support their physical, emotional and financial health, their workplaces aren't likely to thrive, either. Decision support technology using artificial intelligence (AI) can help match employees with appropriate benefit selections, but there are challenges around employees' willingness to use it and ongoing concerns about privacy.

SHRM HR News
Sep 09, 2019

How to Balance Work and Friendships After College
In the hustle and bustle of starting a new job—maybe in a new city, probably with a whole new set of colleagues—we lose track of the friends we made in college. That takes a toll on personal relationships. By age 25, men and women start losing friends rapidly. Healthy friendships provide support and fun and can actually help you live longer. And in many ways, friends can help you in your career—and not just through networking or calling in favors.

SHRM HR News
Sep 09, 2019

How to Boost Employee Adoption of New HR Tech
While research shows that small businesses in particular are spending more money on workforce-related technology than ever before, HR practitioners often worry about whether employees will use it. One reason for their concern, they say, is that most employees are suspicious of change, which makes convincing them to use even basic self-service tools a serious challenge. In addition to explaining the nuts and bolts of the tech, you must also include explain why the technology is being introduced, as well as an explanation of how it will benefit both the company and the employee

SHRM HR News
Sep 09, 2019

California Legislative Update: 6 Bills Employers Should Be Tracking
California legislators have until Sept. 13 to pass any measures they are considering this session, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto bills. Here's an update on the status of key workplace-related bills that would create compliance obligations for employers in the state.

SHRM HR News
Sep 07, 2019

Does the FCRA Apply to Background Checks for Independent Contractors?
Does the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) apply to the employment background checks of independent contractors? It depends on whom you ask. Recent court decisions have held that it does not, but the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has not budged on its stance that employees and nontraditional workers alike are protected under the FCRA. Because there's no clear answer, experts recommend a hybrid compliance model to avoid misclassification liability.

SHRM HR News
Sep 06, 2019

The Law on Holidays Is Different in Some EU Countries
Holiday entitlement varies in Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Spain. Employers with operations in these countries should become familiar with the differing legislation in each country to ensure compliance.

SHRM HR News
Sep 06, 2019

NLRB May Reconsider Whether Profane Outbursts Are Protected
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is having second thoughts about some of its earlier decisions that shocked the business community by finding certain profane and racially offensive outbursts are protected by the National Labor Relations Act.

SHRM HR News
Sep 06, 2019

Illnesses, Deaths Tied to Vaping
While most employers ban smoking, their policies don't always extend to e-cigarette products. However, employers may want to reconsider their policies now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a health alert and investigation into the health ramifications.

SHRM HR News
Sep 06, 2019

Viewpoint: What Employees Want Most from Their Workspaces
Think onsite gyms and standing desks boost wellbeing? Workers say they'd rather have good air quality and light in their workspaces. Half of employees surveyed said poor air quality makes them sleepier during the day, and more than a third reported up to an hour in lost productivity as a result.

SHRM HR News
Sep 06, 2019

Japan: Anti-Power Harassment Law Passed
Japan's National Diet has passed legislation to combat "power harassment" in the workplace.

SHRM HR News
Sep 06, 2019

South Korea: Fair Hiring Procedure Act Amended
Recent amendments to South Korea's Fair Hiring Procedure Act prohibit employers from hiring job applicants on the basis of considerations that are irrelevant to the business's needs.

SHRM HR News
Sep 06, 2019

HR Manager Is One of the Most Promising Careers
HR manager ranked 35th out of 800 occupations in the U.S., based on new employment-projection data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and scored by The Wall Street Journal. HR professionals can have their pick of more, better-paying jobs that are partnered with company leadership, HR recruiters say.

SHRM HR News
Sep 05, 2019

Putting Humanity into HR Compliance: Stop Tolerating Toxicity
Why are toxic workplace relationships so common? And why are they tolerated? Here's how to stop avoiding hard conversations and start helping employees work better together.

SHRM HR News
Sep 05, 2019

Arts Center Legally Blocked Contract Workers from Leafleting on Its Site
Businesses can rely on a recent National Labor Relations Board decision to prevent their contractors from distributing union leaflets on company property. But employers' own employees still must be allowed to distribute leaflets onsite in many instances.

SHRM HR News
Sep 05, 2019

Despite Improvements, Functional Affirmative Action Programs May Be Too Risky
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is trying to persuade more federal contractors to use functional affirmative action programs rather than traditional affirmative action programs.

SHRM HR News
Sep 05, 2019

U.S. Jobs Increase by 130,000 in August
U.S. employers added 130,000 jobs in August, and the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Job growth has been showing signs of slowing down, but a slowdown in employment growth doesn't necessarily mean the labor market is weakening. Data released by ADP and Moody's Analytics shows private-sector employment grew by 195,000 jobs in August.

SHRM HR News
Sep 05, 2019

New Illinois Law Aims to Promote Corporate Board Diversity
Certain Illinois-based businesses will have to report data on female and minority board membership to the state under a bill that Gov. J.B. Pritzker recent;y signed into law. The bill is just one of several new laws in Illinois that will impact the workplace.

SHRM HR News
Sep 05, 2019

Illinois Employers Must Comply with Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act
Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed into law first-of-its-kind legislation regulating the use of artificial intelligence in Illinois. The statute will become effective Jan. 1, 2020.

SHRM HR News
Sep 04, 2019

Weinstein Trial Rescheduled for Jan. 6 in New York
?The trial of former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been charged with sexual assault, has been delayed again, until Jan. 6, 2020. The accusations against him launched the #MeToo movement, which pushed companies around the country to crack down on harassment in the workplace.

SHRM HR News
Sep 04, 2019

Don't Procrastinate. Read This Now!
In honor of Fight Procrastination Day, SHRM Online has collected the following techniques some people use to overcome the oh-so-easy tendency to put off tomorrow what you should do today.

SHRM HR News
Sep 04, 2019

Should Employees Who Have Been Evacuated Be Paid During a Hurricane?
As Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the United States' Southeastern coast, many businesses will close and workers will be displaced. Employers should be prepared to answer important questions, including about whether employees will be paid during the storm.

SHRM HR News
Sep 04, 2019

How to Accommodate Breast-Feeding Employees in the Workplace
Lactation-accommodation laws have become more specific over the last few years, and as employers work to create inclusive workplaces, many businesses want to be more welcoming to nursing mothers returning to their jobs.

SHRM HR News
Sep 04, 2019

California Extends Compliance Deadline for New Harassment Prevention Training
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed SB 778 into law, which clarifies certain aspects of California's new requirements for employers to provide expanded training to employees to prevent sexual harassment.

SHRM HR News
Sep 04, 2019

California Extends Compliance Deadline for New Harassment-Prevention Training
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed SB 778 into law, which clarifies certain aspects of California's new requirements for employers to provide expanded training to employees to prevent sexual harassment.

SHRM HR News
Sep 04, 2019

Tips for California Employers to Avoid Costly Wage and Hour Lawsuits
California plaintiffs' attorneys continue to be drawn to wage and hour cases, due to the high likelihood that class and collective actions will be certified and result in large payouts. Here's what employers can do to reduce their risk of facing expensive litigation.

SHRM HR News
Sep 04, 2019

2020 Drug Coupon Rule Dropped Due to Implementation Concerns
Compliance challenges caused federal agencies to withdraw a rule, set to take effect next year, that would have let health plans exclude drug manufacturer coupons from annual out-of-pocket maximums when a generic equivalent is available.

SHRM HR News
Sep 04, 2019

N.C. Expands Access to Association Health Plans While Federal Rule Is Litigated
North Carolina has enacted a state law that allows unrelated small businesses to buy group health insurance for their employees through association health plans (AHPs). Despite a federal court decision that blocked a Trump administration rule that would have expanded small employers' access to these plans nationwide, the fight over AHPs continues in the courts, Congress and state legislatures.

SHRM HR News
Sep 04, 2019

France: Consultation on Strategic Orientations Ordered
The Nanterre High Court in France ordered a company to suspend its information-consultation with works councils on a project of sale of its shares, pending a consultation on the 2019 strategic orientations.

SHRM HR News
Sep 03, 2019

USCIS Proposes New H-1B Fee
Organizations that want to hire high-skilled foreign nationals under the H-1B visa cap will have to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit, under a new rule proposed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

SHRM HR News
Sep 03, 2019

Trade Secrets Case Puts Noncompete, Nondisclosure Agreements Center Stage
An ex-Google engineer's federal criminal indictment may be one of the most high-profile enforcement cases of trade secret theft. The case will shine a spotlight on how employers use noncompete and nondisclosure agreements and the state of California's hostility toward them.

SHRM HR News
Sep 03, 2019

Employers Broaden Well-Being Programs
To help organizations attract and keep employees, wellness and well-being programs are expanding well beyond physical health and offering a more personalized experience.

SHRM HR News
Sep 03, 2019

Employers Broaden Wellness and Well-Being Programs
To help organizations attract and keep employees, wellness and well-being programs are expanding well beyond physical health and offering a more personalized experience.

SHRM HR News
Sep 03, 2019

Workers Look to Managers for Training Encouragement
Supervisors should encourage employees to hone their current skills and learn new ones, and make them feel comfortable about asking for help and education.

SHRM HR News
Sep 03, 2019

Canada Passes Law for More Accessible Federal Workplaces
People with disabilities have been among the most underrepresented groups in the Canadian workforce. Experts say recent legislation to improve workplace accessibility has the potential to transform the federally regulated workforce.

SHRM HR News
Sep 03, 2019

First Amendment Claim Based on Report of Texting and Driving Advances
A public employee's complaints about a co-worker's texting while driving could form the basis of a First Amendment retaliation claim, which could proceed to the evidence-gathering stage of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi ruled.

SHRM HR News
Sep 03, 2019

Sound Policies and Practices Defeat Harassment Claim
Despite well-drafted harassment policies that are implemented diligently, an employer is sometimes faced with an employee who harasses others. Is an employer liable for the harassment in such situations? Not necessarily, according to a recent decision of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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