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Jul 14, 2020

Resign or Be Fired: Which Is Best?
?Troubling economic conditions brought on by the pandemic have led to record numbers of employee layoffs and furloughs this year. Employees—including those who work in HR—who strongly sense they may soon be terminated may try to get ahead of that decision by choosing to resign or be fired. This decision can impact their careers for years to come, say career advisors.

SHRM HR News
Jul 13, 2020

Employer and Worker Groups Want Government to Enforce Mask Rules
More than 20 states now require people to wear masks in certain circumstances, and some business groups and worker advocates say that state and local leaders are not doing enough to enforce the mandates, which are meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

SHRM HR News
Jul 13, 2020

Uber and Lyft Want Voters, Not Regulators, to Determine Drivers' Status
Who decides whether California-based drivers for Lyft, Uber and other app-based companies are employees or independent contractors? A commissioner for the state's Public Utilities Commission recently weighed in on the contentious issue.

SHRM HR News
Jul 13, 2020

San Francisco Issues Back-to-Work Emergency Ordinance
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance creating a right of reemployment for certain employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Jul 13, 2020

California Places More COVID-19 Related Restrictions on Businesses
On July 1, as a result of rapid increases in the number of COVID-19 cases throughout California, Gov. Gavin Newsom instructed businesses in 19 counties across the state to roll back their reopenings for at least three weeks.

SHRM HR News
Jul 13, 2020

Employers Embrace 'Resilience Through Rewards' Strategies
During a time of crisis, businesses can use their rewards programs to enhance employee and organizational resiliency—the ability to bounce back from personal and companywide setbacks.

SHRM HR News
Jul 13, 2020

DOL Scales Back on Double Damages in Prelitigation Settlements
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has stopped seeking double damages—referred to as liquidated damages—in many cases that it settles before suing. 

SHRM HR News
Jul 12, 2020

Update on Key Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program
As the coronavirus pandemic continues and some states slow their plans to reopen, many small businesses must rely on Paycheck Protection Program loans to keep workers on board. Lawmakers recently extended the application deadline and gave borrowers more flexibility when using the funds.

SHRM HR News
Jul 12, 2020

Viewpoint: How to Be a Better Ally to Your Black Colleagues
In this article, professor Stephanie Creary brings together more than a decade's worth of insights on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, Black employees' experiences and a framework she developed to propose how company leaders—particularly people managers—who are well-positioned to support Black employees might all leap to become better allies in DEI work.

SHRM HR News
Jul 12, 2020

How to Confront Intellectual Property Theft by Employees
The United States and China signed a historic trade agreement in January 2020, which included provisions on respecting intellectual property rights and enforcement against misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential business information. But many experts are skeptical about the agreement will be honored. The FBI has more than 1,000 intellectual property theft cases open involving individuals associated with China. Those thefts have cost the United States nearly $500 billion a year, experts say.

SHRM HR News
Jul 10, 2020

Stressful but ‘Amazing Time' to Be an HR Professional
?For many HR professionals at small businesses, the past few months have been like trudging through a hurricane with a leaky umbrella. Out of that madness, many HR professionals have emerged as essential members of the executive team, working on the top questions of the day.

SHRM HR News
Jul 10, 2020

What Are the Signs of Burnout and How Can Supervisors Help Employees?
What are the signs of employee burnout, and how can managers help employees deal with the stress they're feeling?

SHRM HR News
Jul 10, 2020

Final Rule Makes It Easier for Federal Workers to Stop Paying Union Dues
Federal workers can revoke their union membership and stop paying dues any time after the first year under a Federal Labor Relations Authority final rule.

SHRM HR News
Jul 10, 2020

Ask HR: Can Companies Require Masks?
Employers may absolutely require workers to wear masks. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states employers can require employees to wear masks or other protective clothing, such as gloves and gowns, during a pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Jul 10, 2020

Empowering Employees Before, During and After the Pandemic
?Employee empowerment is a management philosophy that emphasizes the importance of giving employees the autonomy, resources and support they need to act independently and be held accountable for the decisions they make.

SHRM HR News
Jul 09, 2020

Hospital Nurse Cannot Go Forward with Meal and Rest Period Claims
A registered nurse who sued the hospital where she had worked for failure to provide meal and rest periods, among other claims, could not go forward with her lawsuit, a California appellate court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jul 09, 2020

City Failed to Reasonably Accommodate Police Officer with Dyslexia and ADHD
A California appeals court upheld a lower court's award of almost $3 million to a city police officer who had dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

SHRM HR News
Jul 09, 2020

IRS Issues Further Guidance on 401(k) Withdrawals, While Participants Hold Steady
The IRS recently issued additional guidance on the eased rules for hardship withdrawals that 401(k) and similar defined contribution retirement plans can put in place under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted in March. New data show, however, that an expected surge in plan withdrawals hasn't happened.

SHRM HR News
Jul 09, 2020

Ontario Government Issues COVID-19-Related Job-Protected Leave
The Ontario government has temporarily changed its employment standards legislation to help employers avoid laying off employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Jul 09, 2020

1.3 Million Workers File for New Unemployment Benefits
States reported that 1.3 million U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending July 4. First-time claims have fallen for 14 straight weeks since hitting a record 6.8 million in late March. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits dropped to 18 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 14 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment.

SHRM HR News
Jul 09, 2020

Taking Care of Your Employees and Yourself During the Pandemic
Across the world, managers and HR professionals are trying to figure out how to balance the needs of the organization with the needs of the staff against the backdrop of changing coronavirus data and related rules and regulations. Often, they regard their self-care as secondary to the help they provide the people they serve. Take some time to take care of yourself, too.

SHRM HR News
Jul 09, 2020

How to Prosper When HR Is Understaffed
Don't panic when the HR department is understaffed, whether due to summer vacations, unfilled positions or team members working fewer hours as they wrestle with child care or illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some tips to lead your team through the strain.

SHRM HR News
Jul 09, 2020

It's Time to Talk About Race
It's better for people of different races to talk about their different experiences than to avoid difficult discussions, says columnist Jathan Janove. By sharing our stories and backgrounds, we build trust and understanding. A bond forms that would not otherwise exist.

SHRM HR News
Jul 08, 2020

Employees Look to Employers to Rise Up Against Racism
?The killing of George Floyd in June has sparked social unrest around the country, and many employees are expecting organizations to speak up—and to speak out—against racism.

SHRM HR News
Jul 08, 2020

Managing Both Onsite and Remote Workers Requires Finesse
Managers may find themselves dealing with resentment between employees who are allowed to continue working remotely and those who are being told they can't any longer. Point out safety efforts at the worksite and benefits that can help with stress and anxiety.

SHRM HR News
Jul 08, 2020

Wellness Programs Step Up as Worksites Reopen
Collaboration between facilities managers and HR wellness leaders can be vital to ensuring workplaces are safe as employees return to work.

SHRM HR News
Jul 08, 2020

Do Your Employees Know Why You Believe in Racial Equity?
If your company is stepping up to condemn racism and discrimination and to reduce bias in hiring, don't frame it as something the company "has to do." Falsely labeling diversity efforts as charity or compulsion will only further divisions between employees. Here are some suggestions for how your team can meaningfully communicate and execute your commitment to anti-bias and dismantling racism.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

Facial Analysis Technology in the Workplace Brings Risks
Facial recognition technology has been under the microscope as organizations and lawmakers re-evaluate its use in the wake of global protests about racial injustice. Technology giants Amazon, IBM and Microsoft all recently announced that they would stop selling facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States, citing the technology's potential for violating human rights and concerns about racial profiling.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

Screening for Applicants' COVID-19 Concerns: Can You? Should You?
HR professionals know that the interviewing process can be time-consuming and costly, and there's always the risk that a candidate will accept an offer elsewhere. But 2020 brings a new concern and potential risk—that fear of COVID-19 will cause candidates to back out of the process even after an offer has been made.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

Navigating the New Normal in International Business Travel
What can your company expect in terms of your employees' ability to travel internationally as parts of the world begin to come out of months of lockdown? And what will the ongoing restrictions and changes in everyday life mean for your company's ability to transfer or hire new foreign national talent in key areas? Only time will tell exactly what will happen, but we are beginning to see patterns and hints of what is to come.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

Virginia ‘Bans the Box' on Marijuana Possession
New legislation took effect in Virginia on July 1 that prohibits employers from requiring job applicants to disclose information related to past criminal charges for simple marijuana possession. Simple possession refers to having a minimal amount of the substance for personal use without an intent to distribute it.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

EEOC Expands Mediation Program During Coronavirus Pandemic
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on July 7 two six-month pilot programs—one for its mediation program and one for its conciliation process—to make mediation more widely available and to bring about more uniformity in conciliations.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

Virtual Benefit Fairs Draw Interest for Fall Open Enrollment
For the fall 2020 open enrollment period, during which employees will select their benefits for 2021, more employers are expected to "go virtual" by taking benefit fairs online, with cyber equivalents for vendor booths and Q&A opportunities.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

DOL Can Infer FLSA Damages from Limited Evidence of Hours Worked
In an enforcement lawsuit on behalf of unpaid child workers, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) can prove wages owed based on the days and weeks that a plurality of the children claimed to have worked, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

OSHA Citation and Penalty Vacated
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lack of sufficient notice required an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation and penalty to be vacated.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

Team Angst and Brokering Peace in the COVID-19 Era
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the world, the nation and the workplace. People are tired and anxious, and it's inevitable that those frustrations and fears will make their way into the workplace. When tempers are short, staff members become impatient with one another, and workers may become less restrained about airing their political beliefs or—worse—bullies may start to pick on and badger other workers. It's time to step in. How you step in, though, can make all the difference.

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 07, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 06, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 05, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 02, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 02, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 02, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 02, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 02, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jul 01, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 30, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 29, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 26, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 25, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 24, 2020

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

SHRM HR News
Jun 24, 2020

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

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