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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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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.

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

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

Workers Quit to Start New Businesses
More than 4.5 million new businesses were started in 2021--many by employees who left companies to strike out on their own. While employers are struggling to retain workers during the Great Resignation, they also understand and commend their former colleagues' entrepreneurial spirit. And sometimes, the change benefits both parties.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

Walmart, Amazon Cut Paid Isolation Leave
Walmart and Amazon—the two largest employers in the country—have reduced their paid isolation leave.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

Puerto Rico Expands COVID-19 Booster Requirement
A surge in positive COVID-19 cases in Puerto Rico led Gov. Pedro Pierluisi to issue another round of executive orders, including one that expands the number of workers who must get vaccine booster shots.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

Train IT Staff Before It's Too Late
Much of the costs from poorly trained IT employees will come from delays in the release of products or services, missed revenue, and increased costs to the business.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

NYC to Require Salary Range in Job Postings
Starting in April 2022, employers advertising jobs in New York City will be required to include the salary range for the position in their postings.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

Out-of-State Remote Workers Are Increasing Legal Risks for Employers
As remote work continues for many employers, HR professionals should ensure they are staying current on where remote employees are working. Out-of-state telecommuting may bring unexpected legal liability.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

Polishing Your Resume to Make the Best Impression
?Your resume is your introduction to a potential employer. Make that first impression count, because it will determine whether the employer wants to interview you, writes career columnist Martin Yate. Take the time to revise your resume until it tells the right story about your career and how you can do the job the employer needs filled.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

A Data Deluge Is Coming, Courtesy of Automation
As more automation is added, systems are integrated, sensors and Internet of Things devices are hooked up, a deluge of data is gathered that can rapidly swamp IT and HR systems.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

Colorado Employers Face Paid-Sick-Leave Obligations for 2022
Businesses in Colorado must comply with paid-sick-leave requirements in addition to COVID-19-related leave rules.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

DOL Pulls Back on Private Equity in 401(k)s
The Department of Labor "clarified" a position taken by the prior administration when it issued new guidance cautioning 401(k) plan fiduciaries, as they evaluate investment options, to prudently evaluate mutual funds that contain private equity holdings.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

DOL Spells Out Requirements to Pay for COVID-19 Test Kits, Beginning Jan. 15
?The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance to implement President Joe Biden's order that, starting Jan. 15, health plans must cover or reimburse costs for over-the-counter (OTC) at-home rapid COVID-19 tests without requiring health plan participants to pay any of the amount. Employees and dependents covered by an employer-sponsored health plan can go online or to a pharmacy or store, buy a test approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and either get it paid for up front by their health plan, or get reimbursed for the cost by submitting a claim to their plan.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2022

Fee Disclosure Requirements for Health Plan Advisors Shed Light on Conflicts
The Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled its enforcement policy on new fee disclosures by benefit brokers and consultants who provide services to employer health plans. The disclosures let plan sponsors check if their advisors are receiving indirect compensation that creates conflicts of interest.

SHRM HR News
Jan 10, 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 10, 2022

7 Key Trends from the SHRM India Annual Conference 21
The role of HR professionals has evolved significantly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but more change is expected in the year ahead, according to HR experts speaking at the recent SHRM India Annual Conference 21, held virtually.

SHRM HR News
Jan 10, 2022

NLRB May Institute New Standard for Work Rules
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it may replace a standard that made it easier to defend workplace policies.

SHRM HR News
Jan 10, 2022

L&D Pros Share Best Practices for Early Career Training
Learning and development professionals shared training insights and best practices for early career training during a recent virtual roundtable hosted by London-based Fitch Learning.

SHRM HR News
Jan 10, 2022

Workplace Shortages, Burnout Strain Hospital HR Staff
COVID-19 dealt a devastating blow to health care workers. They've suffered burnout, overwork, fatigue, risk and infection. Health care HR staffs, too, are stretched to the max, coping with low staff morale, salary complaints, resignations, enforcing mask and vaccination mandates, policy changes, hiring more cleaning staff, and supply chain shortages. The crises have been nonstop.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

Volkswagen Not Deemed Joint Employer of Car Dealership Workers
Three sales professionals at car dealerships in California could not bring wage and hour claims against Volkswagen under California law, a federal appeals court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

UAE: The Workweek Changes for Public-Sector Employees
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have announced that for public-sector employees, the workweek will be reduced to four-and-a-half days, with the weekend running from Friday afternoon to Sunday.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

South Africa: When You Protect Whistleblowers, You Protect Your Business
Recent news stories have highlighted the role whistleblowers played in curbing international financial crimes, bringing to light alleged financial mismanagement and the effects of not addressing whistleblowers' concerns on listed companies' value.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

Justices Seem Divided on OSHA's Authority to Issue Vaccine-or-Testing ETS
Opponents of the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing rule for private employers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to quickly halt the directive during recent oral arguments. The federal government argued that Congress gave OSHA the power to take emergency action.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

Hiring Stalled in December
U.S. employers added 199,000 new jobs in December 2021, coming in well below expectations, according to the latest employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent from 4.2 percent in November. Notably, the December employment data was collected before the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19 impacted the labor market.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

It's Time for a California HR Compliance Check
California HR professionals know that the new year generally brings new employment laws, as well as higher minimum wage thresholds at the state and local levels. So the start of the year is a great time to update employee handbooks and ensure compliance.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

Advanced Primary Care May Be the ‘Next Big Thing'
Advanced primary care is as a collaborative health care approach. Employers contract directly with primary care providers, replacing fees for services with monthly per-member payments. The primary provider coordinates care with a patient-support team.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

Agencies Release 2021 Form 5500 for Reporting in 2022
Advance copies of Form 5500 information returns, to report on plan year 2021 benefits during 2022, reflect an increase in maximum civil penalties for late filings and address reporting for pooled employer plans, among other updates and adjustments.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

Ask HR: How Should I Prepare for Group Interviews?
How can job applicants prepare for a group interview? Should employers offer child care benefits to attract job candidates? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions each week for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

Employers Should Review Their Pay Practices for the New Year
The beginning of the year is a good time for employers to audit their pay practices for compliance with federal, state and local wage and hour laws. This year, employers should pay particular attention to minimum wage changes, higher salary requirements for exempt workers and COVID-19-related paid leave.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2022

Caregiving Benefits Can Support Workers—and the Bottom Line
When employees have difficulty juggling caregiving responsibilities, their well-being and productivity suffer. To identify the best ways to help, ask workers about the challenges they're facing.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2022

What's at Stake in the Supreme Court's OSHA Vaccine-or-Testing Case
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 7 on whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) overstepped its authority when it issued an...

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2022

What's at Stake in the Supreme Court's OSHA Vaccine-or-Test Case
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Jan. 7 on whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) overstepped its authority when it issued an emergency temporary standard.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2022

Timetable for OFCCP Contractor Portal Is Set but Questions Remain
Federal contractors can get their affirmative action programs (AAPs) in order prior to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program's (OFCCP's) deadline to certify their AAP status. But many questions remain about the OFCCP Contractor Portal.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2022

Experts Share DE&I, Training Forecasts for 2022
?Peering into the swirling mists of the new year, HR leaders share their predictions for organizational and employee development; diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I); and well-being initiatives. Read ahead for a look into the great beyond of 2022.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2022

Jobless Claims Hold at Pre-Pandemic Level
Both first-time and continuing unemployment claims are now at or below the level they were generally at before the pandemic-related spike in 2020. States reported that 207,000 workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Jan. 1. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits has finally returned to its pre-pandemic average of 1.7 million.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2022

IRS Raises Health Plans' PCORI Fees Payable in 2022
The IRS announced the annual adjustment to the fees that insurers or sponsors of self-insured health plans pay per plan enrollee to fund the federal Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) trust fund.

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