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Sep 25, 2020

Executive Pay Measures Shift Toward Fairness, Social Responsibility
Executive pay metrics are starting to shift from a short-term focus on shareholders' returns to consideration of purpose-driven objectives, such as ensuring that rewards are shared appropriately across an organization, new research indicates.

SHRM HR News
Sep 25, 2020

Managing Intermittent FMLA Leave to Support Manufacturing Operations
While manufacturers and other employers must be careful to respect employees' rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), they can effectively manage leaves and curb potential leave abuses.

SHRM HR News
Sep 25, 2020

France Offers Employers Aid to Hire Young People
France has enacted a new policy giving employers strong incentives to hire young people in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Sep 25, 2020

Knowledge Management in the Age of Remote Work
Can your employees find the information they need to do their jobs? ?Lax knowledge management protocols can lead to poor team communication, missed deadlines and other project disasters. Remote work can make the problem worse. Here's how to make information more accessible.

SHRM HR News
Sep 25, 2020

Managing Knowledge in the Age of Remote Work
Can your employees find the information they need to do their jobs? ?Lax knowledge management protocols can lead to poor team communication, missed deadlines and other project disasters. Remote work can make the problem worse. Here's how to make information more accessible.

SHRM HR News
Sep 25, 2020

Ask HR: Can I Get My Job Back After a Layoff?
Are laid-off employees guaranteed to get their old jobs back? Can workers refuse to wear a mask due to religious concerns? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions every week for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Sep 24, 2020

Handling Applicants with Noncompete Agreements
Employers are also understandably concerned when top candidates may have signed a noncompete agreement with the company they're currently working for. Making an offer to a top candidate only to find that they're bound by such an agreement can be costly both in terms of the time already spent with the candidate in the recruitment process and the cost that might be involved in attempting to prove the agreement is unenforceable, or to negotiate different requirements.

SHRM HR News
Sep 24, 2020

Who Pays for COVID-19 Testing?
When do health plans or employers have to pay for COVID-19 testing? The answer depends on who orders the test.

SHRM HR News
Sep 24, 2020

DOL Announces First Group of Industry-Run Apprenticeship Providers
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced Sept. 23 the initial group of organizations given the responsibility of overseeing the development of the Trump administration's industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs).

SHRM HR News
Sep 24, 2020

Maryland Salary-History Ban Takes Effect Oct. 1
Maryland employers will be prohibited from requesting or relying on a job applicant's wage history to make decisions about employment or initial pay rates, beginning Oct. 1.

SHRM HR News
Sep 24, 2020

DOL Settles More Self-Quarantine Cases
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently has entered several settlements to resolve Families First Coronavirus Response Act self-quarantine cases.

SHRM HR News
Sep 24, 2020

Manufacturers Face Hiring Challenges Despite the Pandemic
Even as America struggles to recover from a deep economic decline and the rapid loss of tens of millions of jobs, manufacturing CEOs are still greatly concerned about training, retaining and finding the best people. That's because, despite the new prospect of double-digit U.S. unemployment stretching into 2021, many chiefs are starved for good workers.

SHRM HR News
Sep 23, 2020

New Unemployment Claims Tick Up, Remain High
States reported that 870,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Sept. 19. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits held at 12.6 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May.

SHRM HR News
Sep 23, 2020

8th Circuit: Worker Was Fired for Failing to Meet Job Expectations
A worker who made vulgar comments and distributed an offensive letter was terminated for failing to meet her employer's job expectations, and not because of sexual harassment, according to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Sep 23, 2020

A New Role for Critical-Illness Insurance in the Coronavirus Era
As the pandemic continues, some insurers are amending their critical illness policies to cover infectious diseases. Consider the details, however, and other issues when deciding whether to add critical illness coverage as a voluntary benefit.

SHRM HR News
Sep 23, 2020

Pandemic Forces Organizations to Get Creative in Prepping Young Employees for the Workplace
Pairing remote "buddies" with interns, creating leadership boot camps and hosting virtual presentations with college students are some ways employers are preparing young employees for the workforce at a time when the pandemic has forced many employers to adopt a work-from-home culture.

SHRM HR News
Sep 23, 2020

Best Companies for Dads Encourage Gender-Neutral PTO
?Working Mother names the best companies for dads in 2020, which have benefits such as gender-neutral parental leave, gradual leave phase-back and affordable child care.

SHRM HR News
Sep 22, 2020

How the Supreme Court Could Rule on the Affordable Care Act
On Nov. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional, in whole or in part. Here are the possible ways the court might rule and what the implications would be.

SHRM HR News
Sep 22, 2020

Employer Unlawfully Reduced Pension Contributions
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employer committed an unfair labor practice when it decreased its contribution rate to the pension fund without first notifying or bargaining with the union.

SHRM HR News
Sep 22, 2020

ADA May Cover Precancerous Cell Growth
An employee fired after undergoing surgery following the diagnosis of the growth of abnormal precancerous cells along with a genetic mutation that contributes to abnormal cell growth can proceed with her claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

SHRM HR News
Sep 22, 2020

NLRB Division of Advice: In-Store Protest Wasn't Protected
An in-store protest by off-duty employees at a Starbucks store wasn't protected by the National Labor Relations Act, according to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in an advice memo.

SHRM HR News
Sep 22, 2020

DOL Clarifies Who Is an Independent Contractor in Proposed Rule
The U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposed rule to clarify when a worker is an employee covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act or an independent contractor.

SHRM HR News
Sep 22, 2020

UK: Coronavirus-Related Reasons to Carry Over a Holiday Entitlement
Special rules were introduced earlier this year that allow workers to carry over any unused holiday entitlement if COVID-19 meant that it was not reasonably practicable to take holiday. This article covers some of the most frequently asked questions about the new rules regarding carry-over.

SHRM HR News
Sep 22, 2020

Employers Consider Child Care Subsidies
Some employers are helping employees with children by providing child care subsidies during the pandemic. These typically are employer-provided spending accounts or bonuses designed to help cover the costs, in full or partially, of day care and pandemic-related educational expenses.

SHRM HR News
Sep 22, 2020

Many Workplaces Consider Child Care Subsidies
Some employers are helping employees with children by providing child care subsidies during the pandemic. These typically are employer-provided spending accounts or bonuses designed to help cover the costs, in full or partially, of day care and pandemic-related educational expenses.

SHRM HR News
Sep 22, 2020

8 Behavioral Skills for Increased Job Security
There are eight behavioral skills we all need on the job. Known as transferable or soft skills, they are based on a sequence of learnable behaviors that increase your ability to deliver superior performance no matter your area of expertise.

SHRM HR News
Sep 21, 2020

Viewpoint: Conduct Careful Background Checks for Racism
Following racially fraught incidents, checking for evidence of racism has become a key litmus test for corporate recruiting and hiring. Companies can no longer afford the fallout of installing candidates with problematic pasts in top positions.

SHRM HR News
Sep 21, 2020

Trump and Biden Envision Different Paths to Retirement Security
There is not a lot of overlap among the proposals that President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, support regarding private-sector and government retirement benefits. Here is an overview of the candidates' proposed changes to employer-sponsored savings plans and Social Security.

SHRM HR News
Sep 21, 2020

Worker Bound by Arbitration Agreement in Employee Handbook
An employee who signed an acknowledgment that he had received the company's employee handbook agreed to an arbitration agreement contained in the handbook, a California appeals court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Sep 19, 2020

Career Planning? Consider These HR Technology Roles of the Future
The accelerating adoption of new technologies in human resources, made more urgent by the COVID-19 pandemic, is changing the skills, roles and jobs that will be needed in the future. SHRM Online talked with HR practitioners, researchers and consultants about the new technology-centric roles and job titles that will emerge in coming years as a result of these profound changes.

SHRM HR News
Sep 19, 2020

HR Data Analytics in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic
HR data analytics have become more critical to the human resources team at Humana Inc., as the health insurance company learns more about how its employees are coping during the deadliest pandemic in 100 years.

SHRM HR News
Sep 19, 2020

Virginia Employers Must Complete Their COVID-19 Response Plans
Virginia Occupational Safety and Health expects employers to complete their Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plans no later than Sept. 25.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2020

California Expands Employee Right to Family and Medical Leave
California employers with as few as five employees must provide family and medical leave rights to their employees under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 17. The new law significantly expands the state's existing leave entitlement.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2020

California Expands Employee Rights to Family and Medical Leave
California employers with as few as five employees must provide family and medical leave rights to their employees under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 17. The new law significantly expands the state's existing leave entitlement.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2020

3 Supreme Court Cases Employers Should Watch this Term
The U.S. Supreme Court's last term stretched into the summer months due to delays caused by the COVID-19 crisis, but the new term will start as scheduled on Oct. 5. Here's what employers and HR professionals need to know about the upcoming term.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2020

HR Professionals Struggle over FMLA Compliance, SHRM Tells the DOL
In a comment letter to the Department of Labor (DOL), the Society for Human Resource Management highlighted the challenges and frustrations that HR professionals say they confront as they comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and recommended regulatory changes to address these issues.

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2020

Local Governments Have Cut 900K Jobs, More to Come
?The COVID-19 pandemic and related declines in revenues from taxes and fees have hit local governments hard, draining emergency funds and leading to a loss of over 900,000 jobs, according to a new analysis of federal data by the National Association of Counties (NACO).

SHRM HR News
Sep 18, 2020

Ask HR: Are Resumes and Cover Letters Obsolete?
With all the changes created by the global coronavirus pandemic, are employers rethinking the job application process? And if someone misses out on a job opportunity, how can he or she make sure to be considered when a new position opens up? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers these questions as part of a weekly column for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

House Approves Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in a 329-73 vote on Sept. 17. The Senate will now consider the bill, which, if passed, would require employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant workers and employees with pregnancy-related conditions.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

When Top Candidates Have Another Offer
While some recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers recommend expediting the hiring process while asking the candidate to hold off on accepting the other offer, others take a less reactive approach. All acknowledge that the situation is quite common—and becoming more so.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

IRS Guidance Clarifies Employers' SECURE Act Obligations
Long-awaited IRS guidance answers questions about how employers should implement key provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. The measure, signed into law last December, aims to expand retirement plan coverage for U.S. workers.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

Company Finds Virtual Dog Show Breeds Employee Engagement
?Artificial intelligence company Interactions is going to the dogs … in a good way. The Franklin, Mass.-based company conducted a one-hour, family friendly virtual dog show, complete with judging.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

Viewpoint: How to Minimize the Risk of Retirement Plan Litigation
Companies facing 401(k) participant lawsuits are typically accused of failing to pay adequate attention to the retirement plan, such as by failing to replace poorly performing or overly expensive investment choices, or allowing vendors to charge above-market fees. The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is relevant here.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

Germany: 10 Back-to-Work Considerations
German employers should review their current back-to-work set of rules, if any, or implement corresponding policies as soon as possible, bearing in mind 10 key points.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

Webinar Recap: Preparing for SHRM Certification Your Way
?Four recently certified SHRM professionals took unique learning paths to earn their SHRM credentials, and they described them during a recent webinar. The new credential-holders' methods of preparing for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam included self-study and different types of instructor-led courses.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

My SHRM Credential Tells the World ‘Yes! I Know HR!'
A pilot program funded by the SHRM Foundation and Onward to Opportunity for military service members and families enabled business owner Helen Flores-Ford, SHRM-CP, to earn her certification at no cost.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

Categorizing Workers by Generations: Helpful or Harmful?
A recent overview of the research on generational differences in work-related attitudes and behaviors brought together expert opinions on the quality of studies on generational attitudes and behaviors in the workforce, and to evaluate whether the concept of generations is meaningful for understanding and managing the workforce. Here are some of the main findings.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

Teamwork, Persistence Help Overcome Obstacles on the Way to Certification
Despite a few bumps in the road, Army friends study for and pass their SHRM Certification exams, helped along the way by SHRM staff, educators and the Army COOL program.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

Selecting the Right SHRM Certification for You
?After you decide to pursue HR certification with SHRM, the logical next question is "Which exam should I take?" SHRM testing staffers walk you through the decision.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

UAE: Decree Introduces Parental Leave to the Private Sector
A new federal decree has been implemented for the UAE private sector to amend the existing leave provisions of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Labor Law No. 8 of 1980 to include parental leave.

SHRM HR News
Sep 17, 2020

Envisioning Change in 2021
Now that it's mid-September, many organizations are preparing for open enrollment, reviewing and approving budgets, setting recruiting strategy, planning for end-of-year performance reviews and panicking over new laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. Columnist Matthew Burr shares his thoughts on HR's evolution in the coming year.

SHRM HR News
Sep 16, 2020

DOL Promotes Compliance Assistance Programs and Tools for Employers
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL's) Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) was created two years ago to help employers understand and comply with employment laws. Here are some of the programs and interactive tools the OCI has helped the department modernize.

SHRM HR News
Sep 16, 2020

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Training Rules and Recommendations
Some states require employers to provide COVID-19 safety training and others recommend it. Here's what employers need to know about developing a workplace safety training program during the pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Sep 16, 2020

OSHA Cites Three Health Care Systems for COVID-19 Violations
?The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wrapped up investigations and issued citations against three health care systems for violating worker safety laws related to COVID-19.

SHRM HR News
Sep 16, 2020

Remote I-9 Form Verification Extended 60 Days
Employers with entirely remote workforces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have until Nov. 19 to take advantage of relaxed document inspection requirements for the Form I-9 when onboarding new hires.

SHRM HR News
Sep 16, 2020

Biden and Trump Want Lower Health Care Costs, but Approaches Differ
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden both favor steps to make health care more affordable, but their proposals differ significantly—and have different implications for employer-sponsored coverage.

SHRM HR News
Sep 16, 2020

California Governor Signs Supplemental Paid-Sick-Leave Bill
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 1867, which has three new laws combined into one bill. The bill covers supplemental sick leave requirements, a pilot mediation program for small employers and mandated hand-washing requirements for food workers.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Would Require Accommodations
The U.S. House of Representatives soon will vote on requiring employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant workers and employees with pregnancy-related conditions under the proposed Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

New Unemployment Claims Hold Steady, Remain High
States reported that 860,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Sept. 12. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell to 12.6 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 14.5 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment, although experts are now skeptical of that figure. New applications for unemployment benefits are still well above the pre-pandemic levels of about 200,000 claims per week.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Proposed Biometrics Rule Could Lead to Visa Delays
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed regulation Sept. 11 that would expand the collection of biometric data from foreign workers and their U.S. employer sponsors.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

New York State's Paid-Sick-Leave Law Takes Effect Sept. 30
New York State will soon require all employers to provide sick leave to employees. The law goes into effect on Sept. 30, but employees are not entitled to use the benefit until Jan. 1, 2021.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Here's How Managers Can Help Underperforming Employees
Any company that cares about growing and retaining talent should think twice about replacing an underperforming employee. Instead, managers should work with employees to understand why they're struggling to succeed.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Failure to Offer Union Representation for Interview Wasn't Unlawful
A hotel that failed to offer union representation to a carpenter for an investigatory interview did not commit an unfair labor practice, because the employee had not affirmatively requested representation, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Learn How to Delegate So You, as a Manager, Can Explore Greater Pursuits
Delegating is a management skill, and it may not be intuitive. Managers often progress by proving themselves to be exemplary employees, so jumping in to get the work done may come naturally. But if you aren't delegating, you're your own employee—and not a very good one, since you're trying to do everyone else's job instead of your own.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

When a Worker's Grammar and Spelling Are Embarrassing
Spelling and grammar mistakes are at the top of his list to explain why a job applicant's resume lands in the trash.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Court Allows Phaseout of TPS for 300K Immigrants
A panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the Trump administration permission to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost 300,000 immigrants, primarily from El Salvador. The ruling eliminates deportation protections and work permits for TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan while litigation is ongoing and is expected to also affect the status of TPS holders from Honduras and Nepal, under a separate lawsuit.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Judgment for Employees Challenging Exemption Status Reversed
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that an employer's payroll system arguably was consistent with regulations governing the Fair Labor Standards Act's exemption of certain employees from overtime-compensation requirements.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Bridging the Opportunity Gap for Black Lawyers
Data show that Black attorneys account for less than 5 percent of associates and less than 2 percent of partners at law firms. Those stats have stayed about the same over the last decade. Lloyd Freeman, a partner and chief diversity officer at Archer & Greiner in Haddonfield, N.J., spoke to SHRM Online about the reasons why, and what employers—both law firms and companies hiring in-house counsel—can do to improve those numbers.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Study Finds Productivity Not Deterred by Shift to Remote Work
Recent research shows that the skepticism many companies had related to working from home may be eroding. Ninety-four percent of 800 employers surveyed by Mercer, an HR and workplace benefits consulting firm, said that productivity was the same or higher than it was before the pandemic, even with their employees working remotely.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

SHRM Research: More Employers Are Offering Paid Leave
More employers are offering paid parental leave, including maternity leave, paternity leave and adoption leave, according to new Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) research. But coordinating leave with a host of state and local requirements remains a challenge.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

OMB Tells Agencies to Defer Federal Workers' Payroll Taxes
As part of COVID-19 economic relief, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed executive branch agencies to stop withholding employees' Social Security payroll taxes through the end of the year. Payroll tax suspension also applies to military personnel.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

How to Resolve Co-Worker Conflicts over Coping with COVID-19
Employees come to work with diverse views about the world, and their approaches to coping with the COVID-19 pandemic might clash. So what should employers do when co-workers have different viewpoints and practices related to the pandemic? Here's what workplace experts had to say.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Employee Social Security Tax Deferral Guidance: Too Little, Too Late?
A deep dive into IRS guidance on suspending employees Social Security payroll taxes through the end of 2020. Because employers remain liable for the 2020 non-withheld payroll taxes, many will choose not to implement the deferral. Others will want to increase workers' paychecks for the remainder of 2020 while banking on legislation to forgive the amount deferred.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Practical Steps to Address Drug Diversion and Abuse During the Pandemic
Today, in the face of a global pandemic and economic recession, health care employees may be more tempted than ever to steal prescription drugs and resell them. Increased regulatory and legal risks, the opioid epidemic and an evolving drug abuse landscape have also made drug diversion and loss prevention a higher priority in the health care system than ever before.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Work Tourism: A New Employee Perk During the Pandemic?
As employees are adjusting to their new work normal, some have identified an unexpected potential perk of the ability to work remotely—the opportunity to travel to distant locations for extended periods. Here are some concerns employers should clear up before these digital nomads take off.

SHRM HR News
Sep 15, 2020

Be Thoughtful About Your LinkedIn Headshot
Be sure to put a high-quality, professional photo of yourself on your LinkedIn profile, counsels career columnist Martin Yate. A profile without a picture is considered incomplete by LinkedIn, and this hurts your resume's discoverability ranking. Plus, your photo is the face of your brand and tells the world how you want to be seen.

SHRM HR News
Sep 14, 2020

Prior Settlement Bars PAGA Lawsuit on Meal and Rest Breaks
A truck driver brought a claim under California's Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) that his employer denied workers legally required meal and rest breaks, but a California appeals court blocked the lawsuit, since the same claims had been settled in a prior PAGA action.

SHRM HR News
Sep 14, 2020

Presidential Election: Raising the Minimum Wage
Whether or not to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour is one of many employment issues at stake in the 2020 presidential election.

SHRM HR News
Sep 14, 2020

Returning Workers Divided on Contact Tracing
A majority of U.S. workers feel that contact tracing would help prevent the spread of coronavirus as they return to their workplaces, but many aren't entirely comfortable about the process and have concerns about its use, according to research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

SHRM HR News
Sep 13, 2020

DOL Issues Revised FFCRA Leave Rules
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised regulations on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act's (FFCRA's) paid-sick-leave and paid-family-leave provisions, clarifying when leave is available and when employees must seek approval to take leave.

SHRM HR News
Sep 12, 2020

OSHA Cites Meatpacking Plants for Coronavirus Failures
The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Sept. 10 issued its first citation against a meatpacking plant for failing to protect workers against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. in Sioux Falls, S.D., was cited after more than a thousand workers became ill and four died.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2020

Why You Need a Remote-Work Leader
The coronavirus pandemic has decidedly reshaped how and where work is done and has led to the creation of new HR responsibilities. One of those transformational roles—leading remote work—will be critical to an organization's ability to grow and compete for talent.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2020

Emergency Savings Accounts Funded by Payroll Deductions Boost Financial Wellness
Some employers are taking steps to ease employees' financial burdens and setting up emergency savings accounts that allow automatic deposits through payroll deductions—much like how employees fund their 401(k) plans.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2020

EEOC Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Testing
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released updated guidance clarifying when employers can screen workers for COVID-19 without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2020

How to Prevent Remote Work Abuse
Remote work has been a success for most companies during the pandemic, but some employees may be abusing work-from-home privileges. Effective policies, tools and communication can help stave off abuse.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2020

How to Prevent Remote-Work Abuse
Remote work has been a success for most companies during the pandemic, but some employees may be abusing work-from-home privileges. Effective policies, tools and communication can help stave off abuse.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2020

The Way We Work Has Changed
Workers who can do their jobs from home say doing so has been an unexpected positive experience during the coronavirus pandemic. Many aren't willing to go back to the office, saying their productivity and mental health are better now than when they commuted and worked from 9-5.

SHRM HR News
Sep 11, 2020

Ask HR: Can Employers Require Employees to Get Flu Shots?
Can workers be required to get flu shots? And as daycares and schools reopen, should employers require remote workers to find child care? SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions each week for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2020

Amending Your Performance Review Template for the COVID-19 Pandemic
If you're not changing your performance appraisal template every few years to reflect that, you're missing the opportunity to inject strategic imperatives into your performance management program.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2020

For Grocery Workers, a Charity Fund but No More Hero Pay
?To some, they're still heroes: On Sept. 1, United Way and the family-owned winery Kendall-Jackson announced a new relief fund for grocery workers to recognize those on the front lines of the food system. But the same week, unionized grocery workers were staging protests in a dozen states for a return of the bonus pay that major grocery chains instituted in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and allowed to expire midsummer.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2020

How Canada Accommodates Working Parents During COVID-19
As workplaces and schools closed by the COVID-19 pandemic reopen throughout Canada, many employees are still juggling work with caring for their children who are learning remotely.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2020

Oct. 14 Deadline Nears for 2020 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—this year, by Oct. 14.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2020

Is It Time for Employers to Reimburse Remote Workers' Expenses?
As sizeable numbers of workers continue to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be time for businesses that have not offered to reimburse remote employees' work-related expenses to consider doing so.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2020

Employers May Overlook Reimbursing Remote Workers' Expenses
As sizeable numbers of workers continue to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be time for businesses that have not offered to reimburse remote employees' work-related expenses to consider doing so.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2020

Wildfire Resources for Employers
?Wildfires have burned millions of acres across California, Oregon, Washington and several neighboring states this week, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. Employers can use these resources to prepare for and recover from these disasters. Help is available for business owners and employees. If you are not in the wildfire areas, consult these resources to create emergency preparedness plans.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2020

Viewpoint: World Suicide Prevention Day and COVID-19
Today, Sept. 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. At this stage of the pandemic, we all need to ask ourselves what we can do as HR professionals to help employees with mental health issues, which will make suicide less likely to occur. Here are eight suggestions.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2020

3 More COVID-19 Legal Questions You Should Answer
How much should employers reimburse employees for supplies used while working from home? What should employers do for workers who need time off to care for others but don't qualify for protected leave? How can employers ensure fairness when accommodating workers with disabilities? Employment law attorneys answer these common questions from HR professionals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Sep 10, 2020

New Unemployment Claims Remain Below 1 Million
States reported that 884,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Sept. 5, the first time since March that jobless claims have been below 1 million for two consecutive weeks. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits rose to 13.4 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 14.6 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment. New applications for unemployment benefits are still well above the pre-pandemic levels of about 200,000 claims per week.

SHRM HR News
Sep 09, 2020

EEOC Must Follow Certain Steps Before Filing a Systemic Bias Suit
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must receive a discrimination or retaliation charge from a worker and attempt to resolve the claim through voluntary procedures before filing a lawsuit alleging that the employer engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination, according to a recent opinion letter.

SHRM HR News
Sep 09, 2020

Michigan Governor Narrows COVID-19 Leave Protections for Employees
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order that limits the availability of COVID-19-related job-protected leave moving forward.

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