Independent contractor or employee? $4.5 million says you better be sure

In another in a recent string of employee misclassification cases, the owners of a Philadelphia strip club made dancers sign contracts stating they were independent contractors, rather than employees of the club. But an appeals court agreed with a jury that the employer exerted “overwhelming control” over the terms of the dancers’ work and upheld … Read moreIndependent contractor or employee? $4.5 million says you better be sure

3 ways video interviewing boosts your recruiting results

When someone mentions “video interviewing,” do you immediately think Skype, Zoom or FaceTime? While these are wonderful tools for connecting with friends and family, they really don’t unlock the full power of video for recruitment purposes. Of course, technology will never entirely remove people from the hiring equation. But, by using video interviewing tools that … Read more3 ways video interviewing boosts your recruiting results

IBM Study: Businesses see big job retraining challenges ahead

In the next three years, about 120 million workers in the world’s 12 largest economies will likely need to be retrained as a result of AI and intelligent automation, according to a new IBM study. Just two in five CEOs surveyed said they currently have the people, skills and resources required to execute their business … Read moreIBM Study: Businesses see big job retraining challenges ahead

Employee Retention in Health Care: 4 Keys to Keep Your Best and Brightest

Because the current healthcare climate is heavily focused on meeting strict quality guidelines from the feds and payors while providing top-notch care, employee retention in healthcare is more critical than ever. But it’s also getting more challenging to keep workers from jumping ship. Retention is difficult in the healthcare industry for several reasons – one … Read moreEmployee Retention in Health Care: 4 Keys to Keep Your Best and Brightest

Employee engagement: Key steps to recognize and thank good people

Valuable employees need to know their work makes a difference, so it’s important managers to thank good people. For managers, letting people know their work matters may take a little forethought and effort, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot. It’s really all about keeping them engaged. A simple “thank you” goes a long … Read moreEmployee engagement: Key steps to recognize and thank good people

Employee engagement: Key steps to recognize and thank good people

Valuable employees need to know their work makes a difference, so it’s important managers to thank good people. For managers, letting people know their work matters may take a little forethought and effort, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot. It’s really all about keeping them engaged. A simple “thank you” goes a long … Read moreEmployee engagement: Key steps to recognize and thank good people

Benefit switch allowed unused PTO to go toward student loans

In a recent case study detailing what worked and what didn’t, Dan Bengyak, Vice President of Administrative Services at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, NY, shares how his company dealt with a vacation time issue: We had an interesting problem on our hands when it came to employees’ vacation time — they had … Read moreBenefit switch allowed unused PTO to go toward student loans

Is your benefits package ready for 2020?

Its never too early to be ready to watch for changes affecting your benefits package for 2020. How can HR pros stay on top of compliance changes? To help, health leader Mercer recently unveiled its annual list of the top compliance issues employers have to consider when putting together their benefits packages for the upcoming … Read moreIs your benefits package ready for 2020?

NLRB: Social media policy can’t require employees to use real names online

Time to double-check your social media policies. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has released a 2018 advice memo from its Office of General Counsel regarding “whether various Employer [CVS Health] social media rules are unlawfully overbroad“ under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The memo delivers mixed news for employers — the NLRB found … Read moreNLRB: Social media policy can’t require employees to use real names online

A great interview doesn’t make a good hire: Here’s what does

For decades now, the hiring process has been the same: candidates apply, employers interview them, and the best one gets the job. But in recent years it’s become apparent that interviews are starting to lose their effectiveness. Someone who interviews well isn’t necessarily going to be a great employee. One in two hires fail A … Read moreA great interview doesn’t make a good hire: Here’s what does

Google tells its employees to focus on work – not politics

Google has told its employees to cut out political debate and politics at work. The company put out employee guidelines last week, according to widely published news reports, informing staffers that “disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story” does not help build community. Google always took pride … Read moreGoogle tells its employees to focus on work – not politics

Worker’s FMLA break in Mexico proves expensive – for his employer

Any HR pro would raise an eyebrow reading the broad outline of this FMLA abuse investigation. An employee schedules a knee surgery, then postpones that procedure to have a different operation done to remove a tumor on his foot. While he’s out on FMLA leave, an employee takes a vacation trip to Mexico. After he … Read moreWorker’s FMLA break in Mexico proves expensive – for his employer

Judge sees age discrimination, jury awards $15 million

Ageism continues costing employers dearly. The Los Angeles Times is on the hook for a $15.4 million jury award for demoting an older worker. It’s just the most recent example of just how much emphasis HR pros should put on educating managers and executives on how to avoid age discrimination. Former LA Times sports columnist … Read moreJudge sees age discrimination, jury awards $15 million

Half of US workers would lie about cell reception/WiFi to avoid working on vacation

I mean really, can you blame them? Little white lies about cellphone service and Wi-Fi are acceptable to half (49%) of US employees to avoid workplace interruptions while on vacation, according to the 2019 Vacation Confidence survey released by Allianz Global Assistance. “Email creep,” (no, not that strange new guy sitting next to you) when … Read moreHalf of US workers would lie about cell reception/WiFi to avoid working on vacation

Improving employee experience makes for a better company: Here’s how

Providing employees with a strong Employee Experience is more than a great company picnic and premium benefits. Employee Experience, or EX, is about employees feeling like there are strong contributors to the success of the company. They are productive and efficient because the employer treats them like a customer, providing them with the tools and … Read moreImproving employee experience makes for a better company: Here’s how

Substance abuse & the ADA: What’s tripping up firms now

With so many employers focused on how the legalization of medical and/or recreational marijuana might affect them, it’s understandable that companies may be less adept at dealing with worker drug and alcohol use. But the truth is, mishandling these situations can get you in as much legal trouble as not complying with your state’s marijuana … Read moreSubstance abuse & the ADA: What’s tripping up firms now

Developing a CBD oil policy? It gets complicated …

Just when you thought you had a handle on how your company policies align with laws on medical marijuana, along comes CBD oil. Cannabidiol, or CBD, comes from either the marijuana plant or the hemp plant. Made available to consumers by the 2018 Farm Bill, which allows for production and sale of CBD products. CBD … Read moreDeveloping a CBD oil policy? It gets complicated …

DOL: FMLA leave can be used to attend special ed meetings

In a recent opinion letter, the DOL decided that parents can use FMLA leave to attend their children’s special education meetings. For employers, this adds to the list yet another reason employees could qualify for FMLA leave. Meetings were essential The DOL’s opinion letter discussed a mother who needed to take intermittent FMLA leave to … Read moreDOL: FMLA leave can be used to attend special ed meetings

Google HR faces another PR disaster

“I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why.” That was the subject line of a post alleging pregnancy discrimination and retaliation that went up on an internal Google message board for new and expectant mothers. The unnamed Google worker alleges that her manager actively retaliated against her after she told HR … Read moreGoogle HR faces another PR disaster

Performance management success factors: Align PM with organizational strategy

Performance management processes and procedures have evolved at a blistering pace, perhaps faster than any other part of the Human Resources discipline. PM has transitioned from an industrial-age framework focused on maintaining consistent production schedules and quality to a flexible – and interconnected – tracking, coaching and talent development tool. Technology capabilities and limitations often … Read morePerformance management success factors: Align PM with organizational strategy

Sexual harassment blind spots: 3 keys to opening your CEO’s eyes

In this post-#MeToo world, nearly every HR pro has made sexual harassment prevention a top priority. But despite your best efforts, harassment isn’t going away. Research shows employees are just as likely to be sexually harassed now as they were before the #MeToo movement. Three misconceptions So why does this issue persist? Turns out, even … Read moreSexual harassment blind spots: 3 keys to opening your CEO’s eyes

Amazon pulled into yet another flap over wages and hours

About two dozen night-shift workers at an Amazon delivery facility in Chicago have filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Labor claiming the company did not pay them for overtime during Prime Week in July. “We’ve followed all applicable wage and hour laws and are committed to speaking directly with employees to help them … Read moreAmazon pulled into yet another flap over wages and hours

13 reward & recognition tactics guaranteed to keep employees engaged

Since there are more jobs than qualified candidates in this tight labor market, you’re probably doing what you can to keep the talent you have intent on staying with your company and doing their best work. But will that be enough? A big part of that answer depends on how well you reward and recognize … Read more13 reward & recognition tactics guaranteed to keep employees engaged

Stop summertime FMLA abuse: The Friday Monday Leave Act

Does summertime feel like FMLA stands for the “Friday Monday Leave Act” instead of the Family and Medical Leave Act? From late May to early September, you expect some empty desks or vacant work stations because of pre-approved PTO. What can’t be planned for is people making FMLA claims for absence that may not be … Read moreStop summertime FMLA abuse: The Friday Monday Leave Act

Stop summertime FMLA abuse: The Friday Monday Leave Act

Does summertime feel like FMLA stands for the “Friday Monday Leave Act” instead of the Family and Medical Leave Act? From late May to early September, you expect some empty desks or vacant work stations because of pre-approved PTO. What can’t be planned for is people making FMLA claims for absence that may not be … Read moreStop summertime FMLA abuse: The Friday Monday Leave Act

5 cost-friendly training ideas using LMS software

Training is a must-have for many employees today. According to the consultant group, Guthrie Jensen, 68% of workers consider training and development the most important company benefit. And these educational perks don’t just result in more engaged employees. Companies that invest in employee training also have a 24% higher profit margin than companies that don’t. … Read more5 cost-friendly training ideas using LMS software

Supreme Court asked to rule whether the ADA applies to your business website

The website supremecourt.gov states that when a case lands before the nation’s highest court, “with rare exceptions, each side is allowed 30 minutes argument.” Coincidentally, you can “order pizza, pasta, chicken & more online for carryout or delivery from your local Domino’s restaurant,” according to Domino’s website, and when you do, you should let them know “YOU GOT 30 … Read moreSupreme Court asked to rule whether the ADA applies to your business website

Employee burnout is costing you: 5 best ways to help

Good HR pros are aware of how much damage burnout can cause — both to productivity and the mental health of employees. But many may not know just how serious this issue has become. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared employee burnout an “occupational phenomenon” that may require medical attention. While WHO isn’t going … Read moreEmployee burnout is costing you: 5 best ways to help

AARP sues Yale University for discriminatory ‘wellness’ practices

The AARP Foundation announced it has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Yale University employees, alleging that Yale’s employee wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The lawsuit contends that Yale forces certain employees and their spouses to either submit to medical exams and … Read moreAARP sues Yale University for discriminatory ‘wellness’ practices

5 ways an applicant tracking system can help attract top talent

These days, talented employees are getting harder to find. The current economic growth means there are more job openings and more competition for strong applicants. In fact, 73% of employers are having difficulty finding skilled candidates. And when companies see top talent, they often act fast. The best candidates are usually off the market within … Read more5 ways an applicant tracking system can help attract top talent

Onboarding: The First Day Matters Most! – Infographic

If your business relies on good employees, then you know successful onboarding is an essential first-step. This fun, simple and colorful infographic is a proven guide to getting it right. Share a copy with your staff, or share the link to other HR pros. WANT TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE INFOGRAPHIC? Get a 4-page … Read moreOnboarding: The First Day Matters Most! – Infographic

House-passed green card revamp faces hurdles

The U.S. House of Representatives voted July 10 to eliminate limits on the percentage of employment-based permanent residency work visas (green cards) awarded to immigrants from any one country. The measure would apply to two types of work visas – EB-2 visas, for workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability and EB-3 visas, for skilled … Read moreHouse-passed green card revamp faces hurdles

California ban on hairstyle discrimination goes into force

California law now prohibits employers from implementing dress and appearance policies that discriminate against employees or job applicants based on how they wear their hair. Governor Gavin Newsom on July 3 signed into law the CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair). Grooming standards as proxy for race and source of … Read moreCalifornia ban on hairstyle discrimination goes into force

Recruiting experts’ top 9 strategies to hire the best talent

In a perfect world, HR pros like yourselves would take as much time as necessary to find that great hire. But the reality is, you have many more tasks than just hiring to focus on, and managers are typically pestering you to find someone ASAP. The good news? No matter the size of your company … Read moreRecruiting experts’ top 9 strategies to hire the best talent

Courts: Legal pot clashes with zero-tolerance drug test policies

Courts have historically found marijuana-positive drug tests sufficient grounds to terminate an employee or refuse to hire someone. Employers were safe to move forward without worrying about whether the individual was approved to use medical marijuana or if an employee was actually impaired while at work. Now, however, many states and local jurisdictions are enacting … Read moreCourts: Legal pot clashes with zero-tolerance drug test policies

Improved recruiting process for a better ‘candidate experience’

This case study is adopted from a presentation by Olivia Melman, manager of recruiting operations, Digital Ocean, as presented at the ERE Recruiting Conference, San Diego. It’s no secret the hiring process can be confusing and frustrating for candidates. A lot of times they never hear back after submitting an application, or they don’t know … Read moreImproved recruiting process for a better ‘candidate experience’

Lying in the hiring process: How to handle the candidate

Do you know how well your company is protected from false claims on employment applications? During the hiring process, the ability to disqualify an applicant from consideration for a job, or to fire a candidate who lied on their application, hinges on what you have in writing. It’s a common problem A recent study showed … Read moreLying in the hiring process: How to handle the candidate

SHRM 2019: Financial wellness benefits employees want and need

The HRMorning team joined 20,000 other HR pros at the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual conference and expo in Las Vegas June 23 – 26. Here’s some of what we learned about employee financial wellness benefits programs. Helping employees achieve and maintain financial wellness was a hot topic at the SHRM conference as employers … Read moreSHRM 2019: Financial wellness benefits employees want and need

A 5-step fix for the ‘summertime blues’

Feeling a bit more burned out at work on these hot summer days? Get in line. A Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees done last summer found that 23% reported feeling job burnout very often or always, while another 44% reported feeling job burnout sometimes. That means about two-thirds of full-time workers experience job … Read moreA 5-step fix for the ‘summertime blues’

What great wellness programs do differently: 3 proven tactics

All wellness programs are not created equal. One-off wellness initiatives aren’t enough to achieve the ultimate goal, which is really two-fold: get employees healthier and keep healthcare costs down. Firms need to be smarter and invest in a well-designed health strategy in order to see a return, say researchers. 3-pronged approach Effective wellness programs have … Read moreWhat great wellness programs do differently: 3 proven tactics