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SHRM HR News
Dec 18, 2017

Member Spotlight: Denis Nicole


SHRM HR News
Dec 15, 2017

Embracing Courageous HR Leadership
As this issue of HR Magazine reaches your desk, I will be settling into mine at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). My professional journey has included time as an HR strategist and a CEO, so I feel incredibly privileged to have been appointed to lead SHRM, where I can be both.

SHRM HR News
Dec 14, 2017

Download Your E-Verify Records Before They Are Purged
As of March 1, 2018, employers won''t have access to E-Verify records that were created on or before Dec. 31, 2007.

SHRM HR News
Dec 14, 2017

Court Provides Roadmap for Illinois Employers on Biometric Privacy Claims
Over the past three months, more than 30 class action lawsuits have been filed in Illinois state and federal courts against employers that use timeclocks that scan an employee''s fingerprint, retina, or iris to clock employees into and out of work. A recent appellate court decision provides compliance guidance for employers.

SHRM HR News
Dec 14, 2017

Ask an HR Expert: Can We Require an Older Employee to Get a Medical Exam?
?One of our older employees needs to lift objects and climb ladders on the job but has vision and balance problems. Can we require him to undergo a medical exam?

SHRM HR News
Dec 14, 2017

Montana High Court Issues Favorable Ruling for Employers of Seasonal Workers
Montana is well-known in the employment world for deviating from the employment at-will doctrine. But the Montana Supreme Court recently ruled that a multi-year seasonal employee could be fired at-will during the probationary period of a new season.

SHRM HR News
Dec 14, 2017

HR's Commitment Is What Engages Blue-Collar Workers
Too many employers assume blue-collar employees aren't all that interested in their work, engagement experts say. That's likely a mistaken assumption. And if workers do have that kind of attitude, the problem may lie in the way you're leading them.

SHRM HR News
Dec 14, 2017

New European Data Protection Law Among Most-Viewed Articles in 2017
?Readers turned to SHRM Online this year for articles about how HR operates around the world—especially about how HR is preparing for a new data protection law in Europe.

SHRM HR News
Dec 14, 2017

New Jersey Bill Would Revise Anti-Bias Law to Limit Employment Agreements
A bill in the New Jersey State Senate would effectively prohibit jury waivers, arbitration clauses and nondisclosure provisions related to claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

SHRM HR News
Dec 14, 2017

Successful Companies Have Strong Recruitment Cultures
The employers that consistently top 'Best Companies to Work For' lists tend to have two things in common: They prioritize recruiting top talent and provide substantial funding for the recruitment department.

SHRM HR News
Dec 14, 2017

Successful Employers Have Strong Recruitment Cultures
The employers that consistently top 'Best Companies to Work For' lists tend to have two things in common: They prioritize recruiting top talent and provide substantial funding for the recruitment department.

SHRM HR News
Dec 14, 2017

Viewpoint: Firing an Employee with FMLA Leave and Unexcused Absences
Can an employee certified for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave but who takes plenty more absences for various reasons be legally terminated? A district court ruled yes, but document the reason for each absence/tardy.

SHRM HR News
Dec 13, 2017

Trump Administration Tells High Court It Opposes Mandatory Union Fees
The federal government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a 40-year precedent that allows public-sector unions to charge mandatory fees. The position of the Trump administration departs from the government's prior stance on the matter.

SHRM HR News
Dec 13, 2017

Trump Nominates Feldblum to Third Term on EEOC
President Donald Trump nominated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioner and gay rights activist Chai Feldblum to serve a third term on the commission.

SHRM HR News
Dec 13, 2017

SHRM Puerto Rico Recovers from Hurricane María
?On Sept. 16, just four days before the kickoff of its 44th Annual Conference & Exposition, the leadership of the SHRM Puerto Rico Chapter had a difficult decision to make: a huge category 4 storm, Hurricane María, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, was heading straight for Puerto Rico. It was forecast to make landfall on Sept. 20—the first day of the conference. Chapter leaders had to jump into action.

SHRM HR News
Dec 13, 2017

Misclassification Results in Liquidated Damages Award
?An employer was ordered to pay liquidated damages where an employee's position was misclassified as overtime-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act without good-faith justification.

SHRM HR News
Dec 13, 2017

FMLA Retaliation Claim Dismissed
?A former employee's retaliation claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was dismissed because a manager was aware that the employee was taking FMLA leave more than six months before the worker was fired.

SHRM HR News
Dec 13, 2017

Guidelines for Mentoring in the Post-Weinstein Era
The fallout from workplace sex scandals may cause men to refrain from serving as mentors to avoid any hint of impropriety with a female colleague. Business leaders shared their mentoring guidelines with SHRM Online.

SHRM HR News
Dec 13, 2017

4 Key Compensation Trends in 2017
From the rising share of compensation that's now 'variable' to the growing number of prohibitions on asking about salary history, here's a look at some of this year's top pay trends and developments.

SHRM HR News
Dec 13, 2017

7 Essential Guidelines for Mentoring in the Post-Weinstein Era
The fallout from workplace sex scandals may cause men to refrain from serving as mentors to avoid any hint of impropriety with a female colleague. Business leaders shared their mentoring guidelines with SHRM Online.

SHRM HR News
Dec 13, 2017

An Employer's Guide to I-9 and E-Verify
Information on navigating the latest Form I-9, the E-Verify process, and relevant anti-discrimination laws and regulations.

SHRM HR News
Dec 13, 2017

DOL's Proposed Tip-Sharing Rule Sparks Heated Debate
Restaurateurs and business groups have supported the U.S. Department of Labor''s (DOL''s) proposed rule to allow more workers to share in tips, but Democratic lawmakers and worker-advocacy groups say that the rule would let employers steal wages from tipped employees.

SHRM HR News
Dec 12, 2017

Google Wins Round One in Fair Pay Act Litigation
?It's back to the drawing board for employees who brought a class action against Google, alleging that the company had a policy of paying women less than men for substantially similar work.

SHRM HR News
Dec 12, 2017

How to Lead From Where You Are
Those with influence aren''t always found at the top of the organizational chart.

SHRM HR News
Dec 12, 2017

Indeed Moving Resume Search to Subscription Model
The world''s most popular job search engine announced it will change its resume search service for employers from its current, pay-per-candidate contact model to a monthly subscription plan.

SHRM HR News
Dec 12, 2017

New Bill Would Ban Mandatory Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Claims
A bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would make it illegal for businesses to enforce mandatory arbitration agreements for sexual harassment and sex discrimination claims. But employment attorneys told SHRM Online that meaningful changes need to start with corporate culture.

SHRM HR News
Dec 12, 2017

What Happens If Tax Reform Scuttles Employers' Deduction for Commuting Benefits?
Employees like receiving subsidies from their employers to defray commuting and parking costs, but tax reform—if enacted—could transform this common benefit, leaving more employees without a monthly employer contribution to help them get to work.

SHRM HR News
Dec 12, 2017

Your Career Q&A: 6 Practical Career Resolutions
Often, we make New Year's career resolutions: to get back to work, change employers or careers, win a promotion, become more successful, and so on. Yet all too often we forget to harness these dreams to the activities that will bring them to reality. Here are some practical career resolutions that will help manage your professional destiny.

SHRM HR News
Dec 12, 2017

Your Career Q&A: Where Your Future Begins
Often, we make New Year's career resolutions: to get back to work, change employers or careers, win a promotion, become more successful, and so on. Yet all too often we forget to harness these dreams to the activities that will bring them to reality. Here are some practical career resolutions that will help manage your professional destiny.

SHRM HR News
Dec 12, 2017

Squid Challenge, Swimming to Work Among 2017's Most Offbeat Workplace Stories
You don't have to turn to the movies or TV for wacky, offbeat and sometimes disturbing tales about the workplace. We've collected some of the strangest true stories from 2017 to share with you.

SHRM HR News
Dec 12, 2017

Squid Challenge, Swimming to Work Among 2017s Most Offbeat Workplace Stories
You don't have to turn to the movies or TV for wacky, offbeat and sometimes disturbing tales about the workplace. We've collected some of the strangest true stories from 2017 to share with you.

SHRM HR News
Dec 11, 2017

The Top 7 California HR News Articles of 2017
California''s ever-changing workplace laws are a perennial challenge to employers. It''s no surprise that news about recent legislation, the state''s high court, and wage and hour class actions topped the list of most-read articles on the SHRM Online California Resources page. Here''s a list of this year''s top stories.

SHRM HR News
Dec 11, 2017

Social Media Is a Major Consideration in Wave of Sexual Harassment Allegations


SHRM HR News
Dec 11, 2017

Senate Hearing Explores Combating Age Discrimination, Strategies for Employers
A Senate hearing on Dec. 6 discussed strengthening the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967, which prohibits employment discrimination against people ages 40 or older but was weakened by a 2009 Supreme Court decision.

SHRM HR News
Dec 11, 2017

UK: Don't Give Misleading Reason for Dismissal
?An employer's false explanation that the reason for dismissal was reorganization, when it was poor performance, breached the implied term of trust and confidence, the United Kingdom Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled.

SHRM HR News
Dec 11, 2017

Supreme Court Declines to Clarify Law on Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Employers are stuck with uncertainty over whether Title VII prohibits sexual orientation discrimination. That's because the Supreme Court announced it would not yet resolve a split among the appeals courts over this question.

SHRM HR News
Dec 11, 2017

Merry Un-Christmas: Untraditional Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Work
It may be time to re-evaluate your workplace festivities to ensure that the days are merry and bright for all. Here are some ideas to help you reimagine—and reignite—the holiday spirit.

SHRM HR News
Dec 11, 2017

India: Government Launches Online Complaint Mechanism to Fight Sexual Harassment
?India's Ministry of Women and Child Development launched an online complaint management system for women to lodge complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace.

SHRM HR News
Dec 11, 2017

How Companies Are Grappling with Sexual Harassment—From Firings to Oversight Panels
Firings, forced resignations, independent investigations and HR-led oversight panels are some of the ways companies across the nation are dealing with revelations that their employees have engaged in sexual harassment.

SHRM HR News
Dec 11, 2017

Good Jobs for High School Graduates Still Exist
Many believe good jobs for workers without a bachelor''s degree no longer exist in a labor market buffeted by automation and globalization, but there are still plenty of 'middle-income' jobs out there, according to recent research.

SHRM HR News
Dec 11, 2017

California's WARN Act Applies to Temporary Layoffs
A California appellate court has ruled that California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires 60 days of advance notice of 'mass layoffs,' applies to temporary layoffs and furloughs.

SHRM HR News
Dec 08, 2017

Employers Report Strong Job Growth, Unemployment Holds Steady
The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November, marking 86 months of consecutive job growth, and the unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent, its lowest level since 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

SHRM HR News
Dec 08, 2017

Back Away from the Mistletoe: Holiday Parties Get Post-Weinstein Makeover
The company Christmas party is likely to be a bit more restrained this year, with headlines of allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace uppermost in many people's minds.

SHRM HR News
Dec 08, 2017

Bad Position Statements Can Sink an Employers' Defense
Many company leaders fail to realize just how important this statement is. Unless employers formulate a thorough, clear and consistent position, they may not be able to defend themselves successfully down the road.

SHRM HR News
Dec 08, 2017

Viewpoint: Sexual Harassment Training for HR
HR is not for wimps. It takes courage and conviction to speak truth to power—to take the uncomfortable step of going over the CEO's head (if he or she is the alleged harasser)—and to put your own job on the line to do the right thing.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

Minimum Wage Rates by State and Municipality
A chart of minimum wage rates by state and municipality.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

Massachusetts Considers Comprehensive Noncompete Legislation
Though the fate of noncompetition bills remains uncertain, concerns about the use of noncompetes, including perceived abuses disadvantaging employees and stifling innovation, suggest that legislation is likely inevitable.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

High Court Hears Arguments in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case
?The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that addresses the tension between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights under state law and the right to free speech and free exercise of religion under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Although the case is not employment-related, the decision could provide a barometer of where the high court stands on LGBT issues.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

HR Asks Congress for Relief from Growing Number of Paid Leave Laws


SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

HR Changes Are Revolutionary, Not Evolutionary
As cities, states and nations add laws, statutes and ordinances, there is a seemingly nonstop set of modifying regulations for employers to comply with. The rapid pace of change means that employers must remain vigilant and focused on compliance at all times and in all geographic areas in which they conduct business. They rely on HR professionals to support them in defining the employment relationship and the rights of employees as well as employers.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

Benefit Leaders Foresee Greater Employee Choices
Workers' ability to create a personalized benefit package—with greater flexibility to alter their selections outside of an annual open enrollment period—is coming, corporate benefit leaders predict.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

California Employers Face Patchwork of New Minimum-Wage Laws in 2018
California's minimum wage and overtime-exempt salary threshold will rise in 2018 at different levels depending on employer size. Complicating matters, many cities in the state will also raise their own minimum wages. Here's what employers should know for 2018.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

Apprenticeships Can Be Expanded to Nontrade Jobs: Report
There is significant, unrealized potential in the apprenticeship field across many occupations in the U.S. economy, according to a new report.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

Certification Is Common Interest Among SHRM Award Winners
?Award winners at SHRM's annual Volunteer Leaders' Summit last month had something in common (in addition to excellence)—a connection to SHRM certification. Nearly all of the 12 state councils and chapters recognized by SHRM for notable contributions to the HR profession offered programs related to SHRM certification.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

Decades-Old Misconduct May Give Rise to New Claims of Harassment
Should employees be judged for long-past actions by today's standards?

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

Viewpoint: Why Your Employees Need to Hear Critical Feedback
SHRM has partnered with Chief Executive magazine to bring you relevant articles on key HR topics and strategies. This article explores the need for critical feedback and how to give it.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

Washington Supreme Court: State Law Bars Retaliation Against Job Applicants
Employers who refuse to hire job applicants who opposed discrimination in a prior job may be sued for retaliation under the Washington Law Against Discrimination.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

Your Top Recertification Questions, and the Answers—Part 2
?We're back with more information about recertification in response to your most frequently asked questions.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

The Newest Jurisdiction to Prohibit Salary History Inquiries: Albany County, N.Y.
The Albany County Legislature recently amended the county''s human rights law and joined the list of cities, counties and states that ban questions about salary history.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

USCIS Clarifies Criteria for ‘Function Managers' Under Transfer Visas
Multinational organizations wishing to bring foreign managerial employees to the United States under an intracompany transfer visa now have a clearer definition of who qualifies as a 'function manager' and what type of evidence to provide when petitioning, based on recent policy guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

SHRM Approves New Recertification Providers for December
?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 that these programs have been preapproved for professional development credits (PDCs).

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

New SHRM Career Resources Pages Cure 'Paralysis by Analysis'
SHRM has just launched a set of specially designed online SHRM Career Resources to help SHRM members grow their careers. User-friendly interactive tools can assist you in identifying your developmental needs and the best ways to meet those needs—step by step, page by page.

SHRM HR News
Dec 07, 2017

SHRM Recertification Specialist Becomes 'Real'' to Fellow SHRM-CPs
?Getting to know members of the SHRM certification staff helps applicants, certificants, recertification providers, students and others understand the work involved behind the scenes. Meet Eddice L. Douglas, M.A., SHRM-CP, a SHRM specialist in recertification, who is currently studying for the SHRM-SCP exam.

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